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News Release
1/22/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google led in lobbying spending by ten tech firms who pumped a combined $61.15 million into efforts to influence federal regulators and lawmakers in 2013, up 15.9 percent from a combined total of $52.78 million, according to records filed with the Clerk of the House this week. Consumer Watchdog, a nonpartisan nonprofit...
News Story
1/22/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Google’s spending on lobbying dropped in 2013, but it is still lavishing Washington with more money than any other tech company. The search giant spent $14.1 million to help influence lawmakers and regulators last year, according to data published on House.gov. That was down after its 2012 spending spiked to $16.5 million when the...
News Story
1/22/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Ten of the largest technology companies in the US spent more than $61 million lobbying Washington in 2013, according to an analysis of records filed by Consumer Watchdog earlier this week. The firms, including Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook, used the money in attempts to guide the government's hand on issues such as privacy, data...
News Story
9/18/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to view pictures of the mansion. The recession is over, and University of California officials need a place to party. Or, in the more dignified phrasing used by UC, they want a place to "accommodate essential entertainment functions" of incoming President Janet Napolitano, the former head of Homeland Security who starts...
Video
9/12/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
A couple is facing a foreclosure proceeding that is not legal. Banks are foreclosing in ways that circumvent the law and are taking too many shortcuts. If you find yourself in this position, there are things you can do, consult a lawyer, a bank, and if you pay bills on time, you don't have anything to be worried about, you do have to assert...
Video
8/4/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Questions are being raised about what some call lavish travel and entertainment spending by UCLA officials over the past five years. Randy Paige reports.
News Story
5/20/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Tesoro won U.S. and state clearance to buy BP's Carson refinery, Arco stations and other assets for $2.4 billion. Consumer advocates object. Tesoro Corp. won federal and state clearance for its purchase of BP's Carson refinery, Arco stations and other assets for $2.4 billion, an acquisition that would further concentrate the state's...
News Release
5/17/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA –A green light that Tesoro’s purchase of BP’s big refinery in Carson complies with anti-trust laws means over time gas prices will go up in the state, Consumer Watchdog said today.  The approval by the Federal Trade Commission and California Attorney General of Tesoro’s acquisition of BP’s Carson...
News Story
5/17/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON/HOUSTON (Reuters) - Refiner Tesoro Corp. (TSO.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has received formal approval from antitrust regulators in Washington and Sacramento on Friday to buy BP Plc's (BP.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) refinery and other assets in southern California for more than $2 billion. Tesoro will not...
News Release
4/4/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The former CEO of Wellpoint, Angela Braly, was paid $20 million after resigning under pressure last year, news that broke the day after the insurer’s California subsidiary, Anthem Blue Cross, was taken to task for raising rates unreasonably for thousands of California small businesses.   The development...