By Laura Cullen Glasscock
The roughly 450 lobbyists working in Kentucky during this year’s legislative session split between them earnings of more than $9.7 million. And for the first time in probably 20 years, contract lobbyist Bob Babbage was not at the top of the list of high earners – he lost his spot to John McCarthy … by $3.
McCarthy, of McCarthy Strategic Solutions in Frankfort, billed his clients $315,003 during the 60-day session of the Kentucky General Assembly.
Babbage’s firm, Babbage CoFounder, is in Lexington.
As a group, lobbyists’ compensation is higher during even-numbered years, when the General Assembly meets for 60 days and drafts a two-year state budget. In 2016, lobbyists earned a then-record $8.4 million for their work in Frankfort, up from $7.8 million in 2014.
Rounding out the top 10 list of high earners this year, after McCarthy and Babbage, are Patrick Jennings, Ronny Pryor, Karen Thomas-Lentz, Sean Cutter, John Cooper, Leigh Ann Thacker, Kevin Payton and Chris Nolan.