65. David Quintana
Whenever there’s a big-ticket dispute in the Capitol, lobbyist David Quintana is somewhere near the middle of it. This year, it’s the emerging marijuana industry: Companies are grappling for leverage as the state crafts regulations to take effect in January, and the locals decide whether they are in or out. Quintana has signed the California Cannabis Couriers Association, for starters, and has others in the pipeline. Earlier, when the ride-sharing company Uber came to Sacramento to parley over legislation, they hired Quintana’s firm, Gonzalez, Quintana and Hunter, to give the company a hand. He did – and he was one reason Uber wound up a winner. Of course, a lot’s happened to Uber since then. Before that, Quintana was active in online gaming negotiations, in part because he built the California Tribal Business Alliance into a political force. A lot of people with a lot of dough like Quintana and his firm – they have more than six dozen clients.
Updated Aug. 29, 2017