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News Story
2/16/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
On a recent morning, Janis Flippen called her service provider, Verizon Communications Inc., when her business voice mail went down. The operator said there was an outage but assured Flippen, who runs a Camarillo-based public relations firm, that service would be restored by 6 p.m. The outage lasted for more than half the work week. It started on...
News Story
2/14/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Many elected officials will now have to explain how wining, dining and other expenses are tied to government business. SACRAMENTO, CA -- The state ethics watchdog today made it tougher for politicians to use campaign funds to enhance their lifestyles. New rules imposed by the Fair Political Practices Commission will force politicians to publicly...
News Release
2/14/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Requirement Should Be Added to Disclosure Rules Proposed by State Ethics Board Santa Monica, CA -- Politicians would not have to explain trips to golf courses, wineries or casinos in California under new disclosure rules proposed by the state ethics board, said the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR) today. More information on...
News Story
2/13/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Gasoline prices, already up 72 cents a gallon over a year ago, are poised to go higher -- possibly shattering records. The federal Energy Information Administration on Tuesday projected the price of regular gasoline, now averaging $2.96 a gallon nationwide, will hit a monthly average near $3.40 by spring. The prediction of higher prices comes even...
News Story
2/13/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Its request to doctors for data that could lead to policy rescissions was widely criticized Facing a torrent of criticism Tuesday, Blue Cross of California abruptly halted its practice of asking physicians in a letter to look for medical conditions that could be used to cancel patients' insurance coverage. In a statement issued about 6 p.m., the...
News Story
2/11/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Special Interests: How They Get Around Voter-Approved Limits on Campaign Contributions More money is flowing into California's legislative campaigns than ever, despite contribution limits that voters approved eight years ago in an attempt to quash the influence of well-heeled special interests in state elections, according to an analysis by The...
Blog Post
2/11/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
You'd think that a company making nearly $41 billion in yearly profit in 2007 would be profligate in its charitable giving. We don't know yet what Exxon Mobil's 2007 total was, but the company issues a yearly feel-good report on “community contributions.”  The 2006 document says Exxon gave away $138 million in 2006, as it made its...
News Story
2/8/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The San Jose Mercury News (California) February 8, 2008 by Steve Johnson, Mercury News ADVOCACY GROUP CLAIMS SUBTERFUGE WAS INVOLVED California's $3 billion stem-cell institute hired a public relations outfit through its lawyers in order to keep the PR firm's advice secret after the institute's new president was linked to an investigation of...
News Story
2/7/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Despite lower profits, BP is seeing rise in stock price. BP is often considered the least successful of Big Oil companies. It had the lowest profits of the major Big Oil companies last quarter. Indeed, with a $3 billion profit, it couldn't come close to Exxon in terms of oil company profits. But despite this fact, BP was up Wednesday morning on...
News Release
2/7/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
NEWS RELEASE February 7, 2008 CONTACT: John M. Simpson, 310-392-0522, ext. 317, or cell: 310-292-1902 Santa Monica, CA -- Documents detailing the California stem cell institute's involvement with a well-known "crisis management" public relations firm reveal an agency leadership worried about the state agency's image and committed to...