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News Release
1/31/2011
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA — Consumer Watchdog today called on Google to end the secrecy surrounding its lobbying efforts in Washington after the Internet giant refused to release an 89-page presentation it is showing to policymakers and regulators in the nation’s capital. The call came as the Internet giant’s lobbying spending soared...
News Release
1/26/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber, John M. Simpson +Jamie Court
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog’s new animated satire, “Mr. Schmidt Goes to Washington,” debuted today on the streets of Washington, DC, to make the case for why Congress should call Google CEO Eric Schmidt to testify under oath about the Wi-Spy scandal and other online privacy issues.  The group also said the...
Blog Post
1/25/2011
By Judy Dugan
There aren’t many oil analysts who still deny that speculation, and the sheer volume of speculative trades in energy commodities, drives up the price of oil and gasoline. But there’s an army of financial and energy lobbyists still arguing that effective regulation of oil and other commodity trading will somehow destroy the financial...
News Release
1/24/2011
CONTACT John M. Simpson 310-392-7041; Jamie Court 310-392-0522 ext.327; Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today sent Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) a 32-page report detailing how Google has inappropriately, benefited from its close ties to the Obama Administration, including how NASA’s Moffett Airfield, near Google’s world headquarters, has been turned into a taxpayer-subsidized private airport for Google...
News Release
12/13/2010
CONTACT Jamie Court + Judy Dugan
Washington, DC -- Consumers and the White House should celebrate a decision by a Virginia judge  to strike down the highly unpopular federal mandate to purchase health insurance and preserve the rest of the federal health care reform law. “Today's ruling makes clear that the popular and progressive parts of healthcare reform...
Blog Post
12/1/2010
By Judy Dugan
The wee island nation of Fiji managed Wednesday to back down a California-owned company and extract a fee of 8 US cents per liter on Fiji Water. The state of California can't even manage to back down Big Oil and charge a few cents a gallon on oil pumped out of its public lands. Jerry Brown, are you listening? The Fiji Water story was the...
Feature
11/3/2010
Posted by John M. Simpson
People who worry about online privacy and the intrusive practices of Internet companies like Google and Facebook are trying to figure out the impact of the election.  One victim of the Republican juggernaut was a key Internet policy player, Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va. I don't think his fall will slow the mounting drive to protect...
Blog Post
10/28/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
The first major set of health reform regulations, governing the "medical loss ratio," resembles the victim of a Mob kneecapping--hobbled but surviving--after a corporate lobbying onslaught. And the fight is not yet over. It's just moved from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners to the White House. Which raises the...
News Release
10/26/2010
CONTACT Jamie Court, 310-874-9989; or Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043
Washington, DC -- Consumer Watchdog asked President Obama to force BP Fund Administrator Kenneth Feinberg to withdraw from a keynote address Wednesday at a Chamber of Commerce group dedicated to eviscerating spill victims’ legal rights, and to fire Feinberg if he refuses. Washington, DC -- Consumer Watchdog asked President Obama to force BP...
News Release
10/21/2010
CONTACT Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043; or Jamie Court, 310-392-0522, ext 327
Watchdogs Call For Rate Freeze by President Until Pricing Rules Take Effect   WASHINGTON, DC -- State insurance commissioners sent rules to the Department of Health and Human Services today that will require insurers to spend more money on health care and less on administration and profits. Regulators should be applauded for rejecting last...