Top 10 companies that spent the most on lobbyists in Md.
Maryland's largest companies and industries have a big stake in the actions of the state government. This is a look at the 10 highest-spending employers for last year — including energy suppliers, health care providers and trade organizations — as listed by the State Ethics Commission.
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No. 1: Maryland Hospital Association
The Maryland Hospital paid out $596,723.99 on lobbying efforts in 2010, seeking to influence policy on issues such as the Medicaid reimbursement rates paid out to the institutions it represents.
Above, Mercy Hospital's new new Mary Catherine Bunting Center is pictured.
Data comes from Maryland State Ethics Commission report on lobbying spending, and covers the period from November 1, 2009 through October 31, 2010.