NH lobbyists paid record fees in 2018 but info hard to track
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A healthy economy and a feisty election year combined to make 2018 a record-setting one for fees paid to lobbyists hired to influence the state Legislature, Gov. Chris Sununu and state agencies.
Unofficially, the nearly 500 private or public interests that hired lobbyists last year paid out nearly $10.7 million in fees.
This amount dwarfed the previous record of an estimated $8.4 million in fees paid out in 2017, the first year Sununu was governor.
Four well-connected firms each with dozens of clients received at least $1 million in fees last year.