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News Release
1/31/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Yearly Profits of Oil Industry Will Nearly Equal Treasury Cost of Federal Economic Stimulus Package Santa Monica, CA -- The record run of 2007 oil profits, which came as the U.S. economy slid into recession and consumer debt soared, portrays an industry run amok, said the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights. Shell, world's second-largest...
News Story
1/29/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
ALBUQUERQUE, NM -- The National Conference on Weights and Measures, under industry pressure, on Tuesday tabled a nationwide regulatory fix for hot fuel -- pushing resolution of the issue into 2009 at least. The move was made by a conference committee on a measure that would have established the way fuel, adjusted for temperature, would be sold in...
News Story
1/28/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The following commentary by FTCR President Jamie Court, and Research Director Judy Dugan, was published on Monday, January 28th, 2008 in the Sacramento Bee. ---------- Proponents of the health insurance bill written by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez are down to one argument: Anything is better than...
News Story
1/25/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SACRAMENTO, CA -- To have earned a title like "The Man Who Cracked Enron," Joe Dunn must be persistent. So it's no surprise that the former Orange County senator is still trying to save the state's diversion program, which allows doctors to see patients while secretly being treated for drug or alcohol abuse. I first wrote about diversion...
News Story
1/25/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Mary Nielsen was angry. Not only had Pacific Gas & Electric overcharged the then-87-year-old Oakland resident $800, but in examining the bill, she also found hidden charges on the back. One month later, in October 2004, Nielsen got PG&E to refund her money. One year later, after she dispatched phone calls and letters to PG&E, the...
News Story
1/25/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The Fair Political Practices Commission wants to tighten disclosure requirements and could ban many contributions altogether. California's political watchdog agency is drafting tougher disclosure rules for gifts accepted by elected officials and could ban many of them altogether for statewide office-holders. If the Fair Political Practices...
News Story
1/23/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
In a filing with the ethics panel, a foundation says the Assembly speaker used funds given to a nonprofit for political purposes. He denies the claim. A complaint filed with state ethics officials Tuesday accused Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez of using a charity to illegally funnel donations into political activities. The complaint cites...
News Story
1/23/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A political watchdog group called Tuesday for a state investigation into Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez's channeling of corporate charitable funds through a nonprofit group to bankroll civic events that featured him. The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights said the fundraising by the Los Angeles Democrat -- totaling more than...
News Story
1/19/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The Patriot Ledger (Quincy, MA) January 19, 2008 by Patriot Ledger staff CROSS-COUNTRY TRIP PROVES FUTILE Ron Norton traveled from Worcester to Sacramento to speak at the California Capitol about the perils of requiring people to purchase health insurance, only to be thrown out of the building by the California Highway Patrol. Norton, according to...
News Release
1/16/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer Advocates Reported For Misdemeanors in Clear Case of Selective Enforcement Sacramento, CA -- Speaker Fabian Nunez directed the California Highway Patrol to prevent an uninsured patient who traveled 3,000 to speak out against mandatory insurance from telling his story in the Capitol rotunda Wednesday. The Massachusetts consumer, Ron...