.Dan Bacher

Feb 15, 2018

Big Oil Has Pumped $170 Million into California Campaigns Since 2001

The Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), the most powerful corporate lobbying group in California, and its members have contributed $170 million to California political...
Feb 11, 2016

California Oil Lobby Spent a Record $22 Million in 2015

The oil industry spent a record $22 million lobbying California legislators and officials last year, allowing it to largely determine which bills passed and...
Nov 23, 2015

Salmon Fishermen and Consumer Groups Criticize FDA Approval of Frankenfish

The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on November 19 approved genetically engineered salmon, called "Frankenfish" by critics, as “safe” for human consumption in...
Oct 12, 2015

Governor Brown Appoints Republican Oil Executive to be Industry Regulator

As advocates of Senate Bill 350 were celebrating the signing of the state’s new renewable energy law by Jerry Brown last week, a major...
Sep 8, 2015

Governor Brown Under Fire for Axing State Oil Regulators and ‘Pay to Play Politics’

Jerry Brown continually attempts to portray himself as a "climate leader" and "green governor" at environmental conferences and photo opportunities across the globe, but...
Jul 29, 2015

California’s Biggest ‘Secret’ — Oil Industry Capture of the Regulatory Apparatus

The biggest, most explosive story in California environmental politics is the capture of the regulatory apparatus by the regulated, but you wouldn’t know it...
Jun 3, 2015

Influential Ag Firm Changes Name of Corporation to ‘The Wonderful Company;’ And Gov. Brown...

Beverly Hills billionaires Lynda and Stewart Resnick, who are among the most influential people in California agribusiness and are the foremost advocates of Governor...
May 15, 2015

California’s Thirsty Almond Acreage Grows By 150,000 Acres During Record Drought

California growers continue to expand their almond acreage in the state during the drought while the Brown administration has mandated that urban families slash...