58. Mike Belote
Mike Belote, no stranger to the Top 100 list, is the president of California Advocates, Inc., one of California’s first contract lobbying firms. 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, healthcare, 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. His 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. 29, 2o17