66. Scott Wetch
Organized labor is the 800-pound gorilla of California politics, and as such, is heavily represented on this list. One of the reasons is Scott Wetch, whose offices at 13th and I are one floor down from SBCTC (see No. 8) and right across the alley from Capitol Weekly’s digs on H Street. Wetch represents union interests first, last and always. His list of clients includes the State Pipe Trades Council, the International Union of Elevator Constructors (Locals 8 and 18) and a whole slew of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers locals, among others. Wetch has earned a reputation as a ruthless bill-killer if legislation coming out of the Capitol threatens his constituents’ interests. He worked at the Capitol in the Senate and Assembly for over 12 years, getting his start as an intern in the Senate president’s office while still a student at CSU Sacramento. His firm, Carter, Wetch and Associates billed $3.5 million in 2019. Founding partner Art Carter retired in 2003 but Wetch, perhaps more sentimental than his reputation would belie, has kept his name on the firm all these years.
Updated Aug. 11, 2020