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News Story
3/27/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Is lavish spending at state level padding the profiles of major players? Democratic state Sen. Leland Yee wasn't officially running to be the next mayor of San Francisco when he spent an eye-popping $1.1 million in one year on his 2010 re-election bid - a race where he faced no primary battle and no serious general election competition. A...
Blog Post
1/31/2011
Posted by Judy Dugan
(Rancho Mirage, CA) -- A year ago, it's unlikely that 15 people would have shown up for a rally against the Koch brothers, owners of the largest privately owned corporation in the U.S, even in the middle of L.A. or New York. Today, in the desert town of Rancho Mirage, 1,500 showed up, protesting the brothers' plutocratic, climate-change-...
Blog Post
1/30/2011
Posted by Judy Dugan
(Rancho Mirage, CA) -- Here in sunny Rancho Mirage, it’s a typical progressive gathering–lots of energy, but the wifi in the conference room was kaput. Oh, well, we still heard a great panel to kick off the rally against the Koch Bros. not-so-secret political gathering at a posh resort East of Palm Springs. In a nutshell: We must...
News Story
1/13/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Responding to a recent outcry over the perception that developers who help finance city lawmakers have an inside track to having their projects approved, Santa Monica City Councilman Kevin McKeown recently asked for the consideration of a policy that will make public any campaign contributions by anyone who wishes to build in the city. McKeown...
News Story
12/14/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
Six-figure salaries for members of obscure panels draw scrutiny Former Sen. Denise Ducheny The recent appointment of former state Sen. Denise Ducheny of San Diego and two other ex-lawmakers has rekindled criticism about the value of some obscure state boards — particularly one that pays members six-figure salaries....
Blog Post
11/29/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
The biggest political scandal of 2010 is an issue that nearly all Americans agree on, yet there's hardly a peep from the electorate. In large part that's because elected officials, particularly in Congress, want to keep it as far in the shadows as possible. Yet it's such a simple thing: Should the insurance industry, oil companies,...
Blog Post
10/28/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
The Texas oil money behind Proposition 23 is widely known by now. But there’s been less publicity about Big Oil–specifically Chevron–putting $4 million into passing Proposition 26, according to a nifty interactive chart just released by OilChange International. Proposition 26, according to opponents, would relieve big...
News Release
10/26/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Washington, DC -- Consumer Watchdog asked President Obama to force BP Fund Administrator Kenneth Feinberg to withdraw from a keynote address Wednesday at a Chamber of Commerce group dedicated to eviscerating spill victims’ legal rights, and to fire Feinberg if he refuses. Washington, DC -- Consumer Watchdog asked President Obama to force BP...
News Story
10/22/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SEC records suggest that the contributions to his attorney general's campaign played no role in how prosecutors have handled the case against a company accused of violating state environmental laws. Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley accepted $13,000 for his attorney general's election campaign from an oil company while his...
News Release
10/21/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SANTA MONICA, CA — Google increased its spending on lobbying 11 percent over the previous year to $1.2 million in the third quarter demonstrating the Internet giant’s willingness to spend to shape federal policy, Consumer Watchdog said today. In the comparable quarter a year ago Google spent $1.08 million. A key to Google’s...