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Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch . . . lobbyists try to bushwhack buyers of faulty homes

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Wong insists, however, that he would have taken the side of the little guy, either way.

"Whether it's a small businessperson or the individual on the street, they don't have the clout or the lobbying power," he says. "I'm their lobbyist. That's why they elect me."

The Players
And their contributions to statewide and legislative candidates

For the homebuilders . . .

Super Lobbyist Bob Fannin, Quarles and Brady. He gave $15,435 in direct and in-kind contributions. His clients on SB4101 and their contributions: Del Webb PAC: $43,540; Del Webb employees: $42,399; Home Builders Association of Central Arizona PAC: $26,059; Home Builders Association of Central Arizona employees: $3,015.

Kevin O'Malley, Gallagher and Kennedy. He gave $790. Gallagher and Kennedy's PAC gave $7,175.

Other home builders, their PACs and employees: Estes Homes: $1,150; Robson Communities: $27,020; Southern Arizona Home Builders: $750. Shea: $995; Continental: $1,985; UDC: $2,610.

For the homeowners . . .

Judith Connell, Homeowners for Quality Housing. Connell gave $418. (Homeowners for Quality Housing does not have a PAC.) Her clients and their contributions: Arizona Right to Life: $1,335.

Tom Dorn, Community Association Institute. He gave $1,150. Other employees of Dorn's consulting firm, Jamieson/Guttierez, gave $6,835.

Janice Goldstein, Arizona Trial Lawyers Association. She gave $3,140. The trial lawyers PAC gave $3,550.

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