Governor Cuomo called them “the single most powerful political force in Albany”
Report reveals trial lawyers’ influence in Albany politics
(ALBANY, NY): A report released today by the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York has found that trial lawyer special interest groups spent $1.15 million on lobbyists and lobbying expenses in 2013, a 37% increase since 2010 and the highest ever on record.
The report, entitled “Power of Attorney: Exploring the Influence of the Trial Bar in New York State Politics” draws on publically available data to analyze the lobbying and political spending by trial lawyer special interest groups, law firms, and individual attorneys in the most recent reporting period.
In addition to record high lobbying spending, the report found that trial lawyers contributed a total of $1.28 million to state candidates, including $500,085 from New York’s two trial lawyer special interest groups, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and the New York Academy of Trial Lawyers, and $780,608 from individual lawyers and law firms. Tom Stebbins, Executive Director of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York, said “In sheer dollar terms, it is impossible to understate just how powerful the Trial Lawyer special interests are. They are the biggest lobby nobody’s ever heard of.”