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State lobbyists on course towards record earnings

Arthur Kane and Mark P. Couch of The Denver Post used state records to show that "Colorado lobbyists have earned more than $7.5 million so far this year, sending some of the most influential people at the statehouse well on their way to another year of record earnings." A worker's compensation measure received the most attention from lobbyists, with more than 250 lined up either for or against it. "Over the past decade, the amount special interests paid lobbyists has increased every year, nearly tripling from $7.56 million in 1995 to $20.95 million last year. During that time, lobbyists were paid $147 million to influence legislation and spent more than $14 million lobbying."

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