Tom Hiltachk is a managing partner at the law firm Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk, which specializes in ballot measures in California. Hiltachk is a graduate of California State University, Sacramento and the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.
As a partner at the Sacramento-based lobbying firm Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk, Tom Hiltachk has formed a front group, the Coalition Against the Costly Food Labeling Proposition (CACFLP), to fight the November 2012 California ballot initiative to label genetically engineered foods.
A devoted Republican, Hiltachk was behind a plan to split California’s electoral votes, which would have significantly eased the Republican path to the presidency.
Tom Hiltachk has set up multiple front groups for his corporate clients. In the 1980s and 90s, Hiltachk took over a million dollars from Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds to coordinate a variety of stealth front groups. Hiltachk helped organize “Californians for Smokers’ Rights,” a supposedly “grassroots” group that relied on tobacco industry consumer lists to mobilize opposition to anti-smoking initiatives. Working with “academic” fronts like the Claremont Institute (also funded by tobacco), Hiltachk and his law partner Charles Bell mobilized business opposition through a front they helped manage called Californians for Fair Business Policy. Source: Thinkprogress
The New Yorker on Tom Hiltachk’s law firm, Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk:
“They specialize in initiatives that are the opposite of what they sound like—the Fair Pay Workplace Flexibility Act of 2006, for example. It would have raised the state minimum wage slightly—by a lesser amount than it has since been raised—and, in the fine print, would have made it impossible ever to raise it again except by a two-thirds vote in both houses of the legislature, while, for good measure, eliminating overtime for millions of workers.”