Capitol Weekly’s Top 100: Mike Belote

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49. Mike Belote

Lobbyist Mike Belote is the immediate past president of California Advocates, one of the most respected lobbying and association management firms in the Capitol community. It was established over fifty years ago, and its roster on the secretary of state’s official website shows more than 87 (!) clients. Their half-dozen lobbyists include familiar names – Belote, Dennis Albiani (president of the firm), Faith Borges, Cliff Costa and Anthony Molina. The clients include Apple, Bayer US, the California Judges Association, Coca-Cola, RV Industry Association and UC’s Hastings College of Law, among many, many others. Belote is a lawyer – via McGeorge School of Law and UC Berkeley – and has long represented the Judges and Hastings. He’s heavily involved in philanthropic activities, and recipients include such groups as the Volunteers of America, the Public Legal Services Society at McGeorge, and My Sister’s House, an organization focused on domestic violence and trafficking in the Asian Pacific Islander community. Full disclosure: Belote serves on the board of Open California, publisher of Capitol Weekly.

Updated Aug. 9, 2022

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