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Lobbying spikes in ‘wild card’ Senate as groups target new Independents

By Samantha Wright Allen      

Engagement in the Upper Chamber in 2017 tripled historic averages due to the Senate’s independence, openness to amendments, and numerous newly appointed unknown Senators.

The top eight most lobbied Senators in 2017 are, clockwise from top left: Liberal deputy leader Terry Mercer, government liaison Grant Mitchell, Independent Lucie Moncion, Liberal Dennis Dawson, Independent Diane Griffin, Independent Rosa Galvez, Conservative Senator David Tkachuk, and Independent René Cormier. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade, file, and photographs courtesy of the offices of Sens. Rosa Galvez, Terry Mercer, Lucie Moncion, Diane Griffin

Lobbyists meeting Senators at record rates say it's due to the Upper Chamber’s independence, openness to amendments, and numerous newly appointed unknown Senators. This explains an unprecedented spike in communications in 2017, an uptick so high it triples historic averages and doubles last year’s already elevated lobbying numbers. In 2017, lobbyists logged 1,443 communications with the Senate, a Hill Times analysis of lobbying records reveals, doubling 2016’s 687 communications, defined as any type of interaction, though the vast majority

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