OVER $20.5 MILLION SPENT TO LOBBY CITY IN FOURTH QUARTER

For Immediate Release: February 18, 2020

Contact: Nancy Jackson (213) 978-1960

Entities registered to lobby City agencies reported receiving payments totaling over $20.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2019, according to a summary on today’s Ethics Commission agenda.

Reports filed by lobbying entities disclosed that clients paid a total of $20,581,876 to lobby the City during the fourth quarter. Of the 2,200 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 $2,924,609 and represented 14.2 percent of all payments by lobbying clients for the quarter.

The ten lobbying firms receiving the most client payments in the fourth quarter of 2019 are listed in the Top 10 Highest Paid Lobbying Firms table below. Together, these lobbying firms received a total of $9,987,108, representing 49 percent of all client payments received in the fourth quarter.

Top 10 Highest Paying ClientsTotal Payments Made in Q4
1Champion Real Estate Company$518,947
2Clear Channel Outdoor, LLC (and Clear Channel Outdoor, Clear Channel Outdoor, Inc., and Clear Channel)$438,374
3SOCAL San Pedro SPV1, LLC$435,750
4CRE-HAR Crossroads SPV, LLC$296,501
5CIM Group (and 5929 Sunset (Hollywood), LLC and CIM Group, LP)$268,840
6Watermark Westwood Village LLC$241,420
7Mountaingate Open Space Maintenance Association$225,513
8La Terra Development LLC$182,620
9Atlas Capital Group, LLC$159,644
10Los Angeles Dodgers$157,000
Top 10 Highest Paid Lobbying FirmsTotal Payments Received in Q4
1DLA Piper LLP (US)$2,059,976
2Englander Knabe and Allen (including three6ixty)$1,700,915
3Armbruster Goldsmith & Delvac LLP$1,226,329
4Craig Lawson & Co., LLC$829,665
5Psomas$813,137
6Latham & Watkins LLP$775,787
7Glaser, Weil, Fink, Howard, Avchen & Shapiro, LLP$728,874
8Michael Bai and Associates$698,750
9Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP$602,175
10M Strategic Communications$551,500

Of the 742 fourth-quarter lobbying entities, 19 reported fundraising activity totaling $145,200 for City campaigns, officeholders, and committees.

In addition to lobbying entities, five major filers reported activity totaling $219,222 in the fourth quarter of 2019.

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 on the Ethics Commission’s website.

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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