Posts Tagged ‘FPPC’

Dems bail out Assemblyman Adam Gray’s re-election

Monday, November 3rd, 2014
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When the FBI began its investigation last year into state Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, one Central Valley Democratic lawmaker wasn't surprised to get called in for questioning. "Obviously I wasn’t that surprised," Asemblyman Adam Gray, D-Merced, a longtime aide to Calderon, told the Los An...

Discrepancies found in Brown aides’ FPPC reporting

Monday, January 6th, 2014
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Several recent CalWatchdog.com stories about some of Gov. Jerry Brown's appointees have looked at reports filed on conflicts of interest and financial disclosure. Specifically, Form 700 is a Statement of Economic Interests required of "designated" government employees, meaning the governor's top ...

FPPC on ‘dark money’ witch hunt

Monday, October 28th, 2013
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Just in time for Halloween, the Fair Political Practices Commission completed a modern-day witch-hunt last week, looking for “dark money.” Ann Ravel, the outgoing chair of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, had accused libertarian philanthropists Charles and David Koch of fun...

FPPC to announce settlement in Arizona donor case

Thursday, October 24th, 2013
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The California Fair Political Practices Commission will announce today at noon they have  reached a settlement in the investigation into the mysterious $11-million donation from an Arizona nonprofit, during the 2012 California general election. FPPC Chairwoman Ann Ravel, a Democrat, is leaving ...

FPPC imposes regulation on political bloggers

Friday, September 20th, 2013
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The California Fair Political Practices Commission just ruled this week to require campaign committees to report to the State who they pay to post "favorable or unfavorable" content on blogs, social media or online videos, on their campaign finance statements. [caption id="attachment_50190" alig...

Critics charge flap reveals Sac Bee’s pro-arena agenda

Thursday, August 8th, 2013
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Critics have taken issue with the Sacramento Bee’s coverage of a Sacramento arena deal. Last Thursday, the Bee featured a story under the headline, "PAC pushes Sacramento arena vote but won't say where it is getting money." The story claimed that Taxpayers for Safer Neighborhoods, an Orange C...

FPPC releases lobbying, campaign violations report

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Dec. 14, 2012 By Katy Grimes After big election seasons, it's always interesting to see what the campaign and lobbying violations were. However, rarely is this information timely. It's even more interesting that this information is not publicized prior to election day. Most interesting however, ...

Some bloggers still concerned about FPPC censorship

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Sept. 18, 2012 By John Hrabe California’s chief political watchdog sent the blogosphere into a collective tizzy earlier this year. In April, Ann Ravel, chairwoman of the Fair Political Practices Commission, floated the idea that California become the first government body in the country to regul...

Prop. 32 Fight Won’t Be Settled in November

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

Sept. 17, 2012 By John Hrabe Conservative activists see Proposition 32, California’s latest paycheck protection measure, as a potential game changer. “When Prop. 32 passes, unions will be on an even level with other power groups,” said Stephen Frank, a Republican grassroots activist and pub...

New speaker's FPPC troubles

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Feb. 16, 2010 By ANTHONY PIGNATARO One of John A. Perez’s first acts as a state assemblyman was to introduce AB 9, which partially amended the Political Reform Act of 1974. In fact, the official bill history says Perez introduced it on Dec. 1, 2008, one day before the Los Angeles Democrat, cou...