The total spent on lobbying at the Colorado Capitol topped $40 million this session with spending nearly 12 percent higher than 2019.

Nearly 600 lobbyists and firms reported being paid by more than 1,100 companies, associations, local governments and others to influence lawmakers in the fiscal year from July 2019 through June 2020.

That includes local government like the City of Trinidad and local businesses like oil and gas producer Evergreen Natural Resources.

Data collected by the Colorado Sun shows that from August of 2019 through March 2020, the City of Trinidad spent $22,500 on lobbyist Deborah A. Wagner.

Meanwhile, Evergreen Natural Resources used lobbyist Liane Mcfadyen and the firm JLH Consulting & Public Affairs and spent $42,000.

Other local, or locally interesting entities that have used lobbying efforts include SECOM ($48,000), The Nature Conservancy ($45,600), Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway ($19,000), Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center ($13,500), Bent County ($12,500), Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District ($6,000) and Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association ($64,416.69).

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