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For Immediate Release: June 16, 2021

Contact: Nancy Jackson (213) 978-1960

Entities registered to lobby City agencies reported receiving payments totaling over $15.8 million in the first quarter of 2021, according to a summary on today’s Ethics Commission agenda.

Reports filed by lobbying entities disclosed that clients paid a total of $15,887,168 to lobby the City during the first quarter. Of the 1,654 clients registered for the first quarter, the ten who made the largest aggregated payments for lobbying services are listed in the Top 10 Highest Paying Clients table to the right.

Payments from these clients totaled $2,573,172 and represented 16.2 percent of all payments by lobbying clients for the quarter.

The ten lobbying firms receiving the most client payments in the first quarter of 2021 are listed in the Top 10 Highest Paid Lobbying Firms table below. Together, these lobbying firms received a total of $6,753,594, representing 42.5 percent of all client payments received in the first quarter.

Top 10 Highest Paying Clients Total Payments Made in Q1
1 SOCAL San Pedro SPV1 LLC $742,181
2 Chick-Fil-A $346,594
3 LINXS Constructors $275,408
4 Staley Point Capital $241,253
5 Clear Channel Outdoor Inc $195,000
6 Palisades Capital Partners $183,444
7 Sandstone Properties $159,594
8 Englander Knabe & Allen on behalf of Puerto Rico Potential LLC $156,037
9 Lendlease Development Inc $145,661
10 NEWKOA LLC $128,000
Top 10 Highest Paid Lobbying Firms Total Payments Received in Q1
1 Psomas $1,018,963
2 Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP $966,841
3 Armbruster Goldsmith & Delvac LLC $855,148
4 Englander Knabe and Allen $740,701
5 Craig Lawson & Co., LLC $653,645
6 TChoi and Associates $626,936
7 MAX DEVELOPMENT LLC dba three6ixty $526,954
8 Kimberlina Whettam & Associates $513,105
9 Michael Bai and Associates $451,000
10 Mercury Public Affairs $400,300

Of the 715 first-quarter lobbying entities, 16 also reported fundraising activity totaling $149,945 for City campaigns, officeholders, and committees.

In addition to the lobbying entities, two major filers reported activity totaling $151,744 in the first quarter of 2021.

The full summary on first-quarter lobbying and major filer activities is available on the Ethics Commission’s website. Disclosed information about lobbying entities and their clients can be searched through the Public Data Portal.

The Ethics Commission was created by Los Angeles voters in 1990 to impartially administer and enforce the City’s governmental ethics, campaign financing, and lobbying laws.

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