Monthly Archives: October 2012

IRS Complaint Filed Against “Non-Profit” ConsumerWatchdog.org, Reports ConsumerWatchdogWatch.com

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Calling it a “perpetual political campaign masquerading as a taxpayer-subsided nonprofit,” ConsumerWatchdogWatch.com filed an official compliant with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service against ConsumerWatchdog.org and its sister organization, the Consumer Education Foundation, for violating their nonprofit status.

The complaint notes that the nonprofit ConsumerWatchdog.org is indistinguishable from the group’s 501c4 political organizations, utilizing the same staff, same offices, same e-mail addresses, same resources, and same social network accounts for its involvement in political work. The complaint contained hundreds of pages of documentation accompanying IRS Form 13909, the agency’s Tax-Exempt Organization Complaint Form.

“Taxpayers should not be subsidizing an organization whose
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Consumer group fighting insurance rates draws fire

By Will Evans  California Watch

A consumer group that has reaped millions of dollars in fees from insurance companies thanks to a state initiative it wrote is facing a new wave of criticism from Democratic and Republican political consultants and lawmakers.

Critics note that the advocacy group, Consumer Watchdog, profits from the special insurance regulation process it not only created, but dominates. The consultants argue that the group is trying once again to use a ballot initiative to generate more revenue.

“It’s one of the all-time great scams,” said Republican consultant Rob Stutzman, who is working with an opposition research firm but wouldn’t say who is paying for the effort.

Other consumer
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