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Consumer Watchdog's experts and advocates are quoted every day in the printed press, online, and on TV and radio. Below are selections from our appearances in the news.

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5/19/2017
By Ethan Baron, SILICON BEAT BLOG - MERCURY NEWS
Imagine taking shelter from a downpour under a large umbrella, when an unkempt gentleman in a trench coat and no pants joins you to avail himself of the same protection. That’s the situation Google finds itself in with respect to a law that shields companies running websites from liability over material posted by others. For the...
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5/19/2017
By John Anderson, THE WASHINGTON POST
It’s tough getting a consensus on anything these days, but child sex abuse and human trafficking are generally considered indefensible crimes. So who’s defending them? According to “I Am Jane Doe,” that would be Google. And Microsoft. And Facebook. And Yahoo. Directed by Mary Mazzio (“Lemonade Stories,” “...
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5/17/2017
By John Bonazzo, THE OBSERVER
'Their proposed fix might undermine all speech platforms online' The online classifieds site Backpage became notorious in recent years for its “adult services” section, where children have been bought and sold as prostitutes. In light of this statistic, the federal government recently intervened—following a...
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5/16/2017
By Sophia Bollag, ASSOCIATED PRESS
SACRAMENTO, CA -- California's political oversight agency has found that a top aide to Gov. Jerry Brown failed to disclose sales of stock holdings and that two of the governor's campaigns did not properly account for nearly $3 million in donations. The Fair Political Practices Commission announced Monday the governor's executive...
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5/15/2017
By Christopher Cadelago, SACRAMENTO BEE
The California Democratic Party will pay $3,500 in fines for reporting violations, but was largely cleared of headline-grabbing allegations that it illegally funneled large donations from oil companies to Gov. Jerry Brown’s re-election campaign. The Fair Political Practices Commission opened its probe after Santa Monica-based Consumer...
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5/15/2017
By Patrick McGreevy, LOS ANGELES TIMES
The California Democratic Party has agreed to pay $3,500 in fines for mishandling a pair of six-figure contributions, but state investigators stopped short of accusing party officials of laundering donations from the oil industry to the 2014 reelection effort of Gov. Jerry Brown. The findings released Monday by the state Fair Political Practices...
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5/6/2017
By Christopher Cadelago, SACRAMENTO BEE - CAPITOL ALERT
Los Angeles, CA -- Sen. Bernie Sanders, assailing Republicans in Washington for their health care bill, delivered a message Saturday to the Democratic-controlled California Legislature: “Please lead the country and pass the single-payer bill.” “Please make my life easier,” Sanders, who is proposing Medicare for All,...
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5/5/2017
By Taryn Luna, SACRAMENTO BEE - CAPITOL ALERT
Bernie Sanders returns to California for an awards ceremony Saturday that will gather nearly 700 trial lawyers, labor union officials, activists and others from Sanders’ left wing of the Democratic Party. Rage for Justice, the signature gala for the Santa Monica nonprofit Consumer Watchdog, honors “fellow travelers in the fight to hold...
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5/4/2017
By Bradley J. Fikes, THE SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE
California’s stem cell agency is on the hunt for a new president and CEO after the surprise announcement this week that C. Randal Mills will be departing the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. He will leave at the end of June. Mills, who has headed the agency for three years, will become the next president and CEO of the...
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5/2/2017
By David Jensen, SACRAMENTO BEE
California’s $3 billion stem cell agency, which is nearing the end of its financial life, announced Tuesday it is losing its president as the agency enters what some describe as the “last stage” of its 12-year operation. The departure of C. Randal Mills, who joined the agency three years ago, came as an unwelcome surprise to...