Hey Harvey– Time to Call the Waa-mbulance!

This morning Consumer Watchdog sent a whiny press release calling the Secretary of State to make a major change to the way ballot measures qualify because they didn’t get the ballot they want. Reminds me of this Bruce Willis gem:

So let’s get this straight.

Consumer Watchdog was treated fairly by a government agency (for all Debra Bowen’s faults, she seems to run a pretty tight and fair elections department even if her website fails far too frequently), got an outcome they don’t like and therefore called for a rule change. Lowering the random sample threshold would make the initiative process vulnerable to fraud and weaken critical protections in the process.

Maybe this is what happens when you’re used to getting what you want from government. It’s clear Harvey and his friends are far too used to sweetheart deals and to getting what they want without question. After all this is the same group who wrote a self-serving provision in to a ballot measure that nets them millions of dollars, often without competition.

And now, they’re trying to do it again. This time at the expense of hardworking Californians who are already saddled with high healthcare costs.

Don’t be fooled- Harvey’s latest initiative isn’t an altruistic attempt to save Californians money. It’s yet another attempt to extract millions of dollars from consumers to pad their cushy West LA lifestyle. Nice try guys.


Yeah, right

Recently, in a hysterical rant on Consumer Watchdog’s blog, Jamie Court claimed Harvey Rosenfeld “made less than $25,000 each year during the last ten years from intervener fees.” Yeah, right. We’re going to call BS on that.

Like we’ve said before, CW collected 100% of the intervener fees awarded by the Department of Insurance last year and has collected at least $7.5 million since Prop 103 passed. In fact, he created a nice monopoly on the intervener business that’s funding his $1.7 million Marina del Ray digs (Harvey, do you keep a wine locker at the Ritz?). In 2008 alone he made at least half a million dollars- we suggest there’s no way Consumer Watchdog paid Harvey that much without using money from intervener fees.   Of course, Court could clear all of this up and open his books to the public, but we already know these “consumer advocate” posers don’t really believe in transparency to taxpayers.

Consumer Watchdog pretends they’re on the side of the consumer but the $7.5 million they’ve collected over the years comes from a fee they get from insurance companies who are forced to pass those costs to the consumer, the very same people they pretend to represent.  They’ve clearly figured out a cozy, get rich scheme: use their political connections to profit and live the Marina del Rey lifestyle.

It’s clear by the tone of the blog that the light starting to shine on Harvey’s scheme touched a nerve. Good. We’ll continue to expose them for what they are: opportunistic trial lawyers profiting off a cozy system they created.

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