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7/15/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
  As Google grows in size, so does its political influence. And, while this may not overly worry most people, there is one man who is keeping a close watch on the search engine firm. He is Consumer Watchdog’s John Simpson, and one gets the feeling that he revels in his role of giant-killer. Simpson thinks that Google enjoys far too...
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7/13/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
  This man is Andrew McLaughlin. A former Googler–he was their Head of Public Policy–he’s been hired by the Obama administration as the White House’s Deputy Chief Technology Officer, invoking the wrath [1] of a House Oversight Committee member in the process. Rep. Darrell Issa has written to Google to demand an...
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7/11/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Without directly revealing their involvement, major industries and organizations play key roles in legislative contests. Reporting from Sacramento -- The issues and the special interests that pursued them in last month's primary election are familiar: Big oil, tobacco and insurance companies seeking armor against litigation and taxes; trial...
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7/2/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Agency must provide outline of authority, merge lending laws WASHINGTON - While passing a bill that would create a consumer protection agency has proved challenging enough, that task may pale in comparison to actually setting up the new regulator. The regulatory reform bill lays out an ambitious agenda for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau...
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7/1/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
How a dedicated community organizer becomes an insulated, perk-oriented politician   Karen Bass may never have been further from her nonprofit activist roots than when she returned home from Sacramento and her powerful job as California Assembly speaker last February to campaign for Congress.   A community organizer viewed by her...
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6/28/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SACRAMENTO, CA — A network of corporate-backed political action committees has coordinated the allocation of millions of dollars into a number of legislative races this spring, blurring the identity of contributors while overseeing a dizzying exchange of money that critics say is meant to conceal the true extent of their influence. The...
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6/25/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Click here to listen to the audio of the broadcast. Mark Wilson/Getty Images After two weeks of negotiations, members of a House and Senate conference committee have reached an agreement on measures to regulate the country's financial system. The bill would create an independent consumer protection bureau, limit the types of derivatives that...
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6/23/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
California GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman has already shown she has the deepest pockets of any politician in America, with moves like sending out 500,000 48-page policy "Megazines" statewide -- but here's a first: did you hear about the voters who got personalized robocalls from her before the June primary? "Hi Douglas...
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6/16/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A gap in the new contributions law allows him to use a $550,000 donation. SACRAMENTO, CA -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger isn't letting a new rule limiting gifts to public officials put a crimp in his globetrotting ways. Instead, administration officials are availing themselves of a gap in state regulations to use a $550,000 gift from a Chinese...
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6/14/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
WASHINGTON, DC -- In the end, the insurance giant just couldn't convince Californians it had their interests at heart. Despite $16 million in campaign spending by Mercury General, a controversial automobile insurance ballot question lost at the ballot box. The Mercury-founded and funded Californians for Fair Auto Insurance Rates sought to convince...