Lobbyist Tidbits: January

It’s the middle of Feburary and that means lobbyist filings are coming in for January!

Yeah, so it might not be that exciting. But here are some interesting tidbits that have already come in. Here is the first lobbyist number list of the new legislative session:$15,000:

The amount of money Allstate Insurance Co. gave to lobbyist William Imig for the month of Janurary.


The number of clients former lawmakers Fran Coleman, Laura Clapp, and Joe Stengel have combined.


The number of lobbying entities representing Xcel Energy in 2007. (8 individuals and 1 firm)


The amount of money Xcel Energy has spent so far on lobbying in Janurary.


The number of organizations that opposed HB 1072.


The amount of money the U.S. State Department, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Center For A New American Century spent to send Attorney General John Suthers to Saudi Arabia in November.

Erin Rosa was born in Spain and raised in Colorado Springs. She is a freelance writer currently living in Denver. Rosa's work has been featured in a variety of news outlets including the Huffington Post, Democracy Now!, and the Rocky Mountain Chronicle, an alternative-weekly in Northern Colorado where she worked as a columnist covering the state legislature. Rosa has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for her reporting on lobbying and woman's health issues. She was also tapped with a rare honorable mention award by the Newspaper Guild-CWA's David S. Barr Award in 2008--only the second such honor conferred in its nine-year history--for her investigative series covering the federal government's Supermax prison in the state. Rosa covers the labor community, corrections, immigration and government transparency matters. She can be reached at erosa@www.coloradoindependent.com.

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