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News Release
9/27/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Naomi Seligman 310-617-4577; or Doug Heller, 310-392-0522, x309
Program Gives Lifeline In Tough Economy With No Taxpayer Cost Santa Monica, CA -- Governor Schwarzenegger has signed legislation, AB 1597 (authored by Assemblyman Dave Jones) to maintain California's innovative auto insurance program for low-income Californians with good driving records. The California Low Cost Auto Insurance program (CLCA),...
Blog Post
9/24/2010
Posted by Jamie Court
This morning I ventured into the Tea Party's den at Fox National News to talk about our Times Square Superscreen advertisement, which calls the question: "Are You Mad As Hell But Think The Tea Party Is Insane?" Fox viewers have been following up with emails and calls about the anchor's inquiries regarding Consumer Watchdog's funding,...
Blog Post
9/23/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
The insurance industry is going directly to the White House in its latest attempt to evade a key portion of the health reform law that would force them to operate more efficiently. But instead of making the argument directly, the industry is speaking through state insurance commissioners that are either friendly to insurance companies or cowed by...
Blog Post
9/23/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
There’s a name that’s becoming as ubiquitous in dirty oil politics as Coke cans are in greasy spoons. And it’s pronounced like the soft drink, but spelled Koch. The New Yorker definitively exposed the gas and oil tycoons known as the Koch brothers. But who are the latest Koch-heads to wear the brand with pride? •...
Blog Post
9/22/2010
Posted by Carmen Balber
Emails demanding filibuster reform started to fill my inbox last month, and as Ezra Klein notes in yesterday's Washington Post, public interest organizations across Washington have sped up the reform drumbeat Consumer Watchdog began making in earnest a year and a half ago. But how many more people know about the Senate's procedural breakdown since...
Blog Post
9/22/2010
Posted by Margot Williams
Amidst a surge in governmental requests for private user data, Google’s openness effort is lagging, as the release of Google's second transparency report shows. The report, released Tuesday, is a welcome sign of the search engine’s commitment to openness, but it is not a big improvement over the initial report last April. The new...
Blog Post
9/21/2010
Posted by Jamie Court
When Californians angry about oil companies' attempt to repeal the state's greenhouse gas emission cap went to confront the oil refiner behind Prop 23's power play, they found the Tea Party in their way. What's an angry populist movement that's supposed to represent real people doing defending oil companies? It's a question the New York Times...
Blog Post
9/21/2010
Posted by Carmen Balber
I was at Google's DC headquarters yesterday afternoon for the first event of AdWeek 2010 - the advertising industry's annual conference in DC. I don't know if one company always dominates the event, but this year seems to be an all-Google affair. As the only advertiser that's a "platinum sponsor," Google hosted and sat on yesterday's...
News Release
9/21/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jamie Court, (310) 392-0075, or (310) 874-9989
Call To Get The Change We Voted For And Focus Anger On Corporate Abuses New York, NY – Consumer Watchdog and Jamie Court, author of The Progressive’s Guide to Raising Hell (Chelsea Green Publishing – September 15), are now airing a JumboTron advertisement in the largest public square in America. The ad questions whether the Tea...
Blog Post
9/21/2010
Posted by Carmen Balber
The initial apoplectic furor of opponents of the new consumer financial regulator - the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection - at President Obama's appointment of Elizabeth Warren to serve as an advisor to the president whose job will be to get the bureau running has shifted gears. Naysayers (those opposed to a consumer regulator from the start...