In accordance with these shifting interests, there were winners and losers among the state's top lobbying firms. One big winner was O'Neill & Associates, which topped $2 million in fees, easily leading all its competitors. Their biggest-spending client was a California investment firm, Levine Leichtman, which paid more than $200,000 to lobby the treasurer's office for a piece of the state's investment business. (Seemingly all for naught: a spokesperson for Treasurer Timothy Cahill says it has placed no investments with Levine Leichtman.)
Another big winner of 2009 was Travaglini, Eisenberg and Kiley — thanks to the end of former Senate president Robert Travaglini's "grace period," after which he could, and did, officially begin lobbying state government, to the tune of more than a half-million in fees.
: Talking Politics
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