KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Records show companies and associations have spent between $14.5 million and $35.4 million to lobby lawmakers so far in 2013.

The Knoxville News Sentinel ( reports that spending on entertainment events was up compared to the first half of last year while lobbying-related expenditures were down. The newspaper reported lobbyist compensation is similar to last year.

According to records filed with the Tennessee Ethics Commission, AT&T reported spending the most on an entertainment event - $25,159 for a welcoming reception at the start of the 2013 legislative session.

The Tennessee Federation for Children and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association reported spending the most on lobbying-related expenses. Each spent between $100,000 and $150,000.

Meanwhile, insurance company Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee paid the highest amount - $450,000 - to its eight lobbyists.


Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel,

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