An effort to create a system of publicly financed political campaigns in New York led the way in January and February when it came to the amount of money spent lobbying the state, according to reports filed with the Joint Commission on Public Ethics.

Records show the Public Campaign Action Fund spent $464,823 on lobbying efforts, including a $450,000 ad campaign in the first two months of the year.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo included a statewide public financing program in his budget proposal in January, but the proposal once again hit a wall of opposition in the state Senate.

Ultimately, lawmakers and the governor approved a plan that would create a limited public financing program for the comptroller’s race this year. Incumbent Democrat Tom DiNapoli says he will not participate in the program and knocked the end result, as have supporters of public financing.

The top 10 list of lobbyists for January and February was compiled by the New York Public Interest Research Group. The numbers could change based on new filings that are yet to appear on JCOPE’s database.

The pro-public financing group’s spending outpaced the more traditional groups that lobbying state government, including the Greater New York Hospital Association and its affiliates, which spent the second-highest amount of money, $317,884.

The hospitals group was followed by the state’s largest teachers unions, the New York State United Teachers and the city-based United Federation of Teachers.

Education issues dominated the Capitol, including high-profile debates on spending for universal pre-Kindergarten on both the city and state level, as well as the ongoing controversy surrounding the implementation of Common Core.

NYSUT, whose longtime president Dick Iannuzzi was unseated in April in favor of Karen Magee, spent $296,736, followed closely by $254,022.

The Campaign for One New York, a group that was created late last year to support New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s pre-K expansion, spent $235,948 during those months.

top ten jf 2014 by Nick Reisman