OVER $15.8 MILLION SPENT TO LOBBY CITY IN FIRST QUARTER OF 2021

For Immediate Release: June 16, 2021

Contact: Nancy Jackson (213) 978-1960

Entities registered to lobby City agencies reported receiving payments totaling over $15.8 million in the first quarter of 2021, according to a summary on today’s Ethics Commission agenda.

Reports filed by lobbying entities disclosed that clients paid a total of $15,887,168 to lobby the City during the first quarter. Of the 1,654 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 to the right.

Payments from these clients totaled $2,573,172 and represented 16.2 percent of all payments by lobbying clients for the quarter.

The ten lobbying firms receiving the most client payments in the first quarter of 2021 are listed in the Top 10 Highest Paid Lobbying Firms table below. Together, these lobbying firms received a total of $6,753,594, representing 42.5 percent of all client payments received in the first quarter.

Top 10 Highest Paying ClientsTotal Payments Made in Q4
1SOCAL San Pedro SPV1 LLC$742,181
2Chick-Fil-A$346,594
3LINXS Constructors$275,408
4Staley Point Capital$241,253
5Clear Channel Outdoor Inc$195,000
6Palisades Capital Partners$183,444
7Sandstone Properties$159,594
8Englander Knabe & Allen on behalf of Puerto Rico Potential LLC$156,037
9Lendlease Development Inc$145,661
10NEWKOA LLC$128,000
Top 10 Highest Paid Lobbying FirmsTotal Payments Received in Q4
1Psomas$1,018,963
2Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP$966,841
3Armbruster Goldsmith & Delvac LLC$855,148
4Englander Knabe and Allen$740,701
5Craig Lawson & Co., LLC$653,645
6TChoi and Associates$626,936
7MAX DEVELOPMENT LLC dba three6ixty$526,954
8Kimberlina Whettam & Associates513,105
9Michael Bai and Associates$451,000
10Mercury Public Affairs$400,300

Of the 715 first-quarter lobbying entities, 16 also reported fundraising activity totaling $149,945 for City campaigns, officeholders, and committees.

In addition to the lobbying entities, two major filers reported activity totaling $151,744 in the first quarter of 2021.

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

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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