Dirty Money Watch
Politicians must be the only people in America who "believe" that money doesn't influence their decisions. We know that when company cash flows freely and lobbyist armies are on the march, corporations win politicians’ favor and change the outcome of elections. The US Supreme Court made influence-peddling even easier when it decided to allow corporations to spend money directly on campaign advertising - opening the floodgates to excessive spending.
Dirty Money Watch connects the dots between money and power.
Exposing secret spending: The Chamber of Commerce funneled $3.8 million into ads to influence the California insurance commissioner’s race – to hide the fact that the money came from the insurance industry.
Taking on the big-money players you've never heard of: Consumer Watchdog ran a Times Square Jumbotron ad calling out Koch Industries, the anti-environment Tea Party funder. The oil giant poured money into funds to deny climate change exists, including $1 million given to trick California voters into rolling back the most comprehensive greenhouse gas emission caps in the nation.
Releasing analyses of health insurer efforts to influence health reform proposals in California and Washington, D.C.: The health insurance lobby's millions in campaign contributions and lobbyist paychecks blocked efforts to cap what health insurers charge and create an affordable public alternative to private insurance. See Sacramento, and D.C.
1/13/2013News ReleaseConsumer Watchdog Admonishes Toxics Regulators Who Ignored The Law To Approve Permit for New Waste Facility in IrwindaleSANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on the Department of Toxic Substances Control to reverse its grant of a... More >
1/23/2013News ReleaseWASHINGTON, DC – Google and Facebook continued to pump record amounts of money into their lobbying efforts during 2012 with... More >
2/21/2013News ReleaseLos Angeles, CA — California has some of the toughest environmental laws in the nation, and some of the weakest enforcement... More >
2/25/2013News ReleaseSANTA MONICA, CA—Senator Joel Anderson (R-San Diego) became the fourth lawmaker to respond to Consumer Watchdog’s... More >
3/6/2013News ReleaseSANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called for Governor Jerry Brown to fire two top officials at The Department of... More >