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News Story
5/20/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SACRAMENTO, CA -- California's elected officials no longer will be able to hide lavish travel expenses, thanks to new rules by the state's ethics watchdog agency. The Fair Political Practices Commission on Monday adopted rules that will require California politicians to provide itemized expenditures on all travel within the state paid for using...
Blog Post
5/19/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The Los Angeles Times turned a spotlight on Governor Schwarzenegger's love of corporate fundraising on Sunday, and the FPPC built another level of disclosure for privately financed political trips in regulations newly approved this morning. The public's work should be done on the public's dime. That way, I don't have to worry that someone else has...
News Story
5/19/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SACRAMENTO, CA -- Some of the most influential business leaders who've underwritten Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's trips abroad will now have to do so more openly under a rule adopted Monday by the state's political ethics watchdog agency. The rule will prohibit private groups from providing gifts such as travel expenses to agencies on behalf of...
Blog Post
5/7/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Here's what the Capitol Alert reported outgoing Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez said at his last press conference yesterday. “So I like good wine, OK,” he told reporters. “I don’t mind staying in a five-star hotel. I bet when you all travel, that’s where you stay.”  He was smiling. ......
News Story
5/2/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
In the wake of a formal complaint claiming his campaign lacked financial disclosure, Richard Gutierrez has refiled documents with the Secretary of State's office, The Desert Sun has learned. The 80th Assembly District Democratic candidate could still be out of compliance, though, because 90-day election cycle reports require campaigns that have...
News Story
4/21/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Watchdog groups optimistic new state legislative leaders will put policy above money chase SACRAMENTO — As the Democrats' two incoming legislative leaders prepare to move into power, Assemblywoman Karen Bass and Sen. Darrell Steinberg are vowing to avoid the temptations that flush campaign cash has offered to many who have preceded them:...
Blog Post
4/21/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Here's a story that's worth posting twice. Kudos to Steve Harmon of the San Jose Mercury News for asking the question. And kudos to the leaders-elect of the state Senate and Assembly for promising to hold the public trust in higher regard than their predecessors. As the Democrats' two incoming legislative leaders prepare to move into power,...
News Release
4/16/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Agency Claimed State Funding Led to Important Clinical Trials Santa Monica, CA -- California’s stem cell agency overstated and hyped the importance of its funding in enabling clinical trials for a drug to treat a severe blood disorder, Consumer Watchdog said today, seriously undercutting the agency’s credibility and alienating those...
News Story
4/14/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Insurance commissioner candidate Gene Reed Jr. has taken thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from officers of a Pennsylvania company that has received millions doing work for the state insurance department. Reed, currently the insurance department's manager of consumer protection enforcement, rejected suggestions that the donations were...
Blog Post
4/11/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Governor Schwarzenegger's ballot measure committe just reported receiving 10 grand from the Insurance Brokers and Agents Issues PAC. (Here's the contribution as reported to the Secretary of State.) Arnold is spending his money trying to qualify a redistricting initiative for the November ballot. Who knew insurance brokers and agents were big good...