By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Wednesday, March 10th, 2010 at 5:21 pm in campaign finance.
Labor unions, pharmaceutical companies and Indian tribes have contributed the most money to political campaigns and paid the highest in lobbying activities in California since 2000, according to an analysis unveiled today by the Fair Political Practices Commission.
The list includes six corporations, three Indian tribes, labor unions and four business associations.
“The message from special interests is unmistakable, that they are willing to spend millions of dollars to protect their narrow interests,” said FPPC Chairman Ross Johnson. “The spending also serves as a warning to officeholders: ‘Don’t forget, we can use our money to help or hurt you. Think about it.’ ”
Here’s the Top 10:
1. California Teachers Association: $211.8 million
2. California State Council of Service Employees: $107.4 million
3. Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America: $104.9 million
4. Morongo Band of Mission Indians: $83.6 million
5. Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians: $69.2 million
6. Pacific Gas and Electric Company: $69.2 million
7. Chevron Corp.: $66.2 million
8. AT&T: $59.6 million
9. Phillip Morris USA: $50.7 million
10. Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians: $49 million