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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.

News Story
9/26/2016
By Michael Hill, NJTV NEWS
As automakers and technology companies race to deliver self-driving and driverless cars to market, motorist associations and privacy advocates fear they’re leaving something behind: protecting consumer privacy. “It is a data mine of where we go and what’s happening as cars pass us by,” said Consumer Watchdog President Jamie...
News Story
9/26/2016
By Wire Reports, FOX NEWS
California’s campaign finance watchdog agency is looking into allegations the state’s Democratic Party funneled millions of dollars from oil and energy companies to high-profile politicians, including Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2014 reelection campaign. “It was a laundry machine for dirty energy contributions to the Brown...
News Story
9/25/2016
By George Avalos, BAY AREA NEWS GROUP
SACRAMENTO >> The state’s Fair Political Practices Commission has launched a formal probe into allegations of corruption and the tangle of close ties involving Gov. Jerry Brown, a top aide, the state Democratic Party, the scandal-scarred state Public Utilities Commission and power behemoths such as PG&E and Southern California...
News Story
9/25/2016
By Dan Bacher, ELK GROVE NEWS
The California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) announced on September 23 that it has opened an investigation into the California Democratic Party in response to a report by a prominent consumer group claiming that the party acted as a “laundry machine” to funnel donations from oil, energy and utility companies to Brown...
News Story
9/24/2016
By Jeff McDonald, THE SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE
The California Fair Political Practices Commission will investigate donations made to the California Democratic Party by privately owned utilities and other energy interests. The action was prompted by an August report from the Santa Monica advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, which focused on the political influence of companies that rely on fossil...
News Story
9/23/2016
By Patrick McGreevy, LOS ANGELES TIMES
The state’s campaign finance watchdog agency will investigate allegations that the California Democratic Party improperly funneled contributions from the oil and energy industry to the 2014 reelection campaign of Gov. Jerry Brown, officials said Friday. The group Consumer Watchdog filed a complaint with the state Fair Political...
News Story
9/23/2016
By Melody Gutierrez, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
SACRAMENTO — The state’s Fair Political Practices Commission is investigating allegations that the California Democratic Party funneled more than $4 million in political donations from oil and energy companies into the most recent gubernatorial campaigns of Gov. Jerry Brown. The commission notified Consumer Watchdog that it is...
News Story
9/23/2016
By Wire Reports, ASSOCIATED PRESS
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's campaign finance watchdog is opening an investigation into the state Democratic Party after a consumer advocacy group alleged the party illegally funnels money from oil companies to Gov. Jerry Brown. The Fair Political Practices Commission told Consumer Watchdog Friday that it will open an...
News Story
9/23/2016
By Taryn Luna, SACRAMENTO BEE
The state’s political ethics commission is launching an investigation into the California Democratic Party after an advocacy group alleged the party acted as a middle man to funnel donations from oil and energy companies to Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2014 re-election campaign. The Fair Political Practices Commission on Friday informed Consumer...
News Story
9/22/2016
By Kelly McSweeney, ZDNET.COM
Safety advocates are relieved that NHTSA has released a new policy for autonomous vehicles, but they're not thrilled with the lack of details. This week federal regulators released a highly-anticipated policy for autonomous vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a 116-page document that outlines how...