New York is losing two congressional seats after redistricting is complete in 2012, and at least six members of the New York congressional delegation are already preparing for the process.
According to an analysis of lobbying in New York prepared by New York Public Interest Research Group, more than $100,000 has been spent in the first 10 months of 2011 on redistricting lobbying efforts by six campaign committees.
The top spender: Rep. Brian Higgins, who represents the 27th Congressional District in western New York (Buffalo area). He has spent $55,086 on lobbying. His lobby firm of choice: Patricia Lynch Associates, Inc.
Three downstate representatives are next on the list. Rep. Eliot Engel spent $30,096 on lobbying, while Rep. Joe Crowley spent $21,677 and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy spent $10,206.
There is a local connection on the list. The campaign committee for Rep. Richard Hanna, R-Barneveld, has spent $7,500 on lobbying, according to NYPIRG's report.
Rep. Kathy Hochul, who won a special election earlier this year to represent the 26th Congressional District, signed a contract last month lobbyist Bolton-St. Johns to represent her campaign. Hochul's campaign will pay the firm $5,000 a month for representation.
One name I'm surprised not to see on this list is Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, R-Onondaga Hill. There has been speculation that Buerkle's district, 25th Congressional District, could be redrawn next year.
These amounts -- and the number of representatives involved -- will likely increase as the process moves along.