67. Scott Wetch
The ever-aggressive Scott Wetch works for trade unions such as State Pipe Trades Council, Building and Construction Trades Council and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, among others. He will go to the extreme to boost trade unions interests — he’s said so himself — “I do whatever I can to give a competitive advantage to unionized employees,” Wetch told the Los Angeles Times. Wetch serves as the head of a barebones staff at Carter, Wetch and Associates from his office on the corner of I and 13th streets, but that doesn’t take away from his immense influence at the Capitol a few blocks away. Wetch has earned a reputation as a notorious bill killer if legislation coming out of the Capitol is outside of his constituents interests. This year, Wetch has looked out for trade unions’ interests while figuring out how to provide financial relief for the thousands affected by wildfires up and down the state last summer and fall. He worked at the Capitol in the Senate and Assembly for over 12 years prior to teaming up with his now-retired lobbying partner Art Carter.
Updated Aug. 15, 2018