FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SEPTEMBER 14, 2016
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Political Spending by California Personal Injury Lawyers Tops $22 Million Since 2013
More than 80% of political spending came from law firms and individual lawyers
SACRAMENTO – California’s personal injury lawyers spent more than $22 million on elections and lobbying expenditures between January 2013 and June 2016, according to a newly-released statewide report from California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA). The report shows that $14 million of this spending came from individual lawyers and law firms to candidates and ballot measure campaigns, as personal injury lawyers sought to increase their influence in the California legislature and at the ballot box.
“We face an aggressive, politically-active trial bar here in California,” Ken Barnes, Executive Director of California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse. “As a result of the political influence of personal injury lawyers, California has far too many laws that encourage lawsuit abuse and made us the worst ‘Judicial Hellhole’ in the nation. Political spending and influence is a critical part of California’s cycle of lawsuit abuse, which promotes lawsuits, harms small businesses, and kills jobs.” Continue reading