Lining Their Pockets

In Sunday’s Sacramento Bee, Dan Morain  (you can read the whole thing here) took note of Consumer Watchdog’s self-interest in promoting ballot measures that line their pockets with money. In his column, Morain explains how Consumer Watchdog has made millions of dollars of the intervenor process that they created in Prop. 103, and asks the exact question we’ve been asking for months:

“But if intervenors are needed to protect consumer interests, why exactly do we have an elected insurance commissioner? The answer, of course, is that Proposition 103 created the elected insurance commissioner.”  

Like we’ve said, Harvey Rosenfeld, Jamie Court and friends have collected at least $5.3 million since 2007 and, as Morain said, “no other organization has collected a dime in intervenor fees since 2008.”

Why aren’t other organizations able to intervene? What knowledge and “expertise” is Consumer Watchdog providing that apparently the Department can’t or won’t?

As Morain points out another organization, Greenlining, tried to apply for intervenor status but were rejected without explanation. Why is this system rigged for Harvey and his band of west-side royalty?

Who oversees this cozy relationship? To the best of our knowledge, no one. It’s encouraging to see the media starting to pay attention but we’d bet there’s more to the story.


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