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Blog Post
2/13/2015
By Liza Tucker
If you think the environmental news in California is depressing with the latest fiasco of regulators allowing oil companies to re-inject wastewater from fracking into hundreds of aquifers containing water designated as clean for years and years, it’s worse than you think. It’s the same story everywhere because most everywhere companies...
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...
Video
9/12/2013
A couple is facing a foreclosure proceeding that is not legal. Banks are foreclosing in ways that circumvent the law and are taking too many shortcuts. If you find yourself in this position, there are things you can do, consult a lawyer, a bank, and if you pay bills on time, you don't have anything to be worried about, you do have to assert...
Video
8/4/2013
Questions are being raised about what some call lavish travel and entertainment spending by UCLA officials over the past five years. Randy Paige reports.
News Release
5/17/2013
CONTACT Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA –A green light that Tesoro’s purchase of BP’s big refinery in Carson complies with anti-trust laws means over time gas prices will go up in the state, Consumer Watchdog said today.  The approval by the Federal Trade Commission and California Attorney General of Tesoro’s acquisition of BP’s Carson...
News Release
4/4/2013
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – The former CEO of Wellpoint, Angela Braly, was paid $20 million after resigning under pressure last year, news that broke the day after the insurer’s California subsidiary, Anthem Blue Cross, was taken to task for raising rates unreasonably for thousands of California small businesses.   The development...
News Release
9/5/2012
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA --The nonprofit Greenlining Institute acknowledged in a San Francisco Bay Guardian story published today that it received a $25,000 donation from Mercury insurance company, and expects more for its work in support of Mercury-backed Proposition 33. Prop 33 is funded by Mercury insurance's billionaire chairman George Joseph and...
News Release
8/17/2012
CONTACT Jamie Court
Los Angeles, CA ---  A front page story in the New York Times about hundreds of thousands Californians who have been unemployed long term brings into focus the faces of Californians who will be unfairly surcharged under insurance-industry based Prop 33, said Consumer Watchdog Campaign, which is fighting the ballot measure. Prop 33 gives auto...
Blog Post
8/3/2012
By Liza Tucker
We all know that California’s budget is in bad shape. It ended the year with a cash deficit of $9.6 billion dollars, papered over with internal borrowing and accounting sleight-of- hand. And we know that Governor Jerry Brown is counting on voters approving a tax hike come November. And we all know about the big scandal with California...
Blog Post
7/24/2012
By Carmen Balber
Marchers shut down the streets on five different routes through the heart of downtown DC, and I lent Consumer Watchdog's voice in support of the Robin Hood Tax and the Fight to End AIDS. The marchers wove a story through downtown DC, stopping in front of lobby shops to call out the worst Wall Street and corporate offenders and demanding a...