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News Story
5/25/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The California Fair Political Practices Commission on Thursday approved a $300 penalty against Nancy McFadden, the former Pacific Gas & Electric executive who serves as Gov. Jerry Brown’s top adviser. Commissioners approved the fine without debate on a unanimous vote despite the objections of Consumer Watchdog, the Santa Monica advocacy...
News Release
5/24/2017
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today called on the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) to reject staff recommendations for minor fines against the Governor’s top aide Nancy McFadden and the Democratic Party, and to reopen the cases and interview witnesses not contacted. The FPPC meets tomorrow to decide the matters. The...
News Story
5/16/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO, CA -- California's political oversight agency has found that a top aide to Gov. Jerry Brown failed to disclose sales of stock holdings and that two of the governor's campaigns did not properly account for nearly $3 million in donations. The Fair Political Practices Commission announced Monday the governor's executive...
News Story
5/15/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The California Democratic Party has agreed to pay $3,500 in fines for mishandling a pair of six-figure contributions, but state investigators stopped short of accusing party officials of laundering donations from the oil industry to the 2014 reelection effort of Gov. Jerry Brown. The findings released Monday by the state Fair Political Practices...
News Story
5/15/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The California Democratic Party will pay $3,500 in fines for reporting violations, but was largely cleared of headline-grabbing allegations that it illegally funneled large donations from oil companies to Gov. Jerry Brown’s re-election campaign. The Fair Political Practices Commission opened its probe after Santa Monica-based Consumer...
News Release
5/4/2017
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Public interest advocacy groups Consumer Watchdog, Food & Water Watch, Rootskeeper, Save Porter Ranch, and public interest attorneys Aguirre & Severson LLP, have urged the Senate Rules Committee not to confirm former aide to Governor Jerry Brown, Cliff Rechtschaffen, to the California Public Utilities Commission....
Video
4/7/2017
Posted by Connor
Californians pay more for gasoline than any other state.  Liza Tucker, Consumer Watchdog's environmental advocate say big oil should be footed with the bill to fix California's roads to protect consumers.
News Story
4/5/2017
Posted by Connor
Governor Jerry Brown and legislative leaders hail the Governor’s plan to fix roads, freeways and bridges across California as a “landmark transportation investment,” but a prominent consumer group says Brown’s gas tax to fix roads should come out of oil companies’ windfall profits — and not...
Video
4/5/2017
Posted by Connor
Liza Tucker, Consumer Watchdog's resident environmental advocate discusses Governor Jerry Brown's proposed gas tax hike and its potential to hurt consumers.
News Story
4/5/2017
Posted by Connor
Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed gas tax to fix California’s crumbling roads, freeways and bridges should be paid by the oil companies that are reaping massive profits, not by consumers who are routinely gouged at the pump, a Santa Monica-based consumer advocate said Tuesday. Consumer Watchdog sent a letter to California legislators this...