Here are the top five spenders on lobbying during the first portion of this year's legislative session, according to reports filed with the state Ethics Commission.
From January through February:
*Altria Client Services (tobacco): $48,114
*Hawaii Medical Service Association: $30,245
*Chevron USA: $29,000
*Hawaii State Teachers Association: $23,670
*Verizon Wireless: $22,666
Here are the top five for the May through December 2013 reporting period, which covered the special session on gay marriage:
*Equality Hawaii: $509,934
*Turtle Bay Resort: $416,003
*American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii: $336,715
*National Organization for Marriage: $118,969
*Altria Client Services (tobacco): $111,207
The biggest surprise on the list was Turtle Bay Resort, which fought off a condemnation bill during the 2013 session and negotiated with the Abercrombie administration, the city and the Trust for Public Land on a conservation easement to preserve 665 acres.
Turtle Bay also reported spending $105,902 on lobbying from March through April of 2013.