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2015 Marks Frankfort Lobbying Record

LRC Public Information

A record number of businesses and organizations have registered to lobby during the 2015 legislative session. According to a report by the Legislative Ethics Commission, 25 of those have signed on in just the past month.

Commission spokesperson John Schaaf says some of this year’s big spenders should come as no surprise.

"Some of the new ones in the top group are probably lobbying on the issue relating to the public-private partnerships that may be used to build the bridge in northern Kentucky, so that group has moved up to the top. AT&T has some legislation they are very interested in, so they're one of the top groups this time," he says.

So far, groups hoping to sway Kentucky’s elected representatives have shelled out close to $1.8 million this year, putting 2015 on track to match or exceed the last short session in 2013.

In all, 677 businesses and organizations are actively lobbying in Frankfort.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.