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California Democratic Party Cleaning House Or Covering Its Ass?

An investigation by the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) into whether the California Democratic Party laundered oil and energy company donations for Governor Brown looks like it’s having a side effect: The CDP issued a new decree that it won’t accept any more political donations from oil companies or their Sacramento reps.

Brown's Dirty Hands Plus One

 As the Los Angeles Times just reported, the oil industry is not only behind a request from Assemblymember Adam Gray and a dozen other lawmakers to audit the Air Resources Board, at the forefront of state efforts against global warming, but wrote the request for Gray. 
 

Brown's Dirty Hands

Governor Brown has traveled the world speaking out against climate change. But an exhaustive review of his Administration's actions shows they've often helped oil, gas and utility companies at the expense of the environment and the consumer, and that contributions from the companies often followed.

Why the Legislature Likely Saw the Regional Grid as Déjà Vu All Over Again

In 2002 I stood up in front of the U.S. Senate Energy Committee and presented reasons why Enron had caused the so called “California Energy Crisis.”  I was alone that day on a panel of senior regulators and energy officials.  My picture in the New York Times the next day captured the puzzled looks of my more important panelists as I failed to support the consensus that nothing was wrong.  

Fooled Again? Western Grid Is Big Game At End of Session

The stage is being set for another end-of-the-session swindle of the consumer and the environment by some of the same cast of characters who took the state to the cleaners the first time.  

PUC Papers Reveal 100,000+ Internal Emails, Docs From PUC Corruption Ring

Consumer Watchdog, the publisher of Capitol Watchdog, has launched the first searchable website with hundreds of thousands of emails and other files uncovered from corruption scandals at the California Public Utilities Commission.
 
www.PUCpapers.org allows the public, journalists, advocates, litigators, students and policymakers to search and uncover evidence about inappropriate relationships between regulated utilities,  their regulators, their investors, and public officials. 
 

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