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Amount spent on lobbying down in 2012

A group supporting Gov. Andrew Cuomo's policies topped the list of spending on lobbying in 2012, according to a report from the state's Joint Commission on Public Ethics.

Overall spending on lobbying was down $205 million in 2012 compared to 2011. JCOPE attributed the decrease, which is the first in more than a decade, to less advertising by lobbyists' top clients.

"Nonetheless, total spending on professional lobbying services through retained or employed lobbyists continues to rise, accounting for $179 million in reported total compensation for 2012 as compared to nearly $171 million in 2011," read a press release from JCOPE. "The 2012 figure represents the most money spent on professional lobbying services in at least the last five years."

The Committee to Save New York was the top spender last year. The second biggest spender was Exxon Mobil Corporation and Major League Soccer was third.

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2012 Jcope Report

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