Dollar amounts for lobbyists with the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, which took an active role in campaigning for Tomblin's education bill, were higher.
President Steve Roberts reported spending $3,055 on six lunch events. Brian Dayton, who closely followed the bill's progress for the chamber, spent $3,737.
Fellow chamber lobbyist Eugenie Taylor also followed the education bill. She reported spending about $1,400 on a dinner with members of the House and Senate education committees. She also reported spending $46 on a meal with Board of Education President Wade Linger and board director of operations Donna Peduto.
Tom Boggs, who also lobbies for the chamber, spent $3,860 on a reception for Leadership West Virginia.
Many of the state's prominent lobbyists who represent many different clients also spent big. Paul Hardesty - who represents several different coal companies, The Greenbrier Resort and West Virginia University - spent $8,353. Nelson Robinson lobbies for several clients concerning health care, gambling and transportation. He spent $6,800.
Other prominent lobbyists spending more than $6,000 include: Carol Fulks, $6,682; Larry Swan, $6,555; Jill Rice, $6,498; and Jason Webb, $6,139.
Patti Hamilton of the West Virginia Association of Counties spent $1,100 of her $8,007 on pottery bowls for every member of the Legislature. The AARP pushed hard for a "complete streets" bill that promotes bike lanes on streets: Lobbyist Angela Vance spent $7,427.
Although Ruth Lemmon of the West Virginia Automobile and Truck Dealers Association reported spending $5,200, the organization's pre-session party cost more than $26,000. The affair offered top-shelf liquor, chicken cordon bleu and baked brie, enticing 776 guests. Only 100 were public officials, thus resulting in a considerably smaller fee to report.
Many lobbyists teamed up to help pay for larger events during the year.
The annual dinner for the speaker of the House cost almost $5,000, but more than a dozen lobbyists shared the cost. The same scenario applied to separate dinners provided to the House and Senate leadership, at a combined cost of almost $7,000.
Dinners for the members of the House and Senate judiciary committees also cost just under $7,000.
Every lobbyist is required to submit a spending form. There's a $10 fee for every day that form is late, Suchy said.