California Lobbyists

Lobbyists huddle outside the chambers of the California State Senate as they wait to talk to lawmakers about various bills before the Legislature on Thursday. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
September 11, 2015

  • Final days of session were busy for legislative advocates
  • As of June 30, almost 1,800 lobbyists were registered with state
  • Men continue to make up 60 percent of registered lobbyists

Sometime early this morning, weary lawmakers will trudge out of the Capitol following a final rush of votes for the year.

Also catching up on some needed shut-eye will be lobbyists, for whom the days leading up to Friday’s end of session were among the busiest times on the calendar.

There is a lot of advocacy work to go around. As of June 30, there were 1,760 lobbyists registered with the state, according to filings with the secretary of state. That is down slightly from last year, but about 100 more than a comparable time in 2013, the first half of the 2013-2014 legislative session.

The number of lobbyists has steadily increased over the years. Businesses, unions and trade groups have a stake in what happens in Sacramento. Local governments have steadily added to their lobbying ranks as local finances more and more flow through the Capitol. And a crackdown by the state’s political ethics agency has prompted more registrations.

In addition, a significant jump in registered state lobbyists came after lawmakers passed 2010 legislation requiring lobbyist registration for placement agents that do business with the California Public Employees’ Retirement System or the California Teachers’ Retirement System.

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