May 10th, 2011

American Beverage Association tops NY lobbying expenditure list

Money spent in an effort to influence New York legislators surpassed $200m for the first time last year – and spending by the American Beverage Association topped the list, according to a new report.

New York State’s Commission on Public Integrity issues an annual report detailing money spent on lobbying efforts. Its 2010 report is available online here, which shows that the amount spent on lobbying was $213.4m last year, up from $197.8m the previous year. The amount spent on advertising saw a particularly steep increase, from $6.2m in 2009 to $29.8m last year.

The American Beverage Association – reacting to a proposal from Governor David Paterson and Mayor Michael Bloomberg to impose an 18 percent tax on sugar-sweetened beverages – spent a total of $12.9m on lobbying efforts. The vast majority of that ($12.4m) was spent on a state-wide advertising campaign against the tax proposal, which eventually fizzled and did not make it into law.

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