Lobbyist Spending Exploded in November
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Pension reform pushers, a car rental company and the gaming industry were among the biggest spenders of the more than 60 companies that paid lobbyists in Rhode Island last month, according to the Secretary of State's office.
In total, local and out-of-state companies with an interest the Ocean State spent over $480,000 during the month. Leading the way was EngageRI, the 501(c)4 group that combined the business sector with the nonprofit sector and constantly ran commercials that called for an overhaul to the state’s pension system. The successful spending spree cost the group $93,327.11 in November.
Seven companies spent at least $20,000 during the month, including Twin River, GTECH, Care New England, AstraZenaca and the National Popular Vote. During the previous month, the Lincoln-based gaming company, which will attempt to convince voters to su