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News Story
10/29/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The races for governor and senator have been getting most of the attention this election cycle. But there's a controversy in the state insurance commissioner's race. It has to do with money, and who's funding the campaigns. California's insurance commissioner is responsible for regulating the insurance...
News Story
10/27/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Saying they are satisfied with privacy reforms Google announced last week, U.S. regulators have closed their inquiry into Google's collection of data from unsecured private Wi-Fi networks through its Street View cars, a decision that was blasted Wednesday by online privacy advocates. John Simpson, of the advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, said...
News Release
10/26/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Washington, DC -- Consumer Watchdog asked President Obama to force BP Fund Administrator Kenneth Feinberg to withdraw from a keynote address Wednesday at a Chamber of Commerce group dedicated to eviscerating spill victims’ legal rights, and to fire Feinberg if he refuses. Washington, DC -- Consumer Watchdog asked President Obama to force BP...
News Story
10/22/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SEC records suggest that the contributions to his attorney general's campaign played no role in how prosecutors have handled the case against a company accused of violating state environmental laws. Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley accepted $13,000 for his attorney general's election campaign from an oil company while his...
News Release
10/21/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SANTA MONICA, CA — Google increased its spending on lobbying 11 percent over the previous year to $1.2 million in the third quarter demonstrating the Internet giant’s willingness to spend to shape federal policy, Consumer Watchdog said today. In the comparable quarter a year ago Google spent $1.08 million. A key to Google’s...
News Story
10/21/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
For the first nine months of 2010, Google spent $3.92 million, approaching the $4.03 million the search giant spent wooing federal officials in all of 2009, Senate disclosure records show. “Google has a group of well-connected lobbyists and is willing to spend freely to influence federal lawmakers and regulators,” says John M. Simpson...
News Story
10/20/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SACRAMENTO, CA — The insurance industry has nearly doubled its contributions in support of the Republican candidate for state insurance commissioner in recent days, drawing criticism that insurers are trying to choose their own regulator. The indirect spending to elect Republican Mike Villines and attack Democrat Dave Jones raises questions...
News Story
10/16/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
It's a clash of big-money titans: Hollywood vs. Big Oil. Academy Award-winning director James Cameron – whose movies have featured Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger – on Friday pledged $1 million to oppose Proposition 23, a measure that would suspend the state's landmark climate change law. Cameron joins environmental groups, green tech...
News Story
10/15/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Sacramento, Calif. (AP) -- The insurance industry has given more than $1.5 million in indirect contributions to support the Republican candidate for state insurance commissioner, raising criticism among certain groups. Both candidates say they will not accept direct contributions from the industry they would regulate. The money is flowing instead...
News Story
10/14/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Few statewide political jobs in California are more important – or more poorly understood – than that of state Insurance Commissioner. The commissioner can seize and license companies, decide rates, investigate wrongdoing, ride herd on insurers’ conduct in a $124 billion market, regulate brokers and agents, handle some health-...