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Blog Post
1/30/2011
By Judy Dugan
(Rancho Mirage, CA) -- Here in sunny Rancho Mirage, it’s a typical progressive gathering–lots of energy, but the wifi in the conference room was kaput. Oh, well, we still heard a great panel to kick off the rally against the Koch Bros. not-so-secret political gathering at a posh resort East of Palm Springs. In a nutshell: We must...
News Release
1/12/2011
CONTACT Judy Dugan
Santa Monica, CA -- In a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown Wednesday, Consumer Watchdog asked Brown to add a petroleum extraction tax or fee to his state budget, bringing the state an additional $1 billion or more in annual revenue to soften draconian cuts.   “An extraction tax, of the type that every other oil state in the U.S. collects,...
Blog Post
12/14/2010
By Judy Dugan
Oil refiner Valero, as it pumped $5 million into a California ballot proposition aimed at killing climate change regulation, warned that such regulation would bring an economic Armageddon of lost jobs in refineries and elsewhere, as well as unaffordable energy prices. A Consumer Watchdog study, however, proved that Valero was only interested in...
News Release
12/3/2010
CONTACT Jamie Court + John M. Simpson + Carmen Balber
WASHINGTON DC — The Federal Trade Commission repeated its support today for a “Do Not Track Me” mechanism to protect consumer online privacy and Consumer Watchdog called on Congress to pass legislation necessary to implement the safeguard. Speaking at Consumer Watchdog’s Future of Online Consumer Protections Conference...
Blog Post
10/28/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
The Texas oil money behind Proposition 23 is widely known by now. But there’s been less publicity about Big Oil–specifically Chevron–putting $4 million into passing Proposition 26, according to a nifty interactive chart just released by OilChange International. Proposition 26, according to opponents, would relieve big...
Blog Post
10/15/2010
Posted by Doug Heller
Consumer Watchdog has called on California's two large public employee pension funds -- CalPERS and CalSTRS -- to sell off their holdings in Valero Energy and Tesoro, the big oil refiners behind Prop 23.  The two companies have gouged California drivers for years.  Consumer Watchdog writes in a letter to the board members of the pension...
Blog Post
10/13/2010
Posted by Jamie Court
If you walk through the heart of Times Square today and look up at the 520 sq. ft. CBS superscreen on 42nd St., you're going to be introduced to the largest oil company you've never heard of: Koch Industries. Consumer Watchdog is running a 30 second commercial parodying a Coca Cola advertisement on a Times Square superscreen that challenges Koch (...
News Release
10/13/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jamie Court, (310) 392-0075, or jamie@consumerwatchdog.org
New York, NY -- A national consumer group is running a 30 second commercial on a Times Square Superscreen that challenges Koch Industries, "the largest oil company you've never heard of," for its record of environmental degradation, political influence, Tea Party funding and climate change denial. The parody of a Coca Cola commercial...
News Release
10/12/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Judy Dugan, 310-392-7051 or 213-280-0175; or Doug Heller, 310-392-0708
Top Prop 23 Funder Doesn’t Want Greentech Competition To Get in Way of Profiteering Santa Monica, CA – A new report by Consumer Watchdog's OilWatchdog.org project finds that Valero Energy reaped over $4.5 billion in refining profit while gouging California motorists since it bought its second California refinery in 2002. The oil...
Blog Post
9/28/2010
Posted by Jamie Court
If you think the Tea Party represents real people who are mad as hell about real issues, you might want to know that it just had its first rally under the Beverly Hills sign over the weekend. I found out about the rally when I showed up for a 10 o'clock news debate and singer Pat Boone was on the other side dressed in his "Beverly Hills Tea...