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News Story
1/22/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Google’s spending on lobbying dropped in 2013, but it is still lavishing Washington with more money than any other tech company. The search giant spent $14.1 million to help influence lawmakers and regulators last year, according to data published on House.gov. That was down after its 2012 spending spiked to $16.5 million when the...
News Story
1/22/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Ten of the largest technology companies in the US spent more than $61 million lobbying Washington in 2013, according to an analysis of records filed by Consumer Watchdog earlier this week. The firms, including Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook, used the money in attempts to guide the government's hand on issues such as privacy, data...
News Story
10/25/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A recently unveiled independent audit that finds multiple shortcomings with the toxics department's permitting program may lead to legislation next year requiring major reforms, sources say. The report, commissioned by the department and conducted by an outside firm, found that agency staff have conflicting views about how to permit facilities...
News Story
10/23/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Search giant spent $3.4 million on lobbying US legislators last quarter, according to latest disclosures Google still leads consumer technology companies when it comes to lobbying legislators on Capitol Hill, but Facebook, Apple, and others are increasing their efforts. The search giant spent $3.4 million on lobbying in the third fiscal quarter of...
News Release
10/22/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC -- Google continued to lead tech firms in lobbying expenses during the third quarter, spending $3.4 million on its effort to buy influence with federal legislators and policymakers, according to disclosure forms just filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Facebook’s spending soared 47 percent to $1.4 million...
Video
9/24/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Time and time again, the rules say that lawmakers can't vote for other lawmakers, but they are. Welcome to the California State Assembly line at crunch time and watch what is going on time and time again.
Video
8/13/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
For the first time, the director of the Department of Toxic Substances Control addresses whistleblowers’ claims that regulators continually put polluters before the public. Deborah Raphael came under fire in February for leading a department accused of failing to protect the people and environment of California. Vicky Nguyen reports in a...
Video
8/4/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Questions are being raised about what some call lavish travel and entertainment spending by UCLA officials over the past five years. Randy Paige reports.
News Story
7/15/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer advocates want to raise the cap on non-economic malpractice damages. Also: Limo safety is a priority in the Legislature; California's roads rank low. SACRAMENTO — A long-dormant conflict over medical malpractice is heating up again at the state Capitol. A coalition of consumer advocates, trial lawyers and the nurses union is...
News Story
7/15/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The consumer advocacy group Consumer Watchdog and the legislator who initially backed California's 1975 Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA), which caps non-economic damages awarded in malpractice cases at $250,000, are working together on a ballot initiative to raise the cap to $1.1 million to adjust for inflation. California...