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News Release
12/13/2007
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Ethics Board Proposes Travel, Meal Disclosures to Close Spending Loophole Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer advocates applauded the state ethics board for moving forward today with requirements that politicians justify their use of campaign funds for overseas travel, meals and other expenditures that benefit them personally. The nonprofit Foundation...
News Release
11/8/2006
Posted by Carmen Balber
Southern California – Santa Monica voters upheld the strongest conflict of interest law in the nation yesterday, which bans politicians from taking kickbacks from people who do business with the city. Pasadena voters overwhelmingly approved a proposition to expand an identical good government law. 53% of Santa Monicans rejected the city...
News Story
1/24/2006
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The following op-ed commentary by JAMIE COURT, author of "Corporateering", and president of the Santa Monica-based Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, was published in the Los Angles Times on Tuesday, January 24, 2006: ------------ In the wake of the Abramoff, Cunningham and DeLay scandals, all eyes have turned to lobbying...
News Story
11/30/2005
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The following commentary by FTCR President Jamie Court was broadcast on Wednesday, November 30, 2005 on the Marketplace Radio program on NPR. Click here to listen to the audio of the commentary. -------------- Lisa Napoli - Anchor: This is Marketplace. I'm Lisa Napoli. Lots of us can't live without our cell phones, but most of us can live without...
News Story
8/18/2005
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The following commentary by FTCR's president Jamie Court was broadcast on Thursday, August 18th, 2005 on the Marketplace Radio Program on NPR. Click here to listen to the audio of the commentary. --------------- KAI RYSSDAL, anchor: The Rolling Stones kick off their 25-city North American tour in Boston's Fenway Park this Sunday. Even California...
Blog Post
8/15/2005
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Arnold's past caught up with him last week when the LA Times revealed that the gov's business partners at American Media, Inc (AMI) had paid Arnold's alleged former mistress, Gigi Goyette, $20,000 to bar her from speaking publicly about their affair. American Media, which publishes National Enquirer, also paid a friend of Goyette $1,000 in cash to...
Blog Post
5/27/2005
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Since the beginning of his administration Arnold has filled his staff with big industry lobbyists and executives, but everyone knows that for any relationship to work there has to be some give and take. According to yesterday's Roundup the Gov's Deputy Chief of Staff, Cassandra Pye, is leaving the Administration to work for one of the...
News Release
9/22/2004
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Analysis: Non-Voting a Factor in 2/3 of Failed Bills Santa Monica, CA -- A new award-winning study conducted by graduate students at the University of Southern California School of Policy, Planning and Development, found that "nonvoting" (when a politician intentionally leaves the room or simply stays silent when called upon to vote)...
Feature
2/16/2004
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
David Horowitz, the former television reporter who took over $136,000 from California utility companies to defend electricity deregulation in 1998 as the "way to cut our electric bills," is back on television. This time, he's backing a $20 billion consumer and taxpayer bailout of the utilities' deregulation disaster that has forced...