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01/14/2015
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To run for a U.S. Senate seat in California, a viable candidate needs to raise a huge war chest of funds. Over the last four campaign cycles, the California U.S. Senate incumbents and their top challengers have each raised an average of $8.8 million from individual donors for their races. The competition will likely be even greater in 2016, with the retirement of Sen. Barbara Boxer, and thus candidates will have to raise even more money.

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01/14/2015
Blog Post

As I'm sure you know, California is facing the worst drought we've seen in years. Here are some pretty drastic pictures of the devastation.  

Obviously, the best way to tackle our water shortage is to use less water. Here are 7 simple tips for reducing your water usage in daily life: 

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12/30/2014
Blog Post

I am writing one final email this year just to say…thank you!

We have accomplished a lot this year - whether you volunteered, signed a petition, or supported your CALPIRG chapter through the pledge fee – and we couldn’t do it without you.

Check out some of what we’ve accomplished together:

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kpbs.org

Citing the obesity epidemic among America’s children, a California consumer group says federal subsidies support junk food instead of fresh food. CALPIRG’s report is called “Apples to Twinkies 2012” because it says producers of corn syrup are financially favored over apple growers.

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thinkprogress.org

While Congress struggles to push a Farm Bill through before the critical legislation expires, a new report by the California Public Interest Group (CALPIRG) highlights an underdiscussed problem with the way the law has been structured in the past: it’s making us unhealthy. CALPIRG researchers found that the crop subsidies in the Farm Bill overwhelmingly went to ingredients that fuel the junk food industry rather than fresh fruits and vegetables. As a result, the subsidies artificially driving down prices for the very foodstuffs fueling the nation’sobesity crisis:

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nbcsandiego.com

A new study released Wednesday in San Diego shows that American taxpayers are subsidizing junk food at a level that dwarfs federal support for healthy foods.
 

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abclosangeles.com

A consumer report released Wednesday revealed the majority of taxpayer subsidies are being funneled toward crops used to make junk food and food additives, like high fructose corn syrup.

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