57. Mike Belote
Mike Belote is the president of California Advocates, one of California’s first contract lobbying firms and one its most respected. The firm represents blue chip companies like Apple, Delta Airlines, Equifax, Coca-Cola, Monsanto, NRG and more, and dozens of associations in diverse areas such as real estate, health care, law, agriculture and others. They also have a sizable presence in water — always a critical factor in California. A second division of the firm constitutes one of Sacramento’s largest association management operations. Belote’s philanthropic activities have supported Volunteers of America, the Public Legal Services Society at McGeorge law school, and My Sister’s House, an organization focused on domestic violence and trafficking in the Asian Pacific Islander community. The latter bestowed Mike with its 2017 “Civic Hero of Hope” award, presented to him by California’s chief justice, Tani Cantil-Sakauye. Full disclosure: Belote serves on the board of Open California, publisher of Capitol Weekly.
Updated Aug. 15, 2o18