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News Release
7/22/2014
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Google spent $5.03 million on lobbying in the second quarter of 2014, matching a company record and well ahead of spending by 14 other technology and communications companies, according to records just filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives and analyzed today by Consumer Watchdog. Google’s spending matched...
News Release
4/23/2014
CONTACT John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – Google spent $3.82 million lobbying federal lawmakers and regulators during the first quarter of 2014, making it the top spender among 15 top technology and telecommunications companies, according to an analysis of lobbying disclosure forms Consumer Watchdog said today. According to lobbying disclosure forms filed this week...
Video
4/15/2014
"Simply put, Google Glass is a stalker's dream come true," Consumer Watchdog's report concluded after demonstrating how Glass could easily be used to record PIN information from an ATM card.  Consumer Watchdog has a point or two. Because the virtual display takes up about 15 percent of the visual field, a half-dozen states...
News Release
3/24/2014
CONTACT John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog today called on the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission to reject the proposed $45 billion merger of Comcast and Time Warner because the deal “violates antitrust laws and is not in the public interest.” “The consolidation of the largest cable television...
News Release
1/22/2014
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google led in lobbying spending by ten tech firms who pumped a combined $61.15 million into efforts to influence federal regulators and lawmakers in 2013, up 15.9 percent from a combined total of $52.78 million, according to records filed with the Clerk of the House this week. Consumer Watchdog, a nonpartisan nonprofit...
News Release
12/4/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog has filed a formal complaint with the Federal Trade Commission about the deceptive and unfair way Google displays results from its comparison shopping engine, Google Shopping, in its search results, the nonprofit public interest group said today. “The way that the Internet giant is featuring results...
News Release
11/18/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA. – Google’s $17 million settlement with states attorneys general demonstrates the Internet giant’s business strategy of doing whatever it wants and then buying its way out of trouble when caught breaking the rules, Consumer Watchdog said today. “Google hacked around the privacy settings on Apple’s...
News Release
10/22/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC -- Google continued to lead tech firms in lobbying expenses during the third quarter, spending $3.4 million on its effort to buy influence with federal legislators and policymakers, according to disclosure forms just filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Facebook’s spending soared 47 percent to $1.4 million...
News Release
10/9/2013
CONTACT Judy Dugan, Jamie Court, or Carmen Balber
Washington, DC — A proposed merger between major radio station owner Cumulus Media and radio content provider Dial Global/Westwood One would create a clear radio duopoly (with Clear Channel Communications) in the nation’s largest radio markets, said Consumer Watchdog in a letter to the Department of Justice antitrust division. “...
Blog Post
10/2/2013
By Carmen Balber
I went to Washington DC right after the 2008 election to open up Consumer Watchdog's office on Capitol Hill and make sure health reform worked for consumers. With the launch of new insurance marketplaces yesterday nationwide, consumers are reaping the fruit of health reform: Insurers must sell policies to everyone and cannot charge more based...