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News Story
8/16/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), the most powerful corporate lobbying group in Sacramento, continued to dominate the lobbying spending in Sacramento in the second quarter of 2016.  "If you can count on anything, it’s WSPA (Western States Petroleum Association) throwing down some serious cash on lobbying," said...
News Story
8/15/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
On a cloudy Sacramento day in 2001, a low-level aide to then-Gov. Gray Davis secretly met a representative of the Oracle Corp. software company, accepting a $25,000 check for Davis’s re-election fund. Just a few days earlier, Oracle had received a $95 million software contract to update state computers. The sequence later became emblematic...
News Story
8/15/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Gasoline is cheap in California compared to a year ago. But it's nowhere near as cheap as it could be. Californians currently spend 49 cents more per gallon than the national average, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. For most of the last year, that difference exceeded 60 cents. Several times last summer, it topped $1...
News Story
8/15/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
In over 30 years of covering fish, water, conservation and environmental justice in California, this is one of the most significant and disturbing reports about regulatory capture and “play to pay" politics I have ever read. Consumer Watchdog, a Santa Monica-based consumer organization, on August 10 released an alarming report claiming...
News Story
8/11/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Governor's office says his environmental record makes advocacy group's claims 'cuckoo' A Santa Monica consumer group is criticizing Gov. Jerry Brown for his ties to utilities and other companies reliant on fossil fuels, linking almost $10 million in contributions from 26 oil, gas and power companies to decisions by Brown...
News Story
8/11/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Californians pride themselves on being number one. Highest population. Biggest economy. Top public university system. Most In-N-Out locations per capita. Let us count the ways in which the Golden State comes first in the nation. But in the competitive category of money spent on gasoline, Californians hold a more dubious distinction: Across the...
News Release
8/10/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA—Public interest group Consumer Watchdog today reported that twenty-six energy companies including the state’s three major investor-owned utilities, Occidental, Chevron, and NRG—all with business before the state—donated $9.8 million to Jerry Brown’s campaigns, causes, and initiatives, and to the...
News Story
8/10/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Twenty-six companies with business before the state donated $9.8 million to Gov. Jerry Brown and the California Democratic Party over the last eight years — and those donations were often made within days or weeks of winning favors. That’s the contention of “Brown’s Dirty Hands,” a report released Wednesday by the...
Video
8/10/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
View on YouTube In a new report, Consumer Watchdog listed twenty-six companies with business before the state of California that donated $9.8 million to Gov. Jerry Brown and the California Democratic Party over the last eight years — and those donations were often made within days or weeks of winning favors.
News Story
8/9/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
An advocacy group on Thursday blasted profit reports from California's oil refiners, saying there's a huge discrepancy between wholesale and retail prices of gasoline. The average price of a gallon of regular gas in the state is hovering around $2.70 — well above the $2.11 national average, according to the American Automobile Club....