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News Release
2/25/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The Federal Communication Commission should protect consumer privacy and regulate connections between the Internet and so-called “edge providers,” like Google, when the agency begins regulating broadband service like a public utility, Consumer Watchdog said today. An FCC fact sheet about Chairman Tom Wheeler...
News Release
2/20/2015
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog announced today that spot gas prices in Los Angeles have risen 25 cents since Tuesday when an explosion rocked Exxon’s Torrance refinery, according to the Energy Information Administration. Paired with Tesoro’s Martinez facility that is also shut down, 16.5% of California’s refinery...
News Story
2/20/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES — A Southland consumer advocacy group called for an investigation Friday into alleged price manipulation at the pump after a sharp jump in local gas prices following an explosion at a Torrance refinery. Spot gas prices in Los Angeles have risen 25 cents per gallon since Tuesday’s blast and ensuing fire at the ExxonMobil...
Video
2/19/2015
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Consumer Watchdog urges Governor Jerry Brown, Attorney General Kamala Harris, and leaders of the California legislature to send independent inspectors to Tesoro's Martinez refinery and Exxon's Torrance refinery to verify whether companies are restricting supply to drive up gasoline prices. The two refineries represent more than 16 percent...
News Release
2/19/2015
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog said today that the spot price of gas leapt a dime overnight, as the group had predicted in the wake of two refinery shutdowns affecting 16 percent of the state’s refining capacity. “We really need proper oversight of refineries in terms of ruling out price manipulation via shutdowns,” said...
Video
2/19/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog’s Jamie Court urges Gov. Jerry Brown, Attorney General Kamala Harris, and leaders of the California legislature to inspect Tesoro's Martinez refinery and Exxon's Torrance refinery to determine whether companies are artificially restricting supply to drive up gas prices, which make up more than 16 percent of...
Blog Post
2/13/2015
Posted by Liza Tucker
If you think the environmental news in California is depressing with the latest fiasco of regulators allowing oil companies to re-inject wastewater from fracking into hundreds of aquifers containing water designated as clean for years and years, it’s worse than you think. It’s the same story everywhere because most everywhere companies...
News Story
2/4/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO -- Last November's election was a sleepy, low-turnout affair, but don't think it wasn't costly: The health and insurance industries spent about $114 million to kill a pair of ballot measures that would have hurt their bottom lines -- and, they say, patients and consumers.     Campaign finance reports filed this...
News Story
1/22/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Google poured a record amount of cash into lobbying the US Federal Government last year, outspending its tech rivals and even the major telecommunications companies, a nonprofit group has found. According to advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, Google spent US$16.83m on lobbying in 2014, a 20 per cent year-on-year increase and the most it has ever...
News Story
1/22/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
As many others cut back, a new breed of tech company doubled down on influencing Washington The tech industry's most influential companies spent record amounts of money on federal lobbying in 2014 despite a general drop in lobbying by most tech companies. The spending was often directed at areas away from the central business of technology,...