The balance of power in American politics shifted fundamentally yesterday. I know it’s tough for all of us to wrap our minds around.
The fact is what we do in the way we do it is needed more than ever today. We stand up to corruption in government and industry so people aren't so disaffected. If ever the world needed the Consumer Watchdog community, it is today.
We have confronted the “unthinkable” before. That’s how Californians felt following the 2003 Gray Davis recall and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s election. We launched “Arnold Watch” to expose the celebrity’s hubris and corporate corruption. We forced Arnold to conform to democratic values. We’ll make it our business to do the same if Donald Trump steps out of line.
Donald Trump could only be elected in an America where too many people felt no one represented them. At Consumer Watchdog, our advocates, lawyers and researchers have been truly representing underdogs for three decades.
In the coming days we will be asking you about what we can do to be an even greater voice for those we represent, and to show what true populism looks like.
Last night, voters in California made important changes. LA voters rejected the DWP power grab that was Measure RRR after we helped expose insider deals buried in the measure. In Monterey, our allies led a successful campaign to stop fracking on the Peninsula, a ban that can spread to other localities.
Unfortunately, Bernie-backed Prop 61’s drug pricing controls fell victim to a $126 million campaign against the measure by a vote of 54 no to 46 yes. But the industry and legislature are on notice.
Remember, if you fight for what you believe in, you will never lose.
Thanks for being there for Consumer Watchdog. We’ll be there for you.