The following was compiled by "nrgco", an injured worker advocate.

U. S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals USA Vs Jackson No.94-10095 D.C. No. CR.-93-00118-EJG Opinion


A. Racketeering Act 4 - Senate Bill 1719

In Racketeering Act 4, the indictment charged Jackson with offering a bribe to Robbins in the form of campaign contributions in exchange for Robbins' assistance in defeating Senate Bill 1719 in early 1988. The governor vetoed the bill after both houses had passed it. Robbins then sent Jackson a letter and newspaper articles chronicling Robbins' action against SB 1719. Shortly thereafter, Jackson's client, who would have been adversely affected by the passage of SB 1719, donated $2,000 to Robbins.

B. Racketeering Act 5 - Workers' Compensation

During the course of tape-recorded conversations, Jackson offered Robbins a $250,000 bribe. (Unknown to Jackson, Robbins had already been caught and had agreed to wear a wire in consideration for a reduced sentence.) Jackson promised this substantial reward if Robbins could bring under the jurisdiction of Robbins' friendly insurance committee an upcoming workers' compensation measure that would abolish the minimum rate law. Over a period of months, Jackson and Robbins discussed the outlines of the deal. Jackson promised to raise the money from the small insurance companies he represented, and who would be wiped out if the workers' compensation minimum rate law were abolished. Jackson solicited donations from several insurance executives, telling them that the money would be used to establish a coalition of similar companies backed by a political action committee."

"As part of the scheme to defraud and to obtain money by means of false pretenses, defendant CLAYTON R. JACKSON induced unsuspecting lobbying clients to make campaign contributions to Paul Carpenter's campaign committee, when the defendant CLAYTON R. JACKSON then and there well knew that a substantial portion of the said contributions were not actually for the benefit of Paul Carpenter, but were in actuality to be routed through Paul Carpenter for the direct and indirect benefit of Alan E. Robbins."


Clayton R. (Clay) Jackson was the lead California Lobbyist for the American Insurance Association (AIA) and was considered the chief legislative strategist to most of the insurance industry.


Search archives: set for 200 and search for Clay Jackson:

"Company Execs Subpoenaed in Clay Jackson Trial" Vol.3 No.19 October 1993

One of the appellate lawyers who represented Mr. Jackson in his appeals was former federal [and Supreme Court nominee] Judge Robert Bork footnote 1. search archives: "Clay Jackson Home for Christmas?" Vol. 4 No.22 November 21,1994

Mr. Jackson was convicted in Dec. 1993 for a 1988 attempt to bribe then Chairman of the California Senate Insurance Committee: Senator Alan Robbins with $250,000 dollars to assist in defeating Senate Bill 1719. This law would have abolished the minimum rate law in California.

His conviction was upheld and Mr. Jackson completed his 6 1/2-year sentence and was to be released in October of 1999. search archives: "Clay Jackson Moving to Halfway House" Vol.9 No.16 September 8, 1999


CLAYTON RANDALL JACKSON [#43442], 54, of Sausalito was disbarred Nov. 19, 1997.

Jackson has been on interim suspension since 1994, following his conviction in federal court the previous year on 10 counts of racketeering, mail fraud and money laundering. He declined to participate in the disablement proceedings.

Jackson was a Sacramento lobbyist for various insurance companies, and his conviction resulted from bribing then Sen. Alan Robbins, who chaired the Senate insurance committee.

Jackson offered Robbins a $250,000 bribe related to a pending workers’ compensation bill, and then solicited funds from insurance company executives, telling them the money would be used to form a political action committee.

Jackson also solicited money from several unsuspecting clients to make what he described as campaign contributions to Paul Carpenter, a former state senator who then served on the board of equalization. In fact, the funds were to be funneled to Robbins.

Jackson’s mail fraud convictions were based on checks mailed to Carpenter by Jackson’s clients at his request.

In a letter submitted to the State Bar, Jackson acknowledged the bar’s jurisdiction to impose discipline resulting from his convictions, but refused to resign from practice, believing he will eventually be vindicated.

(The U.S. Court of Appeals upheld his conviction and the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari.)

Although Jackson has not been previously disciplined, which is a mitigating factor, the State Bar Court found that his conduct involved moral turpitude and included multiple acts of wrongdoing committed over a long period of time.

The bar court concluded that his actions "clearly damaged public confidence in its governmental officials … (Jackson) is found to have significantly harmed the public by corrupting an important aspect of the legislative process."