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No. 60: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

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60. John Latimer

Capitol Advocacy is a major lobbying force in Sacramento, and John Latimer is the main reason why. He’s not alone, though: He’s got 10 lobbyists working with him, and they handle more than — wait for it — 80 clients. It seems like everybody has hired Capitol Advocacy but us, and we would, too, if we could afford him. Here’s just a sample: Broadcom, L.A. County, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Pepsico, T-Mobile, Doordash, Goodwill Industries, California Retailers Association, Lowe’s, and on, and on. CA handles business regulation, consumer concerns and environmental regulation, among many other issues. A year after an unsuccessful 1998 run for an Assembly seat, Latimer set up his own lobbying shop. Earlier, he had worked in the Capitol as a chief of staff and as a consultant to several Assembly committees, including Appropriations and Governmental Organization.

Updated Aug. 25, 2021

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