Top Ten Lobbying Firms in City of Los Angeles, 2007-2009

The Los Angeles City Ethics Commission (LACEC) provides detailed lobbyist disclosure reports for in-house lobbyists and lobbying firms registered with the City of Los Angeles. The amount of detail is impressive but sometimes having a birds-eye view of the data is also helpful. The tables below show the top ten lobbying firms by amount of payments received from clients between January 2007 and December 2009. For more information about the influence of money in Los Angeles city politics, see the Center for Governmental Studies report titled Money and Power in the City of Angels.

Top Ten Lobbying Firms by Lobbying Client Payments, 2007-2009

Firm Name Lobbying Client Payments Campaign Contributions Fundraising Activity and Solitications 
Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro LLP $9,191,884 $8,000 $40,400
Craig Lawson & Co., LLC $6,978,635 $500 $21,500
Latham & Watkins LLP $6,775,876 $0 $0
Cerrell Associates Inc $6,392,797 $47,600 $154,650
Ek & Ek $4,619,280 $0 $14,500
Consensus Inc. $3,886,050 $0 $0
Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP $3,821,442 $0 $0
Armbruster Goldsmith & Delvac, LLP $3,423,664 $0 $0
Arnie Berghoff & Associates $3,108,538 $0 $167,750
Rose & Kindel $3,021,473 $130,000 $15,850

 

Top Five Lobbying Clients from the Top Ten Lobbying Firms, 2007-2009

Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP Total Amount
Patriot Homes a/k/a DS Ventures, LLC $426,056
Cen Fed, Ltd. $386,860
Millennium Partners $370,849
Chinatown Ventures LLC c/o Bond Capital LTD $364,480
Ready Golf Centers $274,959
 
 
Armbruster Goldsmith & Delvac, LLP Total Amount
Thomas Properties Group $569,960
Genton Barth Real Estate Group, LLC $312,034
Next Century Associates, LLC $304,952
BRE Properties, Inc. $197,512
Occidental College $183,972
 
 
Arnie Berghoff & Assoc Total Amount
Hotel Association of Los Angeles $351,000
BNSF Railway Company $301,163
Cisco Systems Inc $288,704
SERCO, Inc. $252,700
BFI $195,375
 
 
Cerrell Assoc Inc Total Amount
WCE Genton Associates $628,151
Plasco Energy Corp $415,544
Loyola Marymount University $401,731
Time Warner Communications $388,046
Fifteen Group, LLC $363,318
 
 
Consensus Inc. Total Amount
Home Depot $890,737
Westfield, LLC $627,790
Trammell Crow Company $455,057
Fifteen Group, LLC $374,497
Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway $372,634
 
 
Craig Lawson & Co., LLC Total Amount
The Hanover Company $568,988
Gerding/Edlen Development Company, LLC $359,205
Bevcon I, LLC $247,447
Holland Partners $211,483
Emerson College $202,240
 
 
Ek & Ek Total Amount
CH2MHILL $345,000
HMS Host $292,500
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. $245,000
Urbaser $234,982
McDonalds Corporation $215,000
 
 
Jeffer Mangels Butler & Marmaro LLP Total Amount
The Clarett Group $1,106,837
G.H. Palmer Associates $684,191
Decron Management Corp $449,336
New Tower Trust Company $353,365
Ronald A. Simms Commercial Development and Montel Associates LP $327,714
 
 
Latham & Watkins LLP Total Amount
NBC Universal $975,144
Westfield, LLC $940,606
The Home Depot $532,904
The Buckley School $367,184
Playa Capital Co., LLC $329,695
 
 
Rose & Kindel Total Amount
Porter Novelli on behalf of American Chemistry Council $474,949
Veolia Transportation, Inc. $301,881
Sonic Automotive, Inc. $202,618
Maguire Aviation Group, LLC $182,766
Recording Industry Association of America, Inc. $160,075