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No. 86: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

Brandon Castillo. Illustration by Chris Shary

86. Brandon Castillo

Proposition 22, the 2020 ballot initiative that exempted app-based transportation and delivery companies from AB5 and classified their drivers as contractors rather than employees, was the most expensive ballot campaign ever waged in the state. Lyft, Uber, DoorDash, Instacart, and Postmates spent a whopping $205 million in support of the measure, and Brandon Castillo, partner in one of Sacramento’s top political consulting firms — Bicker, Castillo and Fairbanks, with Gwyn Bicker and Kathy Fairbanks — decided where much of that money was spent. The measure passed with 59% of the vote, so he was doing something right. Castillo has been on the Capitol scene for some 20 years, and has been involved in dozens of initiative campaigns; his firm’s website boasts a “better than a 95% success rate.” Before Bicker, Castillo and Fairbanks was founded in 2001, Castillo was a manager of public affairs for Burson-Marsteller, one of the nation’s best-known public relations firms.

Updated Aug. 25, 2021.

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