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The Center for Investigative Reporting's California Watch website has launched a new searchable database of who is lobbying which bills in the state legislature, though it doesn't say on what side they're on.

A good sample search is SB 469, the bill authored by Democratic Sen. Juan Vargas to require so-called economic impact reports for superstores.

Bitterly opposed by Wal-Mart, the measure passed the legislature and is currently on the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown.

Based on the California Watch tally, below, the legislation has been close to a full-employment act for Sacramento lobbyists:

    Q1 2011

    Amazon.Com
    American Planning Association, California Chapter
    Associated Builders And Contractors Of California
    Associated General Contractors Of California
    Associated General Contractors-San Diego Chapter
    American Federation Of State, County And Municipal Employees, Afl-Cio
    Cal Insurance Associates, Inc.
    California Business Properties Association
    California Teamsters Public Affairs Council
    Cemetery And Mortuary Association Of California
    Construction Employers' Association
    California Labor Federation, Afl-Cio
    California Nurses Association
    California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc.
    California School Employees Association
    California School Employees Association (Amended report 1)
    Kern; County Of
    League Of California Cities
    Long Beach; City Of
    Neighborhood Market Association
    Planning And Conservation League
    Small Business California
    United Food And Commercial Workers Western States Council
    Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

    Q2 2011

    Amazon.Com
    American Planning Association, California Chapter
    Associated Builders And Contractors Of California
    Associated General Contractors Of California
    Associated General Contractors-San Diego Chapter
    American Federation Of State, County And Municipal Employees, Afl-Cio
    Bellflower, City Of
    Cal Insurance Associates, Inc.
    California Asian Pacific Chamber Of Commerce
    California Business Properties Association
    California Retailers Association
    California Teamsters Public Affairs Council
    California Teamsters Public Affairs Council (Amended report 1)
    Cemetery And Mortuary Association Of California
    Cerritos/Cerritos Redevelopment Agency, City Of
    Construction Employers' Association
    Costco Wholesale
    County Of Orange
    Covina; City Of
    California Labor Federation, Afl-Cio
    California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc.
    California School Employees Association
    Diamond Bar, City Of
    El Monte; City Of
    Independent Cities Association, Inc.
    Kern; County Of
    Lakewood, City Of
    League Of California Cities
    Los Angeles; County Of (Amended report 2)
    Los Angeles; County Of
    Los Angeles; County Of (Amended report 1)
    Moreno Valley, City Of
    Murrieta; City Of
    Neighborhood Market Association
    Nisei Farmers League
    Palmdale, City Of
    Planning And Conservation League
    Rancho Cucamonga, City Of
    Safeway, Inc. Including Its Affiliated Entity The Vons Companies, Inc.
    San Gabriel; City Of
    Seaside; City Of
    Small Business California
    Soledad; City Of
    Supervalu, Inc., A Delaware Corporation
    State Building And Construction Trades Council Of California
    Target Corporation
    United Food And Commercial Workers Western States Council
    United Domestic Workers Of America / Afscme, Afl-Cio
    Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
    Watsonville; City Of
    Whittier; City Of
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Visduh Sept. 10, 2011 @ 3:22 p.m.

Some of those listed could conceivably be on either side of the issue. It would be valuable to know just which side they really were on.

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