Category Archives: Money In Politics

Political Inside Game, Outside Game... All in One Day

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You don’t get many political multi-tasking days like this one: heated debate over legislation down to its final day to survive, a new alarm over the state’s finances, and public disclosure of all the campaign cash raised by candidates and … Continue reading »


Brown's Early Tax Initiative Donors: Hospitals, Oil, Tribes

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Governor Jerry Brown looks to be off to a strong start in collecting cash for his November tax initiative, with cash coming from some of the same groups his predecessor argued were the problem in California politics. Campaign finance records … Continue reading »


November's Ground Zero Initiative

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While talk about California’s November ballot has focused largely on tax proposals or possible social and criminal justice measures, watch for the real political slugfest to be over an issue near and dear to the hearts of organized labor: union … Continue reading »


Campaign Cash Do-Over OK In Some Cases

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A legal analysis by the state’s campaign finance watchdog agency says that donations never deposited into candidate accounts by accused treasurer Kinde Durkee can be solicited a second time. But now, the multi-million dollar question in the allegations of embezzlement … Continue reading »


Campaign Treasurer Scandal: "It's Quite a Mess"

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It was hard not to notice the campaign fundraising event held this week in Sacramento for Assemblymember Jose Solorio. Granted, it was for his 2014 Senate campaign. But Solorio’s future political endeavors would no doubt be easier to pursue if … Continue reading »


Notebook: Vacant Seats, Smaller Donations?

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The dog days of summer, especially in this unusual year where the Legislature finished its work on deadline and then adjourned for a month, leave a lot of time for contemplation. Hence, a Reporter’s Notebook entry that could be called … Continue reading »


Senator Flips Vote, Union Contracts OK'd

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Today’s lengthy debate in the state Senate, both in public and in private, serves as a reminder of the complicated intersection of policy and politics, as a late vote switch by a Republican senator kept six new state worker contracts … Continue reading »


$119 Million and Counting for Whitman

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Late on Tuesday, the campaigns of the two major candidates for governor sent in campaign contribution notices (as required by law) to the Secretary of State’s office. Jerry Brown reported new contributions totaling $305,810; Meg Whitman reported contributions of $15,494,399. … Continue reading »


Sharpening The Political Watchdog's Teeth

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California’s landmark political reform law fails to shine a bright enough light on who’s giving money and how campaigns are being run. That’s the assessment of the new chair of the state’s political watchdog agency, and the reason he is … Continue reading »


$68 Million. Nine Points.

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Crank up some old George Jones, folks: “Well, the race is on and here comes pride up the backstretch, heartaches are a-going to the inside…” Tonight’s statewide, nonpartisan poll is confirmation that the battle for the Republican gubernatorial nomination is … Continue reading »