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The San Francisco Chronicle - Jul 02, 2005   
Worries over successor mix with words of praise
"O'Connor offered fairness and equity," said Jamie Court of FTCR in Santa Monica. "When there was a case of a company overreaching, she was a swing vote to send the message that fairness was necessary in business."... more


The Daily News of Los Angeles - Jun 30, 2005   
STATE BUDGETEERS TO MISS DEADLINE AGAIN
"These guys in Sacramento can't do anything on time except cash their paychecks and per diems," said Jamie Court of the Santa Monica-based Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights.... more


Pasadena Star-News (Pasadena, CA) - Jun 27, 2005   
So. Pasadena projects fund worry some
"Anytime a certain public official has control over taxpayer funds to spend as they will, there is a possibility they will use it for private benefit rather than for the public benefit,' said Carmen Balber of the Santa Monica-based Foundation for Taxpay... more


Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN) - Jun 26, 2005   
Most identity theft is low-tech;
Mailbox thefts, trash-bin diving and observed ID numbers are threats.
Experts say it's important to remember that the relatively high-tech CardSystems scandal is just one manifestation of the problem. While there's little consumers can do about online breaches, there are steps you can take to protect yourself from low-tech... more


The Fayette Observer (North Carolina) - Jun 21, 2005   
Protect yourself against identity fraud
The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, based in California, said that, in the wake of the news about the most recent security breach, consumers should immediately review their credit-card balances. Many companies allow customers to do that onlin... more


Associated Press - Jun 15, 2005   
Schwarzenegger dogged by protesters as he launches ballot initiative campaign
Trevor Dilling, a volunteer for the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, was wearing a chicken suit, which was symbolic, the foundation said, of Schwarzenegger's being "too chicken" to discuss funding for education with students.... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Jun 14, 2005   
ANALYSIS: Governor is hoping to keep public interested in him
Arnoldwatch.org, a group opposed to the governor, also has released a list of the top 100 contributors to Schwarzenegger's campaign, because they say it's important for the people to know where his money comes from and who is behind Arnold's agenda... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Jun 13, 2005   
Governor assailed over special election;
Critics see today's expected move as a misuse of state's initiative process
"Never before, to our knowledge, has a sitting governor invoked his constitutional authority to call a special election when the only purpose of the election is the enactment of his own ballot measures," said Harvey Rosenfield, the founder of FTCR.... more


City News Service - Jun 13, 2005   
Governor Calls Special Election, Irking Some State Workers, Teachers
Harvey Rosenfield, founder of the Santa Monica-based Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, has called for new legislation barring the governor from calling a special election unless there is a state emergency and legislative approval.... more


Sacramento Bee - Jun 13, 2005   
A Powerful Partner
Longtime business ally leads governor's initiative drive to rein in state spending.
"I think if this special election goes forward, at a $70 million cost to the public, Allan Zaremberg is going to be exhibit No. 1 of everything that is wrong with Arnold Schwarzenegger," said Jamie Court, president of the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consu... more


Associated Press - Jun 08, 2005   
Schwarzenegger planned speech causing friction at alma mater
Jamie Court, president of the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, a group that frequently criticizes the governor, warned that "he's going to have to talk loudly because there's going to be a lot of noise."... more


RCR Wireless News - May 30, 2005   
Calif. Senate OKs bill of rights for telecom
"Despite its poor track record, the cellular telephone industry continues to believe that minimum customer service standards are not needed," said Sen. Martha Escutia (D), the lead sponsor of the legislation.... more


The Daily News of Los Angeles - May 30, 2005   
FUROR OVER SALARY BOOST;
HIKE FOR LAWMAKERS REKINDLES CRITICISM
Jamie Court, spokesman for the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights in Santa Monica said he thinks this is a pretty outrageous salary increase, not only during these hard economic times but legislators fail to vote on 1/3 of all bills... more


The San Diego Union-Tribune - May 28, 2005   
Subtle product plugs seen in governor's TV ad;
Cafeteria table is set for controversy, some analysts say
In Arnold's ads, prominently displayed on the table are bottles of Arrowhead water and Diet Pepsi. In the background are packages of Cheetos, Sun Chips and Ruffles, all Pepsi products and potential targets of Schwarzenegger's call to ban the sale of junk... more


Associated Press - May 24, 2005   
Commission hikes California lawmakers' pay to $110,000 a year
Jamie Court, president of the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights in Santa Monica, called the wage increase excessive, in part, he said, because many lawmakers do not have good voting records.... more


The Orange County Register - May 24, 2005   
Suit against Nextel tossed on Prop. 64 grounds
Harvey Rosenfield with FTCR, said the ruling illustrates the flaws of the measure, which consumer and environmental groups opposed because it would lead to the dismissal of legitimate consumer cases against big businesses.... more


Inland Valley Daily Bulletin - May 24, 2005   
Law not issue in Claremont;
City's campaign finance measure has been enforced
''Claremont has kind of taken the position that we'll tell everybody that this is the law, but we don't like it so we're not going to enforce it,'' said Carmen Balber, consumer advocate for the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, which sponsored... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - May 22, 2005   
Beatty kicks up political dust at Cal
Academy Award-winning actor-director Warren Beatty delivered a devastating critique of Arnold Schwarzenegger at a UC Berkeley commencement Saturday, and refused to rule out a Democratic run for governor... more


Los Angeles Times - May 21, 2005   
Court Gives Campaign Finance Laws a Green Light;
Ruling means strict limits on donations in three cities may finally take effect.
The rules were intended to go after what frequently happens in small cities: A small cadre of contractors end up working with a city and it becomes something of an old boys' club. It certainly will rein in "You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours."... more


Sacramento Bee - May 20, 2005   
3-state swing to raise funds Governor heads to Florida, Texas and Illinois seeking cash for a possible special election.
According to an invitation posted on the Web site ArnoldWatch maintained by the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, persistent Schwarzenegger critics, a "co-chair" designation can be had for $50,000.... more


Pasadena Star-News (Pasadena, CA) - May 19, 2005   
Council unhappy about ordinance
"Pasadena does now have to accept what the voters said in 2001: That city officials shouldn't be able to take money from people they award public benefits,' said Carmen Balber, consumer advocate for the initiative's sponsor, FTCR.... more


Santa Monica Daily Press - May 13, 2005   
City's Lawsuit Against Self Dies
Councilman not surprised about high court's decision
Carmen Balber, a consumer advocate with FTCR, the Santa Monica-based group that drove the initiative, said the decision means officials in Santa Monica will have to ensure the public projects they approve are not funded by campaign contributors.... more


LookOut News (Santa Monica, CA) - May 10, 2005   
State Supreme Court Refuses to Take up Conflict Law
The California Supreme Court has declined to take up Santa Monica\'s challenge to one of the nation\'s strictest conflict of interest laws, likely putting an end to a four-year legal battle between the City and sponsors of the successful ballot measure.... more


CBS-TV Evening News - May 01, 2005   
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's leadership being tested in California
Mr. JAMIE COURT (Consumer Rights Advocate): I've seen these protests build from 20 people to 6,000 people in San Francisco. I think they've shattered his ego.... more


PASADENA WEEKLY - May 01, 2005   
Payback Time
Pasadena officials could face misdemeanor convictions and heavy fines for alleged 'pay-to-play' under Supreme Court-backed anti-corruption initiative
"Pasadena has no other legal options. They have to enforce Measure B," said consumer advocate Carmen Balber, a spokeswoman for initiative authors the Oaks Project, which operates under the Ralph Nader-backed Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights.... more


Marketplace - Minnesota Public Radio - Apr 28, 2005   
Junk Fax Solution
Coming soon to the Senate floor, the Junk Fax Prevention Act of 2005. Consumer advocate and commentator Jamie Court says don't let the name fool you.... more


Los Angeles Times - Apr 24, 2005   
OUTSIDE THE TENT; Eastie Editors Are Colonizing L.A.
In the hard-news arena, for instance, it seems to me that the eastward view of editors has resulted in national and international news displacing local and California stories.... more


LA Weekly (California) - Apr 22, 2005   
ARNOLD TERMINATED?
Schwarzenegger knows better than most the power of imagery. No matter how much he insists he is still a bipartisan centrist guy who was so popular, that is no longer his image.... more


KPCC 89.3 FM - Pasadena, CA - Apr 22, 2005   
Free Speech Is Not For Sale
Jamie Court, president of the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, says he knows the real reason behind GM\'s recent decision to pull its advertising from the LA Times. ... more


Sacramento Bee - Apr 20, 2005   
Senate bill targets ban on junk faxes
The U.S. Senate is considering legislation that would gut a ban on junk faxes and, if passed, could unleash a torrent of "paper spam" on unsuspecting consumers, the bill's opponents said last week.... more


Los Angeles Times - Apr 19, 2005   
Schwarzenegger Aide Generates Concern
Schwarzenegger has become a big proponent of LNG -- seeking to open the door to coastal LNG terminals and make the long-term commitment to gas-powered electricity -- and this month ChevronTexaco announced a buyout of Unocal that would make it a huge playe... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Apr 18, 2005   
Initiative war could end -- or intensify;
Fate of special election uncertain
"People are gathering signatures, but the real question is what is the end game," said Jamie Court, president of the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights. "We're at the point where people either call or fold. There are not many bluffs left."... more


Associated Press - Apr 13, 2005   
Leaders push California funds to recover $400 million from AIG
"What becomes clear on a day like this is that the (pension) problem is with the corporations who have donated to him rather than the benefits we have provided to our public servants," said Doug Heller, an advocate with the Santa Monica-based FTCR.... more


Multinational Monitor Vol.26 March/April - Apr 01, 2005   
Unfair Competition
Big Business Succeeds in Butting California's Landmark Consumer Protection Law
California's Unfair Competition Law was the strongest consumer protection law of its kind in the United States when Proposition 64 drastically scaled it back this past November.... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Mar 28, 2005   
Infighting chokes work flow in Capitol;
Budget process, talk of special elections stifle other agendas
Doing so this year will mean lobbying fellow members and vying for attention in an extraordinary climate, making it harder to gain traction on several issues, said Doug Heller of the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights.... more


The Boston Globe - Mar 27, 2005   
MORE STATES CUTTING DEALS FOR A SLICE OF HOLLYWOOD
"Giving tax breaks to the film industry, to (Arnold's) pals in the entertainment industry, just doesn't measure up," said Jerry Flanagan, a spokesman for the Foundation for Taxpayer & Consumer Rights, which has helped organize rallies against the governor... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Mar 27, 2005   
Campaign industry hits the jackpot;
Is the blizzard of initiatives drowning out public's voice?
Jamie Court, President of FTCR, a consumer advocate foundation in Santa Monica, is not surprised. "People who advised Schwarzenegger to call a special election are the same people who will walk away with millions in fees. It's not exactly unbiased advice.... more


KPPC 89.3FM (Public Radio - Pasadena, CA) - Mar 24, 2005   
Campaign Finance Reform Hypocrisy
Schwarzenegger clearly believes money is power, and that the cash to market himself and his spin will determine what voters remember, not the positions he takes. For campaign finance reformers, however, this Arnold will be remembered just like another fam... more


Associated Press - Mar 22, 2005   
Schwarzenegger Criticized for Fund-Raising
"This (Arnold) is Gray Davis on steroids," said Jamie Court, president of the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, a Santa Monica consumer group.... more


Sacramento Bee - Mar 20, 2005   
Measure targets unions' money
The initiative would require public workers' consent to use their dues for political purposes
According to the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, Schwarzenegger alone received more than $23 million in corporate contributions.... more


The Daily News of Los Angeles - Mar 18, 2005   
RICHMAN BACKS VILLARAIGOSA;
CHALLENGER, HAHN TUSSLE OVER $15 MILLION MOVIE-SUBSIDY PROPOSAL
Doug Heller, executive director of the nonprofit Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights in Santa Monica, said there already are too many existing loopholes provided by the city to the entertainment industry.... more


The Orange County Register (California) - Mar 18, 2005   
Some lawmakers invite trouble with fund-raiser notices;
Capitol Watchdog -- investigating state government
"(Politicians usually) never publicize that there could be any policy involvement in their fund-raising," said Doug Heller, executive director of the nonprofit Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumers Rights. "It crosses the one line that everyone knows abou... more


The Press Trust of India - Mar 17, 2005   
Political group criticised for outsourcing work to India
A political action group supporting US state of California's Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger reform proposals has come under attack for outsourcing voters' signature verification to India.... more


San Francisco Chronicle - Mar 16, 2005   
Shooting star;
Beatty takes aim at Schwarzenegger
Warren Beatty delivered the warning shot at the annual Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights dinner down in Los Angeles, where he received the Phillip Burton Public Service Award.... more


The New York Times - Mar 16, 2005   
Democratic Race for California Governor in '06 Starts Early
Mr. Beatty received an award Friday night from a group that has been among Mr. Schwarzenegger's biggest detractors, the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights. In his acceptance speech, Mr. Beatty was highly critical of the governor.... more


Los Angeles Times - Mar 16, 2005   
Commentary: Room Without a View at the Plaza
What do these millionaires get out of those dinners with the governor? Are they really paying $10,000 and $20,000 just to get their pictures taken with a movie star? Has anyone told them that "Buy California" means our products, not the whole state?... more


National Public Radio - All Things Considered - Mar 15, 2005   
Arnold Schwarzenegger launches fund-raising effort to promote his proposed special election to voters in California
Doug Heller (FTCR): For Arnold Schwarzenegger, a special interest is anybody who doesn\'t support him or give him money.... more


Associated Press - Mar 12, 2005   
Beatty Gives Schwarzenegger Political Tips at Awards Banquet
Actor Warren Beatty to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger: Raise taxes
Beatty said he wants to root for a fellow actor in the governor's office, but said he's disappointed that Schwarzenegger is yielding "to a reactionary right-wing agenda in order to get a political party to become a president. That's not so fine with me."... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Mar 09, 2005   
Governor fattens kitty with D.C. Cash;
Fund raising during trip raises concerns
"What big money does is buy access for a small set of people whose interests don't align with the interests of most Californians," said Jerry Flanagan of the Foundation for Taxpayer & Consumer Rights, a non-profit group that has been tracking Arnold's fun... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Mar 08, 2005   
Citizens to Save California farms a little menial work out to India
Watchdog groups said the outsourcing suggests that Arnold\'s Citizens to Save California is neither run by ordinary citizens nor intent on saving California\'s economy.... more


Inland Valley Daily Bulletin (Ontario, CA) - Mar 07, 2005   
Committee spearheads governor's reform efforts
"Citizens to Save California is comprised of neither citizens, nor are they going to save California," said Carmen Balber, a spokeswoman for FTCR, based in Santa Monica. "It represents the largest industry interests in California, most of whom are also... more


The New York Times - Mar 07, 2005   
Donors' Influence on Schwarzenegger Is an Issue
The speaker of the California Assembly, Fabian Nez, Democrat of Los Angeles, said Mr. Schwarzenegger's pursuit of political contributions had become a serious impediment to his dealings with Democrats in the Legislature.... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Mar 06, 2005   
The governor's mega-bucks bid for a special election
Schwarzenegger may be accustomed to big-budget Hollywood productions, but taxpayers should not have to pick up the tab for an extra election just so the governor can skirt campaign-finance laws and wage a no-limits ballot fight financed largely by industr... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Mar 04, 2005   
Univision exec leading donor in support of special election
Of the 12 other donors listed, six also gave money to the governor last year, according to Jamie Court of the Foundation for Consumer and Taxpayer Rights, a nonpartisan advocacy group critical of Schwarzenegger's fund-raising tactics.... more


San Jose Mercury News - Mar 04, 2005   
Photo ops for sale, governor's ear, too
SCHWARZENEGGER TO HIT UP BUSINESSES BUT SAYS IT WON'T AFFECT HIS POSITIONS
"The governor's office is for sale," said Jerry Flanagan, of the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights and ArnoldWatch.org. "It's not rocket science to see that big contributions equal favorable policy."... more


The San Diego Union Tribune - Mar 03, 2005   
Governor pushes 'reform agenda' amid noisy contention
Proposed pension revamp is a target
Amid the din of dueling supporters and protesters, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger visited a San Diego radio station parking lot Thursday to collect signatures for his ballot proposals and try to stamp out a controversy about his plan to overhaul public pensio... more


Reading Eagle (Pennsylvania) - Mar 02, 2005   
Manufacturers say 'Made in the U.S.A.' tag helps marketing
"If someone tells you their product is made in the USA and you're a person that matters to, then you may even be willing to pay a little extra," said Lawrence Markey with FTCR. "People don't want their money going overseas, and they are entitled to the tr... more


Associated Press - Mar 02, 2005   
Consumer group asks governor to fire consultant over no-bid deal
The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights said Marty Wilson should be fired for irreconcilable conflicts of interest because companies he represents could benefit from decisions by Schwarzenegger, who also pays him for advice.... more


The Daily News of Los Angeles - Feb 28, 2005   
Schwarzenegger considers tax breaks for filming in California
Critics say with the state facing a $9 billion budget deficit, this is no time for California to be giving away money from the state treasury.... more


The San Diego Union-Tribune - Feb 27, 2005   
Governor gives 'special interest' new slant;
Teachers, nurses protest depiction
Unions representing teachers and nurses are fighting back, saying their members are trusted professionals whose only special interest is improving education and health care. They say Arnold is doing the bidding of the real special interests...... more


Los Angeles Times - Feb 21, 2005   
Governor Fails to Curb Big Money
While criticizing the system, Schwarzenegger continues to raise millions to help his political agenda and seeks to lift restrictions.
The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, one of the governor's biggest critics, accused Schwarzenegger of setting up a special election "to get around campaign finance laws," thereby wasting taxpayer dollars.... more


Associated Press - Feb 21, 2005   
Schwarzenegger and Common Cause: Strange Bedfellows?
Group embracing a plan that's picked up little or no backing from other nonprofit groups?
"Common Cause is star-struck and so they're lending the governor their brand," said Jamie Court, president of FTCR, a consumer group that's among Schwarzenegger's chief critics. "They've given him more credibility than he deserves."... more


Associated Press - Feb 20, 2005   
Schwarzenegger risks angering women by targeting nurses, teachers
"The arrogance of taking on teachers, nurses and other professions where women are underpaid, overworked and vital to society is beyond the pale," said Jamie Court, president of the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights and a frequent Arnold critic.... more


San Jose Mercury News (California) - Feb 20, 2005   
It's not easy to 'Be Cool' when boo birds are flapping
SCHWARZENEGGER TRIES TO AVOID PROTESTERS AT CAPITAL PREMIERE
It was supposed to be a celebration. But liberal activists transformed the evening into a very-public assault on the governor's conservative reform agenda.... more


Sacramento Bee - Feb 18, 2005   
Governor moves few in D.C.
House Republicans' ire over remap plan trumps his agenda for state
Jamie Court of the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights said there is no chance that the redistricting bill that McCarthy was revising to meet Common Cause standards would pass.... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Feb 18, 2005   
Governor finds trouble at home...;
OVERHAUL PLAN: He drops proposal to abolish 88 boards
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Thursday he was backing off a controversial proposal to abolish 88 state boards and commissions that oversee everything from licensing doctors to running recycling programs.... more


San Jose Mercury News (California) - Feb 17, 2005   
Film-industry tax break backed;
SCHWARZENEGGER WANTS MOVIE-PRODUCTION WORK TO STAY IN CALIFORNIA
Jerry Flanagan, with FTCR -- which has helped organize protests of teachers and nurses at many of Schwarzenegger's recent events -- said, "Given the crises facing the state, helping out his pals in the movie industry is not what California really needs."... more


Sacramento Bee - Feb 17, 2005   
Group set to back redistricting revamp
Jamie Court of FTCR said he spoke Wednesday with national staff members from Common Cause as well as board members of their California chapter, and he said they told him the organization is set to endorse a compromise redistricting proposal with Schwarzen... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Feb 15, 2005   
'Governor, your suits look so beautiful';
Media sometimes appear starstruck by Schwarzenegger
"It's hard to imagine any world leader getting this type of treatment. All I know is, people who have spent their lives in the media business ought to have tougher questions for the governor," said Doug Heller of ArnoldWatch.org, which is run by FTCR.... more


Los Angeles Times - Feb 14, 2005   
Some Wonder if Baca's on Governor's Team
Jerry Flanagan of FTCR, one of the groups that hired the plane pulling the anti-Arnold banner, said a Sheriff's Department helicopter intercepted the plane over Los Angeles and persuaded the pilot to abort his mission, even though he was flying legally.... more


KPCC 89.3 Fm Southern California Public Radio - Feb 14, 2005   
A Special Election For Special Interests
Call it off, governor. What's the rush? By forcing this special election, all you're doing is further cementing your reputation as the man who's putting California government up for sale.... more


The New York Times - Feb 13, 2005   
If You Can Plug a Film, Why Not a Budget?
"The governor uses his celebrity as a smoke screen to what's really happening," said Jerry Flanagan of FTCR, which has criticized Arnold on issues that include his decision to delay new rules that would require more nurses per patient in California.... more


Contra Costa Times (California) - Feb 13, 2005   
Governor's crusade against business rules has found no villains
"Now the governor is hellbent on destroying consumer protections in California, and he's going at it with guns blazing," said Doug Heller, executive director of the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, a Santa Monica consumer advocacy group.... more


The San Diego Union-Tribune - Feb 11, 2005   
Governor hits state pensions;
Brink's trucks are part of waterfront staging
On Wednesday, the California Nurses Association and the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights announced they would protest the governor's budgetary policies outside Petco Park and buzz the event with a rented plane dubbed -- Air Arnold.... more


Los Angeles Times - Feb 11, 2005   
Voters Might Face Flood of Fall Ballot Initiatives;
Almost 80 applications, some redundant, have been submitted to state officials for approval.
"It\s the apocalypse strategy," said consumer activist Jamie Court of the Santa Monica-based Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, which is backing initiatives on cheaper prescription drugs.... more


Los Angeles Times - Feb 09, 2005   
Big-Ticket Drive Supports Gov.'s Agenda;
Invitations are handed out for 'an evening with Schwarzenegger,' with dinners up to $100,000.
Outside Tuesday's event, held at the Sheraton Grand hotel not far from the Capitol, the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, a frequent critic of the governor, flew a plane with a banner that read: "Don't Be Big Business' Bully."... more


Los Angeles Times - Feb 08, 2005   
Gov. Battles Rising Criticism on Multiple Fronts
Criticism has even found its way to his doorstep. Sunday, at the gate of Schwarzenegger\'s estate, protesters marched outside in the rain carrying banners and a plane flew over with a banner mocking the governor\'s policies on nurses and teachers.... more


CBS TV5 San Francisco - Feb 04, 2005   
Arnold Inc: Living Like a Star
"No one can buy me," Schwarzenegger said. "I am independently financially successful. I have enough money that I don't have to take anyone's money to be bought. That is the key thing." But it's not so simple, when you look at the bills he has signed and v... more


MARKETPLACE - National Public Radio - Feb 01, 2005   
President Bush and the choice word...
The truth is the new economic freedoms the president will promote come at the expense of political freedoms the nation was founded on -- open courts, representation for taxation, and our collective financial security.... more


Pasadena Star-News (Pasadena, CA) - Feb 01, 2005   
City loses court decision on anti-corruption measure
The initiative's backers were elated with the decision and called on Pasadena, and the two other cities that passed nearly identical measures, to stop the legal wrangling and simply let the anti-corruption rules take effect.... more


Los Angeles Daily Journal - Feb 01, 2005   
Court Rebuffs Challenge to Corruption Initiative
The Oaks Initiative, which was backed by activist Harvey Rosenfield\'s Santa Monica-based FTCR, prohibits city officials from taking campaign contributions, large gifts or jobs from people who receive city contract work worth more than $25,000.... more


Sacramento Bee - Feb 01, 2005   
Governor raked in $28.8 million from '04 donors;
The fund-raising feat doubles what Davis collected his first year.
"This is a staggering amount of money for any politician, but even more so for a governor who came into office promising to get rid of money in politics," said Doug Heller of the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights.... more


PR Newswire US - Jan 31, 2005   
New RN TV Ad Hits Gov. Schwarzenegger's Attack on Nurses as 'Special Interest';
Prominent Hollywood Director, Producers Volunteered to Create Ad
The California Nurses Association today announced the launch of a television advertising campaign this week challenging the policies of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on patient safety and his depiction of Registered Nurses as special interests...... more


Los Angeles Times - Jan 29, 2005   
Car Dealers in Capitol's Fast Lane;
While Schwarzenegger declares war on 'special interests,' he has helped one of the state's most effective lobbies get showroom treatment.
After the dealers and the rest of the auto industry helped underwrite Schwarzenegger's 2003 gubernatorial campaign, giving him more than $1 million through his first year in office, the Republican sided with dealers last year by killing their most hated... more


Los Angeles Times - Jan 26, 2005   
State OKs $80 Million in Tax Refunds to Companies;
None of the firms benefiting from a tax credit for equipment purchases paid state income taxes. Activists threaten lawsuit.
The California Tax Reform Assn. and the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights sent board members a letter this week accusing them of coddling California\'s corporate welfare queens.... more


Associated Press - Jan 25, 2005   
Eighteen California companies win $80.8 million in tax refunds
Critics claim the companies recently paid no state income taxes.
The board awarded the refunds with little discussion and no public documents detailing the size of individual refunds despite testimony calling them an absurd giveaway as the state contends with budget deficits.... more


Los Angeles Times - Jan 20, 2005   
Amid Broken Promises, Many Begin to Doubt Schwarzenegger
The question political insiders are starting to ask about Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is potentially one of the most damaging that can be asked about a politician. Can you believe him? Can you trust him? Will he keep his word?... more


Los Angeles Times - Jan 19, 2005   
A Man of the People... People Who Pay
Even as he rails against special interests, the governor is grabbing special interest money with the unstoppable force of a crack addict smashing car windows for loose change.... more


Associated Press - Jan 19, 2005   
Firm hires governor's fund-raiser to pitch program to agencies
"This is the worst kind of influence peddling," said Jamie Court, president of FTCR, a Santa Monica-based consumer group. "This type of cash register politics is the very thing that Schwarzenegger ran Gray Davis out of office for."... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Jan 16, 2005   
PUMPING HIM UP;
Governor's position as a top editor at a pair of bodybuilding magazines may enhance his political celebrity
"These magazines are where Arnold the Brand meets Arnold the Politician," said Doug Heller of the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, a nonprofit watchdog organization that manages a Web site called Arnoldwatch.com... more


Sacramento Bee - Jan 13, 2005   
Assemblyman regrets flier's wording;
Some see Calderon's invitation as targeting special interests.
Jamie Court, president of the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, said the flier "basically put a for-sale sign on the Banking and Finance Committee. This is probably the most blatant mixing of policy and politics that I've ever seen..."... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Jan 09, 2005   
Governor's call to arms causing deep divisions;
Dem, union 'special interests' are seen as enemies of his state
Doug Heller, a spokesman for the nonprofit FTCR -- a watchdog group that runs a Web site called Arnoldwatch.org -- said he's concerned that the governor is using the dreaded "special interest" label to disarm legitimate critics and public protest of his p... more


Los Angeles Times - Jan 08, 2005   
Scene Set for Ballot Battles;
Schwarzenegger's plan for a special election this fall has scores of interest groups scrambling to put their own agendas before the voters too.
"The question is whether issues like prescription drug reform drowns out these more archaic measures like redistricting, which is not immediately obvious as to its effect on the state," said Jerry Flanagan of FTCR, a nonprofit group based in Santa Monica.... more


Los Angeles Times - Jan 08, 2005   
Consumer Advocates Assail Gov.;
Schwarzenegger's plan to abolish independent regulatory boards called blow to public interest. Cabinet member says citizens will have input.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's plan to abolish the independent boards that regulate California professionals has outraged public watchdogs, who say it would eradicate years of reform that curtailed the influence of trade groups over those who oversee them.... more


Sacramento Bee - Jan 07, 2005   
Plan to reduce state boards assailed;
Consumer protections are at great risk, critics contend.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration insisted Thursday that his plan to abolish nearly 100 California regulatory boards and commissions would bolster consumer protection, but consumer activists called the claim preposterous.... more


Contra Costa Times - Jan 07, 2005   
Regulator revamp plan raises concerns in California
Doug Heller, executive director of the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, said the boards have benefited consumers and professionals by weeding out problem practitioners who reflect poorly on the industries.... more


Ventura County Star (California) - Jan 06, 2005   
A slap for taxpayers
Doug Heller, a spokesman for FTCR, could have been reflecting the reaction of many Californians when he said, "To actually be giving a gift to companies that paid no taxes is a slap in the face of every taxpaying citizen in the state."... more


San Gabriel Valley Tribune (California) - Jan 06, 2005   
Alhambra councilman to keep city vending contracts, not profit
Even if a technicality legally absolves him, it might be best for Yamauchi to terminate the contracts and avoid any appearance of a conflict, said consumer advocate Carmen Balber of the Foundation for Taxpayer & Consumer Rights.... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Jan 05, 2005   
Court to decide when lawsuit limit began
Consumer advocates believe they hold a trump card: an e-mail sent in September from the official Prop. 64 campaign, saying the measure was not retroactive, in response to an inquiry from Daniel Sigler, an Orange County attorney.... more


Los Angeles Times - Jan 03, 2005   
Democrats Ready to Battle Gov.;
Still in control of the Legislature, the party plans to be more assertive, especially on issues of concern to the middle class.
Arnold is the largest recipient of pharmaceutical donations in America except for George Bush. (Schwarzenegger has accepted $367,200 from drug companies according to an analysis by the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights.)... more


In the Media - 2004


In the Media - 2003


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