Quick: What do trial lawyers, labor unions, taxi companies, local governments and the nation's largest insurers have in common? They're all working the halls of the state Capitol hoping to sway the debate on ride-hailing apps in New York to fit their interests.
Uber and Lyft's push to expand across the Empire State has been a boon to lobbyists and advertising companies, led by seven-figure spending by the companies themselves, a review of records by the USA Today Network's Albany Bureau found.
Meanwhile, there's a spending spree battle over insurance coverage limits for the ride-hailing companies — pitting the nation's top insurers against the powerful Trial Lawyers Association in a bid to influence state lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo.