Catholic Church spent $10.6M in Northeast on lobbying since 2011

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The Catholic Church has spent more than $10.6 million on lobbying in northeastern states since 2011 — and has poured a significant amount of that money into blocking bills aimed at clergy sexual abuse, a recent study revealed.

The analysis of lobbying data, conducted by the Seeger Weiss and Williams Cedar law firms and dubbed “Church Influencing State,” found that in the Empire State alone the New York State Catholic Conference and the Catholic Conference Policy Group spent $2.9 million over eight years to lobby government officials.


Since its establishment in 1999, Seeger Weiss has led some of the most complex and high-profile litigations in the U.S.