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Video
12/28/2011
On KCBS TV-2 in Los Angeles, CA, Consumer Watchdog' s Doug Heller Discusses How To Avoid A New Credit Card Scam, And Calls On Credit Card Companies To Improve Security.
Blog Post
9/21/2010
Posted by Carmen Balber
I was at Google's DC headquarters yesterday afternoon for the first event of AdWeek 2010 - the advertising industry's annual conference in DC. I don't know if one company always dominates the event, but this year seems to be an all-Google affair. As the only advertiser that's a "platinum sponsor," Google hosted and sat on yesterday's...
Blog Post
3/31/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, after crafting a long campaign to deny global warming, is now going to spend $50 million against vulnerable lawmakers who said "yes" to the health reform bill. It's also assembling a pencil-toting army to weaken new regulations based on the health bill, and readying lawsuits. Why would the American Medical...
Blog Post
10/14/2009
Posted by Carmen Balber
The first hour of debate just finished in the House Financial Services Committee on the proposed Consumer Financial Protection Agency. This is the agency that's supposed to rein in abusive credit cards, mortgages and checking accounts, and all the other financial tricks that made Wall Street money at consumers' expense. It's meant to demonstrate a...
News Release
10/12/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043
Consumer Regulator Must Oversee Credit Reports to Fulfill Obama’s Pledge Against Unfair Rate Hikes & Penalties   Washington, D.C. -- Congress must restore the ability of a proposed consumer financial regulator to oversee consumer credit reporting companies in order to fulfill President Obama’s pledge Friday that the new Agency...
News Release
9/30/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043, or cell: 310-403-0284
Amendments Could Strip Proposed Agency’s Authority to Investigate Penalties on Credit Card Users Based on Where They Shop   Washington, D.C. -- A new financial regulator charged with consumer protection must have the authority to oversee the full range of credit practices, including moves by credit card companies to penalize consumers...
Blog Post
9/28/2009
Posted by Carmen Balber
You may have seen the reports today about Kevin Johnson, whose credit card company lowered his credit line by $6,200 based in part on where he shops. The letter from his credit card company said that they were lowering his credit limit because: “Other customers who've used their card at establishments where you recently shopped have a poor...
Blog Post
11/25/2008
Posted by Carmen Balber
I was one of just two consumer advocates outnumbered about 100 to 1 by insurance industry lobbists at the annual meeting of the National Conference of Insurance Legislators this weekend where I was invited to speak on a panel about the financial crisis but also had a chance to weigh in on the growing use of education and occupation information by...