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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 Clients Total Payments Made in Q4
1 Champion Real Estate Company $377,195
2 MCAF Vine LLC $338,644
3 Harridge Development Group, LLC $269,393
4 Watermark Westwood Village LLC $239,452
5 Puerto Rico Potential, LLC $189,956
6 Chick-Fil-A $180,844
7 David and Rochelle Fredston $173,855
8 Lendlease Development Inc. $164,269
9 MR Real Estate, LLC $147,535
10 Palisades Capital Partners $124,186
Top 10 Highest Paid Lobbying Firms Total Payments Received in Q4
1 DLA Piper LLP (US) $1,564,930
2 Englander Knabe and Allen $1,163,493
3 Armbruster Goldsmith & Delvac LLC $1,153,555
4 Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP $1,070,212
5 Mayer Brown LLP $793,566
6 Craig Lawson & Co., LLC $698,873
7 Max Development LLC dba three6ixty $614,941
8 Michael Bai and Associates $514,250
9 Glaser, Weil, Fink, Howard, Avchen & Shapiro, LLP $491,694
10 Latham & 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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