No. 47: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

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47. Gale Kaufman

Gale Kaufman, the California Teachers Association’s near-iconic campaign strategist and outside consultant, is always up to something. This time, she’s putting together a fight against next year’s ballot initiative that would raise pain-and-suffering awards in medical malpractice cases, a long-sought goal of personal injury lawyers. She’s working with the California Medical Association, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, the Doctors’ Group and others. There are rumblings of a school voucher measure aimed at next year’s ballot and Kaufman would be likely to take a lead role in that fray. Meanwhile, Kaufman is handling assorted IEs, including one for Mia Bonta in the 18th Assembly District. Kaufman, with deep ties to labor, also serves as an outside consultant to SEIU.

Updated Aug. 25, 2021

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