California labor unions, business associations and other interest groups spent more than $558 million – about $764,000 a day – to influence California government during the 2007-08 legislative session, according to state records analyzed by Capitol Weekly. Leading the way was the Service Employees International Union which spent $10.9 million over the two-year period. The Western States Petroleum Association, which represents oil and gas companies, spent $10.5 million over the same biennial span.
Rounding out the list of top five spenders was:
- California Teachers Association ($7.9 million)
- Bromine Science and Environmental Forum ($6.5 million)
- California Hospital Association ($5.9 million)