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Big Fines Levied Over California Campaign Finance Violations

October 24, 2013
It’s the largest campaign finance law fine in California history, and perhaps in the United States. But will it make a difference? KCBS’ Doug Sovern reports on the fines levied against two Arizona groups, that funneled millions into campaigns last year.
Big Fines Levied Over California Campaign Finance Violations
October 24, 2013
It’s the largest campaign finance law fine in California history, and perhaps in the United States. But will it make a difference? KCBS’ Doug Sovern reports on the fines levied against two Arizona groups, that funneled millions into campaigns last year.
Oakland Congresswoman: Democrats Won’t Budge In Fiscal Cliff Negotiations
December 10, 2012
There’s little sign of movement in Washington in negotiations over the fiscal cliff and a Bay Area member of Congress said Democrats won’t budge on their economic principles. KCBS’ Doug Sovern reports that Congresswoman Barbara Lee remains hopeful of beating a New Year’s deadline.
Governor Brown Offers Preview For Next State Budget
November 28, 2012
Governor Jerry Brown said he meant what he said about keeping California’s spending in-check, even though voters have approved giving him more tax money to spend. KCBS’ Doug Sovern gives us a sneak peek as to what to expect in the next state budget.
Arizona Donation To CA Proposition Called Worst Case Of Money Laundering
November 5, 2012
An Arizona group that made the largest secret campaign donation in California history finally revealed the source of its money Monday, sort of. KCBS’ Doug Sovern reports state campaign watchdogs call this the worst case ever of political money laundering.
CA Governor Jerry Brown Ratchets Up Prop 30 Campaign
October 25, 2012
California Governor Jerry Brown is intensifying his campaign to pass Proposition 30, which has fallen below 50 percent support for the first time in the latest statewide poll. KCBS’ Doug Sovern reports that the governor knows he is in for a dogfight with less than two weeks remaining before the election.
KCBS Cover Story: Libertarian Candidate Hopes To Play Spoiler
September 26, 2012
In the 1990s it was Ross Perot. In 2000 it was Ralph Nader. In this KCBS Cover Story, Doug Sovern reports that now in 2012, the former governor of New Mexico could be the spoiler in the presidential campaign and help determine who wins the White House.
Bay Area Campaign Volunteers Focusing On Swing States
September 25, 2012
President Obama leads Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney by 24 points in California, but the race for the White House is much closer in other Western states, including Nevada and Colorado. KCBS’ Doug Sovern reports that local campaign volunteers are making the trek to those states.
KCBS Cover Story: Truth And Lies On The Campaign Trail
September 5, 2012
Which side is telling the truth when it comes to Campaign 2012? That’s what many undecided voters are trying to decipher as November nears. In this KCBS Cover Story, reporter Doug Sovern looks at the complexities on the campaign trail.
Nancy Pelosi Confident Democrats Will Regain Control Of Congress
September 4, 2012
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco said she hopes she is the once and future Speaker of the House. KCBS’ Doug Sovern reports from Charlotte, where Pelosi tried to reinvigorate energy among California delegates.
California Democrat Leader Refers to Republicans as Nazi-Like
September 3, 2012
Sovern Nation: KCBS Reporter Doug Sovern interviews Chairman of the California Democratic Party, John Burton, who likens Republican tactics to Nazi propoganda.
Small Vendors Barred From Republican National Convention By Romney Campaign
August 30, 2012
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is running as the pro-small business candidate. In this exclusive report, KCBS’ Doug Sovern reports that despite this, the Romney campaign is barring small vendors from selling their wares at the convention site this week.
California Delegates Applaud Paul Ryan’s Convention Speech
August 30, 2012
California delegates give rave reviews to Wednesday’s big speeches at the Republican National Convention from Condoleezza Rice and vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan. KCBS' Doug Sovern reports that local delegates are energized now and ready to help the ticket raise more campaign cash in California.
John McCain Believes GOP Ticket Prepared For Success
August 30, 2012
The man Barack Obama defeated for the presidency four years ago spoke Wednesday night to delegates at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. KCBS’ Doug Sovern reports that the California delegates were pumped to hear from their vice presidential nominee, and from a prominent Bay Area Republican.
Santa Cruz Teen Serves As Youth Delegate At Republican National Convention
August 29, 2012
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan are the main attractions Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. KCBS’ Doug Sovern caught up with one of the youngest delegates, a teen from Santa Cruz.
CA GOP Hopefuls Miss Out On Spotlight At Convention In Tampa
August 28, 2012
They won’t be getting a turn in the spotlight after all because of the shortening of the Republican National Convention. KCBS reporter Doug Sovern is in Tampa and said the job just got tougher for some local candidates who were hoping for a national coming-out party:
Candidates In East Bay Congressional Race Squabbling Over Social Security
August 21, 2012
A tightly contested East Bay Congressional race is getting nastier and nastier by the day as the two candidates are at odds over Social Security benefits. KCBS’ Doug Sovern reports that the issue is over Congressman Pete Starks, whose minor children are getting Social Security checks.
California Senator Joins Others In Calling For Gun Control Laws
July 24, 2012
U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein of California joined several other Democrat on Tuesday to call for new gun control laws in the wake of last week’s mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater. But KCBS’ Doug Sovern reports that action is not expected to be taken by lawmakers.
President Obama Rallies Crowd Of Supporters In Oakland
July 24, 2012
President Obama raised several million dollars at a series of fundraisers in Oakland and Piedmont Monday night, his first visit to the East Bay as President. KCBS' Doug Sovern was in Oakland, where the President seemed energized by the raucous reception he got at the Fox Theatre.
Lockyer’s Political Career Likely To Survive Divorce
July 17, 2012
State Treasurer Bill Lockyer is divorcing his wife Nadia and hopes it won't turn into a messy and very public proceeding. KCBS’ Doug Sovern reports for now, Lockyer is likely to survive his wife's scandals without suffering too much political damage.
Money Race Begins For California Propositions
July 11, 2012
The money race is just beginning in California, now that the lineup of propositions is set for November. KCBS’ Doug Sovern reports hundreds of millions of dollars could be spent on the 11 measures on the statewide ballot, and there's a new website to help you keep track of who's paying for what.
Governor Brown Want To Move Forward With High-Speed Rail
July 10, 2012
Governor Brown insists it is full speed ahead for California's high-speed rail project, despite a daunting price tag and dwindling public support. KCBS’ Doug Sovern reports the federal Secretary of Transportation came to the project's defense at an appearance with the governor in Oakland on Monday.
Homeowner Bill Of Rights Expected To Help With Foreclosure Crisis
July 3, 2012
Governor Brown is expected to sign the state's new Homeowner Bill of Rights, passed by lawmakers Monday to help keep Californians from losing their homes to foreclosure. KCBS’ Doug Sovern reports the law will take effect in six months, and could mean relief for 700, 000 people who are underwater on their mortgages.
Governor, Legislators Agree On Compromise Budget Plan
June 21, 2012
State lawmakers and Governor Jerry Brown announced a compromise on Thursday to modify the budget that was passed last week by the legislature. KCBS reporter Doug Sovern said the deal includes some changes to how welfare works in California.
California’s Top-Two Primary System Produces Interesting Results
June 6, 2012
California’s new top-two open primary system didn’t produce the results many experts expected which will mean some unusual showdowns come November. KCBS’ Doug Sovern reports that while voters weren’t confused on Tuesday, they might be in November.
President Obama Could Face Larger Protest In Short Visit To SF
June 5, 2012
President Obama is returning to San Francisco on Wednesday, just two weeks after his last visit to the Bay Area. KCBS’ Doug Sovern reports that while it is another fundraising trip, this time, he could face a larger group of protesters.