Money and Power in Sacramento

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Lobbyists outnumber legislators in Sacramento by 8 to 1. Lobbying is a growth industry.  In 1975, interest groups hiring lobbyists numbered 682; now it's 2,365. Since 1990, lobbyist spending has risen from $193 million to $550 million. Another reason that lobbyists get what they want is that they've been there a lot longer.


Shane Goldmacher - national political reporter, New York Times - @ShaneGoldmacher, Mark Leno - California State Senator (D-San Francisco, San Rafael), Seth Jacobson - President, Jacobson Communications

Warren Olney

Christian Bordal, Andrea Brody