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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. “...
Video
9/13/2013
CNN's Dan Simon takes a look at the deal that helped Google founders get a discount on jet fuel from NASA. John Simpson discusses. The U.S. Department of Defense ended a little-known arrangement that for years allowed the tech billionaires to travel on sharply discounted jet fuel bought from the Pentagon.
News Release
9/13/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA – The Pentagon has ended a deal described two years ago by Consumer Watchdog that allowed a company owned by top Google executives to buy jet fuel for a fleet of aircraft based at Moffett Field. The public interest group said today the aircraft should be evicted from the facility and an investigation opened to see if laws were...
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...
News Release
6/17/2013
CONTACT Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA –Exide Technologies has won a temporary reprieve that prevents the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) from enforcing its shutdown of the company’s Vernon plant. That means the lead battery recycler can restart its operations, threatening Californians with renewed pollution of their air and water, Consumer...
News Release
6/12/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog today called on federal regulators to block Google’s proposed $1 billion acquisition of Waze, developers of a mobile mapping application, on antitrust grounds.   The nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest group made the case against the deal in letters to both the Department of Justice and the...
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
4/23/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Facebook continued its major effort to win friends in Washington, spending $2.45 million on lobbying efforts during the first quarter, a 277 percent increase from $650,000 a year earlier just filed disclosures show.   For all of 2012 Facebook’s spent $3.99 million on lobbying, according to records filed with...
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...
Video
1/31/2013
Consumer Watchdog's Jamie Court discusses the incentive ol companies have to artificially short the California market for the sake of higher profit.