By Derrick DePledge
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.