Corporations and interest groups have given California leaders and their aides tens of thousands of gifts worth more than $5 million since 2000, including $900,000 in gifts given during 2012 and 2013, according to a Bee review of state data. Four members of the Calderon family, including Ron Calderon, the Southern California legislator under FBI investigation for alleged corruption, were among the 60 leaders receiving the most gifts during the last two years. Use this database to search all gifts given by lobbyist employers since 2000.
Sources: Bee research; California Secretary of State
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For most complete results, enter partial name of official or corporation. Database does not include gifts from organizations or individuals that don't employ lobbyists; for instance, some nonprofits without lobbyists pay directly for legislators to travel to conferences. 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.