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News Story
1/21/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Outspent the cable giant currently seeking approval for a merger Google’s influence is increasingly being felt in Washington, according to a corporate spending watchdog. The search giant spent $16.83 million on federal lobbying in 2014, according to public records analyzed by public interest nonprofit Consumer Watchdog — just a little...
News Story
1/21/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Google spent a record $16.83 million on lobbying to influence federal regulators and lawmakers in 2014, just beating out Comcast to be No. 1 in lobbying spending among the nation's 15 biggest tech and communications companies. Google's (NASDAQ:GOOGL) lobbying expenses in Washington, D.C., rose 20% year over year in 2014, according to...
News Story
1/13/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
In the run-up to next week’s State of the Union address, President Obama on Monday called for major federal legislation to protect Americans’ online privacy. In a speech at the Federal Trade Commission, he proposed a nationwide requirement that businesses report thefts of customers’ personal information; a “bill of rights...
News Story
1/13/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A Big 'But' on Endorsements for Initiative President Obama's call for enactment of a national data breach notification law has been widely welcomed by business groups and privacy advocates, but their endorsements come with a big proviso: What's in it? The White House hasn't provided details, yet. The groups largely agree that a...
News Release
1/12/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today welcomed President Obama’s attention on consumer privacy and data breach issues, but cautioned that legislation he proposes must not provide weaker protection than is already offered by some state laws. “It’s good that the president has re-focused on privacy and data security...
News Story
1/12/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
President Obama's call for a national data breach notification law is being cheered by the Direct Marketing Association, which has long lobbied for a national standard. “DMA agrees with President Obama that the time has come to replace the patchwork of state laws,” Peggy Hudson, DMA’s senior vice president of government...
Blog Post
1/8/2015
Posted by Jamie Court
The announcement by Senator Boxer, a true champion of the underdog (watch her Rage for Justice speech), that she will not run for the Senate in 2016 will likely make a lot of other state officials rethink how they do their jobs. It's a lot like the moves you make playing musical chairs to make sure the music doesn't run out without...
News Story
10/26/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Apple may be one of the most valuable companies in the world, but in one area, it falls decidedly behind its rivals: its spending on lobbying the politicians of Washington. According to its latest lobbying disclosure filing, Apple spent a total of $1,010,000 on lobbying activities in the September quarter, significantly below the level of spending...
News Release
10/21/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google spent $3.94 million lobbying the federal government in the third quarter, off from its record $5.30 million in the previous quarter, but up 17 percent from $3.37 million in the comparable period in 2013, according to records just filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives and analyzed today by Consumer...
News Story
8/27/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) used to get a paycheck from NBC, but since he’s gotten a high-profile gig on Capitol Hill he has been no fan of its current incarnation as Comcast/NBCUniversal. And he doesn’t want it taking on a new bride. Others agree. Stated Franken, “Comcast’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable would...