Despite Mounting Evidence of Collusion with Bakersfield Realtor Lobbyists, City and County Attorneys Withhold Documents and Electronic Communications.
Suits Triggered by Claim of Influential Realtor Lobbyist That She Had Secured Support to Kill PACE Program in Exchange for “Political Cover”
Based on another reader tip, Checks and Balances Project has learned the national Realtor lobby is now bringing its misinformation campaign to residents and elected officials in Visalia, California, ahead of an official request to determine the future of PACE for area homeowners.
Despite her claims of securing votes, Ms. Schaefer denied the Kern County Supervisors or Bakersfield City Council has been influenced by her tactics.
C&BP demanded answers to possible collusion 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 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 »