NEARLY $13.9 MILLION SPENT TO LOBBY CITY AGENCIES IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2017

For Immediate Release: August 15, 2017

Reports filed by lobbying entities disclosed that clients paid a total of $13,897,249 to lobby the City during the first quarter. Of the 1,275 clients registered for the first 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 combined totaled $1,569,271, and represented 11.3 percent of all payments by lobbying clients for the quarter.

Entities registered to lobby City agencies reported receiving payments totaling over $13.8 million in the first quarter of 2017, according to a report on the Ethics Commission’s agenda today.

Reports filed by lobbying entities disclosed that clients paid a total of $13,897,249 to lobby the City during the first quarter. Of the 1,275 clients registered for the first 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 combined totaled $1,569,271, and represented 11.3 percent of all payments by lobbying clients for the quarter.

In addition to payments from clients, 17 of the 574 first quarter lobbying entities reported fundraising activity totaling $61,750 for City campaigns, officeholders, and committees.

Top 10 Highest Paying Clients Total Payments in Q1
1Seaview Investors LLC$267,337
2City Century LLC$220,000
3Lightstone DTLA LLC$185,273
4Lowe Enterprises Inc.$150,107
5iHeartMedia, Inc., Clear Channel Outdoor,
and Affiliated Entities
$144,079
6Crespi Carmelite High School$132,478
7AEG$119,998
8Monteverdi LLC c/o Paratus Group$119,829
9Harridge Development Group, LLC$118,906
10Trammell Crow Residential$111,264
Top 10 Highest Paid Lobbying Firms Total Lobbying
Payments
Received in Q1
1Liner LLP$1,019,936
2Englander Knabe and Allen$966,576
3Craig Lawson & Co., LLC$868,981
4Ek, Sunkin, Klink & Bai$835,333
5Armbruster Goldsmith & Delvac LLP$781,558
6Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP$500,884
7Kindel Gagan $418,749
8Marathon Communications Inc $415,348
9Urban Solutions, LLC $402,327
10Afriat Consulting Group Inc $390,695

The ten lobbying firms receiving the most client payments in the first quarter of 2017 are listed in the Top 10 Highest Paid Lobbying Firms table (see left). Together, these lobbying firms received a total of $6,600,387, representing 47.5 percent of all client payments received in the first quarter of 2017. The full report on first-quarter lobbying activities, the disclosure reports filed by lobbying entities, and searchable information about lobbying entities and their clients are available 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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