No. 64: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

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64: Jim DeBoo

Jim DeBoo, a political adviser to the governor, is a consultant who has participated participated in more than two dozen campaigns and can brag on his website that he has won 90 percent of them. In that other 10% is this year’s ill-fated Prop. 13, a Newsom-backed $15 billion bond measure that would have funded repairs and upgrades to aging school buildings, which fell short in March despite DeBoo’s best efforts. DeBoo’s lobbying and consulting firm, DeBoo Communications, has worked for corporations, independent expenditure committees, labor unions, and legislative and political action committees and their lobbying teams. DeBoo has a long list of legislative posts before becoming a consultant. He served as interim chief of staff for Speaker John A. Pérez, was chief legislative representative for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the City of Los Angeles, and as chief of staff for two former Assembly members as well as special adviser to former State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell.

Updated Aug. 11, 2020

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