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4/21/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Alphabet (GOOGL)-owned Google, Apple (AAPL) and Comcast (CMCSA) have slashed spending on D.C. lobbying, according to a report Thursday from Consumer Watchdog. Still, Consumer Watchdog Privacy Project Director John Simpson said in a statement, “It’s important to understand just how much money these companies are throwing around in...
News Story
3/4/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
There has been so much back-and-forth in the Apple-FBI dispute that it has at times resembled one of this year's jousting contests posing as presidential debates. In an attempt to get the argument back on track, a group of consumer privacy organizations have filed a friend of the court brief on behalf of Apple. The Electric Privacy...
News Story
2/25/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Do you ever wonder why U.S. cable companies aren't more heavily regulated? One possible reason: Comcast and other telcos spent more on lobbying last year than the aerospace and real estate industries, according to Open Secrets. It's no surprise that money buys political influence, but a recent report from Open Secrets, a non-...
News Release
1/21/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google’s federal lobbying expenses in 2015 topped $16 million for the second year in a row, according to records just filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives and analyzed today by Consumer Watchdog. Consumer Watchdog, a nonpartisan nonprofit public interest group, monitors the lobbying disclosure reports...
News Story
1/21/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Amazon dramatically increased the amount of resources it dedicated to trying to influence federal regulations last year. The company spent $9.07 million on lobbying in 2015, an incredible 91.4% surge from its 2014 spend, Consumer Watchdog reports.  That's a corporate record for the company.  Because companies...
News Story
1/21/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Amazon almost doubles its spending from 2014; Facebook 'friends' D.C. Google and Comcast were one and two in federal lobbying spending in 2015 among 16 tech and communications firms monitored by Consumer Watchdog, according to records filed with Congress. Google topped the list at $16.66 million, followed closely by Comcast at $15.63....
News Release
10/21/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google trimmed its 2015 third-quarter federal lobbying spending 7 percent to $3.65 million from $3.94 million in the comparable 2014 period, but still led lobbying expenditures among 16 technology and communications companies tracked by Consumer Watchdog. Lobbying disclosure reports filed Tuesday with the Clerk of the...
News Release
7/27/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- The U.S. public interest group Consumer Watchdog today wrote European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager asking the Commission to investigate tactics reportedly used by Apple to drive out “freemium” (commercial sponsored) streaming music and unfairly dominate the streaming music business. “Based on...
News Story
7/23/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Licensing terms prohibit competing companies from letting consumers know of better music deals Apple's licensing terms for competing music streaming services may be raising prices for consumers, a potential unfair competition issue that should be investigated, a U.S. senator alleged Wednesday. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) called on the U.S....
News Story
7/23/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Al Franken is particularly concerned about whether Apple has stymied competition in the music-streaming business by controlling its own application marketplace. Apple's streaming-music service may have debuted only a few weeks ago, but already one senator is concerned that the iPhone maker could become a dominant, anticompetitive force. US...