Title: The Desert Sun: An Empire in the Desert

Number 28407
Subject Lobbyists
Source The Desert Sun
Year 2018
Publication Date August - November 2018
Summary These stories reveal the stunning influence that a single farmer in California's Imperial Valley, Mike Abatti, has exerted over the region's Colorado River water and energy industry. Abatti has benefited from decisions made by his friends in elected office, a judge with ties to his family, and a district attorney whose second-in-command is his sister-in-law.
Category Contest Entry
Keywords The Desert Sun, Imperial Valley, Mike Abatti, water, energy, industry, elected officials, influence, lobbying, contracts
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