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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
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 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...
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
7/14/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Following heavy lobbying from both sides, the California Democratic Party’s executive board has voted to endorse Proposition 45, a measure to give the state insurance commissioner regulatory power over health insurance rates. The proposition is one of two causing friction within the Democratic Party, pitting pitting trial lawyers and...
News Release
3/6/2014
Posted by admin
Santa Monica, CA – California’s largest health insurance companies have hired a Democratic party “insider”, former executive director of the Democratic Party, Kathy Bowler, to try to stop Consumer Watchdog’s November ballot measure to limit excessive health insurance rate hikes, ahead of the March California...