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News Story
7/21/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
It looks like both Google and Facebook spent record amounts on lobbying in the second quarter of 2011, as evidenced by the most recent disclosure reports filed in the U.S. Senate’s lobbying database. Similar to last quarter, Google’s lobbying spend hit an all-time high, with spending coming in at $2.06 million, a 54 percent...
News Story
7/20/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer advocacy group Consumer Watchdog is doubtful the Senate “Gang of Six” plan's call for medical malpractice reform would save actually money, saying “evidence suggests that malpractice liability limits are more likely to increase costs for taxpayers.” The proposal unveiled Tuesday requires the Senate Judiciary...
News Story
7/20/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
A consumer organization is challenging a bipartisan deficit-cutting proposal that would give the Senate Judiciary Committee six months to report medical malpractice legislation. The Gang of Six floated a $3.7 trillion deficit-reduction blueprint Tuesday that requires Congress to start looking for savings immediately. The blueprint includes...
News Story
7/11/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
With the company's Google+ service still in is infant stages, Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt is set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee's antitrust subcommittee this September over the Wi-Spy scandal. Reported by consumer group Watchdog, the scandal focused on Google's use of Street View cars. The...
News Release
7/8/2011
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA  -- Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee's antitrust subcommittee in September the committee said today. The announcement comes after an intensive campaign by Consumer Watchdog to require Schmidt's sworn testimony before Congress that included two widely...
News Story
7/8/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
A leading California consumer group has formally asked White House counsel to rule on the ethics of what it calls the Obama Administration's "inappropriate" outreach -- including State Dinner invites -- to head honchos of Google, a firm reportedly under criminal investigation by the Justice Department. Jaime Court -- who heads...
Video
6/27/2011
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Google has admitted it is being investigated by the FTC for gaming its search results to favor Google assets over competitors'. But while the investigation ensues, Google execs continue to enjoy access inside the President's inner circle. Consumer Watchdog has now called for this to change while such criminal investigations are ongoing.
News Story
6/24/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
CAPTION Consumer Watchdog Senators Herb Kohl, D-Wis., and Michael Lee, R-Utah, won't take 'no' as an acceptable answer from Google's Eric Schmidt and Larry Page. Google's top executives have flatly refused to appear at a hearing by the Senate's antitrust subcommittee about business practices in the...
News Story
6/24/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog is telling the White House that its cozy relationship with Google is inappropriate, given ongoing reviews by both the FTC and the Department of Justice. The group, a vocal critic of Google, is asking White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler, who is responsible for overseeing ethics policy, “to rule that the...
News Story
6/24/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Google is about to get searched by the Feds. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is reportedly launching a widespread antitrust investigation into the world’s largest Internet search company, and civil subpoenas could come as early as today, according to the Wall Street Journal. The FTC is looking into whether Google abuses its dominance...