CALIFORNIA: Influence Checked

CALIFORNIA From his plush apartment in Sacramento's Hotel Senator across the street from the State Capitol, mountainous (300 Ib.) Arthur H. Samish, 56, has directed one of the most effective lobbying operations of modern times. "I'm the governor of the legislature; to hell with the governor of California," good-humored "Artie" Samish liked to say. When Earl Warren was governor, he agreed, saying, "On matters that affect his clients, Artie unquestionably has more power than the governor."

Artie's clients from time to time have included some of California's beer, liquor, cigarette, motor bus, trucking...

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