Politicians and special interests are always seeking new ways to get around popular reforms, and campaign laws are only as good as the people who enforce them.
At Consumer Watchdog, we work regularly to <a href="/politicians/articles/?storyid=10712">give politicians an extra push</a>.
With the help of our grassroots activists, we drafted legislation, gathered signatures, and won campaigns enacting the <a href="/politicians/articles/?storyId=17946" _cke_saved_href="/politicians/articles/?storyId=17946">nation's toughest conflict-of-interest initiatives</a> in city governments across California.
To expose California lawmakers who <a href="/politicians/articles/?storyId=15352" _cke_saved_href="/politicians/articles/?storyId=15352">showed up for work, but didn't vote</a>because they were afraid to offend the special interests funding their campaigns, we publicized who had the <a href="/politicians/articles/?storyId=15878" _cke_saved_href="/politicians/articles/?storyId=15878">worst "not-voting" records</a>.
Get the money out of politics. That's what we We investigate the trends in political corruption, work to make sure campaign laws are enforced, and spearhead efforts to get the money out of politics.
1/3/2016News StoryWith four tax initiatives on track for the November ballot, California voters are going to have to decide how much is too much.... More >
6/9/2015News ReleaseGovernor Should Sack Chairman Of Affordable Housing Agency For Making Housing Less Affordable, Says Consumer WatchdogSanta Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on Governor Jerry Brown to remove Matthew Jacobs, Chairman of the Board... More >
8/16/2015News ReleaseConsumer Watchdog Disappointed California Senate Chose Hiking an Initiative Filing Fee Over Protecting Direct DemocracySanta Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog said today it was disappointed that the California Senate passed AB 1100, by Evan Low... More >
9/1/2015News ReleaseGovernor Signs Misguided Bill Creating Another Financial Hurdle For Public’s Access to Direct Democracy, Says Consumer WatchdogSanta Monica, CA – Gov. Jerry Brown has signed misguided legislation hiking the ballot initiative filing fee to $2,000 from... More >
11/20/2015News ReleaseConsumer Watchdog Chides LA Mayor And City Attorney For LADWP Settlement That Delays Ratepayer Refunds into 2017 And Beyond While Paying Millions To Lawyers QuicklySanta Monica, CA — The latest proposed settlement of a $44 million LADWP overbilling scandal offers some improvements over... More >