Candidates for statewide office have a raft of issues to decide how they will position themselves against their rivals. In the California governor's race, candidates seeking money and endorsements fill out lengthy secret questionnaires crafted by advocacy groups and special interest groups.
CALmatters politics reporter Laurel Rosenhall explored how the endorsement questionnaire process shapes an elected official's policy commitments before ballots are cast. In her reporting, none of the six major candidates — Gavin Newsom, Antonio Villaraigosa, Delaine Eastin and John Chiang on the Democratic side of the race; Travis Allen and John Cox on the Republican side — were willing to disclose how they had answered their endorsement questionnaires.
Rosenhall also reports on Facebook's decision to cease spending money lobbying against the California Consumer Privacy Act. You can read through a fact-check of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's testimony to Congress last month on PolitiFact.