Government & public employee union lobbyists are top spenders


by NW Spotlight

Queenie Wong at the Salem Statesman Journal put together a great list yesterday of the top lobbying spenders during this year’s Oregon legislative session. With the government’s own lobbyists and public employee union lobbyists dominating the top 10 spenders, no wonder government keeps growing!

Top lobbying spenders (January-June)

1. Oregon Health & Science University: $324,104.99
2. Oregon Education Association: $297,901
3. Oregon American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 75: $273,713.67
4. League of Oregon Cities: $241,739.59
5. Office of the Governor: $227,943.25
6. Altria Client Services, Inc. & Affiliates: $211,238
7. Special Districts Association of Oregon: $206,000
8. Service Employees International Union Local 503, Oregon Public Employees Union: $198,419.39
9. City of Portland: $191,094.35
10. Oregon Nurses Association: $175,608.18

SOURCE: Client/Employer Quarterly Expenditure reports submitted to the Oregon Government Ethics Commission (list from the Statesman Journal)

(h/t Richard Leonetti)