Money & Politics | Daily Report
November 3, 2011 | Chase Davis

Lobby spending in Sacramento already is on pace to touch new highs this legislative session, according to third-quarter filing totals released by the secretary of state’s office.

Interest groups last quarter spent more than $72 million lobbying state government, a dip from the $77 million they spent during the previous quarter but still enough to push lobby spending to a record high by this point in the legislative session.

During the first three quarters of this legislative session, which began in January, groups have spent nearly $216 million on lobbying services. That’s a 5 percent jump over the first three quarters of the 2009-10 session.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s first year in office has been a busy one for lobbyists. Hundreds of groups registered to fight over their piece of the state’s declining budget, and Brown’s proposal to eliminate redevelopment agencies was among the most-lobbied issues of the year.

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