The cost of lobbying in Connecticut

Lobbyists spent $32.9 million lobbying state lawmakers last year, the Office of State Ethics reports.

The office updated their numbers last week after discovering their initial report double-counted many expenditures.

In total, $42 million was spent on lobbying activity in the state, of which nearly three-quarters went to compensate lobbyists and the remainder to cover TV campaigns, mailings, rallies and other administrative costs.

Lobbying expenditures in 2012 were down $1.2 million over the previous year, a 3 percent decline. Over the last 10 year, the amount of lobbying has increased by $7.9 million, a 23 percent increase.

Check out this chart on the history of lobbying in the state, courtesy of the Office of State Ethics.