Pro-Tuition Aid Education Group Spent Most on Lobbying in NY

ALBANY (AP/Hamodia) -

A group backing a tuition aid tax credit spent the most money lobbying in New York during the first half of this year, the state’s ethics commission reports.

Overall, lobbyists spent nearly $131 million in the first half of this year trying to influence government decisions in the state, especially over education tax credits, limits on charter schools and tax breaks for New York City developers.

The total is $21 million higher than the same period last year.

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics says the Coalition for Opportunity in Education spent $5 million, followed by $3.8 million by New York State United Teachers.

The teachers union lobbied heavily against the yeshivah-friendly bill, which passed the Senate and was backed by the governor but was ultimately defeated by Assembly Democrats.

The report shows 5,602 individual lobbyists registered, representing 3,448 clients.