Op-Ed: Watchdog Group Has Stake in Rate Regulation Bill
Consumer Watchdog is "pushing hard for the inclusion of 'intervenor fees' in AB 52," which "would regulate health plan rate increases," Steven Maviglio -- deputy chief of staff to former Assembly Speaker Fabian NÃºÃ±ez (D-Los Angeles) -- writes in a Capitol Weekly opinion piece. Maviglio discusses a Politico article that found Consumer Watchdog "'stands to gain millions' from passage of the rate regulation bill" based on an analysis "that the organization has raked in nearly $7 million in 'intervenor compensation' from 2002-2010." Maviglio concludes that Assembly member Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles) should "do the right thing and amend his bill so that the light can shine on where these intervenor fees are going."
- "Is the Consumer Watchdog Really Watching?" (Maviglio, Capitol Weekly, 6/2).