Dirty Money

Dirty Money

Consumer Watchdog fights to make your voice heard by calling out dirty politicians and attacking the influence of the special interests that keep them in power. From Sacramento to Washington D.C., we follow the money trail from special interests to policymakers and track bad public policy back from politicians to their donors. Our web site CapitolWatchdog.org is dedicated to pulling the curtain back on corruption in California's state capitol.  Our LA Watchdog project is now keeping watch on corruption in the City of Los Angeles's Department of Water & Power, Mayor's Office and City Council. 

Consumers just scored a victory with NRG's announcement that it is pulling the plug on a natural gas power plant in Ventura.

Consumers looking for bold action this year on laws protecting their wallets from rapacious drug companies, their privacy from the prying eyes of telecom companies, and their environment from the degradation of the oil and gas industry, didn't get any.

Mayor Eric Garcetti just sold out Los Angeles by pushing through the Delta Tunnels.

"If these people vote yes today, Eric Garcetti is a sellout." Liza Tucker of Consumer Watchdog breaks down the payoff at the heart of why Mayor Eric Garcetti would want LA ratepayers to pay for water that won't reach them.

If you were to go looking for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti right now, you’d have a hard time. The media has taken note, with the L.A.

If Fred Pickel is supposed to be the public's Ratepayer Advocate against LADWP, he sure hasn't been acting like it.

Santa Monica, CA — Consumer Watchdog, Food & Water Watch, DWP ratepayers and other advocacy groups rally today in front of City Hall to urge the Los Angeles City Council to fire DWP ratepayer advocate Fred Pickel for selling out ratepayers instead of protecting their interests.

Los Angeles, CA -- The Los Angeles City Council should reject a recommendation by Fred Pickel, Director of the Office of Public Accountability at the LADWP, that the city back tunnels altering water diversions South from the San Francisco Bay Delta, and should fire him for once again favoring uti

Santa Monica, CA---Consumer Watchdog today urged City Council President Herb Wesson to name a consumer advocate to the citizens’ committee that will nominate the next ratepayer advocate at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

Santa Monica, CA -- The LADWP’s pledge to give customers a bill of rights is a step forward, but the LADW

Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog wrote Mayor Eric Garcetti today that last-minute revisions to a DWP

Santa Monica, CA — Angelenos who voted down Measure RRR delivered the message to the largest municipal utilit

Consumer Watchdog pointed out that the ballot measure contains deceptive language that allows un-elected commissioners to sign multi-million dollar long-term contracts without City Council approval, removes all City Council oversight over power contracts up to 30 years in length, and in some case

LADWP's Measure RRR on the LA City Ballot is the Rotten Ratepayer Ripoff.

Santa Monica, CA — LA Charter Measure RRR makes LADWP less accountable for its billing errors and allow

Velma, a retired school teacher, explains how LADWP's mismanagement sent her to the ER for high blood pressure after getting a $16,000 bill for water. Vote NO On giving LADWP even less oversight, LA's Measure RRR. Paid for by No on RRR, Neighborhoods

LADWP incorrectly billed a ratepayer in Northridge for $17,000 and threatened to turn off her power, and didn't do anything to correct it until KCBS contacted them.

LADWP ratepayers who were misbilled and overcharged will have to wait until mid-2017 to get their refunds, in yet another delay.

Santa Monica, CA — Consumer Watchdog today said that court filings by the Los Angeles Department of Water

Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle for the third time failed to grant prelimi