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News Story
1/15/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The country's biggest banks are overwhelmingly supporting Mitt Romney's bid for the Republican presidential nomination, an analysis of federal campaign contributions shows. Employees at the five largest U.S. banks by assets, including Bank of America Corp. and Wells Fargo & Co., had given Romney about $600,...
News Story
12/29/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Insurance chief's exit follows Haley grant controversy South Carolina officials remained tight-lipped Thursday about the abrupt resignation of the state's top insurance regulator less than a year after Gov. Nikki Haley appointed him. But several Democrats and others who worked with the former director said he wants out of an...
News Story
12/22/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
A California consumer group is challenging a rate hike bid by Mercury Insurance because the group claims the company is trying to pass along the costs of its political campaigning. But the insurer says those costs are not included in the rate hike. Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog says the costs involve millions of dollars in political...
News Story
12/19/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
In a sign the 2012 insurance wars have begun, a consumer group that routinely seeks to block rate increases has accused auto insurance giant Mercury General of illegally passing onto consumers the cost of its 2010 ballot measure campaign. Consumer Watchdog is seeking to block a Mercury subsidiary's request to raise rates on its auto...
Video
11/23/2011
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Doug Heller discusses why CA state senators avoid questions about exotic trips funded by special interest groups on KTTV TV-11 Los Angeles, CA.
News Story
11/20/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Much of the money spent for travel by Assemblycommittees this year went to fly personal aides of Southern California legislators round-trip between the Capitol and their districts. The trips contradict what the Assembly tells Californians in its annual expenditure report – that committee travel funds are used primarily for hearings to...
News Story
11/12/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Almost everyone with a landline has felt the annoyance of picking up the phone and realizing that a call is not from a friend or a family member but rather is a prerecorded message delivered by a software-robot. Currently, cellphone users are protected from these “robocalls” if they haven’t consented to receive them, but some...
News Release
10/13/2011
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Occupy LA/Los Angeles, CA -- Consumer Watchdog, whose founder Harvey Rosenfield wrote Proposition 103, the 1988 insurance reform initiative that has saved drivers $62 billion, celebrated the 100th birthday of the California ballot initiative process at Occupy LA in downtown Los Angeles Thursday.  The nonprofit, nonpartisan group blew out...
News Story
10/11/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO - If Hiram Johnson, the California governor who campaigned in 1910 vowing to bring the initiative process to state voters and then delivered on that promise a year later, were alive today, he would not be surprised by the criticisms leveled against the state's now century-old process of direct democracy. Back in the day, he had...
News Release
10/10/2011
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Sacramento, CA -- “Corporations are abusing California’s initiative process for their own profit,” said Harvey Rosenfield, the author of insurance reform Proposition 103 and founder of Consumer Watchdog, at a conference celebrating direct democracy’s 100th birthday in California. “The Legislature is more beholden to...