That's what was spent by the trial lawyers in Albany last year, an off year as elections go. Health care and hospital groups spent more -- in excess of $3 million on lobbying, $931,000 on contributions -- but their attention was divided among a variety of policy issues, most prominently those relating to state reimbursement of health care outlays. The Commission on Public Integrity's 2007 annual report is here.
$959,733 for lobbying, $585,134 in campaign contributions
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