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News Release
7/12/2016
CONTACT Liza Tucker, Jamie Court & Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA -- A report released today by California’s electric grid manager, the California Independent System Operator, supports utilizing a 1999 California law from the electricity deregulation era to create a Western grid.  Consumer Watchdog warned it would once again commoditize electricity, divorce the costs of generation...
Blog Post
1/18/2013
By Judy Dugan
Comedy is funnier when it hits you in the gut. That's what made a famous skit by Lily Tomlin about the phone company's abuse of customers so memorable, one tag line being "We are omnipotent." AT&T is still at it. As columnist James Temple writes in the San Francisco Chronicle Friday: In August 2006, the California Public...
News Release
10/25/2012
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA — Consumer Watchdog sent a letter today to the head of California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control urging the agency to stop stalling and sanction or pull permits of serial environmental violators, including Chevron and Evergreen Oil, a used oil-re-refiner.   A third case, that of hazardous waste...
Blog Post
10/27/2011
By Carmen Balber
Today, Consumer Watchdog joined the AFL-CIO, Americans for Financial Reform, Citizens Trade Campaign, Public Citizen, and U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) in releasing a letter to U.S. Ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Michael Punke calling for a review of WTO rules to ensure that countries have sufficient policy space...
News Release
10/13/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Doug Heller, 310-392-0522, ext. 309
$1.2 Million In Insurance Industry Donations In Past Two Weeks to Chamber PAC Running Ads Against Dave Jones Santa Monica, CA – For the second time in two weeks, insurance industry giants have made major contributions to a political action committee campaigning to defeat insurance commissioner candidate Dave Jones and elect Mike Villines,...
News Release
10/6/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Doug Heller, 310-392-0522, ext. 309
Candidate Mike Villines Has Taken $66,950 From Insurance Companies Despite Pledge Not to Take Industry Cash Santa Monica, CA – Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph and Progressive Insurance have deposited three hundred fifteen thousand dollars in a political action committee that has begun an advertising campaign attacking insurance...
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...
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
9/21/2010
Posted by Carmen Balber
The initial apoplectic furor of opponents of the new consumer financial regulator - the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection - at President Obama's appointment of Elizabeth Warren to serve as an advisor to the president whose job will be to get the bureau running has shifted gears. Naysayers (those opposed to a consumer regulator from the start...
News Release
8/3/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043; or Judy Dugan, 310-392-0522 ext. 305
$1 Million Grant Would Bolster Industry-favored Schwarzenegger Plan, Help Kill Actual Regulation of Insurance Companies Washington, DC -- Consumer Watchdog today asked Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to reject Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s request for a $1 million grant under the new health reform law. The grants are...