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Blog Post
12/16/2009
Posted by Judy Dugan
This sizzling editorial (two words you can't often use together) in the New York Times lays out the damage Sen. Joe Lieberman has singlehandedly done to health reform. It's the best argument you could find for following the call of my colleague, Jamie Court, to dump the Senate's 60-vote "filibuster rule" that lets industry mouthpieces...
News Release
12/16/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Naomi Seligman, (310) 392-0522, ext. 318; or Doug Heller, ext. 309
Campaign for Consumer Rights Warns Soldiers, Seniors and other Californians Would Be Penalized For Having a Lapse in Insurance Coverage, Even If They Weren't Driving (News Release by the Campaign for Consumer Rights) Santa Monica, CA — Auto Insurance giant Mercury Insurance is submitting signatures this week to place its deceptive...
News Release
12/15/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, (310) 889-4912; or Carmen Balber, (202) 629-3043
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The failure of the U.S. Senate to allow importation of prescription drugs to cut costs, much less the more effective direct bulk purchasing of prescription drugs, is just the latest example of how big industry controls the health reform debate, according to Consumer Watchdog. "The proposed drug amendment by Senator Dorgan...
Blog Post
12/14/2009
Posted by Carmen Balber
Consumers won a big victory over the banks and Wall Street last week when the House passed financial reform legislation that, among other things, created a new top cop to regulate all consumer financial products. But it was a close fight. The consumer regulator survived by a margin of just 15 votes. That's thanks in no small part to the financial...
Blog Post
12/14/2009
Posted by Judy Dugan
When Sen. Joe Lieberman said last week that he might favor a health reform bill that traded away a "public option" for letting people over 55 buy into Medicare, he must not have checked with his bosses first. Now that the insurance industry has come out against it, so has Joe. After all, it's his home state industry and he must do as it...
News Release
12/11/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Carmen Balber, (202) 629-3043
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Consumer Watchdog applauded approval by the U.S. House of Representatives of its financial regulatory overhaul bill, H.R. 4173, including the creation of a strong consumer regulator, but cautioned that more must be done to protect American homes and savings and prevent the big banks and Wall Street from dragging the nation into...
Blog Post
11/18/2009
Posted by Mark Reback
Oh, this is rich... The Sacramento Bee reports that Arnold collected $250K last year to finance his political reform ballot measure, Prop 11, from Scott Rothstein, the guy who is now being accused of running a massive Ponzi-style investment fraud in Florida.   Technically, the money went to the Prop 11 campaign, but Prop 11 was Arnold's pet...
Blog Post
11/13/2009
Posted by John M. Simpson
Both the Democratic and Republican Senate campaign committees are holding big fundraisers -- the Democrats today at Google headquarters and the Republicans on Monday and Tuesday at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, DC. Consumer Watchdog objected to the Democratic event. I am always uncomfortable with the way American politics is financed, awash in...
News Release
11/12/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, (310) 889-4912; or Carmen Balber, (202) 629-3043
Opponents of Reform Received 15% More In Contributions From Health Industry Than Supporters Washington D.C. -- Democrats who voted against health care reform legislation passed on Saturday by the U.S. House of Representatives received $568,162 in campaign contributions from insurance companies and $377,943 from drug companies in just the first ten...
News Release
11/12/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: John M. Simpson, 310-392-0522, ext. 317; or cell: 310-292-1902
Public Policy Should Be Decided In Hearing Room With Sunlight And Transparency, Group Says SANTA MONICA, CA -- Warning that a Democratic Senate Campaign Committee Fundraiser scheduled to be held at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, CA, on Friday created an appearance of a conflict of interest, Consumer Watchdog  called on the...