ALBANY - The fat tax had fat-cat special interests spending record-breaking lobbying bucks in Albany last year.
Groups pumped $210.6 million into efforts to influence state lawmakers in 2010, a 6.5% increase from the year before, the New York Public Interest Research Group reported yesterday.
The American Beverage Association, which vehemently opposed ex-Gov. David Paterson's proposed tax on sugary sodas, was by far the state's most active interest group - spending $12.9 million to sway legislators.
"They were going against the governor, and to beat the governor you have to spend money," said NYPIRG's Blair Horner.
The state's primary teachers union, New York State United Teachers, was a distant second with $6.4 million, NYPIRG found.
"The fight over the soda tax put some pop in the lobbying numbers," Horner quipped.
Paterson proposed the penny-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks as a way to provide the state with much-needed revenue and to curb the unhealthy drinking habits of children.
The proposal, while popular with health advocates, met stiff resistance in the Legislature and was never adopted.
THEY ARE F**KING IDIOTS! SWEAR TO GOD! THEY SPENT $12.9 MILLION TRYING TO BAN SODA & THE BILL DIDN'T EVEN PASS! WHAT A WASTE OF F**KING MONEY! AND THEY CLOSE DOWN SCHOOLS & FIRE TEACHERS! TALKIN' BOUT THEY DON'T HAVE MONEY IN THE BUDGET! WTF! THEY WASTE IT TRYING TO PASS BILLS LIKE WHAT OIL THEY USE TO FRY OUR FRENCH FRIES & HOW MUCH SALT THEY CAN PUT ON IT! GET THE F**K OUTTA HERE! F**K BLOOMBERG! HE COULD EAT A D**K!SOURCE