Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Loni Hancock Wants to Hike Lobbyist Fees

By Chris Thompson
Wed, Aug 6, 2008 at 8:10 AM

Loni Hancock has a last little bit of business before she leaves the Assembly to join the state Senate: she wants to raise Sacramento lobbyists' fees to pay for public campaign financing.

Sounds just skippy to us; currently, lobbyists only pay $25 every two years for the privilege of bribing our politicians. According to the (sigh) MediaNews Sacramento bureau, Hancock's bill would raise the fees to $350 a year, which would generate $350,000 for the public financing program. Which is still lower than Massachusetts, which bills lobbyists a grand a year. Gosh, what bill do you think lobbyists will try to kill in the next few months?

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