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Keeping Politicians Honest
Blog Post
9/22/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Amidst a surge in governmental requests for private user data, Google’s openness effort is lagging, as the release of Google's second transparency report shows. The report, released Tuesday, is a welcome sign of the search engine’s commitment to openness, but it is not a big improvement over the initial report last April. The new...
Blog Post
9/21/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
When Californians angry about oil companies' attempt to repeal the state's greenhouse gas emission cap went to confront the oil refiner behind Prop 23's power play, they found the Tea Party in their way. What's an angry populist movement that's supposed to represent real people doing defending oil companies? It's a question the New York Times...
Blog Post
9/21/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
I was at Google's DC headquarters yesterday afternoon for the first event of AdWeek 2010 - the advertising industry's annual conference in DC. I don't know if one company always dominates the event, but this year seems to be an all-Google affair. As the only advertiser that's a "platinum sponsor," Google hosted and sat on yesterday's...
News Release
9/21/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Call To Get The Change We Voted For And Focus Anger On Corporate Abuses New York, NY – Consumer Watchdog and Jamie Court, author of The Progressive’s Guide to Raising Hell (Chelsea Green Publishing – September 15), are now airing a JumboTron advertisement in the largest public square in America. The ad questions whether the Tea...
Blog Post
9/21/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The initial apoplectic furor of opponents of the new consumer financial regulator - the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection - at President Obama's appointment of Elizabeth Warren to serve as an advisor to the president whose job will be to get the bureau running has shifted gears. Naysayers (those opposed to a consumer regulator from the start...
News Story
9/20/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Click here to view the video of this broadcast. President Barack Obama has put a lot of power over the nation's credit markets into the hands of an old friend.  Elizabeth Warren has been named the new so-called consumer protection czar and is being touted as the answer to runaway Wall Street practices. But some in Congress say they're being...
News Story
9/19/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Click here to listen to the audio of this broadcast. Over the past several months Carl Paladino, the winner of New York's Republican primary for governor — and a Tea Party favorite — invoked a theme that prompted wild cheers from his supporters: "I'm as mad as hell." And he's not the only one who's "not going to take it...
News Story
9/17/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
In the same vein as the popular Do Not Call list, privacy advocates would like a Do Not Track that would allow people to opt out of having their online behavior monitored. Most consumers know well this fundamental axiom of advertising: Read a women’s magazine, and you’ll likely get ads for beauty care; watch the Super Bowl, and you...
Blog Post
9/16/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
It’s amazing how oil companies stay so completely on message. The American Petroleum Institute, the oil industry mouthpiece, is pushing the same deceptive “jobs, jobs, jobs” message as the Texas oil companies backing Proposition 23 on the California ballot. Both are saying that any shift toward greener energy that costs...
Blog Post
9/16/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Did you ever find yourself a little overbooked, wondering how  you can be at two or three places at once?  Well, that’s never happened to the oil industry. In 2009, the oil and gas industry had 782 lobbyists working the halls of Congress and the Obama administration, according to a recent analysis by OpenSecrets.org. That...