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News Story
11/18/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
When California's political consultants share war stories, 1988's immensely expensive, multifront battle between insurance companies and lawyer-backed consumer groups takes center stage. Tens of millions of dollars were spent on a confusing array of competing ballot measures, and when the dust had settled, insurers had lost big, particularly with...
News Story
11/15/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The policy issue behind the hubbub surrounding the secret recordings made by Jerry Brown's ex-spokesman stretches back to 1984, when Gov. George Deukmejian signed California¿s proof of auto insurance law, making it easier to cite someone for driving uninsured. In 1985, civil rights and community groups sued to challenge the law, arguing that...
News Story
11/11/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer Watchdog, the public interest group engaged in a major beef with Attorney General Jerry Brown’s office, has posted transcripts of the now-famous secret recordings made by Scott Gerber, former press secretary to the AG. The Calbuzz Archival Research & Rosemary Woods Memorial Tape Transcription Department has been poring over the...
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...