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.

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Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

Jacqueline was CT Mirror’s Education and Housing Reporter, and an original member of the CT Mirror staff, joining shortly before our January 2010 launch. Her awards include the best-of-show Theodore A. Driscoll Investigative Award from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists in 2019 for reporting on inadequate inmate health care, first-place for investigative reporting from the New England Newspaper and Press Association in 2020 for reporting on housing segregation, and two first-place awards from the National Education Writers Association in 2012. She was selected for a prestigious, year-long Propublica Local Reporting Network grant in 2019, exploring a range of affordable and low-income housing issues. Before joining CT Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for The Washington Post Co.’s Maryland newspaper chains. Jacqueline received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in public policy from Trinity College.

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