49. Mike Belote
Mike Belote is the president of California Advocates, a venerable lobbying firm that has had a presence in the Capitol for decades. The firm also has the bluest of blue-chip clients – Coca-Cola, Copart, Delta Air Lines, See’s Candies, UC’s Hastings College of Law, Equifax, Apple, Bayer U.S., the California Judges Association, and more and more. More than six dozen clients, in fact. California Advocates’ vice president is Dennis Albiani, a ranking staffer in the Gray Davis and Arnold Schwarzenegger administrations, who has deep knowledge of agricultural and land-use issues. Belote is a graduate of UC Berkeley and the McGeorge School of Law. He’s heavily involved in philanthropic activities, and recipients inlude such groups as the Volunteers of America, the Public Legal Services Society at McGeorge law school, 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. 11, 2o20