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California: UFC spent $30,000 in Q1 2015 lobbying for blood & urine out-of-competition drug testing

By Zach Arnold | May 16, 2015

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Official lobbying records from the state of California show that Zuffa LLC, the parent company of UFC, spent $30,000 in Q1 of 2015 to lobby for state Senate Bill 469.

Senate Bill 469, introduced by Senator Appropriations chair Ricardo Lara, would:

The bill is currently in the Senator Appropriations committee and placed on the suspense file, meaning it will be revisited after a new state budget has been passed.

Intriguingly, a Senate Appropriations committee analysis of the bill claims yearly projected Athletic Commission expenditures of $1.6 million dollars. Recently, the Athletic Commission’s spending authority was pushed from $1.2 million a year to $1.44 million a year. The Senate analysis, curiously, projects annual Athletic Commission revenues at $1.7 million. In the Athletic Commission’s current state, you would be lucky to get a $1.3 million year for revenue. You would have to go back to the days of Armando Garcia to even come close to sniffing a $1.7 million year for revenue. It appears the increased projection for revenue is based on changing the fine structure of fighters who fail drug tests.

The SA committee analysis also claims that out-of-competition drug testing would cost the Athletic Commission $100,000 more each year to implement.

Amusingly, the Senate report also makes this claim:

The Fund is expected to have a reserve of approximately $1 million at the end of the 2015-16 fiscal year, which is sufficient to support the additional expenditures related to this bill while maintaining a healthy reserve for the duration of the sunset period.

Given two recent lawsuit settlements and impossible-to-make monthly projections for revenues that are hit-or-miss, asserting a claim of $1 million dollars in the Athletic Commission bank account at the end of the Fiscal Year in two months seems… ambitious.

UFC’s lobbying firm in California is the Sacramento-based Platinum Advisors LLC. Tim Lynch from PA is UFC’s top conduit at the capitol. John Carvelli, the Chairman of the California State Athletic Commission, uses Platinum Advisors LLC for lobbying efforts on behalf of his Liberty Dental Inc. company.

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3 Responses to “California: UFC spent $30,000 in Q1 2015 lobbying for blood & urine out-of-competition drug testing”

  1. 45 Huddle says:

    Big companies trying to put the bill on the tax payers.

    They are the promoter. The UFC should be paying for the drug tests.


    Whew, good fights so far. Too bad this is the “most stacked” show of the year…Kim put the pretzel on Burkman,
    steroid cheat got beat, young dumb Hawaiian got schooled up by the vet, will ufcs uncle tom get ko’d?

    go rumble! oh well, DC is a MONSTER! good ufc for a change, time for mad max late show

  3. [...] We recently discussed the UFC-lobbied Senate Bill 469 in Sacramento that would set up out-of-competition drug testing of all licensed fighters for California fights. UFC has spent $30,000 through their lobbyist Tim Lynch at Platinum Advisors to muscle this bill on their behalf and, consequently, Andy Foster. [...]


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