Ethics Commission: Lobbyists Spent More Than $17.9 Million in Third Quarter

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The Los Angeles Ethics Commission reported today that entities registered to lobby city agencies reported receiving payments totaling more than $17.9 million in the third quarter of the year.

Of the 2,016 clients registered for the third quarter, the largest aggregated amount for lobbying services was $339,885 paid by The Peebles Corp., which topped the commission's Top 10 Highest Paying Clients list.

The Peebles Corp. is a private real estate investment firm that paid for lobbying services for the redevelopment of the Angels Landing proposed development complex.

Payments from the 10 clients on the list totaled $2,486,551 and represented 13.9% of all payments by lobbying clients for the quarter, the commission reported.

The commission's Highest Paid Lobbying Firms list was headed by Englander Knabe and Allen (including three6ixty), which received $2,044,356.

Englander Knabe and Allen is described on its website as a strategic communications firm that is paid by multiple sources for various lobbying activities, according to Ethics Commission documents.

Together, the 10 lobbying firms on the list received a total of $8,775,399, representing 49% of all client payments received in the third quarter.

Of the 720 third-quarter lobbying entities, 16 reported fundraising activity totaling $160,900 for city campaigns, officeholders and committees.

In addition to lobbying entities, four major filers reported activity totaling $172,503 in the third quarter of 2019.

Last quarter, a total $18.1 million was spent on city lobbying activity, up about $200,000 from the third quarter and $4.6 million more than the first quarter.

The full summary on third-quarter lobbying and major filer activities is available at Disclosed information about lobbying entities and their clients can be searched through the Public Data Portal of the commission's website.

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