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News Release
10/19/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
$2.655 Million To Date To Sacramento Political Committee That Doesn't Disclose Industry Funding In Ads Supporting Villines, Attacking Jones Santa Monica, CA - Insurance companies' addition of $1.365 million this weekend to their campaign to elect Mike Villines as insurance commissioner is consistent with Consumer Watchdog's expectation that the...
News Story
10/19/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The following op-ed commentary was published in the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday, October 19, 2010. Obama should forbid premium hikes until the companies comply with pricing provisions of the new federal law. Health insurance companies have declared war on President Obama's healthcare plan. They are sending letters to policyholders announcing big...
News Story
10/19/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The CEA said users need to more aware of what they reveal online   Companies that want to make use of the personal information people put online should pay for it, the US Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has said. It made the statement as it released a list of five technology trends to watch for the year ahead.   Privacy was...
News Story
10/16/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
It's a clash of big-money titans: Hollywood vs. Big Oil. Academy Award-winning director James Cameron – whose movies have featured Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger – on Friday pledged $1 million to oppose Proposition 23, a measure that would suspend the state's landmark climate change law. Cameron joins environmental groups, green tech...
News Story
10/15/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Sacramento, Calif. (AP) -- The insurance industry has given more than $1.5 million in indirect contributions to support the Republican candidate for state insurance commissioner, raising criticism among certain groups. Both candidates say they will not accept direct contributions from the industry they would regulate. The money is flowing instead...
Blog Post
10/15/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer Watchdog has called on California's two large public employee pension funds -- CalPERS and CalSTRS -- to sell off their holdings in Valero Energy and Tesoro, the big oil refiners behind Prop 23.  The two companies have gouged California drivers for years.  Consumer Watchdog writes in a letter to the board members of the pension...
Blog Post
10/15/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Struggling to find the definition for a word? Simply type "define: XXXX", where XXXX is the word you're asking about, into Google's search box. For example, if you're following California gubernatorial politics you might be inclined to type "define: whore." You'll find this is the third meaning: "compromise oneself for...
Blog Post
10/14/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Big Oil has flooded campuses with millions of dollars to pay for clean energy research at American universities, undermining tradition academic values and potentially furthering a narrow commercial research agenda, according to a report released Thursday by the Center for American Progress. Jennifer Washburn shows how Big Oil has underwritten...
News Story
10/14/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Few statewide political jobs in California are more important – or more poorly understood – than that of state Insurance Commissioner. The commissioner can seize and license companies, decide rates, investigate wrongdoing, ride herd on insurers’ conduct in a $124 billion market, regulate brokers and agents, handle some health-...
News Story
10/14/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
One of the candidates — Democrat Dave Jones or Republican Mike Villines — will have a chance to set up state programs as part of the healthcare overhaul.                      Reporting from Sacramento — Two state assemblymen not...