SACRAMENTO -- California's 10 biggest-spending special interest groups paid lobbyists about $57 million to lobby the Legislature, the governor's administration and other state agencies.
The biggest spender during the two-year legislative session that recessed Sept. 30 was the Western States Petroleum Assn. The group, which represents international oil giants and small, independent producers, reported expenses of $8.5 million.
The association lobbies on a variety of bills dealing with proposed taxes on oil production and environmental quality issues, among others, according to reports to the secretary of State's office between July 1, 2011, and Sept. 30, 2012.
The second-largest lobbyist spender was the California Teachers Assn. at $8 million, followed by another labor group representing government workers, the California State Council of Service Employees with $7.9 million.