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Blog Post
11/10/2015
By Carmen Balber
According to the Associated Press, Gov. Jerry Brown used public employees to investigate the potential for finding oil on his private land. Isn’t it a misuse of public funds for the governor to have the state’s oil and gas agency map and survey his personal property? The governor's office told the Los Angeles Times that...
News Release
11/10/2015
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The Department of Conservation says it will conduct geologic and resource surveys of Californians’ private property in response to citizen requests for the same information the agency provided Governor Jerry Brown. Consumer Watchdog sent an email yesterday alerting the public of the gas and mineral survey provided to...
News Release
2/6/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – A Google-commissioned report advising that the Internet giant implement the right to be forgotten only in Europe is little more than a self-serving publicity stunt, Consumer Watchdog said today, adding that the important privacy protection should be implemented in the United States. “The right to be forgotten is an...
News Release
9/19/2013
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Sacramento, CA – Now-hidden payments to political bloggers will have to be disclosed if the Fair Political Practices Commission approves a proposed regulation to increase campaign transparency today. The rule would require campaign committees to disclose any amount paid to a blogger or other commenter that posts an opinion online, and where...
News Release
7/25/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – A yearlong effort convened by the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Agency (NTIA) demonstrates the futility of crafting codes of conduct through a voluntary multi-stakeholder process and the way participants were asked their opinion of the proposed code makes a mockery of the effort,...