Interests like labor unions, business groups, cities and counties spent a combined $285 million to lobby state government in 2011. California Common Cause says the previous record was $281 million in 2008. Policy Analyst Phillip Ung says the report also focuses on lobbying activity.
UNG: "In 2011, there were 1,948 registered lobbyists and placement agents here in California. That's about a 16-to-one ratio to legislators. So that's sixteen lobbyists for every one legislator…"