May 14th, 2012

Two public-sector interests — the Hawaii State Teachers Association and the County of Kauai — were in the top five for lobbying expenses from January through February, according to the state Ethics Commission.

The period covers the first part of the 60-day legislative session. Here are the biggest spenders:

*Altria Client Services (tobacco) — $48,410

*Visa, Inc. — $37,500

*Hawaii State Teachers Association — $29,582

*Hawaii Medical Service Association — $27,450

*County of Kauai — $25,000

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