The Buzz: Firms lobbying California Capitol bring in $86.3 million so far this year

08/03/2013 12:00 AM

08/02/2013 11:39 PM

Firms lobbying the Capitol brought in a total of $86.3 million between January and June, up about 1 percent from the year before, according to quarterly financial disclosure reports filed with the California secretary of state.

KP Public Affairs and Lang Hansen O'Malley & Miller were neck and neck for the top two spots, with KP bringing in $2.931 million and Lang Hansen bringing in $2.928 million.

KP benefited from contracts with Citigroup, Lockheed Martin, Google, the city of Los Angeles and the Western States Petroleum Association.

Lang Hansen's top-billing clients for the second quarter of the year were the American Chemistry Council, the Altria cigarette company and the Hollywood Park Racing Association.

Interest groups that lobby California state government, meanwhile, have spent a total of $137.4 million on their efforts so far this year.

As in years past, the petroleum association spent the most on lobbying.

Labor unions, health care companies and the California Chamber of Commerce also spent big to influence state government.

– Laurel Rosenhall

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