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News Release
4/22/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
Sacramento, CA -- Consumer Watchdog told a state panel looking into gasoline price manipulation today that a handful of big oil refiners have been able to charge California drivers 70 cents to $1 more per gallon than the rest of America because they have an information advantage over the rest of the market, the public and regulators. Consumer...
News Story
4/22/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
When California lawmakers met last week to begin asking questions about the recent rise in gasoline prices, Tom Steyer took notice. Steyer, the billionaire environmental activist and Democratic mega-donor, signed his name to a letter Monday sharing his appreciation for the Senate’s preliminary probe into why gas prices rose by more than $1...
News Story
4/11/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Travel back in time to the mid-1980s, when California’s insurance rates for both cars and property were nearly the highest in America and climbing fast. Back then, the state insurance commissioner, who could have stopped much of the price acceleration, was appointed by the governor. Then, in 1988, a consumer group called the Foundation for...
News Story
3/28/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The Fair Political Practices Commission opened an investigation into Nancy E. McFadden, a former senior vice president at Pacific Gas & Electric Co., after receiving a complaint that she advised Gov. Jerry Brown on energy-related legislation and appointments to regulatory boards in 2011 and 2012 while holding $1 million in energy-related stock...
News Story
3/26/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
State ethics panel is looking into whether Nancy McFadden failed to report the sale of stock in PG&E. The state's ethics watchdog agency has opened an investigation into whether Nancy McFadden, a top aide to Gov. Jerry Brown, failed to properly report the sale of stock in Pacific Gas & Electric Co., where she worked before joining the...
News Story
3/25/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO — The state’s political watchdog commission will investigate whether a top aide to Gov. Jerry Brown failed to properly disclose her stock in her former employer Pacific Gas & Electric Co. Consumer Watchdog filed a complaint last week with the Fair Political Practices Commission, asking for an investigation into whether...
News Story
3/25/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's political watchdog said Thursday it is opening an investigation into whether a top aide to Gov. Jerry Brown properly disclosed her stock holdings in Pacific Gas & Electric Corp, but declined to launch an investigation into a more serious allegation that her holdings posed a conflict of interest. The...
News Release
3/24/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- Following an ethics complaint filed by Consumer Watchdog against the Governor’s top aide, the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) has opened an investigation into Nancy McFadden’s failure to report the dates and times of stock sales in PG&E, her former employer, while having inside information into the...
News Story
3/24/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
California’s campaign finance watchdog will investigate whether a top aide to Gov. Jerry Brown accurately disclosed the status of her stock holdings in a major utility. Earlier this month, the group Consumer Watchdog alleged in a complaint that Brown executive secretary Nancy McFadden had violated conflict-of-interest rules for not recusing...
News Story
2/26/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Gas prices are expected to jump on Friday in southern California, but the rest of the country's increase should be more seasonal and incremental. Southern California's gas prices are expected to jump as much as 37 cents per gallon on Friday, but it should not be a bellwether for the nation. The prediction comes from Consumer Watchdog, a...