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News Release
11/10/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Office Taped A Call About Handling of Mercury Insurance Initiative; AG Angry, Demeaning When Questioned By Reporters Santa Monica, CA — Consumer Watchdog has posted the transcripts of secretly taped conversations between journalists and Attorney General Jerry Brown or members of his staff. One transcript involves the attempt by the Attorney...
News Story
11/10/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A spokesman for state Attorney General Jerry Brown secretly recorded six interviews with five journalists since April despite being told by department officials not to do so a year ago, according to documents obtained Monday by The Chronicle. Still, spokesman Scott Gerber e-mailed one of the officials on Oct. 28 saying he planned to record a call...
News Story
11/10/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The consumer advocacy group which charged state Attorney General Jerry Brown caved into pressure from a major insurance firm in rewriting a ballot measure summary has now called on Brown's office to appoint an independent counsel in the case. Consumer Watchdog, headed by attorney Harvey Rosenfield, said in a letter to Brown today that he believes...
Blog Post
11/5/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Normal 0 0 1 727 4145 FTCR 34 8 5090 11.1282 0 0 0 “Tapegate” – that’s how the news media is describing the scandal that arose last week after Attorney General Jerry Brown decided to change the Title and Summary of Mercury Insurance Company’s ballot initiative so it no longer discloses that the initiative will...
News Story
11/5/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Billionaire insurance executive George Joseph has launched a California ballot initiative that would allow insurers to give discounts to long-term customers and, critics contend, punish those who have gone without coverage – despite a voter-approved law banning the latter practice. “Right now, you as an insurance consumer can get that...
News Story
11/5/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The consumer advocacy group at the center of the flap about Jerry Brown’s ex-spokesman secretly recording phone calls has sent a formal demand to the Attorney General’s office, seeking all internal documents that could shed light on the matter. The Public Records Act request, filed by Consumer Watchdog, is one of at least three...
News Story
11/4/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
As Ron Dellums' fortunes plummet, the chances of his predecessor winning the California governorship received a significant boost late last week. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom dropped out of the 2010 race, leaving Jerry Brown as the only major Democratic candidate running for governor. Newsom's announcement also came at just the right moment...
Blog Post
11/3/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The San Francisco Chronicle urged Cal. Attorney General Jerry Brown to "clear the air" today in an editorial about his now-resigned spokesman's secret tape recording of conversations with reporters.  The issue came to light when Chronicle reporter Carla Marinucci realized the AG's office had secretly taped her interview with some of...
News Story
11/3/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A spokesman for Attorney General Jerry Brown who admitted last week that he had secretly recorded telephone conversations with journalists, including a reporter for The Chronicle, resigned Monday. Scott Gerber was placed on administrative leave Friday after telling Chronicle political writer Carla Marinucci that he had recorded her interview...
News Story
11/3/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The winter holidays are fast approaching, and with them the advent of a long season of being confronted by initiative petition circulators outside almost every big box store, grocery emporium and shopping mall in California. That's nothing unusual. What's extraordinary this year is the potential for destruction and divisiveness in the putative...