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Blog Post
7/18/2011
By John M. Simpson
Lobbying expenditure reports are due to be filed with the the Senate Office of Public Records Wednesday and you can expect record expenditures from both Facebook and Google. Driven by an antitrust probe, Google could even outspend Microsoft in it's arm-twisting campaign. Our friends at the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets....
News Release
6/30/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Washington, DC -- With no public discussion and on a voice vote, a task force of state insurance regulators with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) voted to endorse legislation that would cost consumers billions in higher health insurance premiums and lost rebates under the federal health reform law. Consumer Watchdog...
Blog Post
6/17/2011
By Jamie Court
The quote of the week goes to Mark DiCamillo, director of the Field Poll, which is just out with a poll that shows Arnold Schwarzenegger with a 75% disapproval rating among voters and with 90% of Los Angeles residents rejecting him. DiCamillo told the San Francisco Chronicle:  "He was going to be a ... politician who really appealed...
Blog Post
6/3/2011
By John M. Simpson
If you follow a company closely, like I follow Google, there is no better place to remind its executives of your continued interest than the company's annual shareholders' meeting. It keeps them on their toes. I own a couple of shares of Google stock, so I headed up to Mountain View Thursday to attend the Internet giant's meeting...
News Release
6/2/2011
CONTACT Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA – With only seven lawmakers voting against the hotly contested measure, the California Assembly has passed AB 52 (Feuer), which would subject health insurance companies to the same kind of vigorous rate regulation currently in place for auto and homeowners insurance companies in California.  Prior to the vote the...
Blog Post
6/1/2011
By Judy Dugan
Los Angeles Times business columnist Mike Hiltzik offers a stark choice to state legislators in his Wednesday column. What'll it be, has asks: the millions of dollars that the insurance industry pours into your campaigns and treasure chests, or the millions of Californians battered by health premiums that kill the family budget or company...
News Release
4/14/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Judy Dugan
Washington, DC – Insurance salespeople are on Capitol Hill today lobbying Congress to support a bill that would gut federal health reform cost-saving rules and increase consumer health insurance premiums to protect brokers’ sales commissions. The top three lobby associations representing insurance agents and brokers gave members of...
News Release
3/3/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber or Doug Heller
Washington DC – The lobby for health insurance salespeople seeks to rewrite the health reform law to guarantee broker income at the cost of increasing consumer premiums, said Consumer Watchdog Thursday.   Legislation backed by lobbyists for insurance brokers and independent agents would let insurance companies pay commissions on...
Blog Post
2/24/2011
By Judy Dugan
The hilarity of the day: A journalist at a little online alternative magazine, the Buffalo Beast, made a cold call to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Posing as energy megabillionaire and Tea Party funder David Koch, Beast editor Ian Murphy not only got past some oblivious staff members to get Walker on the phone, the Tea Party-backed governor...
News Release
2/17/2011
CONTACT John M. Simpson, Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Washington, DC – Consumer Watchdog told the Senate Judiciary Committee that it is, “deeply distressed to learn that President Obama is meeting with Google CEO Eric Schmidt today behind closed doors as the Justice Department is poised to render its decision on Google’s acquisition of ITA, which has caused deep concern within in...