Posts Tagged: watchdog
An illustration depicting the law and consumer protection. (Image: create jobs 51, via Shutterstock)
OPINION: According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, California today ranks as the 5th largest economy in the world, surpassing the United Kingdom. To flourish, great economies like California’s need consumer protections and oversight of financial markets. California has one single state agency charged with both, the Department of Business Oversight.
State Capitol, Sacramento. (Photo: David Monniaux)
California’s political watchdog, facing 2014’s high-stakes statewide elections in which a relatively small number of donors put in more than $158 million to influence voters on ballot propositions, closed hundreds of cases with settlements – the most in its 40 years of existence.
Two aspects of health care: A claim form and money,. (Photo: Zimmytws via Shutterstock)
A high-stakes ballot measure going before voters Nov. 4 has divided California Democrats, with the state party and some of its most prominent politicians on opposite sides. The initiative, Proposition 45, would empower the state’s elected insurance commissioner to approve health insurance rates.
A male patient uses a walker frame. Photo: Bikeriderlondon, via Shutterstock
It’s on the ballot but off the public’s radar, and months before Election Day the campaign cash already is piling up — $44 million and counting — for what is certain to be a massive TV blitz in the fall between doctors, lawyers and insurers.
Capitol Alert: FPPC fines Kinney, Areias, Hickox for covert lobbying
“Three well-connected partners in the prominent California Strategies public affairs firm have agreed to pay fines to California’s political watchdog agency for trying to influence state government decisions without registering as lobbyists.”
“Jason Kinney, Rusty Areias and Winston Hickox violated state law when they “crossed over the line which