A rare and heated dispute has erupted between California’s campaign finance regulators and open-government groups that have accused the watchdog agency of pressuring them to rescind their support for legislation designed to show who is funding political ads.Supporters of the bill criticized the state Fair Political Practices Commission for heavy-handed tactics that they said included pushing groups the commission has the power to investigate and fine to drop their support for the transparency bill.Thankfully, neither resident was taken in by the intimidation, which could be quite alarming to many.The caller, who used the names John Wright and Adam Scott in the scam attempts, left messages on a West Hartford residents answering machine, indicating that charges were being brought against her and asking for a return phone call. In the other case, the caller reached a potential victim by phone in Manchester and, claiming to be a representative of the FBI crime investigation department, informed her that a legal court file had been charged against her and her identity.“It’s really inappropriate for a regulator who has enormous power over organizations to call up those organizations over which they have power, and lobby them,” said Trent Lange, president of California Clean Money Campaign.
Some have been known to use dishonest and borderline illegal tactics, meaning you need to be on your guard.
HARTFORD, March 22 At least two Connecticut residents have gotten calls in the last week from persons claiming to be from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but did not fall for the scammers pressurized pitch, the Department of Consumer Protection said today.
Weve been notified by a resident that she and a friend both got similar calls recently from people indicating that they were with the FBI and threatening legal action, Consumer Protection Commissioner William Rubenstein said today.
The bill, which died on the second to last night of the session, would have required political committees that pay for print, radio and television ads on candidates and ballot measures to clearly identify the top financial contributors to the campaigns.