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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 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 Story
12/13/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
As chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil Corp., Rex Tillerson has led a vast energy juggernaut, roaming the globe in search of multibillion-dollar deals, working with despots as well as democrats. The brash Texas oilman has helped forge or supervise exploration, production and refinery projects in 50 countries on six continents, from...
News Story
12/2/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The California Democratic Party recently announced that it would no longer accept political contributions from Big Oil. Bravo. This is a positive step forward, especially as the state investigates the party’s alleged funneling of millions in oil and energy company contributions to Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2014 re-election campaign – an...
News Release
11/29/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Advocates from Consumer Watchdog testified today at the California Energy Commission’s Petroleum Market Advisory Committee (PMAC) that California drivers are still paying 50 cents more than US drivers as oil refiners continue to reap double their historical profits.   The nonprofit public interest group called...
News Story
11/29/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A consumer advocacy group contends that California refiners are holding down gasoline production to inflate prices at the pump. California gasoline prices remain at least 50 cents a gallon higher than in other areas of the country even though a major Southern California refinery that was mostly shutdown throughout 2015 is back...
News Story
9/28/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
In a region known for being among the worst nationally for its air quality, plans are marching briskly forward on a proposed integration project that will combine operations at two sprawling oil refineries near Southern California's Long Beach area, expanding it into the single largest oil refinery by far on the nation's West Coast. The...
News Story
8/26/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
This November 4 will be the second anniversary of the passage of Proposition 1, Governor Jerry Brown’s controversial water bond, a measure that fishing groups, California Indian Tribes, grassroots conservation groups and environmental justice advocates opposed  because they considered it to be a water grab for...