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Shadow Lobbying

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By Taryn Luna
tluna@sacbee.com
July 21, 2016 – :33 PM

  • Ethics panel concerned lobbyists working without proper disclosure
  • New rule aimed at requiring paper trail to ease enforcement
  • Some political attorneys complain that rule creates presumption of guilt

California’s political watchdog approved a regulatory change Thursday aimed at encouraging shadow lobbyists to disclose their efforts to influence legislation.

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Associated Press: California wants people to prove they are not lobbyists

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By Alison Noon, Associated Press
Jul. 21, 2016 – 2:17 AM ET

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s top political watchdog is championing a bid to crack down on lobbyists who fail to disclose efforts to influence government officials.

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The Sacramento Bee: California political watchdog targets ‘shadow lobbyists’

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By Taryn Luna
tluna@sacbee.com
June 21, 2016 – 4:05 PM

  • Loopholes allow consultants to influence legislation without registering with the state
  • FPPC held a public meeting Tuesday to gather comment on the proposed change

California’s political watchdog is considering a regulatory change to draw “shadow lobbyists,” consultants paid to influence legislation, into the public eye.

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Veto

Patrick McGreevy
May 13, 2016 – 1:24 P.M.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday vetoed a bill that would have expanded the disclosure of lobbying activities to include those who seek to influence state officials on government procurement decisions. He said it is not necessary.

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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.

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The Sacramento Bee: FPPC votes to tighten California lobbying regulations

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By Taryn Luna
tluna@sacbee.com
March 17, 2016 – 12:17 PM

  • Commissioners approve change to rule allowing subject-matter experts to attend meetings with lobbyists
  • Feared groups were abusing rule to avoid registering with the Secretary of State
  • Commissioner Gavin Wasserman was the only member to oppose the change

The Fair Political Practices Commission voted Thursday to change a ride-along rule to curb abuse of state lobbying regulations.

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The Sacramento Bee: Budding marijuana lobby gains influence at California Capitol

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By Taryn Luna
tluna@sacbee.com
February 25, 2016 6:09 PM

  • Budding marijuana lobby gains influence at California Capitol
  • More than two dozen interest groups lobbied marijuana issues in 2015
  • Recent medical marijuana legislation supported by police chiefs and cities marked a turning point for the industry
  • Lawmakers increasingly open-minded to once taboo marijuana endorsements

When word spread around the Capitol that freshly minted lobbyist Amy Jenkins signed on to represent the California Cannabis Industry Association, veteran lobbyists told her the move could ruin her political career.

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The Sacramento Bee: FPPC adds reporting rules for California lobbyists

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By Taryn Luna
tluna@sacbee.com
January 21, 2016 12:23 PM

  • Change requires groups to itemize ‘other payments to influence’
  • Lobbyists haven’t protested new rule
  • Critics warn that rules can be circumvented

The state’s political watchdog adopted a new lobbying rule Thursday intended to shine a spotlight on ex-lawmakers for hire who use their clout to influence legislation, powerful interest groups behind misleading advertising campaigns and activities currently concealed in a catch-all category of regulatory filings.

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Shadow Lobbying

Patrick McGreevy
January 16, 2015

The dire warning arrived in a mailer to thousands of state voters from a group called the California Drivers Alliance.

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The Sacramento Bee: Number of California lobbyists grows over past decade

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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
jmiller@sacbee.com
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.

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The Press-Enterprise: JOBS: Amazon to add 1,000 more jobs

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Amazon doubled down on vow to create 1,000 jobs in three Inland Empire fulfillment centers at a hiring event in Moreno Valley on Tuesday, bringing the total job count to 2,000

Published: June 24, 2015 – Updated: 4:40 p.m.

Amazon has announced it will create 1,000 more jobs for its Inland Southern California fulfillment centers.

To read story by Debra Gruszecki in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

California Lobbying 2015-Q1

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May 22, 2015
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com

Local governments, businesses, unions and other special interests reported spending more than $48.5 million on direct state lobbying expenses from January through March, according to first-quarter reports filed earlier this month.

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Hospitals and the oil industry topped payments for lobbying. Total reflects payments to in-house lobbyists and outside firms.

Capitol Alert
May 12, 2015
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com

Local governments, businesses, unions and other special interests reported spending more than $48.5 million on direct state lobbying expenses from January through March, according to first-quarter reports filed earlier this month.

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In this photo taken Monday, April 20, 2015, Lt. Gavin Newsom speaks at the Californians for Safety and Justice conference in Sacramento, Calif. Newsom and former state Sen. Sam Blakeslee, R-San Luis Obispo, have teamed up with computer scientists at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on a web-based video search engine that they hope will democratize government by using the latest in voice- and face-recognition software to allow people to see, hear and read what their representatives are doing in the state capital. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

By Melody Gutierrez
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 – Updated 12:23 pm

SACRAMENTO — Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled a new online search tool Wednesday that he said will open up the way the California Legislature does business and radically transform state politics “from a world of promises to a world of participation.”

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The Sacramento Bee: Opinion: California Capitol sees throwback to old days

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April 30, 2015
Observations on California and its politics
dwalters@sacbee.com

Gambling and liquor interests wielded a big stick in the state Capitol during the mid-20th century.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Supervisors agree to lobbying changes

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Published: March 24, 2015 – 1:54 p.m.

Riverside County supervisors voted Tuesday, March 24 not to renew a contract with a Sacramento lobbying firm, but to employ another lobbyist through the summer.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

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Two Riverside County contracts with Sacramento firms should not be renewed, according to county analysis.

Published: March 23, 2015 – 5:03 p.m.

Riverside County should reduce its lobbying team but still needs some outside help in the high-stakes competition for state and federal dollars, according to a review of the county’s lobbying efforts.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Press Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: $6.4 million spent on lobbyists in past decade

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Published: March 13, 2015
Updated: March 15, 2015 10:42 p.m.

Riverside County has spent more than $6 million on outside lobbyists since 2004, records show.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The PE: POLITICS: Cities seeking funding disagree on lobbyist’s value

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The Sacramento firm is paid $3,000 a month to work on getting vehicle-license fee revenue restored.

Published: Feb. 20, 2015
Updated: Feb. 22, 2015 10:01 p.m.

As 2015-16 budget planning gets underway, Riverside County’s four newest cities have parted ways on whether to keep the Sacramento lobbyist they hired in 2011 to help them get back crucial state money.

To read story by Sandra Stokley in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

LATimes: California ethics panel rejects exceptions to lobbyist fundraising rules

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Lobbyists and advocates watch the action in the state Assembly on a television outside the chambers on Aug. 27, 2014. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

By Patrick McGreevy
February 19, 2015

The state ethics watchdog panel adopted regulations Thursday banning political fundraisers in the homes of lobbyists, rejecting exceptions to the rule proposed by a group representing legislative advocates.

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Believing he wasn’t rewarded for ongoing efforts to keep the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento, businessman Darius Anderson has filed a civil complaint against two of the team’s owners, Vivek Ranadive and Mark Mastrov.(Dennis McCoy | Sacramento Business Journal)

Ben van der Meer
Staff Writer- Sacramento Business Journal
Dec 22, 2014, 4:00pm PST
Updated: Dec 22, 2014, 4:38pm PST

Businessman and lobbyist Darius Anderson has filed a complaint against two of the owners of the Sacramento Kings, alleging he was deceived and left out of the ownership when the team traded hands in spring 2013.

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SacBee: Sacramento lobbyist’s dual roles spark watchdog scrutiny

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By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
11/15/2014 10:00 PM

When Sen. Ricardo Lara ran for a Los Angeles-area seat in the Legislature in 2010, he turned to a veteran Sacramento campaign consultant to help him get elected: Richie Ross, who has decades of experience running campaigns for Democrats across California.

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SacBee: Sacramento political consultant Richie Ross agrees to pay lobbying fines

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By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
11/10/2014 7:53 PM

Richie Ross, a longtime Democratic campaign consultant and lobbyist, has agreed to pay a $5,000 fine and write off $160,000 he’s owed for violating California’s lobbying laws, according to a proposed settlement he reached with the staff of the Fair Political Practices Commission.

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The Sentinel: County Re-Ups Contract With Platinum Advisors For Sacramento Lobbying

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By Mark Gutglueck
Posted on November 7, 2014

(November 4) — The County of San Bernardino has extended its long running contract with its state legislative lobbyist for another year.

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SacBizJournal: Lobbying industry grows in final months of 2014 session

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Nov 3, 2014, 1:32pm PST
Allen Young, Staff Writer
Sacramento Business Journal

Spending on lobbying rose in the third quarter of 2014, the final months of legislative session when companies and interest groups across California hustle to get bills approved or shot down.

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SacBee: California Strategies’ lobbying violation emerges in campaign attack

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These are two mailers in the 21st Assembly District race. The mailer on the top is an attack on California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte, paid for by the campaign of Assemblyman Adam Gray. The mailer on the bottom was paid for by the California Republican Party and attacks Gray as he campaigns for re-election.(Laurel Rosenhall/lrosenhall@sacbee.com)

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By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
10/31/2014 9:11 PM

Last year’s lobbying violations by the high-profile California Strategies public-affairs firm have emerged as a point of attack in the increasingly nasty campaign between Democratic Assemblyman Adam Gray of Merced and his Republican challenger, Jack Mobley.

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Dan Morain

By Dan Morain
dmorain@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 – 12:00 am

In a Capitol where contentious lobbying battles are de rigueur, the $14 billion hedge fund that goes by the name Pershing Square Capital Management has picked a most unusual fight.

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SacBee: Top California lobbying firms bring in big dollars in 2014

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By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 – 12:00 pm

Business was good for California lobbying firms during the first half of this year. They brought in $92.6 million between January and June, disclosure reports released Friday show, an uptick of nearly 7 percent over the same period last year.

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Lobbying

By Ben Baeder, Whittier Daily News
Posted: 07/06/14, 6:03 PM PDT | Updated: 31 mins ago

At an increasing pace, your local government is spending your tax money paying lobbyists to get some more of your own tax money sent back to your community.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: As scandals proliferate, Senate tries to polish image

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, May. 13, 2014 – 12:00 am

This is the drill in the state Senate this year, a least so far:

A scandal of some type erupts and Senate leaders respond with some supposedly corrective changes in rules governing the political game.

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SacBee: Lobbyist home fundraiser ban passes Assembly

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May 8, 2014

Responding to a campaign finance transgression that produced an unprecedented fine, the California Assembly voted on Thursday to ban fundraisers at the homes of lobbyists.

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VoiceofOC: OCTA Fires Lobbying Firm After Record Fine for Illegal Gifts

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Posted: Monday, March 10, 2014 12:08 pm | Updated: 7:39 am, Tue Mar 11, 2014.
By NICK GERDA

Orange County transportation officials fired their Sacramento lobbying firm Monday in the wake of a massive fine against the firm for giving illegal gifts to state lawmakers.

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SacBee: California Senate Democrats propose new limits on gifts, fundraising

By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Mar. 7, 2014 – 12:00 am

Following a spate of ethical problems at the Capitol, a group of California lawmakers Thursday proposed a set of bills they say will change the way they do business.

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SacBee: Verizon, Accenture drop Kevin Sloat’s lobbying firm

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March 5, 2014

Sacramento’s Sloat Higgins Jensen & Associates lobbying firm lost three prominent clients last month as revelations surfaced that founder Kevin Sloat would pay a record-breaking fine for giving prohibited campaign contributions to California officials.

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InlandPolitics: Sloat Higgins: SoCal legislators get FPPC warning letters

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Thursday, February 27, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

The fallout from the scandal involving Sacramento lobbyist Kevin Sloat and his firm Sloat, Higgins, Jensen and Associates, has touched several Southern California legislators, in addition to the Governor himself.

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LATimes: Ethics agency releases warning letter to Gov. Brown

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California Gov. Jerry Brown received a warning letter from the state Fair Political Practices Commission over expenses covered at two fundraisers by lobbyist Kevin Sloat. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times / February 13, 2014)

By Patrick McGreevy
February 25, 2014, 4:38 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — The state ethics agency on Tuesday made public a warning letter to Gov. Jerry Brown, 10 days after it was provided to the chief executive as a caution for accepting improper contributions from a lobbyist.

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LATimes: Settlement of lobbyist Kevin Sloat’s case falls short, key lawyer says

By Patrick McGreevy and Paige St. John
February 20, 2014, 10:51 a.m.

SACRAMENTO — An attorney who aided an investigation that resulted in fines against lobbyist Kevin Sloat said the settlement of the matter approved Thursday by the state Fair Political Practices Commission falls short and fails to address some of the most serious allegations involving elected officials.

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SacBee: California bill would ban lobbyists from hosting fundraisers

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February 12, 2014

Reacting to this week’s announcement that a Sacramento lobbyist is paying a six-figure fine for making illegal campaign contributions by hosting lavish political fundraisers at his home, Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia introduced a bill Wednesday to ban the practice.

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SacBee: Sacramento lobbyist Kevin Sloat faces $133,500 FPPC fine

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento gives a thumbs up after Gov. Jerry Brown announced that his office has come to an agreement with all four leaders of legislation on prison housing plan.  To Steinberg's left is Senate Republican Leader Rob Huff R-Diamond Bar,  Assembly Speaker John A. Perez, D-Los Angeles and Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway, R-Visalia.

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February 10, 2014

Lobbyist Kevin Sloat has set a new record in California, agreeing to pay the state a fine of $133,500 — the largest ever for violating state laws that regulate lobbyists.

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Dan Walters

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 – 10:27 pm

Annual reports reveal that thousands of special-interest groups spent $177 million last year on lobbying the Legislature and other branches of state government.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom to get warning letters in FPPC case

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February 7, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom are among state officials who will receive warning letters in the California Fair Political Practices Commission’s investigation of a firm headed by a Sacramento lobbyist who held lavish fundraisers for politicians at his home, a source said.

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The latest on California politics and government
February 7, 2014

Entertaining politicians at home has long been an accepted part of doing business for Sacramento lobbyists.

So Thursday’s news that the state’s political watchdog agency is cracking down on a prominent lobbyist for throwing fundraisers at his home hit the Capitol with both outrage and confusion. Among the politicians who will receive warning letters after participating in the events are Gov. Jerry Brown and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a source told The Sacramento Bee.

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SacBee: Sacramento lobbying firm fined for lavish fundraisers with lawmakers

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By Laurel Rosenhall and David Siders
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 – 12:00 am

The state Fair Political Practices Commission is issuing warning letters to as many as 40 state elected officials after reaching a tentative agreement to fine a firm headed by a Sacramento lobbyist who held lavish fundraisers for politicians at his home, sources told The Bee.

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CapitolWeekly: Top 10 lobbying firms billed more than $40 million

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by JOHN HOWARD posted 02.03.2014
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The 10 lobbying firms in Sacramento brought in more than $40.4 million during 2013, including nearly $11.6 million during the final quarter of the year alone.

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SacBee: State senator who quit takes job with California Hospital Association

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By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 – 12:00 am

A month after announcing plans to step down in the middle of his term as state senator, Bill Emmerson has been named a senior vice president of the California Hospital Association.

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By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 – 12:00 am

Before his 2009 inauguration, newly elected President Barack Obama made a public pledge not to accept money for the celebration from representatives of foreign interests.

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SFChronicle: Political watchdog seeks more bite with new law

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Melody Gutierrez
Published Friday, November 22, 2013

Sacramento — The state’s political watchdog agency ramped up its enforcement efforts this year, issuing a record $1 million fine while filing 250 cases against lobbyists, lawmakers and the politically inclined. Behind the scenes, the Fair Political Practices Commission has been waging another fight – to force those they fine to pay up.

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SacBee: What a day for political ethics in California

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By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 – 12:00 am

Even for a political town where claims of wrongdoing are woven into the competitive fabric, Sacramento has seen an unusual burst of activity alleging ethical breaches by the powerful.

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The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Is there a doctor on board? Yes – Raul Ruiz

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October 25, 2013; 05:23 PM

Rep. Raul Ruiz’s day job came in handy thousands of feet above the air.

Ruiz, a Harvard-educated medical doctor, came to the aid of a stricken passenger during an Oct. 24 flight from Washington to Fort Worth, Texas. Ruiz and a fireman tended to a man in his 60s who fainted in his seat about 30 minutes into the American Airlines flight, The Desert Sun reported.

To read column by Jeff Horseman, Alicia Robinson and Dayna Straehley in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: RIVERSIDE: City fires lobbyist over new client

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October 24, 2013

Politics often make strange bedfellows, but recently Riverside’s bed got crowded enough that someone is going to be sleeping on the floor.

To read post by Alicia Robinson in The PE Political Empire Blog, click here.

SacBee: California Strategies walks line between lobbying and public affairs

By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013 – 12:36 am

Devon Ford, an associate in the influential public affairs firm California Strategies, sounded enthusiastic about an event his company was hosting at the Auto Club Speedway, a Southern California racetrack in Fontana that is one of its clients.

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LATimes: State watchdog cracks down on stealth lobbying in Capitol

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The state Fair Political Practices Commission has imposed $43,800 in fines on lobbyists and their clients.

By Patrick McGreevy
September 19, 2013, 1:39 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Launching a crackdown on stealth lobbying at the Capitol, the state’s ethics watchdog agency on Thursday imposed $43,800 in fines on lobbyists and their clients for not properly reporting their activity.

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SacBee: FPPC fines Kinney, Areias and Hickox for covert lobbying

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September 9, 2013

Three well-connected partners in the prominent California Strategies public affairs firm have agreed to pay fines to California’s political watchdog agency for trying to influence state government decisions without registering as lobbyists.

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SacBee: Capitol lobbyists make more this year; oil group tops in spending

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August 1, 2013

Income for lobbying firms at California’s Capitol was up slightly for the first half of this year compared with the same time period last year.

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RollCall: California Labor Group Lists Controversial Consultants | Shop Talk

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By Abby Livingston
Roll Call Staff
July 22, 2013, 5:08 p.m.

The California Labor Federation has issued a “Do Not Hire” list that includes six consultants who allegedly took part in creating direct mail that slammed two Democratic state lawmakers for supporting unions in their races against Democratic challengers.

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