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Blog Post
9/23/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
There’s a name that’s becoming as ubiquitous in dirty oil politics as Coke cans are in greasy spoons. And it’s pronounced like the soft drink, but spelled Koch. The New Yorker definitively exposed the gas and oil tycoons known as the Koch brothers. But who are the latest Koch-heads to wear the brand with pride? •...
Blog Post
9/21/2010
Posted by Jamie Court
When Californians angry about oil companies' attempt to repeal the state's greenhouse gas emission cap went to confront the oil refiner behind Prop 23's power play, they found the Tea Party in their way. What's an angry populist movement that's supposed to represent real people doing defending oil companies? It's a question the New York Times...
News Release
9/21/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jamie Court, (310) 392-0075, or (310) 874-9989
Call To Get The Change We Voted For And Focus Anger On Corporate Abuses New York, NY – Consumer Watchdog and Jamie Court, author of The Progressive’s Guide to Raising Hell (Chelsea Green Publishing – September 15), are now airing a JumboTron advertisement in the largest public square in America. The ad questions whether the Tea...
Blog Post
9/16/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
It’s amazing how oil companies stay so completely on message. The American Petroleum Institute, the oil industry mouthpiece, is pushing the same deceptive “jobs, jobs, jobs” message as the Texas oil companies backing Proposition 23 on the California ballot. Both are saying that any shift toward greener energy that costs...
Blog Post
9/16/2010
Posted by Doug Heller
Did you ever find yourself a little overbooked, wondering how  you can be at two or three places at once?  Well, that’s never happened to the oil industry. In 2009, the oil and gas industry had 782 lobbyists working the halls of Congress and the Obama administration, according to a recent analysis by OpenSecrets.org. That...
News Release
9/14/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jamie Court, (310) 392-0522 ext. 327; or Carmen Balber, (202) 629-3043
Washington, DC – The California consumer group that pioneered the nation's toughest property casualty insurance regulation called on President Obama today to use his federal regulatory authority and state ballot measure processes to stop health insurers from arbitrarily raising rates on Americans.   "The health insurance industry...
Blog Post
9/6/2010
Posted by Jamie Court
The problem with American politics is that there is too much focus on raising money and too little on raising hell. The Labor movement in America suffers from the safe fate. This labor day, let's remember what works for the American middle class and the labor movement that's supposed to represent it. Authentic campaigns that seize on strong public...
Blog Post
8/17/2010
Posted by Jamie Court
It took my wife an hour and half to make the two mile commute home Monday, after the secret service closed some of LA's busiest streets at rush hour to shuttle the president from his Beverly Hills hotel to a fundraiser for Congress hosted by the producer of West Wing. As the White House tweeted about Potus meeting the Hollywood West Wingers, LA's...
News Release
8/12/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Naomi Seligman 310-617-4577; or Doug Heller, 310-392-0522 ext. 309
Program Provides Economic Opportunity in Tough Times, With No Taxpayer Cost   Santa Monica, CA – California lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to legislation strengthening and extending the innovative “Low Cost Auto Insurance Program” that offers an affordable bare bones car insurance policy to low-income motorists...
Blog Post
7/1/2010
Posted by Khan Shoieb
There has been an interesting colloquy of sorts between Commissioners Keith Hennessey and Bob Graham about the purpose of the Commission. Hennessey has decried his colleagues' line of questioning as not relevant to the roots of the crisis as well as the fact that the panel is questioning what he views as two "outliers" in AIG and GS....