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Blog Post
8/18/2008
Posted by Carmen Balber
"Legislators and lobbyists get ready for the fundraising dance" Los Angeles Times, August 8, 2008 "While budget waits, California legislators collect campaign donations" Sacramento Bee, August 12, 2008 "Show me the money: Pro fund-raisers play key Capitol role" Capitol Weekly, August 14, 2008 Bad habits die hard....
Blog Post
7/8/2008
Posted by Carmen Balber
Capitol Weekly just reported a $600,000 windfall for former Assembly Speaker Núñez. The money was transferred to Núñez's ballot measure committee from one that was supposed to help get-out-the-vote efforts. At least one of his colleagues wasn't too pleased: "I don’t know what’s going to happen with...
Blog Post
6/2/2008
Posted by Carmen Balber
ABC World News stirred up a mini ethics controversy with its report last week exposing California Representative Dan Lungren’s use of creative recordkeeping to allow lobbyists to pay for him and his wife to travel to a luxury resort on Hawaii’s Big Island. (Check out the lush Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel here.) New ethics rules banning...
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...
Blog Post
5/7/2008
Posted by Carmen Balber
Here's what the Capitol Alert reported outgoing Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez said at his last press conference yesterday. “So I like good wine, OK,” he told reporters. “I don’t mind staying in a five-star hotel. I bet when you all travel, that’s where you stay.”  He was smiling. ......
Blog Post
4/21/2008
Posted by Carmen Balber
Here's a story that's worth posting twice. Kudos to Steve Harmon of the San Jose Mercury News for asking the question. And kudos to the leaders-elect of the state Senate and Assembly for promising to hold the public trust in higher regard than their predecessors. As the Democrats' two incoming legislative leaders prepare to move into power,...
News Release
4/16/2008
CONTACT CONTACT: John M. Simpson, 310-392-0522, ext. 317; or cell: 310-292-1902
Agency Claimed State Funding Led to Important Clinical Trials Santa Monica, CA -- California’s stem cell agency overstated and hyped the importance of its funding in enabling clinical trials for a drug to treat a severe blood disorder, Consumer Watchdog said today, seriously undercutting the agency’s credibility and alienating those...
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
4/10/2008
Posted by Carmen Balber
The Capitol Alert has details this morning of Senate leader Don Perata's weekend fundraising event, the Pro Tem Cup at the Four Seasons Resort Aviara in North County San Diego. A golfing weekend for one or many, the cheapest package will run you 10 grand, and the most expensive "platinum" package: $50,000 Golf for four on Thursday and...
Blog Post
4/9/2008
Posted by Carmen Balber
Donors to the Democratic Party are getting uppity. They’ve dared suggest that the money they donated to elect people might not exactly get spent that way if Speaker Núñez gets to keep his hands on it. (Couldn’t be the revelations about Núñez’s use of campaign cash to wine, dine and fly his way around...