Organizations representing hospitals, service employees and oil companies have spent the most money lobbying Sacramento officials in 2015, according to disclosures filed with the California secretary of state’s office.
Leading the pack – and spending more than twice as much as the next interest group – was the California Hospital Association ($6.9 million), followed by the California State Council of Service Employees ($3 million) and the Western States Petroleum Organization ($2.5 million). Rounding out the top five are the California Chamber of Commerce ($2.1 million), whose annual list of “job-killer” bills carries significant heft, and San Ramon-based oil giant Chevron ($1.5 million).
Here are the top spenders:
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In addition to illuminating who is spending big to influence policymakers, the newly filed disclosures offer a power ranking of Sacramento lobbying firms. The five leading firms by payment received have pulled in a combined $13.5 million.
The most money flowed to KP Public Affairs, whose clients this year include the Western States Petroleum Association, the California Restaurant Association and Google; followed by Capitol Advocacy, LLC (California Retailers Association, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, PepsiCo) ; and Aaron Read and Associates (AT&T, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, Pacific Gas and Electric).
Below are the top 10 lobbying firms by payments received:
1. KP Public Affairs: $3,508,620.70
2. Capitol Advocacy, LLC: $2,664,895.73
3. Aaron Read & Associates: $2,482,725.00
4. Lang Hansen O’Malley and Miller: $2,457,212.63
5. Nielsen Merksamer Parrinello Gross & Leoni: $2,379,720.57
6. Platinum Advisors: $2,204,787.46
7. Shaw/Yoder/Antwih: $1,997,506.17
8. California Strategies & Advocacy: $1,792,146.52
9. Townsend Public Affairs: $1,762,713.24
10. Gonzalez, Quintana & Hunter: $1,698,477.85
Here is a full list: