We have the power to make California a place we’re proud to call home. But we’re up against corporate developers who rig the rules to jack up our rents and build only for the wealthy. Meanwhile, corporate landlord lobbyists are making it impossible for us to afford a place to live.

The California Apartment Association (CAA) and the California Association of Realtors (CAR) —  lobby groups that are effectively killing strong tenant protections — spent millions in the 2017-2018 election cycle. Combined in 2018, they contributed a whopping $2,875,500 directly to the California Republican and Democratic Parties. They also contributed hundreds of thousands to Political Action Committees that then spent money in support of some of our legislators. For example, CAR contributed $755,500 to Keep California Golden which spent $225,489 to support the election of Asm. Rudy Salas and $20,523 in support of Asm. James Ramos. CAA contributed $250,000 to Keeping Californians Working which in turn spent $122,317 to elect Asm. Salas and $111,776 to elect Asm. Ramos.

But when we go all in for every one of us, we can win common sense solutions that ensure we can all make rent while having enough to care for our families. It’s time for us to pass AB 1482 to stop outrageous rent increases. The bill officially passed through the Assembly floor and is now moving to the Senate. Find out how much assemblymembers are getting from the landlord lobby and whether or not they supported the bill!


AB 1482 will protect millions of families who rent by establishing an upper limit, or cap, on allowable annual rent increases. AB 1482 will apply to all rental units in the state, except those covered by a local rent control ordinance, deed-restricted affordable housing, or dormitories.
Legislator 2018 Vote on Just Cause
for Evictions (AB 2925)*
Percent of Renters in
District (by County)**
Percent of Renters Paying 30%+
of Income on Rent**
Campaign Contributions from Real
Estate Lobby (2017-2018)***
How they voted

Asm. Al Muratsuchi
(D-District 66)

Failure to vote
Los Angeles: 54.1% Los Angeles: 56.1% $12,300
Yes

Asm. Autumn Burke
(D-District 62)

Failure to vote
Los Angeles: 54.1% Los Angeles: 56.1% $11,400
Yes

Asm. Bill Quirk
(D-District 20)

No
Alameda: 47% Alameda: 48.9% $9,800
Yes

Asm. Blanca Rubio
(D-District 48)

Failure to vote
Los Angeles: 54.1% Los Angeles: 56.1% $21,000
No

Asm. Cottie Petrie-Norris
(D-District 74)

Not yet in office Orange: 42.6% Orange: 55%
No

Asm. Cristina Garcia
(D-District 58)

Failure to vote
Los Angeles: 54.1% Los Angeles: 56.1% $21,800
Failure to vote

Asm. Freddie Rodriguez
(D-District 52)

Failure to vote
Los Angeles: 54.1%, San Bernardino: 40.8% Los Angeles: 56.1%, San Bernardino: 55.5% $12,300
Yes

Asm. Jacqui Irwin
(D-District 44)

Failure to vote
Los Angeles: 54.1%, Ventura: 36.8% Los Angeles: 56.1%, Ventura: 55.3% $18,100
Yes

Asm. James Ramos
(D-District 40)

Not yet in office San Bernardino: 40.8% San Bernardino: 55.5% $191,600
No

Asm. Jim Frazier
(D-District 11)

Failure to vote
Solano: 40%, Contra Costa: 34.5% Solano: 52.3%, Contra Costa: 51% $21,500
No

Asm. Jim Wood
(D-District 2)

Failure to vote
Del Norte: 38%, Trinity: 31%, Humboldt: 43.5%, Mendocino: 40.8% Del Norte: 43%, Trinity: 60.8%, Humboldt: 56.8%, Mendocino: 52% $11,800
Yes

Asm. Joaquin Arambula
(D-District 31)

Failure to vote
Fresno: 47% Fresno: 54.1% $17,900
Yes

Asm. Jose Medina
(D-District 61)

No
Riverside: 35% Riverside: 56.3% $9,000
Yes

Asm. Ken Cooley
(D-District 8)

No
Sacramento: 44.5% Sacramento: 52.2% $15,600 unable to vote

Asm. Patrick O’Donnell
(D-District 70)

Failure to vote
Los Angeles: 54.1% Los Angeles: 56% $23,400
Failure to vote

Asm. Rudy Salas
(D-District 32)

No
Kings: 48.2%, Kern: 42.8% Kings: 46.6%, Kern: 51% $24,400
No

Asm. Sabrina Cervantes
(D-District 60)

Failure to vote
Riverside: 35% Riverside: 56.4% $15,100
No

Asm. Sydney Kamlager-Dove
(D-District 54)

No
Los Angeles: 54.1% Los Angeles: 56.1% $30,800
Yes

Asm. Tasha Boerner Horvath
(D-District 76)

Not yet in office San Diego: 47% San Diego: 54.2% $13,200
No

Asm. Tom Daly
(D-District 69)

Failure to vote
Orange: 25.8% Orange: 55.0% $22,000
No

* California Legislature Bill Information, Vote History: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB2925

** This data is for the most dominant counties located within each legislator’s district. Data was obtained through the American Community Survey (ACS) 2017 (5-Year Estimates) U.S. Census Bureau.

*** This data comes from campaign contribution filings on the California Secretary of State and the Institute for Money in Politics’ Follow the Money tool: https://www.followthemoney.org/ , for both the California Apartment Association (CAA) and the California Association of Realtors (CAR), including direct campaign contributions and some of their Independent Expenditures. [Both lobby groups spent millions in the 2017-2018 election cycle to influence elections in California, but who specifically they were supporting can be hard to trace when they contributed to pooled PAC’s supporting multiple candidates. We welcome the Assemblymembers confirming for us the correct amount, and we will update the website accordingly.]