San Manuel Gaming Chip

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has increased it’s lobbyist spending by 74-percent from two years ago.

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
May 6, 2016 – 5:07 PM

Trade associations, unions and other lobbyist employers spent more than $74.3 million during the first three months of 2016, recent state filings show, with some groups spending significantly more compared to the same period in the last legislative session.

The California State Council of Service Employees reported $1.97 million in lobbying-related expenses during the fifth quarter of the 2015-16 session, $600,000 more than what the SEIU umbrella union spent two years ago. The council spent $615,000 more on “other payments to influence,” a catch-all category that covers advertising, rallies and other costs related to lobbying.

“SEIU has taken on bigger battles and is applying more resources to major campaigns on behalf of working men and women,” said Mike Roth, a spokesman for SEIU, which played an active role in the recently approved minimum wage legislation as well as efforts to increase overtime for home care workers and a ballot measure to raise tobacco taxes.

eBay, Inc. had the second-highest spending increase from two years ago, a change linked to its “activity expense” of $600,000 for the StubHub Fan Fair before this year’s Super Bowl in Santa Clara. The eBay filing notes that an aide of Assemblyman Jim Cooper, D-Elk Grove, attended the fair.

The Western States Petroleum Association reported $1.9 million in influence payments the first three months of the year, $439,000 more than what the association spent during the same quarter in 2014. The change largely reflected an increase in how much the trade group spent on other payments to influence.

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