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News Story
10/24/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Two health care-related initiatives on the November ballot have generated more than $100 million in spending, with insurers and doctors leading the fight to defeat both, according to campaign finance reports filed late Thursday. Opponents of Proposition 45, led by Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc., Wellpoint Inc. and...
News Story
10/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Silicon Valley keeps playing the D.C. game. Tech and telecom giants including Google and Facebook spent millions on political lobbying in the three-month period from July to September, according to data released Tuesday. Google spent nearly $4 million on its efforts to win favor with lawmakers, up 17 percent over the same period last year (but...
News Release
10/21/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google spent $3.94 million lobbying the federal government in the third quarter, off from its record $5.30 million in the previous quarter, but up 17 percent from $3.37 million in the comparable period in 2013, according to records just filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives and analyzed today by Consumer...
News Story
8/20/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
WASHINGTON -- Just hours after Facebook officially went public on the New York Stock Exchange on May 18, 2012, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) signed a bill that granted the multibillion-dollar company an enormous tax break on its data center in Prineville, Oregon. The legislation, dubbed the "Facebook bill" by local media, changed the...
News Release
8/19/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
SANTA MONICA, CA – Medical malpractice and health insurance companies have given $45 million, or 77%, of the $58 million to the campaign against Proposition 46 as they rake in profits at the expense of doctor and patient policyholders, said Consumer Watchdog Campaign today. The No on 46 campaign released its first ads this week, claiming...
News Story
8/19/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this report. In a California Healthline report by Kenny Goldberg, experts discussed the arguments surrounding Proposition 46, a November ballot measure designed to improve patient safety by targeting physicians -- raising the pain-and-suffering limit on malpractice lawsuits, requiring drug-testing of...
News Release
7/30/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Sacramento, Calif. – The medical malpractice insurance industry and hospitals are the biggest force bankrolling the campaign against a patient safety initiative on the Nov. 4 ballot, pumping in more than two-thirds of the $41 million war chest amassed by Proposition 46 foes, according to campaign finance disclosure documents. After profiting...
News Story
7/24/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Google, Apple, and all the other tech giants have a vested interest in many of the decisions coming out of Washington, DC. Whether it's how immigration policy will affect the pool of talent HR can pick from, or laws on data and privacy, the rulings coming out of the Capitol can have a huge impact on the tech world. And so it shouldn't come...
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...