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Lobbyists spent less money in '09

The amount spent on lobbyists has grown in every Texas legislative session for a decade — until the national recession stemmed the spending for the 2009 Legislature, according to a report released Monday by Texans for Public Justice.
The campaign finance group found lobby spending was $344 million in 2009, down from a high of $348 million in 2007 but still higher than in any other legislative session of the past 10 years, other than 2007's.  And the number of lobbyists grew from 1,629 in 2007 to 1,690 in 2009.
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