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Lobbying in New Jersey: $90 million in 2017

By David Wildstein, March 08 2018 11:49 am

More than $90 million was spent on lobbying in New Jersey in 2017 — a slight increase over the previous year, according to reports filed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.

Princeton Public Affairs Group was the top recipient of lobbying fees in 2017 with $9,228,302 in revenues.

The rest of the top ten: Public Strategies Impact ($6,161,015); MBI GluckShaw ($3,049,200); Kaufman Zita Group ($2,742,237); Cammarano, Layton & Bombardieri Partners ($2,412,500); Gibbons PC ($2,109,746); Optimus Partners ($2,951,100); Riker Danzig ($1,418,798)’ Capital Impact Group ($1,351,222); and Komjathy & Kean ($1,338,560). This was the fifteenth consecutive year that Princeton Public Affairs ranked at number one among multi-client contract lobbying firms.

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ was the big spender of interest groups after mounting a $2,524,921 campaign on legislation that would limit unexpected out-of-network medical bills, legislation to regulate telemedicine, and in a fight against then-Gov. Chris Christie’s plan to use up to $300 million of Horizon’s reserves to fund opioid abuse prevention.  For Horizon, it was a 224% increase in lobbying expenses.

According to ELEC, the number of registered lobbyists dropped to 900 last year — the lowest since 613 lobbyists registered in 2005.   The number of clients fell to 1,923 — a 7% drop since 2012.

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