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California convenes grand jury to look into dark money

July 18, 2013

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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Jumping in as an Intern

May 30, 2013

Before starting the internship, I honestly did not know what to expect. Until two days ago, I never stepped foot in Sacramento and I felt entirely oblivious to the ins and outs of California politics other than what I saw on the news and read on political blogs. I was jumping in with both feet into the world of California policy and lobbying.

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Activists outside L.A. Times building protest potential sale to Koch brothers

May 29, 2013

About 200 protesters rallied Wednesday outside the headquarters of the Los Angeles Times to protest a potential sale of the newspaper to the politically conservative Koch brothers. The rally was one of a dozen nationwide at media properties owned by Tribune Co., which is considering selling The Times and seven other daily newspapers after emerging from bankruptcy late last year. Activists are seeking to pressure Tribune not to sell the papers to Charles and David Koch, billionaire siblings who fund a range of conservative causes.

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CA Campaign Finance Data Set Free

May 22, 2013

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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