11. Bill Devine
Bill Devine has been on all 10 editions of this list, and for good reason. He’s a vice president of AT&T — that means he makes a little more than the editor of Capitol Weekly — and he’s at the center of every major telecommunications bill in the Capitol. He’s also on the A-list of well-heeled power players, in part because AT&T is the main corporate donor and key of sponsor of the annual Speaker’s Cup at Pebble Beach, the largest single legislative fundraiser of the year. And Devine’s clout in Sacramento remains undiminished, despite AT&T’s problems in D.C. There, a top company lobbying and policy executive, Bob Quinn, was forced to resign in May following the disclosure of a $600,000 payment that AT&T made to a shadowy shell company run by Donald Trump’s “fixer,” Michael Cohen, who is under federal criminal investigation in New York.
Updated Aug. 16, 2o18