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News Story
10/21/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
For the first nine months of 2010, Google spent $3.92 million, approaching the $4.03 million the search giant spent wooing federal officials in all of 2009, Senate disclosure records show. “Google has a group of well-connected lobbyists and is willing to spend freely to influence federal lawmakers and regulators,” says John M. Simpson...
News Story
10/20/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SACRAMENTO, CA — The insurance industry has nearly doubled its contributions in support of the Republican candidate for state insurance commissioner in recent days, drawing criticism that insurers are trying to choose their own regulator. The indirect spending to elect Republican Mike Villines and attack Democrat Dave Jones raises questions...
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
10/16/2010
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...
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...
Blog Post
10/13/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
If you walk through the heart of Times Square today and look up at the 520 sq. ft. CBS superscreen on 42nd St., you're going to be introduced to the largest oil company you've never heard of: Koch Industries. Consumer Watchdog is running a 30 second commercial parodying a Coca Cola advertisement on a Times Square superscreen that challenges Koch (...
News Release
10/13/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
$1.2 Million In Insurance Industry Donations In Past Two Weeks to Chamber PAC Running Ads Against Dave Jones Santa Monica, CA – For the second time in two weeks, insurance industry giants have made major contributions to a political action committee campaigning to defeat insurance commissioner candidate Dave Jones and elect Mike Villines,...