Home › Fundraising

Fundraising

News Story
12/11/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Contributors to Don Perata's political action committee this year might have thought their money would bankroll the attempted recall of state Sen. Jeff Denham or opposition to a legislative redistricting reform measure. But a day after the Nov. 4 election, and with only a few weeks left as state Senate President Pro Tem, the Oakland Democrat moved...
News Story
12/11/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
AT&T and L.A. City Hall Quietly Lead a National Push to Silence the Little Guy The day before Thanksgiving, Zuma Dogg, an outspoken community activist who has a comedian's sense of the absurd, stands in the far back of the thinly attended City Council meeting at Los Angeles City Hall, waiting his turn to speak during the public-comment period...
News Story
12/10/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
(Click here to listen to audio of the radio broadcast of this segment.) Washington's 340 think tanks are hurting from new lows in funding. This could hit more impartial, non-partisan groups the hardest, while corporate-funded think tanks may get a leg up. Steve Chiotakis: Seems like everyone's affected by this economic crisis. Even Washington...
Blog Post
9/30/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Anthony York at the Capitol Weekly has found some brand new disclosures about donors to the governor thanks to a regulation passed by the FPPC earlier this year. The governor’s office is now required to disclose money spent on the governor by the California State Protocol Foundation – a non-profit that has refused to reveal the source...
Blog Post
9/18/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The governor's "official response" griping about the California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA) and their "Recall Arnold" petition being all about a "special interest" trying to intimidate and buy favors, sure sounds pretty hollow and hypocritical, given the record-breaking amount of $128,966,553 in...
Blog Post
9/8/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
I just got an email that the FPPC is planning to tighten up the rules for disclosure of who's behind political committees. It's interesting timing after a story in Saturday's LA Times highlighted how little we know about who's running the show at a lot of campaign operations.  The LA City Ethics Commission and County District Attorney are...
Blog Post
8/19/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
It seems the extent of Governor Schwarzenegger's solution for Californians to help combat sky-high gas prices is... promoting more efficient use of gasoline. Gee thanks for the big idea, Arnold. It's not the first time Arnold has tried to appear "green", while staying the gasoline-powered course, not to mention the gov's attempts at...
Blog Post
8/18/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
"Legislators and lobbyists get ready for the fundraising dance" Los Angeles Times, August 8, 2008 "While budget waits, California legislators collect campaign donations" Sacramento Bee, August 12, 2008 "Show me the money: Pro fund-raisers play key Capitol role" Capitol Weekly, August 14, 2008 Bad habits die hard....
Blog Post
7/8/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Capitol Weekly just reported a $600,000 windfall for former Assembly Speaker Núñez. The money was transferred to Núñez's ballot measure committee from one that was supposed to help get-out-the-vote efforts. At least one of his colleagues wasn't too pleased: "I don’t know what’s going to happen with...
Blog Post
6/2/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
ABC World News stirred up a mini ethics controversy with its report last week exposing California Representative Dan Lungren’s use of creative recordkeeping to allow lobbyists to pay for him and his wife to travel to a luxury resort on Hawaii’s Big Island. (Check out the lush Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel here.) New ethics rules banning...