We had the opportunity to talk with realtors lobbyist Kim Schaefer today on KERN AM Radio. Previously, Ms. Schaefer had privately claimed that her organization was promised votes by local elected officials to kill the popular home improvement financing program (PACE) in exchange for political cover. You can see her claim here: If true,… Read more »
Checks and Balances Project demanded answers to possible illegal contact by members of the Kern County Board of Supervisors with the realtor’s lobby before the Board killed a popular program that homeowners use to finance energy efficiency, renewable energy and seismic improvements.
Checks and Balances Project received a reader tip in May alleging the California Association of REALTORS (C.A.R.) has subjected Bakersfield, California, among other localities, to an intense anti-PACE campaign. PACE or Property Assessed Clean Energy programs provide homeowners in California, Missouri and Florida with upfront financing for energy efficient and renewable energy improvements to their… Read more »
A Local Spotlight on the National Effort to Undermine Property Assessed Clean Energy Recent reports have called our attention to what appears to be a coordinated attack on Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE). PACE allows homeowners to finance residential and commercial energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, as well as hurricane-mitigation and other improvements, through… Read more »
Morningstar Dismissed Misconceptions, Yet U.S. Senator Tom Cotton and Others Take Up the Cause of the Mortgage Bankers and Real Estate Lobbies Over the years, Checks and Balances Project has investigated special interest lobbies, often aligned with government officials, working to preserve and grow powerful, incumbent industries and block the growth of energy efficiency and… Read more »