When it Comes to Lobbying, Local Governments Are King

Think you know who’s flexing the real lobbying muscles in Sacramento these days? You might be surprised. In fact, it could be you.

New quarterly reports show that local and regional governments and elected officials spent a combined $24.3 million of taxpayer money on Sacramento lobbying efforts in 2017. That makes government the largest purveyor of influence peddling in the state’s capitol.

As the L.A. Times notes, “other groups may make headlines more often for their efforts to influence the outcome of legislation and state agency regulations, but they spend far less than California’s municipal and regional governments. Labor unions spent about $6.8 million on lobbying through June 30, while oil and gas companies spent about $16.7 million. Only healthcare lobbying, which totaled $23 million in the first half of 2017, came close to what was spent by local governments.”

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