Groups spent $18.4 million lobbying Capitol in last half of 2017

Interest groups spent nearly $3 million more to lobby the Capitol in the last half of 2017 as the state budget dragged on, compared with the same period in 2015, a WisPolitics.com review shows.
But the WisPolitics.com check of lobbying reports shows the outside groups that were most active to close out 2017 generally weren’t lobbying about the budget, but a host of other issues.
That includes workers’ compensation, which pitted Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce against the Wisconsin Hospital Association. The two were the fourth and fifth biggest spenders from July 1 to Dec. 31.
Meanwhile, M...

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