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News Story
11/5/2014
Op-Ed by Thomas Elias, LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS
So much for populism. At least when it comes to fighting the interests of big-money corporations. In every vote this week pitting the interests of ordinary Californians against those of large companies, the corporate interests won big. Big bucks essentially convinced millions to vote against their own best interests. This was an unfettered triumph...
News Story
11/5/2014
By Melody Gutierrez & Joe Garofoli, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
SACRAMENTO — Voters overwhelmingly passed the two state ballot measures pushed by Gov. Jerry Brown: A $7.5 billion water bond that will pay for water recycling and new storage systems but do little to bring relief to Californians affected by the drought, and a rainy day fund designed to cushion the state during financial hard times. Prop 1...
News Story
11/4/2014
By John Howard, CAPITOL WEEKLY
Voters may be apathetic on Election Day, but there are some people in California who are excited indeed about the ballot – those who have a big pocketbook interest in the outcome. Through Tuesday morning, campaign spending on six ballot propositions alone has approached a quarter-billion dollars, a hefty price tag, even in California....
News Release
11/4/2014
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA - TV stations in a dozen California markets skipped coverage of consumer friendly Propositions 45 and 46, despite the fact that $100 million from insurance companies flooded stations with advertising revenue. The ballot measures hold insurance companies and dangerous doctors they insure accountable. “TV stations have been...
Blog Post
11/3/2014
By Harvey Rosenfield
No candidate on the ballot this year can do as much for you as two propositions backed by Consumer Watchdog, Consumer Federation and other champions of the underdog.  YES ON PROP 45 will give us the power to stop price gouging by the health insurance companies.Congress requires us to buy health insurance, but they didn’t...
News Story
11/3/2014
By Wendell Potter, HUFFINGTON POST
Voters are usually inclined to vote their pocketbooks. But that's become more difficult with every election, as the pocketbooks that carry the most weight aren't those of the individual voter, but corporations and plutocrats. Recent history tells us that the magnitude of big donors' campaign spending rises as their commitment to the...
News Release
11/3/2014
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog today warned voters that insurance companies had spent more than $100 million on deceptive advertising opposing pro-consumer Propositions 45 and 46.   “The $100 million campaigns bankrolled by insurance companies against Props 45 and 46 are meant to scare voters against initiatives that will...
News Story
11/2/2014
By Michael Hiltzik, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Voters are usually inclined to vote their pocketbooks. But that's become more difficult with every election, as the pocketbooks that carry the most weight aren't those of the individual voter, but corporations and plutocrats. Recent history tells us that the magnitude of big donors' campaign spending rises as their commitment to the...
News Story
10/28/2014
By Gene Maddaus, LA WEEKLY
Blue Shield of California, one of the state's four major health insurers, has a sales office on the 20th floor of the Pacific Corporate Towers in El Segundo. Had the employees peered down to the plaza on a recent Tuesday morning, they would have seen a small cluster of picketers. From 300 feet up, it would be impossible to read the signs, or...
News Story
10/17/2014
By Pat Finn, Mark Sauer, KPBS TV San Diego
Props 45, 46 Facing Tough Road Groups opposing California Proposition 45, which provides a mechanism to regulate rate hikes for health insurance, and Prop 46, which seeks to raise the cap on medical malpractice awards established in 1975, have raised millions and are using it on ads. Prop 45 requires health insurance companies to publicly disclose...