Those lobbying state and local government spent a record $226 million in 2014 trying to influence public officials, according to an annual report released Wednesday by the state’s ethics and lobbying regulations.

The report from the Joint Commission on Public Ethics found the lobbying in Albany and around the state accounted for a record $226 million last year.

Topping the list: Families for Excellent Schools, a group that backs education reform measures as well as strengthening charter schools. The group spent $9.6 million on advertising and events.

In second place, the New York state United Teachers union spent $3.2 million — a figure that does not include the millions of dollars the labor group spent on campaign contributions and related advertising.

Overall, education spending was a major driver of lobbying costs last year, accounting for $15.6 million of the nearly $25 million spent by the 10 largest lobbying entities.

The report issued on Wednesday is actually late; it was required to have been released by March 1.

Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, LLP remained the top lobbying shop in New York, reporting $11.2 million in reimbursed expenses and compensation. The firm also boasts the largest number of clients in the state, 181.

They were following by Park Strategies, the firm co-founded by former U.S. Sen. Al D’Amato, which reported $7.8 million in compensation and expenses.

A record amount of money was spent on in-house and retained lobbyists, $194.2 million.

Advertising money for lobbying campaigns hit a three-year high of $16 million.

2014_ Annual Report_ Final.pdf by Nick Reisman