58. Kevin Sloat
Kevin Sloat, the principal and founder of Sloat Higgins Jensen and Associates, is a regular on this list, someone who we have described, accurately, as “an acknowledged and respected Sacramento power player.” His dozens of clients include the California Business Roundtable, Anheuser-Busch, the California Trucking Association, Foster Farms, the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California among others. He worked as a chief of staff in the Legislature as Legislative Secretary in Gov. Pete Wilson’s administration, then left there in 1997 to launch his own lobbying firm. He had himself and one support-staff person, but the firm grew speedily, with both corporate and public-sector clients. In 2014, he paid a $133,500 fine for lobby-law violations, but the rebuke appears to have been little more than a speed bump, and he remains a respected figure in political circles.
Updated Aug. 15, 2018