Lobbyists Spend Big on Coal Plant Fight

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Lobbyists involved in the legislative battle over coal-fired power plants have reported spending more than $135,000 in April.

Most of the money was spent on media advertising or other campaigns designed to pressure lawmakers, their reports show.

Sunflower Electric Power Corp. wants to build two plants in Finney County. Its project has been blocked since October by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' administration.

Sunflower reported spending about $70,000 on lobbying in April, the bulk of it on media advertising. Its allies spent an additional $44,000.

The Great Plains Alliance for Clean Energy spent almost $12,000 on its efforts to persuade legislators to oppose the plants.

Since October, the parties have spent $947,000 on lobbying.

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