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News Release | CALPIRG | Democracy

Legislation to Require Disclosure of Corporate Political Donations Introduced

Sacramento, CA—Legislation introduced today will require corporations with shareholders in California, that spend money on political issues, to disclose that spending to those shareholders. SB 982, is authored by Senator Noreen Evans (Santa Rosa) and sponsored by the California Public Interest Research Group (CALPIRG).

Citizens United Anniversary

By | Pedro Morillas
Legislative Director

This is the statement I delivered at a Sacramento rally on the second anniversary of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision.

Report | CALPIRG | Budget, Democracy, Tax

Representation Without Taxation

Marking the second anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission case—which opened the floodgates to corporate spending on elections—this report takes a hard look at the lobbying activities of profitable Fortune 500 companies that exploit loopholes and distort the tax code to avoid billions
of dollars in taxes.

Issue | Health Care

Making Health Care Work

Fighting to control the skyrocketing cost of health care.

Report | CALPIRG Education Fund | Budget, Democracy, Financial Reform, Tax

Tax Increment Financing: The need for transparency and accountibility in local economic development subsidies

Tax-increment financing (TIF) has been a widely used tool for municipalities seeking private investment. TIF allows cities and towns to borrow against an area’s future tax revenues in order to invest in immediate projects or encourage present development. When used properly, TIF can promote enduring growth and stronger communities for blighted neighborhoods; but TIF can also end up wasting taxpayer resources or channeling money to politically favored special interests.

News Release | CALPIRG | Democracy

Californians Will Soon Be Able to Register to Vote Online

Thanks to SB 397, signed into law today by Gov. Brown, California’s Secretary of State is officially allowed to pursue online voter registration, and has a goal of getting a system up a running in time for the 2012 elections.

ABC 7: Does a ballot initiative put your identity at risk?

Does signing a ballot initiative put your identity at risk? Ballot initiatives seem to always be circulating and we are often asked to add our signature, so should we be concerned?

News Release | CALPIRG | Democracy

Bill Allowing Online Voter Registration Clears Assembly

Legislation pushing the state to allow online voter registration in time for the 2012 election passed the California State Assembly today.

Report | CALPIRG | Budget, Democracy, Tax

Following the Money 2011:

This report is U.S. PIRG Education Fund’s second annual ranking of states’ progress toward “Transparency 2.0” – a new standard of comprehensive, one-stop, one-click budget accountability and accessibility. The past year has seen continued progress, with new states providing online access to government spending information and several states pioneering new tools to further expand citizens’ access to spending information and engagement with government. 

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