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California Common Cause California Applauds San Francisco’s Behested Payments Solicitation Ban, Urges Others to Follow

Today, California Common Cause lauded San Francisco’s ban on government officials soliciting behested payments from “interested parties” in the wake of a string of controversies involving those payments. The first-of-its-kind ban in California, which went into effect last week, was adopted in response to a massive corruption scandal that was exposed in 2020 involving multiple city departments and high-ranking city officials. Behested payments appear to have played a significant role in the scandal. California Common Cause touted San Francisco’s behested payment law as a model for other jurisdictions and the state to follow.

Ethics 06.12.2020

The Future of Remote Government Meetings Rests with Good Policy

“We need guardrails in place to ensure that governing doesn’t move further out of public view,” Stein said in an interview with Government Technology. “We recognize that government needs flexibility in this moment to respond to the crisis or the multiple crises going on in America today. But in order for government to act effectively, there has to be accountability, and there has to be transparency.”

Ethics 10.9.2018

Are political swamps in California and Washington mostly drained? This study says they are.

Kati Phillips, a spokeswoman for California Common Cause, said the index shows there’s work still to be done in the Golden State. “We’ve worked to drain the swamp in California, but we still have our share of alligators,” she said.

Money & Influence 11.10.2015

Report Shows that California Can Strengthen Protections Against Public Corruption

California’s C- grade in the 2015 State Integrity Investigation shows that our state has more work to do in order to guard against corruption.

Ethics 07.22.2014

State Officials Received $200,000 in Gifts, Millions in Behests California Common Cause Report Highlights How Officials Benefit from Loopholes

A report released by California Common Cause examines personal finance statements submitted by California officials and highlights the extent to which gifts are used by interest groups and campaign slush funds to personally benefit policymakers. - See more at: http://www.kintera.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=dkLNK1MQIwG&b=6391549&ct=13536659#sthash.Z2TSiuQY.dpuf

Ethics 07.22.2014

Governor Jerry Brown Signs Bill Making Improvements to the Political Reform Act -- AB 800

Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 800, authored by Assembly Member Richard Gordon (D-Menlo Park) and advocated for by California Common Cause.

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