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 lawyer specializing in elections, Tom Hiltachk is deeply involved in California politics. He was the author of the recall ballot initiative that paved the way for Arnold Swarzenegger to replace Gray Davis as governor of California. Hiltachk then became Swarzenegger’s personal lawyer for election matters. In California’s last gubernatorial election, Hiltachk was the attorney for Meg Whitman’s failed election bid.
Tom Hiltachk and his firm are well known for creating front groups that promote or attack ballot initiatives at the behest of Hiltachk's wealthy corporate clients. In the past Hiltachk has attacked anti-smoking initiatives while being paid by major tobacco corporations. He also wrote and promoted proposition 23 - which would have counteracted California’s commitment to greenhouse gas emission reductions – while working for major oil corporations.
Currently Tom Hiltachk and his firm are fighting against a Right to Know ballot initiative that would require labeling of foods that contained genetically modified organisms (GMO). To this end Hiltachk has set up a front group called Coalition Against the Costly Food Labeling Proposition (CACFLP).