Business lobby tops labor lobby
December 26, 2011
Business won the lobbying wars in Sacramento this past year, knocking off more potentially pesky legislative proposals than any other special interest group under the dome. [CaliforniaWatch]
Between labor, business and others, interest groups spent more than $216 million for lobbying lawmakers during the first nine months of 2011. A political action committee of the business lobby, JobsPAC, spent $9.2 million statewide, with a portion of that amount going to support several state politicians thought to be friendly to business.
Sen. Sam Blakeslee (R-San Luis Obispo) was one of those, according to the report, and he voted “the California Chamber of Commerce’s way on each of 13 bills on the chamber’s scorecard.” The Chamber prevailed on 62 of the 87 bills it challenged for a 72 percent win ratio.
The report also found that labor groups generally “won” by passing new laws, while “business groups mostly fought battles to maintain the status quo.”