Lobbyist Spending Tops $1 Million Again

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ For the second consecutive year, lobbyists have reported spending more than $1.1 million to influence legislators.

A large part of that is because of a fight over two proposed coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas.

Last year, lobbyists reported spending nearly $1.17 million. The figure through April of this year was just under $1.11 million. In both years, media advertising and other campaigns designed to put public pressure on lawmakers has driven the spending.

The leading spender so far this year is Sunflower Electric Power Corp., which wants to build the two coal-fired plants in Finney County. Its project has been blocked by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' administration since October.

Sunflower reported spending $181,000 through April.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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