Sunday, 29 March 2015
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May 3 2013 | 9:37am ET
A New York hedge fund is California's biggest-spending lobbyist—and by a wide margin. Or it's not; it depends on who you ask.
California's Secretary of State said that Arrowgrass Capital Partners spent $2.2 million on three lobbyists, more than double the second-biggest spender, the Western States Petroleum Association, Sacramento's reigning lobbying king. The secretary's office said those three employees are placement agents.
Arrowgrass begs to differ, noting that the three are actually in-house employees and not outside placement agents, and that its status as the state's richest lobbyer is due to an error.
"We're not really lobbyists but we get caught by the California lobbyist law," Stephen Ellwood, the hedge fund's chief compliance officer, told the Sacramento Bee. But, he added, "our first-quarter filing contains a manifest error which we are working to correct."
Ellwood said that, once the correction has been made, Arrowgrass will fall out of the top 20 lobbyists in California, meaning it spent less than $268,080 lobbying in the state in the first quarter.
Mar 9 2015 | 6:35am ET
As more investors look to diversify, many are beginning to use retirement funds to invest in alternative assets such as private equity and real estate. Kelly Rodriques, CEO & President of PENSCO Trust Company, explains how companies can connect with those looking to use their retirement accounts in a different way. Read more…
Mar 20 2015 | 12:45pm ET
StreetWise Partners, a non-profit organization that works with low-income individuals to help them overcome employment barriers, raised over $275,000 at the 2015 Raising the Ante Charity Poker Tournament and Casino Event last Wednesday evening at Capitale. Here are some photos from the event. Read more…