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News Release
1/21/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google’s federal lobbying expenses in 2015 topped $16 million for the second year in a row, according to records just filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives and analyzed today by Consumer Watchdog. Consumer Watchdog, a nonpartisan nonprofit public interest group, monitors the lobbying disclosure reports...
News Story
1/21/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Amazon dramatically increased the amount of resources it dedicated to trying to influence federal regulations last year. The company spent $9.07 million on lobbying in 2015, an incredible 91.4% surge from its 2014 spend, Consumer Watchdog reports.  That's a corporate record for the company.  Because companies...
News Story
1/21/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Amazon almost doubles its spending from 2014; Facebook 'friends' D.C. Google and Comcast were one and two in federal lobbying spending in 2015 among 16 tech and communications firms monitored by Consumer Watchdog, according to records filed with Congress. Google topped the list at $16.66 million, followed closely by Comcast at $15.63....
News Release
12/7/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today joined a coalition of 17 consumer and privacy groups in opposing the Data Security Act of 2015 because the measure would “weaken consumer protections in a number of ways, and eliminate protections altogether for some categories of personal information.” The bill, H.R. 2205, is scheduled...
News Release
11/17/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog and the Consumer Federation of California today joined in calling on Sen. Barbara Boxer to ensure that the highway bill now before Congress protects consumers and their safety. The highway bill, known as The Drive Act, has been passed by both the Senate and and a Conference Committee is reconciling the...
News Release
10/20/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google trimmed its 2015 third-quarter federal lobbying spending 7 percent to $3.65 million from $3.94 million in the comparable 2014 period, but still led lobbying expenditures among 16 technology and communications companies tracked by Consumer Watchdog. Lobbying disclosure reports filed Tuesday with the Clerk of the...
News Story
5/4/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Corporations across a wide array of industries are lobbying hard in favor of a major cybersecurity bill, enlisting a slew of K Street firms as part of an increasingly intense push for a measure expected to reach the Senate floor as soon as this month. The number of companies and organizations hitting Capitol Hill to discuss the Cybersecurity...
News Release
4/29/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog strongly supports the Consumer Privacy Protection Act introduced today by Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and five other Democratic Senators. “This is a strong bill that provides important protections for consumers’ data,” said John M. Simpson, Consumer...
News Release
3/19/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON – Consumer Watchdog today called on the Federal Trade Commission to re-open its antitrust investigation of Google and urged the Senate Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee to hold a hearing probing how the Internet giant escaped prosecution for its anticompetitive practices. The nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest group acted in...
News Story
3/19/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Yet the FTC publicly announced the exact opposite conclusion. The Wall Street Journal has acquired and released internal Federal Trade Commission documents that raise some interesting questions about the FTC's official handling of an antitrust investigation into Google's practices. Specifically, FTC staff members...