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Keeping Politicians Honest
Success Story
11/17/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
As recently as 2005, then Senate majority leader Bill Frist of Tennessee was a presumed front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination to succeed President Bush. Today he’s not even in the Senate. A conflict of interest exposed by Consumer Watchdog drove him out of politics. When Frist controlled the U.S. Senate in 2003 and 2004 as...
Issue
10/28/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer Watchdog fights to make your voice heard by calling out dirty politicians and attacking the influence of the special interests that keep them in power. From Sacramento to Washington D.C., we follow the money trail from special interests to policymakers and track bad public policy back from politicians to their donors.
Focus Area
10/27/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Politicians and special interests are always seeking new ways to get around popular reforms, and campaign laws are only as good as the people who enforce them. At Consumer Watchdog, we work regularly to <a href="/politicians/articles/?storyid=10712">give politicians an extra push</a>. With the help of our grassroots...
News Story
10/27/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
NEW YORK (AP) — The Federal Trade Commission is scolding Google Inc. without punishing the Internet search leader for collecting e-mails, passwords and other personal information transmitted over unsecured wireless networks. Consumer Watchdog, a group that has been among the most strident critics of Google's so-called "Wi-Spy"...
News Story
10/27/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Saying they are satisfied with privacy reforms Google announced last week, U.S. regulators have closed their inquiry into Google's collection of data from unsecured private Wi-Fi networks through its Street View cars, a decision that was blasted Wednesday by online privacy advocates. John Simpson, of the advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, said...
News Release
10/26/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Washington, DC -- Consumer Watchdog asked President Obama to force BP Fund Administrator Kenneth Feinberg to withdraw from a keynote address Wednesday at a Chamber of Commerce group dedicated to eviscerating spill victims’ legal rights, and to fire Feinberg if he refuses. Washington, DC -- Consumer Watchdog asked President Obama to force BP...
News Story
10/25/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
 "People faced with a 50 percent increase are far more likely to drop their insurance than to stomach that increase for the nebulous prospect of a future refund," said Carmen Balber, director of the Washington office for Consumer Watchdog, an advocacy group that has battled the insurance industry over health reform. And for those...
News Story
10/22/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SEC records suggest that the contributions to his attorney general's campaign played no role in how prosecutors have handled the case against a company accused of violating state environmental laws. Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley accepted $13,000 for his attorney general's election campaign from an oil company while his...
News Release
10/21/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SANTA MONICA, CA — Google increased its spending on lobbying 11 percent over the previous year to $1.2 million in the third quarter demonstrating the Internet giant’s willingness to spend to shape federal policy, Consumer Watchdog said today. In the comparable quarter a year ago Google spent $1.08 million. A key to Google’s...
News Story
10/21/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
While Thursday morning's final vote on the medical loss ratio is getting all the attention, state insurance commissioners meeting in Orlando, Fla., have been making progress on other important issues. On Wednesday, they gave preliminary approval to the disclosure form that health insurance plans will soon have to fill out to let their...