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News Release
9/29/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA—Governor Brown’s call today for the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to use existing authority to enact more reforms rings hollow upon close inspection of his role in derailing major reform on the last day of the legislative session, Consumer Watchdog said today. Brown used the occasion of signing five PUC reform...
News Story
9/28/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
California lawmakers say they will push for extensive reforms — including a possible amendment to the state Constitution — after efforts to revamp the troubled agency failed in the recently concluded legislative session. Pressure to overhaul the PUC has intensified after several key reforms came up short. The state...
News Story
9/28/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Restoring public trust in the California Public Utilities Commission should have been Michael Picker’s primary mission when he was appointed president by Gov. Jerry Brown nearly two years ago. Instead he appears to have not taken steps to address issues that were the trademark of his predecessor, Michael Peevey. Based on a scathing...
News Story
9/26/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
California’s campaign finance watchdog agency is looking into allegations the state’s Democratic Party funneled millions of dollars from oil and energy companies to high-profile politicians, including Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2014 reelection campaign. “It was a laundry machine for dirty energy contributions to the Brown...
News Story
9/25/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) announced on September 23 that it has opened an investigation into the California Democratic Party in response to a report by a prominent consumer group claiming that the party acted as a “laundry machine” to funnel donations from oil, energy and utility companies to Brown...
News Story
9/25/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO >> The state’s Fair Political Practices Commission has launched a formal probe into allegations of corruption and the tangle of close ties involving Gov. Jerry Brown, a top aide, the state Democratic Party, the scandal-scarred state Public Utilities Commission and power behemoths such as PG&E and Southern California...
News Story
9/24/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The California Fair Political Practices Commission will investigate donations made to the California Democratic Party by privately owned utilities and other energy interests. The action was prompted by an August report from the Santa Monica advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, which focused on the political influence of companies that rely on fossil...
News Story
9/23/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The state’s political ethics commission is launching an investigation into the California Democratic Party after an advocacy group alleged the party acted as a middle man to funnel donations from oil and energy companies to Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2014 re-election campaign. The Fair Political Practices Commission on Friday informed Consumer...
News Release
9/23/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica—The Fair Political Practices Commission has launched an investigation into the California Democratic Party and alleged violations of the Political Reform Act in response to Consumer Watchdog’s investigative report, Brown’s Dirty Hands, the public interest group was told today. “We are pleased that the FPPC has...
News Story
9/23/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's campaign finance watchdog is opening an investigation into the state Democratic Party after a consumer advocacy group alleged the party illegally funnels money from oil companies to Gov. Jerry Brown. The Fair Political Practices Commission told Consumer Watchdog Friday that it will open an...