The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

March 30, 2009
Check your union's political spending with The Bee's lobbying database

The Bee has launched its new state government lobbying database. It's a clearinghouse of information for how various interest groups, including those that represent state workers, spent money to advance their agendas during the last two years.

The Bee organized the information from the Secretary of State's Web site afterShane Goldmacher, who runs our cousin blog, Capitol Alert, did tons of research that produced two stories so far. Today's piece looks at how lobbyists "recruit" leaders. Shane's A1 Sunday report included a list of the biggest spenders in Sacramento over the last two years.

You can search the database by interest group type (agriculture, education, government, labor unions, political organizations, public employees, etc.) or you can search by the group's name.

Go to the database seach engine by clicking here. We've also set up the following of links that might be of particular interest to state workers. Click on any of them to see the named list:

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Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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