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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...
News Release
7/22/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Google spent $5.03 million on lobbying in the second quarter of 2014, matching a company record and well ahead of spending by 14 other technology and communications companies, according to records just filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives and analyzed today by Consumer Watchdog. Google’s spending matched...
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
4/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Kaiser Permanente and Blue Shield of California have contributed $23.8 million to defeat a November ballot initiative that would allow California's insurance commissioner to deny health premium increases seen as excessive. The funding went to Californians Against Higher Health Care Costs, a lobbying group backed by insurers, the California Medical...