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News Release
9/19/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Sacramento, CA – Now-hidden payments to political bloggers will have to be disclosed if the Fair Political Practices Commission approves a proposed regulation to increase campaign transparency today. The rule would require campaign committees to disclose any amount paid to a blogger or other commenter that posts an opinion online, and where...
News Story
9/19/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO — The state campaign watchdog agency acted Thursday to require political campaigns to report when they pay people to post favorable or unfavorable content on blogs, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other social media sites. The state Fair Political Practices Commission acted out of concern that the public might be deceived into...
News Story
8/8/2013
Posted by Daniel Palay
SACRAMENTO -- As a showdown nears on legislation that would regulate hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in California, one prominent activist is criticizing four aides to Assembly Speaker John Perez (D-Los Angeles) for their holdings in energy company stocks. Fracking is a controversial process that involves injecting water and chemicals into the...
Blog Post
6/20/2013
Posted by Daniel Palay
The way voters get their news and education has rapidly changed from print and television sources to the online news marketplace, blogosphere and social media arenas.  At the same time, the regulations governing campaign expense reporting remain focused on traditional media, leaving voters without enough information to know if what they read...
News Release
4/10/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA – The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has gutted its ability to inspect refineries in the wake of the Chevron refinery fire in Richmond last August, Consumer Watchdog said today. The information comes on the heels of a U.S. Chemical Safety Board statement before California lawmakers that the fire could have...
News Story
4/4/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Listen to or download the audio of this radio broadcast segment here. An agency known as DTSC — or the Department of Toxic Substances Control — is charged with monitoring California's hazardous waste. Recently the group Consumer Watchdog has been investigating the DTSC and has claimed that the agency is falling down on the job...
News Release
4/3/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA –Following news that the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) will investigate a top toxics regulator for financial conflicts of interest, Consumer Watchdog today reiterated its call for the firing of two top officials at the Department of Toxic Substances Control who invested as much as six and seven figures into...
Article
11/14/2012
Posted by Jamie Court
Wednesday, the California Fair Political Practices Commission takes up the question of whether political bloggers should have to disclose who pays them to blog in political campaigns. Sacramento's consultant establishment, both on the left and the right, has been hiding behind free speech protections to propagandize and cut the legs out from...
News Story
10/16/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
Backers of Proposition 33 have run a series of TV ads depicting motorists who support the initiative, which would alter the way auto insurance premiums are regulated in California. Here is a text of one of the ads, and an analysis by Bee staff writer Dale Kasler. On-screen narrator: I'm Adriana, I have car insurance and I'm proud of...