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Blog Post
5/19/2008
Posted by Carmen Balber
The Los Angeles Times turned a spotlight on Governor Schwarzenegger's love of corporate fundraising on Sunday, and the FPPC built another level of disclosure for privately financed political trips in regulations newly approved this morning. The public's work should be done on the public's dime. That way, I don't have to worry that someone else has...
News Release
5/19/2008
CONTACT CONTACT: Carmen Balber, (310) 392-0522 ext. 324
State Ethics Board Increases Disclosure Required for Trips Paid for By Campaign Donors   Santa Monica, CA – California politicians must explain travel paid for with campaign contributions to California spas, golf courses, wineries and other locales under new regulations approved by the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) today....
Blog Post
4/30/2008
posted by Mark Reback
Governor Schwarzenegger doesn’t mind when California lawmakers take lavish trips and junkets paid for by special interests. In fact, he recommends it, especially if those lawmakers are from small towns, according to today’s Sacramento Bee. While attending a conference today with billionaire Michael Milken on infrastructure, Arnold said...
News Release
4/23/2008
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, (310) 392-0552, ext. 319
Santa Monica, CA -- In the wake of last week's announcement by Governor Schwarzenegger and state regulators that health insurers would be required to reinstate 26 patients whose health policies were wrongfully cancelled, Consumer Watchdog sent a letter today urging that thousands of other cancelled patients not be required to submit to lengthy...
Blog Post
4/21/2008
Posted by Carmen Balber
The governor once again has chicken on his tail.  Students and teachers rallied in San Diego this weekend to protest Governor Schwarzenegger's proposed budget, including $4.4 billion in cuts to education spending. In the San Diego Union Tribune: Many teachers who participated in yesterday's protest have received layoff notices from their...
Blog Post
4/11/2008
Posted by Carmen Balber
Governor Schwarzenegger's ballot measure committe just reported receiving 10 grand from the Insurance Brokers and Agents Issues PAC. (Here's the contribution as reported to the Secretary of State.) Arnold is spending his money trying to qualify a redistricting initiative for the November ballot. Who knew insurance brokers and agents were big good...
Blog Post
4/1/2008
Posted by Carmen Balber
Here's another story that casts a shadow on Governor Schwarzenegger's green sheen. Arnold got his first national attention as a green machine when he signed an executive order to create a "Hydrogen Highway" across California. The promise was to have hydrogen fueling stations up and down the state by 2010. The gov promoted his plan by...
Blog Post
3/28/2008
Mark Reback
When I saw that the Consulting Engineers & Land Surveyors PAC added another $10K last week to the $367,300 that they've already given to Arnold's campaign committees, it made me think a bit more about the recent developments concerning the San Onofre Toll Road proposal by the Schwarzenegger administration. As you may have heard, California's...
News Release
3/27/2008
CONTACT CONTACT: Judy Dugan, 310-392-0522, x305; or Jerry Flanagan, 310-889-4912
Health Care Regulators Accused in Hearing of "Glacial Pace" In Stopping Post-Claim Rescissions, Failing to Restore Coverage to Victims   California’s Department of Managed Health Care has not ordered Blue Cross to restore insurance coverage in any of 90 cases of illegal rescission found by the department’s own...
Blog Post
3/26/2008
dugan
When the doors are slammed on a meeting between government and industry, the excuse is usually that a "frank exchange" must be allowed. The reality is too often that there's something to hide. So it is with today's private meeting, reported by the LA Times, between the California Department of Managed Health Care and the state's biggest...