41. Joe Lang
Whenever we put this list together, people tell us, “You’ve got Joe Lang, right?” Yes, we do. Lang, a former Assembly staffer at the blandly named Governmental Organization Committee, is the managing partner of Lang Hansen O’Malley & Miller. Through the 2016 election cycle, LHOM billed $12.53 million, a close second to top biller KP Public Affairs, according to research by the Sacramento Business Journal. Money isn’t everything, of course — look at Capitol Weekly — but in the world of politics and policy, it counts for a lot. LHOM’s client list includes such disparate interests as the California Catholic Conference, the California Business Roundtable, Los Alamitos Race Track, the California Retailers Association, Port of San Diego, Altria, FedEx, Estee Lauder, Wal-Mart, DraftKings, etc., etc. By the way, LHOM is filled with people who should be on this list — John O’Malley, George Miller IV and Larissa Cespedes, to name a few — but there’s not enough room. Partner Bev Hansen has been on the list before.
Updated Aug. 15, 2018