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News Release
8/4/2014
Posted by Jamie Court
SANTA MONICA, CA – Six health insurance companies financing the No on Proposition 45 committee have donated $37.3 million through June 30, 2014 against the ballot measure to regulate health insurance rates in California, according to campaign finance reports filed recently with the Secretary of State. This is more than three times the $12...
News Story
7/24/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Responding to his predecessor's ethically controversial departure, the president and chief executive of California's stem cell agency said Thursday he is taking legal steps to minimize conflicts of interests with those who have business before the agency. C. Randal Mills said he will not take a job with any company funded by the...
News Story
7/24/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
In the wake of the former president of California's stem cell research funding agency jumping to the board of a company the agency funded, his successor declared he will not accept a job with any company funded by the agency within a year of leaving the post or accept gifts or travel from any company, institution or individual that receives...
News Release
4/28/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog, a national public interest group, today expressed deep concern about New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s appointment of Google Chairman Eric Schmidt to the New York Smart Schools Commission to advise the state on how to invest proceeds from the proposed $2 billion bond act and bring technology into classrooms...
News Story
4/25/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
In the wake of a $10-million payout to a whistleblower, UCLA's School of Medicine is drawing more scrutiny over its financial ties to industry and the possibility that they compromised patient care. A new study in this month's Journal of the American Medical Assn. raised a red flag generally about university officials such as Eugene...
News Story
4/25/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
More than 1,000 physicians on the North Coast received upward of $114 million in Medicare payments in 2012, according a new federal database that gives consumers an unprecedented look inside their doctors' practices. The amount is part of $77 billion Medicare paid out to more than 880,000 doctors across the United States under the Medicare...
News Release
4/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON, DC – Google spent $3.82 million lobbying federal lawmakers and regulators during the first quarter of 2014, making it the top spender among 15 top technology and telecommunications companies, according to an analysis of lobbying disclosure forms Consumer Watchdog said today. According to lobbying disclosure forms filed this week...
News Story
4/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Google spent $3.82 million lobbying the USA's federal lawmakers and regulators during the first quarter of 2014 making it the top spender among 15 top technology and telecommunications companies according to an analysis of lobbying disclosure forms Consumer Watchdog said today. According to lobbying disclosure forms filed this week, Comcast,...
Video
4/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The University of California Board of Regents agreed to pay the former chair of UCLA’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery $10 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit. Dr. Robert Pedowitz, 54, sued UC regents and numerous UCLA doctors in 2012, claiming he suffered retaliation after making serious allegations about undisclosed money doctors...
News Release
4/8/2014
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA— A new report released today by leading environmental advocate Penny Newman and residents of the poisoned Wildomar community shows that state toxics regulators doctored data in a preliminary investigation of the Autumnwood housing complex to avoid pinpointing what has poisoned the Riverside County residents and skip any...