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ConsumerWatchdog.org Dumps $675,000 to Rescue Ballot Campaign with No Disclosure of Donors
The "nonprofit" ConsumerWatchdog.org has put more than $675,000 into its fledgling campaign to regulate health care companies without revealing a single donor of any of those funds, according to reports filed with the California Secretary of State's Office.
Despite repeated requests for the organization to reveal its donors, ConsumerWatchdog.org refuses to do so. In a recent interview with Capitol Weekly (10/16/11), ConsumerWatchdog.org Executive Director Jamie Court noted that "nondisclosure is a civil rights tool, much as nondisclosure was important to the NAACP to protect its donors."
It is stunning that a campaign hiding behind a 'non-profit' label can spend this enormous sum of money to put a measure on the ballot without reporting a single donor of its funds. This is far worse that the hidden contributions and 'SuperPACs' at the federal level.
This massive infusion on non-disclosed funds comes after ConsumerWatchdog.org founder Harvey Rosenfeld, mislead the media in announcing his campaign in February as an "all volunteer email" effort. Instead, ConsumerWatchdog, through its campaign arm, has had paid signature gatherers $1.50 per signature. The measure needs approximately 505,000 qualified signatures to appear on the November ballot.
The organization's campaign has received only 10 other contributions, most of which were from law firms. The largest single contribution ($25,000) is from Stewart Resnick, owner of Roll International Corporation, recently dubbed a "one man environmental wrecking crew" in an article by the Center for Investigative Reporting.
The nondisclosure is just another shady practice of an organization that masquerades as being pro-consumer but is a tool of special interests to line the pockets of its founder Harvey Rosenfield," says Maviglio. "Although it has been fined before by the FPPC, it's time that the appropriate state and federal agencies look into this group and its campaign practices.More information is available at www.ConsumerWatchdogWatch.com
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