Democratic state Sen. Bill Dodd of Napa, left, and Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara, right, at the podium, speak at a news conference as Sacramento City Fire Department firefighters stand behind in the state Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. The two statewide officials want California to take out insurance to help cover taxpayers' costs in bad wildfire seasons. California has experienced 11 of the top 20 most destructive fires in its history since 2007. (AP Photo/Don Thompson)
California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara is refusing to disclose records of his business dealings. The Sacramento Bee says the Consumer Watchdog claims that Lara accepted thousands of dollars in campaign donations directly from insurance leaders and their spouses. The advocacy group sees the alleged donations as a conflict of interest, coming from the very industry that he is supposed to regulate. Lara’s office says those records are privileged and confidential.