81. David Pruitt
This is just David Pruitt’s second time on the list, having first joined the Top 100 last year. A fundraiser and strategist, he’s worked in politics for more than a quarter century, starting as a capitol staffer, then moving to the Los Angeles County Medical Association and later the California Medical Association. About a decade ago, he founded David Pruitt Consulting. Today his firm represents a laundry list of big-time Democratic clients, including Speaker Robert Rivas, Assembly Appropriations Chair Chris Holden and Assembly Majority Leader Eloise Gomez Reyes (just to name a few). Pruitt is credited with masterminding the strategy that raised $20 to $25 million in each of the last couple of election cycles to produce the 60-member Assembly Democratic supermajority. If he keeps raising money at that rate for the majority party in California, there’s little doubt he’ll be on this list again.
Updated Aug. 16, 2023