Much attention has focused on public employee union spending in campaigns and on ballot measures. But between elections they are no less active, and possibly even more so. While spending on lobbying at the state level is notoriously difficult to track accurately, news reports indicate that in strong-union states, like New Jersey and California, public sector unions are the top lobbying outfits. In the Garden State, the teachers unions spent $11.3 million on lobbying, more than any other group in the state. The closest rival was Verizon, which spent a comparatively paltry $1.2 million. On the other coast, in the Golden State in 2011, public employee unions spent over $11 million on lobbying, far outpacing business interests.
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