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Money & Influence 06.12.2017

Some Montebello council members raise thousands of dollars from city contractors in non-election year

Kathay Feng, executive director for California Common Cause, criticized the practice of taking money from city contractors and called it unusual for fund-raising to happen in a small city so far removed from an election.

Voting & Elections 05.9.2017

California Is Being Sued For Making Voter Registration Too Complicated

California voting rights groups announced Tuesday they had filed a lawsuit against the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles, Secretary of State, and Secretary of Transportation for failing for comply with a federal law that makes it easier for people to register to vote.

Is Sacramento ethics reform finally going to happen?

Steinberg knows he needs public trust to make real progress on his ambitious to-do list on jobs, the homeless, youth services and much more. But confidence in government is not very high these days, and it hasn’t helped that ethics reform has dragged on this long. So far, the most significant accomplishment is that in November, voters approved a measure creating a citizens commission that will draw City Council districts, though that won’t happen until after the 2020 census.

Money & Influence 01.16.2017

L.A. Councilman Mike Bonin proposes full public funding for city campaigns

Councilman Mike Bonin said he wants voters to consider a proposal next year that would allow candidates to rely on taxpayer money rather than private contributions to fund their campaigns.

Money & Influence 10.24.2016

Measure X1 introduces possibility for Berkeley public campaign financing

“This is not a comprehensive fix, it’s a step in the right direction,” said Helen Grieco, a Northern California organizer for California Common Cause, in response to concerns. “You take it a step at a time.”

Money & Influence 10.21.2016

Richmond: Amid a flurry of campaign spending, Chevron visibly absent

“As the electorate gets more sophisticated and corporate money gets more distasteful, there will be a distancing and a building consciousness about how money influences democracy,” Grieco said.

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