More companies and interest groups are sending surrogates to represent their interests in state capitals. Since 2010, the number of entities with registered state lobbyists has grown more than 10 percent.
Every state lawmaker was outnumbered by an average of six companies, trade associations, unions or other groups angling for their attention from 2010 to 2014.
The business of lobbying is shifting from Washington, D.C., to statehouses nationwide. The number of organizations with registered federal lobbyists dwindled by 25 percent from 2010 to 2014, while those sending registered lobbyists to state capitals increased 10 percent.
More special interests are finding it worthwhile to scatter lobbyists in dozens of states — or even all 50. Back in 1997, not a single entity had lobbyists registered in all 50 states. But in 2013, at least nine companies and interest groups lobbied in every state.
The pharmaceutical and health products industry had the broadest reach, representing 21 of the top 101 lobbying entities, which were active in the largest number of states.