L.A. Billboard Companies Doubled Down on Lobbying in 2013

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Clear Channel, CBS Outdoor, and other billboard companies spent $2.8 million lobbying Los Angeles city officials in 2013, according to City Ethics Commission reports. That’s more than double the $1.2 million spent by those companies in 2012 to influence City Council members and other officeholders.

Clear Channel, the perennial leader in the lobbying parade, wrote checks totalling $1.068 million to five different firms registered to lobby City Hall. Other major spenders were JCDecaux, with $446,000; and CBS Outdoor, with $398,000. Clear Channel and CBS have been pushing for a deal with the city to allow their now-dark digital billboards to be turned back on, while JCDecaux holds the advertising contract for LAX.

Full List of Lobbying Expenditures Reported For Billboard Companies in 2013:

Clear Channel   $1,068,000

JCDecaux   $446,000

CBS Outdoor   $398,000

Summit Media   $356,000

Regency Outdoor   $261,000

Van Wagner   $141,000

Lamar Advertising   $67,000

Titan Outdoor   $33,000

NPA   $26,00

Dennis Hathaway

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