Consumer Watchdog renewed its request after a
The advocacy group charges that Lara's campaign contributions raise questions about "influence-peddling" in the department.
Contributions came from Stephen and
Lara pledged to return the
Applied Underwriters is seeking an acquisition approval from Lara, and formerly settled with the
"These companies have a checkered past," he said. "That's why the merger approval piece and the past conduct of (these companies) is so important here."
Lara, 44, is a former member of the
"I pledged to not accept insurance money during my campaign, and it is a pledge I intend to keep," Lara said in a statement. "I am proud of my record protecting
Consumer Watchdog filed a Public Records Act request on
The commissioner's office said it denied the request based on a law that qualifies certain records as "privileged or confidential."
It's customary for the governor's office to release redacted versions of calendar meetings, but lawmakers typically do not because they are subject to a different open government law.
"It's crucial to the public interest that they provide these documents," Consumer Watchdog Executive Director
"We received a Public Records Act request and we'll respond appropriately," Soller told The Bee.
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