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News Release
1/21/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google spent a record $16.83 million on lobbying in its efforts to influence federal regulators and lawmakers in 2014, just ahead of Comcast’s reported $16.80 million, according to records filed with the Clerk of the House and analyzed today by Consumer Watchdog. Consumer Watchdog, a nonpartisan nonprofit public...
Blog Post
12/31/2012
By Daniel Palay
With just a few hours left in 2012, we've almost reached our year-end fundraising goal and your last opportunity to make a tax-deductible gift this year. Before you head out to your New Year's celebration, do you have a moment to be the donor that puts us over the finish line? Carmen's blog gave you a glimpse of what we have in store...
Blog Post
12/28/2012
By Carmen Balber
Did you see Jamie's blog? He's right, we've had an amazing 2012. We couldn't have done any of it without your support, and your tax-deductible contribution now will help us reach our year-end goal to cover next year's expenses. Your tips prompted our letter to the EPA that resulted in the first-ever recall of multiple car...
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 John M. Simpson, 310-392-7041; or cell: 310-292-1902
SANTA MONICA, CA — Google increased its spending on lobbying 11 percent over the previous year to $1.2 million in the third quarter demonstrating the Internet giant’s willingness to spend to shape federal policy, Consumer Watchdog said today. In the comparable quarter a year ago Google spent $1.08 million. A key to Google’s...
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...
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...
Blog Post
3/26/2010
Posted by Carmen Balber
Pay to play policymaking is rarely spelled out as clearly in public as it was in a just-released fundraising email sent to financial industry lobbyists on behalf of Senator Corker, a key Republican negotiator on finanicial reform. As reported in Politico: Sen. Bob Corker’s reelection campaign offered donors a chance to have a meal with the...
News Release
3/16/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Carmen Balber, (202) 629-3043
Washington, D.C. -- Consumer Watchdog’s Washington Director, Carmen Balber, made the following comments on consumer protection in financial reform legislation proposed by Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd:   “Legislation released by Chairman Dodd on consumer financial protection would hamstring a new consumer regulator...