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News Story
3/25/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Deep pockets for lobbying, political connections that cross borders from municipalities to the federal government, and just plain political savvy could help Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) overcome opposition from consumer groups to its proposed multi-billion-dollar acquisition of Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC). The latest group to oppose the transaction,...
News Release
3/24/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog today called on the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission to reject the proposed $45 billion merger of Comcast and Time Warner because the deal “violates antitrust laws and is not in the public interest.” “The consolidation of the largest cable television...
News Story
2/4/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
On Jan. 14, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) does not have the authority over broadband providers in its provision of internet access and traffic “control” as it has with ISPs. Immediately red flags went up for those supporting Net Neutrality, fearing...
News Story
1/24/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
inSha Selected companies and their spending on lobbying. The tech industry is boosting its spending in Washington D.C., looking to grease the wheels of democracy and promote agendas that will benefit their corporations. A new report from Consumer Watchdog shows the top spending tech firms in terms of lobbying efforts, with AT...
News Story
1/24/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Google, Comcast, AT&T and Verizon Communications ranked among the top spenders on U.S. government lobbying in 2013, with Apple and Facebook increasing their lobbying expenses significantly, according to year-end lobbying reports released this week. Comcast ranked fifth among all organizations in U.S. government lobbying spending through the...
News Story
1/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Long Viewed as an Ally of Democrats, It's Now Courting Conservatives on Issues Affecting Its Business WASHINGTON— Google Inc. employees have been a top source of campaign cash for President Barack Obama. A former chief executive campaigned for the president. Several company executives went to work in his administration. Behind the scenes...
News Story
1/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog, a nonprofit team dedicated to keeping track of special interests groups in Washington, has released their latest report on the top US tech firm lobbyists. Google sits atop the list for most money spent lobbying with a little over $14 million in 2013. One, more recent disclosure, shows that Google's Susan Molinari spent...
News Story
1/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Google — known for championing progressive policies like gay marriage, immigration reform, and reducing greenhouse gases — has been quietly courting the GOP and funding an array of conservative groups, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. The Silicon Valley superpower is now evenly splitting its political-action committee...
News Story
1/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
When it comes to influencing Washington, Google was at the top of the list of tech companies that spent a combined $61.15 million on lobbying efforts last year. According to a report from Consumer Watchdog, Google invested $14.06 million of the $61.15 million invested by ten tech firms, including Microsoft, IBM, Facebook and Oracle. Consumer...
News Release
1/22/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google led in lobbying spending by ten tech firms who pumped a combined $61.15 million into efforts to influence federal regulators and lawmakers in 2013, up 15.9 percent from a combined total of $52.78 million, according to records filed with the Clerk of the House this week. Consumer Watchdog, a nonpartisan nonprofit...