A so called taxpayer advocate writes in the Orange County Register:
“Far and away, the lobbying champs are California’s myriad of local governments. Through the first six months of this year, cities, counties, schools and other special districts have spent $24.3 million on influencing Sacramento lawmakers. And it is a safe bet that these governments are not spending this taxpayer money to promote tax cuts for average citizens. In fact, in many cases, they are spending tax dollars to advance their objective of wringing even more out of already beleaguered taxpayers.”
Taxpayer advocacy groups in Sacramento have been harping on this issue for decades. However they’ve done absolutely nothing to stop it.