PG&E biggest spender on lobbying in California
April 26, 2010
California companies spent more than $66 million lobbying state officials and Congress during the first quarter of 2010–and Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) is at the top of the list. [California Watch]
The report, maintained by the U.S. Senate, shows that PG&E was by far the largest spender on lobbying efforts, dropping $25.8 million, nearly all of it went to supporting Proposition 16. The initiative, on the June ballot, would require two-thirds of local residents to approve the creation of new electricity districts.
There was a huge drop off between first place and the runners-up. Other California companies on the lobbying list include Chevron ($3 million), Oracle ($1.2 million), and DirecTV ($620,000). Rounding out the Top Five was Nissan North America ($610,000).
Way back in the pack on the lobbying list was the Port San Luis Harbor District ($10,000).