For Immediate Release: April 21, 2021

Contact: Nancy Jackson (213) 978-1960

Entities registered to lobby City agencies reported receiving payments totaling over $18.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2020, according to a summary on today’s Ethics Commission agenda.

Reports filed by lobbying entities disclosed that clients paid a total of $18,242,480 to lobby the City during the fourth quarter. Of the 2,246 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 to the right.

Payments from these clients totaled $2,205,329 and represented 12.1 percent of all payments by lobbying clients for the quarter.

The ten lobbying firms receiving the most client payments in the fourth quarter of 2020 are listed in the Top 10 Highest Paid Lobbying Firms table below. Together, these lobbying firms received a total of $8,545,464, representing 46.8 percent of all client payments received in the fourth quarter.

Top 10 Highest Paying ClientsTotal Payments Made in Q4
1Champion Real Estate Company$377,195
2MCAF Vine LLC$338,644
3Harridge Development Group, LLC$269,393
4Watermark Westwood Village LLC$239,452
5Puerto Rico Potential, LLC$189,956
7David and Rochelle Fredston$173,855
8Lendlease Development Inc.$164,269
9MR Real Estate, LLC$147,535
10Palisades Capital Partners$124,186
Top 10 Highest Paid Lobbying FirmsTotal Payments Received in Q4
1DLA Piper LLP (US)$1,564,930
2Englander Knabe and Allen$1,163,493
3Armbruster Goldsmith & Delvac LLC$1,153,555
4Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP$1,070,212
5Mayer Brown LLP$793,566
6Craig Lawson & Co., LLC$698,873
7Max Development LLC dba three6ixty$614,941
8Michael Bai and Associates$514,250
9Glaser, Weil, Fink, Howard, Avchen & Shapiro, LLP$491,694
10Latham & Watkins LLP$479,950

Of the 758 fourth-quarter lobbying entities, 26 also reported fundraising activity totaling $207,402 for City campaigns, officeholders, and committees.

In addition to the lobbying entities, three major filers reported activity totaling $26,972 in the fourth quarter of 2020.

The full summary on fourth-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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