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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 Release
11/9/2016
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA — Angelenos who voted down Measure RRR delivered the message to the largest municipal utility in the country that they will not stand for the dysfunctional Department of Water & Power policing itself, Consumer Watchdog said today. “Angelenos just voted for more DWP accountability for $44 million in customer billing...
News Story
11/9/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Voters appear to have rejected a ballot measure aimed at granting more autonomy to the scandal-plagued Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, one of the nation’s largest public utilities. The tally for Measure RRR as of Wednesday afternoon was 52% against and 48% in favor, with 100% of precincts reporting, according to the Los...
Blog Post
11/9/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
The balance of power in American politics shifted fundamentally yesterday. I know it’s tough for all of us to wrap our minds around. The fact is what we do in the way we do it is needed more than ever today. We stand up to corruption in government and industry so people aren't so disaffected. If ever the world needed the Consumer...
News Story
11/6/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
When Fred Pickel sat down to write the city’s official argument in favor of a ballot measure to grant more autonomy to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, he promised voters it would make the municipally owned utility “more accountable, transparent and responsive.” Pickel, who is the executive director...
News Release
11/4/2016
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA — Seven California news stations have not aired a single story about Proposition 61 to educate voters on the measure that would cap state prescription drug prices, despite receiving nearly $1.7 million in ad money from the pharmaceutical industry’s record-breaking $109 million No campaign. Other California TV stations...
News Release
11/2/2016
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA — With Election Day rapidly approaching, a new animated short can help Californians make informed decisions when they vote on the seventeen statewide propositions on the ballot. Created by Consumer Watchdog as a non-partisan resource for easy sharing, “Who’s Behind the Props?” explains the ballot measures...
News Story
10/31/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Even in the midst of the heated presidential campaign, two news stories about alleged corruption in California government managed to draw significant headlines and public attention. One came when the state auditor issued a call for significant changes in procedures at the Public Utilities Commission, which sets rates for almost all electricity...