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Blog Post
12/20/2007
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Honest disclosure from Governor Schwarzenegger about who has been funding his luxury lifestyle as celebrity governor is long overdue. Admissions to the Los Angeles Times by the governor's staff that records of payments for his overseas travel were kept "orally" and shared by "phone call" are a disturbing reminder that although...
News Release
12/17/2007
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Núñez Deal Would Force Consumers to Buy Health Insurance With No Limit on Price or Promise of Meaningful Benefits Santa Monica, California -- Labor unions, hospitals and doctors, health insurers and the drug industry have contributed $3.8 million to Proposition 93, the measure to extend legislative term limits, as they sought and...
News Story
12/14/2007
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Sacramento, CA -- California's elections watchdog wants assurances that politicians aren't tapping campaign funds to pay for personal travel, meals and gifts. The Fair Political Practices Commission tentatively approved regulations Thursday that would require candidates to demonstrate that campaign spending on meals, gifts and out-of-state trips...
News Release
12/13/2007
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Ethics Board Proposes Travel, Meal Disclosures to Close Spending Loophole Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer advocates applauded the state ethics board for moving forward today with requirements that politicians justify their use of campaign funds for overseas travel, meals and other expenditures that benefit them personally. The nonprofit Foundation...
News Release
11/8/2006
Posted by Carmen Balber
Southern California – Santa Monica voters upheld the strongest conflict of interest law in the nation yesterday, which bans politicians from taking kickbacks from people who do business with the city. Pasadena voters overwhelmingly approved a proposition to expand an identical good government law. 53% of Santa Monicans rejected the city...
News Story
1/24/2006
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The following op-ed commentary by JAMIE COURT, author of "Corporateering", and president of the Santa Monica-based Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, was published in the Los Angles Times on Tuesday, January 24, 2006: ------------ In the wake of the Abramoff, Cunningham and DeLay scandals, all eyes have turned to lobbying...
News Story
11/30/2005
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The following commentary by FTCR President Jamie Court was broadcast on Wednesday, November 30, 2005 on the Marketplace Radio program on NPR. Click here to listen to the audio of the commentary. -------------- Lisa Napoli - Anchor: This is Marketplace. I'm Lisa Napoli. Lots of us can't live without our cell phones, but most of us can live without...
News Story
8/18/2005
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The following commentary by FTCR's president Jamie Court was broadcast on Thursday, August 18th, 2005 on the Marketplace Radio Program on NPR. Click here to listen to the audio of the commentary. --------------- KAI RYSSDAL, anchor: The Rolling Stones kick off their 25-city North American tour in Boston's Fenway Park this Sunday. Even California...
Blog Post
8/15/2005
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Arnold's past caught up with him last week when the LA Times revealed that the gov's business partners at American Media, Inc (AMI) had paid Arnold's alleged former mistress, Gigi Goyette, $20,000 to bar her from speaking publicly about their affair. American Media, which publishes National Enquirer, also paid a friend of Goyette $1,000 in cash to...
Blog Post
5/27/2005
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Since the beginning of his administration Arnold has filled his staff with big industry lobbyists and executives, but everyone knows that for any relationship to work there has to be some give and take. According to yesterday's Roundup the Gov's Deputy Chief of Staff, Cassandra Pye, is leaving the Administration to work for one of the...