From Crain's Insider blog yesterday, Best-paid lobbyists, spenders unveiled:
The New York City Clerk's lobbying bureau has released its annual report showing the city's highest-paid lobbying firms and highest-paying clients. The biggest spender: Major League Soccer, which is attempting to land a new franchise and get city approval to build a stadium in Queens.The #10 spender was the Atlantic Yards Development Company:
Not surprisingly, meanwhile, this year's highest-paid firm was Kasirer Consulting, the firm founded by Suri Kasirer. Her firm raked in about $6 million—about a tenth of all of the city lobbying dollars spent in 2012. The firm also earned nearly twice as much as its nearest competitor.
Carey Group, LLC (The) $9,000(Forest City Ratner's 2011 city and state lobbying was over $500,000.)
Geto & de Milly Inc. $69,000
Kasirer Consulting LLC $240,000
LoCicero & Tan, Inc. $48,000
Park Strategies, LLC $70,000
Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker LLP $12,000
The Atlantic Yards Development Company was actually #1 in the number of lobbyists retained, six; three other clients, including Major League Soccer, hired five lobbying firms.