10. Allan Zaremberg
The 13,000-member California Chamber of Commerce, headed by President and CEO Allan Zaremberg, is a deep-pockets political force in Sacramento and has been for decades. Zaremberg is a Republican with strong ties to earlier GOP administrations, but he crosses the aisle on specific issues. In November, for example, he joined Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and the construction trades to oppose Proposition 53 on the November ballot, which would have required public works projects using $2 billion or more in revenue bonds to go before a vote of the people. The measure, by Stockton farmer and millionaire Dino Cortopassi, was rejected. Zaremberg was head lobbyist for Govs. George Deukmejian and Pete Wilson, and he performed the same function at the Chamber before taking the top job in 1998.
Updated Aug. 29, 2017