Senate Approves Two Appointments to FEC

The United State Senate approved two of President Barack Obama’s nominees to the Federal Election Commission today restoring the panel’s full line-up and giving the Commission fresh voices for the first time in years.

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California convenes grand jury to look into dark money

Since Common Cause filed its complaint in October 2012, little information has been made public . This new flux of subpoenas, many of which were given to wealthy conservatives associated with the Koch brothers, confirms that a grand jury investigation is underway. The result of this investigation could lead to an over $10 million penalty and criminal charges, which seem to be just a small, but emblematic, drop in Koch Industries $100 billion dollar annual bucket.

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Should Public Service in California Come with Perks?

Voters rightly recognize that pricey gifts come with influence and expensive dinners give interest groups air time with legislators. The state pays enough for legislators to survive in California, so any additional benefits come with their own intentions. Regular citizens cannot cough up gifts to receive special consideration, so government officials truly serving the public interest should not accept gifts from special interests.

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CA Campaign Finance Data Set Free

Today, California Secretary of State Debra Bowen announced her plans to make the raw data behind California’s lobbyists and campaign finance database available, online, on one spreadsheet available to the public and updated daily. Secretary Bowen’s announcement is a reversal from a position she has long held since Common Cause began asking for this disclosure in 2011.

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Election Reform Forum in California

  Last Thursday, California Common Cause policy advocate Phillip Ung and state board member LeeAnn Pelham joined a panel of speakers to discuss electoral reform for the nation and the Golden State. The forum was hosted by freshman Congressman Jared Huffman (CA-2) and included Congressman John Larson (CT-1) who chair’s the House Democratic Caucus’ task […]

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