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Blog Post
9/16/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
It’s amazing how oil companies stay so completely on message. The American Petroleum Institute, the oil industry mouthpiece, is pushing the same deceptive “jobs, jobs, jobs” message as the Texas oil companies backing Proposition 23 on the California ballot. Both are saying that any shift toward greener energy that costs...
Blog Post
9/16/2010
Posted by Doug Heller
Did you ever find yourself a little overbooked, wondering how  you can be at two or three places at once?  Well, that’s never happened to the oil industry. In 2009, the oil and gas industry had 782 lobbyists working the halls of Congress and the Obama administration, according to a recent analysis by OpenSecrets.org. That...
News Release
9/16/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: John M. Simpson, 310-392-7041, or cell: 310-292-1902
SANTA MONICA, CA -- The consumer group that recently launched a popular online animated satire of Google’s privacy problems embodied in an ice cream truck said the revelation that a Google engineer tracked children down shows that private information is never safe if it is in Google’s hands. Consumer Watchdog called on Google to...
Blog Post
9/15/2010
Posted by Jamie Court
The Tea Party is on a roll with its upset Senate primary victory in Delaware. If the rest of us don't start raising hell, the Tea Party will have us living it. Are you mad as hell but don't want to join the Tea Party? Do you still want to get the change you voted for in 2008? That's most Americans, but the right wing is the only wing talking...
News Release
9/14/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: John M. Simpson, 310-392-7041, Cell: 310-292-1902
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today invited Google to participate in a conference, “Google, The Internet And The Future,” that the nonpartisan, nonprofit public interest group plans to host in Washington this fall as part of its Inside Google project.   The invitation came in a letter to CEO Eric Schmidt and co-...
News Release
9/14/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jamie Court, (310) 392-0522 ext. 327; or Carmen Balber, (202) 629-3043
Washington, DC – The California consumer group that pioneered the nation's toughest property casualty insurance regulation called on President Obama today to use his federal regulatory authority and state ballot measure processes to stop health insurers from arbitrarily raising rates on Americans.   "The health insurance industry...
Blog Post
9/13/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
Karen Ignagni, president of the health insurance industry's lobbying front AHIP, last week laid a portion of the the blame for a new round of double-digit health premium increases on "the impact of younger and healthier people dropping their insurance." My post (here and on Daily Kos) about a blast of anger from HHS over the rate hikes,...
Blog Post
9/9/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
I can't remember seeing any kind of federal response to health premium increases, so a letter Thursday from Health and Human Services chief Kathleen Sebelius (thanks to Igor Volsky at Wonkroom for the tip) is unusual not just for its tough language, but because it exists at all. In a letter to Karen Ignani, president of the insurance industry...
News Release
9/9/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: John M. Simpson, 310-392-7041, or cell: 310-292-1902
SANTA MONICA, CA -- New comments by Google CEO Eric Schmidt in Berlin show the top executive of the Internet giant fails “to recognize that the direction Google is currently heading is inexorably at odds with the notion of personal privacy,” Consumer Watchdog said today.  Schmidt said, among other things, “We can suggest...
Blog Post
9/8/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
If you believe that health insurance companies will really go broke if they don't get 20% premium increases during a deep recession, raise your hand. Ah, the one hand I see raised is Karen Ignagni's. She's the top lobbyist for the health insurance industry, and president of America's Health Insurance Plans. She's pleading for Congress not to...