OVER $15.8 MILLION SPENT TO LOBBY CITY AGENCIES IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 2017

For Immediate Release: February 20, 2018

Entities registered to lobby City agencies reported receiving payments totaling over $15.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to a report on the Ethics Commission’s agenda for today’s meeting.

Reports filed by lobbying entities disclosed that clients paid a total of $15,880,934 to lobby the City during the fourth quarter. Of the 1,747 clients registered for the fourth quarter, the ten who made the largest aggregated payments for lobbying services are listed in the Top 10 Highest Paying Clients table (see right).

Payments from these clients totaled $2,213,674 and represented 13.9 percent of all payments by lobbying clients for the quarter.

The ten lobbying firms receiving the most client payments in the fourth quarter of 2017 are listed in the Top 10 Highest Paid Lobbying Firms (see below left). Together, these lobbying firms received a total of $8,065,341, representing 50.8 percent of all client payments received in the fourth quarter.

TOP 10 HIGHEST PAYING CLIENTSTOTAL PAYMENTS IN Q4
1Crossroads Associates LLC$458,142
2Atlas Capital Group, LLC$323,789
3Hollywood International Regional Center$255,938
4La Terra Development LLC$218,848
5Cen Fed, LTD$203,183
6Lightstone DTLA LLC$185,441
7CIM Group$178,284
8Englander Knabe & Allen on behalf of LaTerra Properties$144,595
9AEG$127,239
10LAFC Sports, LLC$118,215
TOP 10 HIGHEST PAID LOBBYING FIRMSTOTAL LOBBYING PAYMENTS RECEIVED IN Q4
1DLA Piper LLP (US)$1,430,610
2Englander Knabe and Allen$1,220,239
3Armbruster Goldsmith & Delvac LLP$934,289
4Ek, Sunkin, Klink & Bai$918,000
5Craig Lawson & Co., LLC$749,954
6Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP$679,721
7Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP$644,085
8M Advisors LLC$550,000
9Latham & Watkins LLP$476,613
10Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP$461,830

Twelve of the 654 fourth-quarter lobbying entities also reported fundraising activity totaling $74,400 for City campaigns, officeholders, and committees.

In addition to lobbying entities, the California Hotel and Lodging Association disclosed spending $36,083 as a major filer in the fourth quarter of 2017.

The full report on fourth-quarter lobbying and major filer activities is available on the Ethics Commission’s web site. Disclosed information about lobbying entities and their clients can be searched through the Public Data Portal on the Ethics Commission’s web site.

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The Ethics Commission was created by Los Angeles voters in 1990 to impartially administer and enforce the City’s governmental ethics, campaign financing, and lobbying laws.

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