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Report: $210M Spent in 2013 by Local, State Lobby Groups

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Lobbying in the State of New York is still a big business, according to the latest report from the state's Joint Commission on Public Ethics.

It says $210 million was spent in 2013 by local and state lobby groups.

The report says the biggest spender was tobacco groups, who spent $3 million.

Second was the United Federation of Teachers, a strong supporter of Mayor Bill de Blasio's universal pre-K program. It spent $2.5 million.

That was followed by health care and public employee groups.

A record high of $191 million was doled out to pay to lobbyists.

The report also found that overall spending for ads was down for the second year in row at $4.8 million.

The commission also levied $450,000 in penalties.

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