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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...
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...
Blog Post
9/6/2010
Posted by Jamie Court
The problem with American politics is that there is too much focus on raising money and too little on raising hell. The Labor movement in America suffers from the safe fate. This labor day, let's remember what works for the American middle class and the labor movement that's supposed to represent it. Authentic campaigns that seize on strong public...
News Release
8/31/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jamie Court, (310) 874-9989; or Carmen Balber, (310) 403-0284
Santa Monica, CA -- Some of the top Democratic recipients of health insurance cash teamed up with Republicans in the California state senate late Monday to block health insurance premium legislation authored by state Assembly Members Dave Jones and Mike Feuer. Overall health insurers have given $800,218 in campaign contributions to California...
Blog Post
8/17/2010
Posted by Jamie Court
It took my wife an hour and half to make the two mile commute home Monday, after the secret service closed some of LA's busiest streets at rush hour to shuttle the president from his Beverly Hills hotel to a fundraiser for Congress hosted by the producer of West Wing. As the White House tweeted about Potus meeting the Hollywood West Wingers, LA's...
News Release
8/12/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Naomi Seligman 310-617-4577; or Doug Heller, 310-392-0522 ext. 309
Program Provides Economic Opportunity in Tough Times, With No Taxpayer Cost   Santa Monica, CA – California lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to legislation strengthening and extending the innovative “Low Cost Auto Insurance Program” that offers an affordable bare bones car insurance policy to low-income motorists...
Blog Post
8/11/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
There are days when the idea of private health insurance companies running health reform are more ludicrous than others. Today, we find that health insurance CEOs are raking in ever-higher compensation--up to $110 million a year for one retiring CEO. This is obviously where a lot of our ever-rising premium dollars are going. The lead on the LA...
News Release
7/21/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: John M. Simpson, cell: 310-292-1902; or Jamie Court, 310-392-0522 x327
WASHINGTON, DC — Google spent $1.34 million trying to influence  federal lawmakers and regulators in the second quarter of 2010, a 41 percent increase over $950,000 in the same period a year ago, Consumer Watchdog said today. Besides its willingness to spend, a key to Google’s lobbying effort is its well-connected Washington staff...
News Release
6/9/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Doug Heller, 310.392.0522 x309; or Naomi Seligman, 310.392.0522 x318
Stunning Upset in $16 Million Campaign to Scam California Drivers   Santa Monica, CA - Ignoring a deceptive $16 million campaign by Mercury Insurance Company, California voters rejected a ballot measure that would have amended 1988 insurance reform Proposition 103 to allow insurance companies to impose surcharges on motorists who were not...
News Release
6/4/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Doug Heller, 310-392-0522, x309; or Naomi Seligman, x318
Desperate Mercury Insurance Dumps Another Million into $16 Million Campaign and Distributes Last Minute Mailer from Phony “Consumer Coalition” Santa Monica, CA — Facing a surge of voter opposition in the last few days of its campaign for Proposition 17, sponsor Mercury Insurance injected another $1 million dollars into its...