Here are some of the findings of the lobbyist-disclosure and campaign-finance report analysis undertaken by the Phoenix, in addition to what was reported in my article in this week's issue.
First, here are the 25 biggest spenders on state lobbying efforts in 2008, including expenditures and lobbyist fees. The state's nurses easily topped the list, as they continued fighting for a staffing law.
In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I have a story about how heavily our state legislators rely on lobbyists and their clients for campaign funds.
Every so often I plow through lobbying-disclosure and campaign-finance reports, and report on my findings -- for example, here, here, and here
In a stunning display of imagination and toughtful analysis, the conservative Club for Growth has awarded its very first "Comrade of the Month" award (for a "public official or figure who best lives up to the policies of big government
and favors restrictions on economic freedom") to....
The gay Jew from Massachusetts!
--The Herald and Globe both write about Winthrop's budget woes, as does Yvonne Abraham. No mention that the town's representative in the State House is new Speaker Robert DeLeo, who has controlled the state budget as Ways and Means chair the past several years. Just saying.
--The Herald reports that Senate Prez Therese Murray spent $30,000 from her campaign account on legal fees last year, but made no mention of the $40,000 that she spent on public relations.
First off, let's throw some credit to James Pindell, who to my knowledge was the first to suggest, a few days ago, that NH Gov. Lynch would select a Republican successor, thus clearing the way for Senator Judd Gregg to accept an appointment as Obama's Commerce Secretary.
Now that Gregg has been named, reports say that Lynch will nominate Lawrence's own J.