'Invisible Kansans' Effort Tops Lobbyist Spending

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A group's media campaign on behalf of developmentally disabled Kansans fueled a big increase in lobbyist
spending in January.

Interhab, which represents 40 organizations providing services to the disabled, was the leader in reported spending in January.

It reported spending $111,000 on media advertising. It had a campaign to publicize the needs of developmentally disabled Kansans who are on a waiting list for in-home services.

That campaign included billboards and radio and television advertising.

Lobbyists reported spending $352,000 to influence the Legislature. That's 41 percent more than the $249,000 spent by lobbyists in January 2008.

And last year was a record year, with lobbyists reporting more than $1.3 million in spending.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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