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Big money from special interests attempts to sway three local elections

Jul 11, 2010 11:59:00 PM - latimes.com
Without directly revealing their involvement, major industries and organizations play key roles in legislative contests.

The issues and the special interests that pursued them in last month's primary election are familiar: Big oil, tobacco and insurance companies seeking armor against litigation and taxes; trial lawyers looking for more opportunities to sue; the state Chamber of Commerce working against proposals its members deem costly.