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20130530_HA_LOBBYIST0097.JPGIncome for lobbying firms at California's Capitol was up slightly for the first half of this year compared with the same time period last year.

Lobbying firms brought in a total of $86.3 million between January and June, up about 1 percent from the year before, according to quarterly financial disclosure reports filed with the California Secretary of State.

KP Public Affairs and Lang Hansen O'Malley Miller were neck and neck for the top two spots, with KP bringing in $2.931 million and Lang Hansen bringing in $2.928 million. KP benefited from contracts with Citigroup, Lockheed Martin, Google, the City of Los Angeles and the Western States Petroleum Association. Lang Hansen's top-billing clients for the second quarter of the year were the American Chemistry Council, the Altria cigarette company and the Hollywood Park Racing Association.

Interest groups that lobby California state government, meanwhile, have spent a total of $137.4 million on their efforts so far this year. As in years past, the Western States Petroleum Association spent the most on lobbying. Labor unions, health care companies and the California Chamber of Commerce also spent big to influence state government.

Here's a look at the 20 lobbying firms that brought in the most money between January and June of this year. Roll over the blue bars for more detail.

And below we list the 20 interest groups that spent the most money on lobbying in California during the first half of 2013. Roll over the orange bars for more detail.



PHOTO: Sacramento lobbyists Terry McHale and Carl London walk away from the Senate member entrance on Thursday, May 30, 2013. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua



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