Chart of the Week: The Top Lobbying Interests in Massachusetts

In 2013, seven of the 10 biggest lobbyists represented the health care sector.

Casinos and marijuana may have topped the headlines, but regular health care insurers and providers were the biggest lobbyists on Beacon Hill in 2013, according to my review of disclosure reports with the Secretary of the Commonwealth. Seven of the 10 biggest spenders on state lobbying come from that sector.

That isn’t too surprising. As Lora Pellegrini, president and CEO of the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans points out, not only do they track a wide breadth of legislative issues, 2013 had them dealing with implementation of the 2012 payment reform law, state implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare), and issues relating to the Health Connector.

Massachusetts Competitive Partnership, created in 2010 by a group of the state’s most powerful business leaders, has quickly moved into the top 10 Beacon Hill lobbyists. It promotes business competitiveness for the state across a range of issues.

Rounding out the top 10 are familiar associations representing the state’s teachers and retired public employees.

The chart below shows expenses as reported by the entities. Salaries includes both staff and hired lobbyists; expenses can include a wide range of costs, from printing to educational conferences.

A caveat: the Secretary’s lobbying-disclosure website remains a difficult one to search, and I might easily have missed something—please let me know if you’re aware of any entity I should have included. Also, the figures are the most current available, but some may change as disclosures continue to be processed and updated.

Massachusetts Association of Health Plans$629,868$394,259$1,024,127
Massachusetts Hospital Association$573,045$171,720$744,765
Retired State, County, and Municipal Employees Association$232,900$479,306$712,206
Partners HealthCare System$683,519$10,533$694,052
Massachusetts Teachers Association$380,592$299,591$680,183
Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Massachusetts$535,412$87,637$623,049
Massachusetts Competitive Partnership$149,721$463,860$613,581
Tufts Associated Health Maintenance Organization$293,112$247,750$540,862
Steward Health Care$515,603$20,658$536,261
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe$504,1290$504,129
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care$170,054$333,866$503,920
Association for Behavioral Healthcare$376,565$65,412$441,977
Associated Industries of Massachusetts$336,800$105,130$441,930
Development Associates$430,4790$430,479
Massachusetts Medical Society$193,065$216,956$410,021
Northeast Utilities$404,770$4,303$409,073
Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers$251,405$153,750$405,155
Verizon Communication$377,087$25,954$403,041
Children's Hospital Boston$321,661$71,688$393,349
Altria/Philip Morris$386,0000$386,000
Massachusetts Municipal Association$251,022$134,779$385,801
AFSCME Council 93$321,227$58,366$379,593
Smaller Business Association$329,000$200$329,200
Boston University$238,885$89,500$328,385
Tenet Healthcare$239,000$80,387$319,387
Massachusetts Nurses Association$299,238$14,150$313,388
Fujifilm Pharmaceutical$300,000$429$300,429