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December 23, 1996 | JENIFER WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's not easy, nagging for a living. But for the past eight years, that's what Ruth Holton has done. Holton is executive director of California Common Cause, the inveterate good-government group. It is her job to cry shame when politicians break the legal and ethical rules. A few entries from the Holton files: * The insurance commissioner fails to report $327,000 in campaign donations? Holton is quick to scold. * A state senator lets his teenage son take a government car on vacation?
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December 23, 1996 | JENIFER WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's not easy, nagging for a living. But for the past eight years, that's what Ruth Holton has done. Holton is executive director of California Common Cause, the inveterate good-government group. It is her job to cry shame when politicians break the legal and ethical rules. A few entries from the Holton files: * The insurance commissioner fails to report $327,000 in campaign donations? Holton is quick to scold. * A state senator lets his teenage son take a government car on vacation?
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Legislative candidates spent $54.4 million on their campaigns last year, down from a 1988 total of $68 million, but the spending advantage of incumbents increased, Common Cause said Tuesday. "The system is, unfortunately, skewed so incumbents have a tremendous fund-raising advantage," Ruth Holton of the nonpartisan citizen watchdog group said at a Capitol news conference.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 1994
The selected comments of California Common Cause Executive Director Ruth Holton quoted in your April 21 article, "Hayden Supports Campaign Reform Initiative for 1996," created an incorrect impression of the position of the organization. The article suggests that Common Cause is not supporting a recently submitted campaign finance reform initiative because it may be sponsored by gubernatorial candidate Tom Hayden. This is incorrect. We have not yet taken a position on the initiative, which contains many elements we have supported in the past, because it was filed very recently and our board has not yet had an opportunity to consider it. Whether Tom Hayden sponsors or supports the initiative will have no bearing on Common Cause's position.
NEWS
September 2, 1995 | Associated Press
Oil companies, teachers, lawyers and other special interest groups spent $31.3 million to lobby the California Legislature in the first quarter of the year. That was $1.3 million more than they spent in the same period last year, the secretary of state's office said Friday. Ironically, other government entities were the biggest employers of lobbyists, collectively spending $4.1 million. The money is spent to hire lobbyists, and does not include campaign contributions given to politicians.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 1997
The Los Angeles City Ethics Commission has launched an investigation into a fund-raising event hosted by seven City Council members to bankroll a charter reform campaign, according to sources. The Feb. 13 breakfast organized by political consultant Harvey Englander has been criticized by government watchdog groups, who charge that it violated the campaign contribution limits imposed by Proposition 208, a landmark campaign reform measure approved by voters in November.
NEWS
June 26, 1997 | From Associated Press
Backers of a campaign finance reform initiative, angry at comments at a recent ethics seminar for lobbyists, on Wednesday urged Gov. Pete Wilson to fire the state's political watchdog. "We cannot remain mute while the chair of the [Fair Political Practices Commission] wages war against campaign finance reform as adopted by the voters," said a letter to Wilson signed by Fran Packard, head of the League of Women Voters of California, and Jim Knox, executive director of California Common Cause.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 1996 | ANDREW D. BLECHMAN
Two dozen county residents armed with brooms, Brillo pads and plungers handed in more than 40,000 signatures to the county clerk Wednesday in support of statewide campaign reform. "We're sweeping up the money being thrown about by special interest groups," said Mara McCarthy, a member of United We Stand America in Oxnard. "It's time for a cleaning."
SPORTS
September 1, 1995 | Associated Press
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors, who helped lure the Raiders back to Oakland, have adopted a policy to grant themselves four luxury box seats per game. "So be a part of the Board of Supervisors and get free tickets to the Raiders?" said Ruth Holton, executive director of the public interest group Common Cause of California. "That creates a conflict of interest when the team then wants to negotiate something with the city or the county. Unfortunately, it's by the book."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 2000
Re "A Very Good Bad Example," editorial, Aug. 4: I couldn't agree more that former Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush exemplifies the need for strict campaign finance reform; however, I must strongly disagree with your support for Proposition 34, the Legislature's campaign finance proposal on the November ballot. The Legislature had only one objective in mind when it put Proposition 34 on the ballot. It was to ensure that Proposition 208, the strictest campaign finance measure in the nation, would never go into effect.
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