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Sat May 6, 2017, 11:48 AM

A liquor company has given the most money to California lawmakers so far this year

While California lawmakers were debating bills to raise the excise tax on liquor and relax booze rules at sports venues, a liquor company was the largest single donor to their campaign accounts.

Liquor companies, gambling tribes, utilities and other special interests donated more than $1.43 million to California lawmakers during the first three months of the legislative session, according to new disclosure reports filed with the state.

Lawmakers likely took in more money during that time, but no one will know exactly how much until the filing deadline for semiannual reports at the end of July.

Yet more than a hundred major donors – a person or entity that gives more than $10,000 a year – had to report their activity for the first quarter of 2017 on Monday. Those filings showed more than 650 contributions to members of the California Assembly and Senate.

The most active major donor was Union City-based Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, which gave more than $149,000 to about three-dozen state lawmakers in March.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article148520514.html

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