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Blog Post
12/6/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
The following op-ed commentary by Consumer Watchdog's President Jamie Court, appeared in the Sacramento Bee on December 2, 2016.   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...
News Story
12/5/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A Northern California lawmaker reintroduced legislation Monday intended to reform the state utilities commission, the powerful regulatory panel that has been under criminal investigation since 2014. The bill from state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, would impose a series of changes at the California Public Utilities Commission that failed to...
News Story
9/25/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
California’s campaign finance watchdog agency is looking into allegations the state’s Democratic Party funneled millions of dollars from oil and energy companies to high-profile politicians, including Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2014 reelection campaign. “It was a laundry machine for dirty energy contributions to the Brown...
News Story
9/24/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) announced on September 23 that it has opened an investigation into the California Democratic Party in response to a report by a prominent consumer group claiming that the party acted as a “laundry machine” to funnel donations from oil, energy and utility companies to Brown...
News Story
9/24/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO >> The state’s Fair Political Practices Commission has launched a formal probe into allegations of corruption and the tangle of close ties involving Gov. Jerry Brown, a top aide, the state Democratic Party, the scandal-scarred state Public Utilities Commission and power behemoths such as PG&E and Southern California...
News Story
9/23/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The California Fair Political Practices Commission will investigate donations made to the California Democratic Party by privately owned utilities and other energy interests. The action was prompted by an August report from the Santa Monica advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, which focused on the political influence of companies that rely on fossil...
News Story
9/22/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The state’s political ethics commission is launching an investigation into the California Democratic Party after an advocacy group alleged the party acted as a middle man to funnel donations from oil and energy companies to Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2014 re-election campaign. The Fair Political Practices Commission on Friday informed Consumer...
News Release
9/22/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica—The Fair Political Practices Commission has launched an investigation into the California Democratic Party and alleged violations of the Political Reform Act in response to Consumer Watchdog’s investigative report, Brown’s Dirty Hands, the public interest group was told today. “We are pleased that the FPPC has...
News Story
9/22/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's campaign finance watchdog is opening an investigation into the state Democratic Party after a consumer advocacy group alleged the party illegally funnels money from oil companies to Gov. Jerry Brown. The Fair Political Practices Commission told Consumer Watchdog Friday that it will open an...
News Story
9/22/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO — The state’s Fair Political Practices Commission is investigating allegations that the California Democratic Party funneled more than $4 million in political donations from oil and energy companies into the most recent gubernatorial campaigns of Gov. Jerry Brown. The commission notified Consumer Watchdog that it is...