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News Release
1/23/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson & Carmen Balber
WASHINGTON, DC – Google and Facebook continued to pump record amounts of money into their lobbying efforts during 2012 with Facebook’s spending soaring 318 percent in the fourth quarter, while Google’s was up 70 percent for the year.   “Google and Facebook would have you believe that they are different from other...
Blog Post
11/7/2012
By John M. Simpson
Sergey Brin, Google's co-founder, is getting a little bit of ink for his suggestion that all politicians elected today quit their parties and "govern as independents in name and in spirit." Here's how he puts it in his post on Google+: I must confess, I am dreading today’s elections. Not because of who might win or...
News Release
10/23/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Google and Facebook continued to pump money into their Washington lobbying efforts in the third quarter with the Internet giant spending its second most amount in one quarter while the social networking company spent its most ever for one quarter. “Google and Facebook would have you believe that they are different from...
News Release
9/26/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The driverless car law signed today by Gov. Jerry Brown at a ceremony at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View poses threats to Californians’ safety and privacy, Consumer Watchdog said. SB 1298 directs the Department of Motor Vehicles to write regulations covering robot cars by January 2015, but the...
News Release
9/10/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – California Gov. Jerry Brown should veto a bill that allows Google’s driverless cars on the highway because it does not provide adequate privacy protections for users of the new technology, Consumer Watchdog said today.   In a letter to Gov. Brown Consumer Watchdog Privacy Project Director John M. Simpson wrote...
News Release
8/1/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Washington DC – Big mortgage bundlers tied to title companies and the real estate lobby are seeking to get Congress to allow home warranty companies to pay now-illegal kickbacks to real estate brokers under last minute Congressional legislation. Consumer Watchdog condemned the effort to let the legislation proceed without a floor...
Blog Post
7/24/2012
By Carmen Balber
Marchers shut down the streets on five different routes through the heart of downtown DC, and I lent Consumer Watchdog's voice in support of the Robin Hood Tax and the Fight to End AIDS. The marchers wove a story through downtown DC, stopping in front of lobby shops to call out the worst Wall Street and corporate offenders and demanding a...
News Release
7/23/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – Google and Facebook continued pumping record amounts of money into their lobbying efforts during the second quarter to influence federal lawmakers and regulators, according to lobbying disclosure forms filed with the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. Google’s second quarter lobbying spending soared 90...
Blog Post
7/3/2012
By Judy Dugan
One of the best consumer protections of the health reform law was a requirement that health insurance companies spend at least 80% to 85% of your premiums on actual health care, leaving 15% to 20% for overhead and those multimillion-dollar executive salaries. If companies don't meet this efficiency level, the they have to pay back some of...
News Release
6/2/2012
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Los Angeles, CA -- The California Secretary of State cleared the ballot petition that requires health insurance companies to get approval for rate hikes, and creates fairer insurance rating factors, for the random sample count of signature verification yesterday. County registrars reported enough “raw count” signatures to move the...