Kentucky Lobbying Reports Released

The most recent spending reports for entities lobbying the Kentucky General Assembly have been released and health-related businesses are the top spenders.

The biggest spender to date is Consumer Healthcare Products Association, which represents manufacturers of non-prescription medicines.  They’ve spent $327,000 lobbying against further restrictions on the sale of pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in illegal methamphetamine. 

University Health Care, which operates Passport, is the second biggest spender, at $132,000.  Passport lobbying expenditures have been halted in the wake of a scathing state audit of the managed care plan, which provides health care to Medicaid recipients in the Louisville area. 

Outside the health industry, other top spenders include the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the Kentucky Retail Federation, the Kentucky Education Association and the Kentucky Farm Bureau.

So far this year, almost $12 million has been spent on lobbying in Kentucky.  The state has more than 640 registered lobbyists.

By Tony McVeigh

Veteran broadcast journalist Tony McVeigh has been covering Kentucky politics since 1986, reporting for Clear Channel Communications before joining Kentucky Public Radio in 2004. His stories are aired by seven KPR affiliates, whose signals blanket the Commonwealth and parts of surrounding states. McVeigh began his broadcasting career at WRFC in Athens, Georgia, while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia. He has extensive anchor/reporter experience, including stints with South Carolina Network and Georgia Radio News Service in Atlanta. In 2007 and 2008, McVeigh was named Best Radio Reporter in the Kentucky Associated Press Awards. He also picked up consecutive AP Awards for Best Political Coverage. McVeigh won four Kentucky AP Awards in 2009, six in 2010 - including Best Political Coverage and Best Hard News Feature - and three in 2011. His coverage of the 2007 Kentucky governor's race topped the Political Reporting category of the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Awards of 2008. In 2009, McVeigh placed second in Courts and Law Reporting in the Atlanta-based competition for journalists in 11 Southern states. McVeigh is also the proud recipient of an Individual Liberty Award from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The Brunswick, Georgia, native is a die-hard UGA football fan who enjoys photography, astronomy, live music, hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge and exploring the state's beautiful back roads. McVeigh and his big, fat, black cat Simon, reside in Frankfort, KY.