Why is Sacramento spending so much on lobbyists? – California News

Why is Sacramento spending so much on lobbyists? – California News

Mayor Darrell Steinberg likely has more political clout at the state Capitol than any Sacramento mayor in recent history. He’s been an assemblyman, president of the state Senate and an attorney at a powerful law firm.

Yet even with his connections, the city of Sacramento is spending more on Capitol lobbyists than nearly every other city in the state.

Recent filings with the Secretary of State show the city spent $226,077 on lobbying in the first six months of 2017. The only cities that spent more were Los Angeles and Redding.

Sacramento’s lobbyist tab was the highest it’s been through June 30 since it plunked down $244,542 during the same time period in 2006. It’s also a significant increase over the amount the city spent in recent years; this year’s figure was a 45 percent jump from 2016.

This year’s bill included an $80,735 payment to the League of California Cities, a statewide advocacy group that collects dues from cities around the…

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