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Why Did Campaign Watchdog Kill Campaign Disclosure?

AB 700, to improve disclosure in political ads and ferret out the true source of campaign funding, was killed in the legislature this week by a surprising foe: the Fair Political Practices Commission.

Consumer Watchdog submited a Public Records Act request to the FPPC today to try to get to the bottom of this mystery, asking for all communications into and out of the Commission on AB 700, and other key reform bills that were killed or watered down beyond efficacy this year.

FPPC Investigation Shows McFadden Concealed Three More Years of PG&E Stock Option Ownership

California's Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) has opened an investigation into Nancy McFadden’s failure to report the dates and times of stock sales in PG&E, her former employer, where she held hundreds of thousands of dollars in stock options she took with her when she became Governor Brown's top aide.  
 

Governor's Top Aide Needs To Prove Recusal Or Go

California public officials are not allowed to participate in decisions in their public office when they have an financial interest in the outcome.  Evidence uncovered  in wake of the PUC public corruption scandal fingers Governor's Brown top aide, Nancy McFadden, for doing just that.
 

Capitol Watchdog: Upcoming Meetings to Watch

A Joint hearing will be held about the transportation sharing economy, a topic that has struggled getting approval from committee chair Sen. Ben Hueso. The Fair Political Practices Commission will be getting an update about California legislation now being considered that could affect transparency, including changes to advertisement disclosure, lobbying procurement contracts and disclosure of contributions deadlines.

Find those details and more below: 

Big Oil Lobbyist Leads in Spending, Most of Which Stayed Hidden

Hiding how money has been spent by big industries to influence the California legislature has been rampant for years and has become a speciality of well-funded special interests such as Big Oil's Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA).

Capitol Watchdog: Upcoming Meetings to Watch

Consumer Watchdog will present new evidence at the upcoming Petroleum Market Advisory Committee meeting to show that refiners have used market power to raise gas prices. The committee will be discussing recommendations for the legislature on how to fix the California petroleum industry.

Details on that, the DTSC's Independent Panel Review, which will be discussing the scandal surrounding the now-shuttered Exide battery recycler, and the FPPC's move to close a loophole that allows lobbyists to avoid registering, below.

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