Submitted by Eddie Barrera on Wed, 02/03/2016 - 11:03
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).
Submitted by Carmen Balber on Thu, 01/21/2016 - 12:11
UPDATE, Thursday Jan 21: The Fair Political Practices Commission approved new rules requiring lobbying interests to report tens of millions in shadowy payments to influence the legislature. But the FPPC’s failure to close a loophole could make the rules moot by allowing companies to funnel those funds through a middle-man and continue keeping most of their spending in the dark.
Submitted by Carmen Balber on Mon, 12/14/2015 - 08:25
The Fair Political Practices Commission is promoting new lobbyist disclosure rules after massive spending by the oil industry at the end of the last legislative session killed a law that would have reduced petroleum use in California by 50%.
Submitted by Eddie Barrera on Wed, 12/02/2015 - 10:13
At the end of California's last legislative's session, a mailer landed in thousands of mailboxes slamming an historic climate change proposal that would have slashed petroleum use in cars and trucks in half by 2030. It was sent by a grassrootsie-sounding group called the California Drivers Alliance. But in reality, it was just Big Oil's mouthpiece, Western States Petroleum Association.
Submitted by Eddie Barrera on Tue, 11/03/2015 - 11:56
Another quarter, another tens of millions of dollars spent on lobbying lawmakers. In 2015, $236 million has been spent on lobbying, with $86 million in this quarter alone, according to the Secretary of State. Last year, at the same time, $224 million was spent in the first three quarters of the year, with $79 million in the third quarter.
Submitted by Cody Rosenfield on Tue, 11/03/2015 - 11:12
For the oil industry, this year’s legislative session was full of doomsday legislation – bills targeting petroleum use, emissions, environmental protection, and profits. For the rest of us, it was the opposite – a bright spot in the battle over climate change. It’s no surprise then that the oil industry spent $11 million on lobbying in the third quarter alone. But that’s a pittance compared to the billions of dollars in profit it was protecting.