Newman, Daniel

Daniel Newman is the Co-founder and Executive Director of, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization, provides citizens and journalists the transparency tools to shine a light on the influence of money on politics.

Lobbyists and Corporations Foot the Bill for California Lawmaker's Hawaiian Trip

By Daniel Newman

The Sacramento Bee reported that at least a dozen California state legislators flew to Hawaii this past week for a large annual get together with lobbyists and corporate officials in separate conferences in Maui and Kauai.

The article named  energy providers PG&E and Southern California Edison, the trade group California Manufacturers and Technology Association, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association as well as pharmaceutical companies as groups that sent lawmakers "hobnobbing with interest groups in a tropical paradise."