The Nerve’s ‘Top-25’: Who’s Trying to Influence Lawmakers?

September 9, 2015

Investigative Reports

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Who’s Trying to Influence Lawmakers?Below is a list of the 25 highest total payments in 2014 by companies, trade groups, and other organizations to lobbyists, as compiled by the State Ethics Commission:

South Carolina Hospital Association

$338,603

AT&T Services, Inc. on behalf of AT&T South Carolina and certain affiliated entities

$281,850

Municipal Association of South Carolina

$201,849

Altria Client Services Inc. and its affiliates

$201,699

The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, Inc.

$197,466

HCA North Florida Division

$195,998

Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC

$173,728

Norfolk Southern Corporation

$157,750

South Carolina Poultry Federation

$134,140

SCANA Corporation

$128,300

South Carolina Bankers Association

$123,655

Republic Services of South Carolina, LLC

$123,499

South Carolina Retail Association

$122,662

Injured Workers’ Advocates

$115,998

South Carolina Health Care Association

$114,586

City of North Myrtle Beach

$110,000

South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, Inc.

$105,532

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina

$100,250

South Carolina Petroleum Council

$98,800

Moondog Animation Studio LLC

$98,477

Consumer Lending Alliance, Inc.

$96,000

Piedmont Natural Gas Company

$90,857

South Carolina Automobile Dealers Association

$90,330

South Carolina Chamber of Commerce

$87,381

Home Builders Association of South Carolina

$87,304

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