Corporations and interest groups have given California leaders and their aides tens of thousands of gifts worth a total of $5.4 million since 2000, according to a Bee review of state data. Use this database to search them all.
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For most complete results, enter partial name of official or corporation. Some corporations give gifts directly to relatives of a leader, possibly to avoid triggering gift limits to the leader -- a last name search will generally show those gifts. Misspelling and spelling variations in the data, which are submitted by lobbyists under disclosure laws, are common. Some dates are approximate. If keenly interested in a particular gift, click "source" after getting your results to see if there are any footnotes related to the gift. Some corporations split the cost of gifts, but each report the full cost to the state. If you see multiple gifts of the same price and date but from different entities, it's likely that it's one gift from multiple sources.
The top gift recipients over the last decade were legislators Ronald Calderon; Dick Ackerman; Juan Vargas; Alex Padilla; Lou Correa; Ed Chavez; Fabian Nunez; George Plescia; Bill Emmerson and Alan Lowenthal.