Lobbyists Tally Costs of 2013 Minn. Session

Posted at: 06/18/2013 2:05 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota business and labor union organizations were among the heaviest spenders on lobbying during the first five months of 2013, which coincided with the Legislature's annual session, according to financial reports made public Tuesday.

A trio of business groups combined to spend more than $1.86 million, largely to counter proposals in the Democratic-dominated Capitol. On the flip side, several organizations lobbying for labor union proposals reported five- or six-figure spending.

The main groups on both sides of the gay marriage debate saw a disparity in spending. Minnesotans United for All Families spent about $1.6 million in a successful effort, which was far more than the $211,000 spent by opposition group Minnesota for Marriage.

The National Rifle Association spent roughly $100,000 in a session that produced only minor gun law changes. Gun control advocates devoted far less money to enacting more restrictions.

Even though the session is over, the lobbying costs for the year could grow because some expenses don't have to be reported until later.

Among the notable reports:

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