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News Release
3/19/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Redesigned Website Is Public Forum For Dialogue On Consumer Rights Santa Monica, CA -- The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR) has changed its name to Consumer Watchdog.  The group, which was founded by Proposition 103 author Harvey Rosenfield in 1985 and is the most prominent consumer group in the West, has also launched an...
Blog Post
2/28/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Reporters covering the goings on at California's Capitol in Sacramento want a WiFi network installed in the building so they can go online to post timely blogs and articles at a moment's notice. The Capitol Correspondents Association of California said that they might be up for paying for up to half of the costs, so that the state doesn't have to...
News Story
2/25/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
With Fabian Núñez termed out, 10 Democrats are politicking for the Assembly's biggest prize The prize is a $17,500 pay increase, a massive office, giant staff, instant renown, control over millions in campaign contributions and a coveted seat at the table of power beside celebrity Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in the nation's largest...
News Story
2/14/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Many elected officials will now have to explain how wining, dining and other expenses are tied to government business. SACRAMENTO, CA -- The state ethics watchdog today made it tougher for politicians to use campaign funds to enhance their lifestyles. New rules imposed by the Fair Political Practices Commission will force politicians to publicly...
Blog Post
2/4/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Watching Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gray Davis stand together in front of Los Angeles City Hall this morning made me feel like I was watching a re-run of the California recall campaign of 2003. Only this time, both Arnold and Gray were campaigning to stop the special interests and lobbyists from running Sacramento. Both were stumping for the...
News Story
1/25/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The Fair Political Practices Commission wants to tighten disclosure requirements and could ban many contributions altogether. California's political watchdog agency is drafting tougher disclosure rules for gifts accepted by elected officials and could ban many of them altogether for statewide office-holders. If the Fair Political Practices...
News Release
1/7/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Pump Price up a Nickel in a Week, Boosting Refinery Profits Even as Economists See Recession Looming Santa Monica, CA -- A weekly national increase of more than a nickel a gallon for regular gasoline has motorists paying a "speculative bonus" to hedge fund traders and others who have kept the price of crude oil near $100 a barrel, said...
News Release
1/2/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Group Calls on Congress to Curb Wild Speculation in Energy Markets Speculators ginned up alarm over Nigerian gang violence, Pakistani unrest and shaky predictions on future OPEC capacity to drive crude oil prices to $100 a barrel without any evidence of imminent shortages, said the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights Tuesday. With gasoline...
Blog Post
2/2/2006
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Arnold's new Chief of Staff, Susan Kennedy, was still working as a Public Utilities Commissioner when she was secretly paid $25,000 by the Gov's re-election committee, as the LA Times reported yesterday. What has not been reported is where that $25K came from (more on that below) and why Kennedy should resign. Kennedy's last major vote at the PUC...
Blog Post
2/23/2005
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Of all people, Arnold should know that when CNN refers to you as a fading star it's time to shake things up. In this case Arnold needs to get rid the of the director and executive producer of Team Arnold -- Big Business. And while he's at it, the gov should dump his agents and managers: the 90 consultants who he has paid $9 million and have...