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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...
News Release
10/27/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, (310) 889-4912 - cell
Santa Monica, CA – A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge issued a ruling finding that the Schwarzenegger Administration has illegally sided with health insurance companies that deny access to care for autistic children.  A memo circulated by the Schwarzenegger Administration to health insurers was also ruled to be an illegal “...
News Release
7/20/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, 310-889-4912 -cell; or Kevin Soter, 818-687-7511 -cell
San Francisco, CA -- A Bay Area man and his thirteen-year-old son urged California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner to protect innocent patients from retroactive policy cancellations when they get sick and need coverage the most.   Mark Robison and his son Tylor will testified at a public hearing convened today by the California...
Blog Post
7/16/2009
Posted by Mark Reback
Late last year, we lobbied the state's ethics agency, the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), to adopt new rules aimed at preventing ballot measure committees controlled by elected officials from promoting the officials rather than the initiatives and referendums. This was in order to stop abuses like Governor Schwarzenegger's California...
News Release
6/3/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, 310-889-4912; or Judy Dugan, 310-392-0522, ext. 305
Without Parallel Rules In Department Of Managed Health Care, Insurers Can "Discriminate ... On the Basis of Which Agency Regulates" the Policy. Los Angeles, CA -- At a press conference today in Los Angeles, Consumer Watchdog joined California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner to praise new rules proposed by the Department of...
Blog Post
5/22/2009
Posted by Carmen Balber
Vail Drilling - an oil company and one of Arnold Schwarzenegger's largest donors - had to pay a $6,500 fine this week for failing to disclose a $500,000 contribution it made to the governator's campaign fund. The fine was announced by the state ethics board, responsible for overseeing the campaign laws, because the company was late reporting its...
Blog Post
4/6/2009
Posted by Jamie Court
"Prevention" was the word of morning at the White House Western forum on health care reform in downtown LA. Led by Oprah's Dr. Oz, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Washington State Governor Chris Gregoire, the assembled "stakeholders" rattled off how prevention pays in health care. 20% of the patients account for 80% of the...
Blog Post
4/3/2009
Posted by Mark Reback
The San Jose Mercury News reported this week that when Gov. Schwarzenegger recently began sending state workers home on unpaid leave one day a month to save California money, in one instance, the furloughs are actually costing California millions of dollars. Arnold insisted that his unpaid time off policy, which covers about 235,000 state workers...
Blog Post
3/6/2009
Posted by Mark Reback
To follow up on my post from earlier this week, one of the Gov’s cabinet members resigned due to inquiries about income she received from companies who lobby her agency. Rosario Marin, head of the State & Consumer Services Agency, received payment for speeches she made to private companies, including some that lobby the Consumer Services...
Blog Post
3/2/2009
Posted by Mark Reback
The Los Angeles Times reported over the weekend that several top members of Arnold’s staff charged California taxpayers thousands in airfare, hotel and meal costs with little oversight, and some without any documentation. In one of the worst examples, Carrie Lopez, director of the Department of Consumer Affairs, flew from Sacramento, where...