AT&T among biggest spenders on lobbying Legislature
Lobbyists collected at least $120 million to represent businesses and other clients before the Florida Legislature in 2012, with companies such as AT&T and the gambling industry spending heavily, according to reports filed with the state. Some lobbying firms earned millions of dollars as they represented sprawling rosters of clients before the House and Senate. At least 51 companies, groups and government agencies spent $250,000 or more on lobbyists during the past year. The telecommunications giant AT&T appeared to spend the most, at about $1.35 million, according to a compilation of lobbyist financial information posted on a state website Friday.