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Who We Are

Consumer Watchdog is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing an effective voice for taxpayers and consumers in an era when special interests dominate public discourse, government and politics. We deploy an in-house team of public interest lawyers, policy experts, strategists, and grassroots activists to expose, confront, and change corporate and political injustice every day, saving Americans billions of dollars and improving countless lives.

For decades Consumer Watchdog has been the nation’s most aggressive consumer advocate, taking on politicians of both parties and the special interests that fund them.



You can also read about our recent victories and goals by viewing this PDF of this feature produced by the team at the Sacramento News & Review



Our History

Harvey Rosenfield

In 1985, consumer advocate Harvey Rosenfield founded Consumer Watchdog (originally the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights) as a California-based organization to conduct research and public education around issues of consumer protection and political reform. Over the years, Consumer Watchdog has fought to save consumers more than $100 billion on their auto insurance, exposed and changed the inhumane practices of health insurance companies, prevented oil companies from ripping off motorists, won privacy protections for consumers and blocked taxpayer bailouts of utility companies.

Contact Us

By e-mail: admin @
By phone: (310) 392-0522
By mail: 2701 Ocean Park Blvd., Suite 112 • Santa Monica, CA 90405
D.C. Office: 413 E. Capitol St., SE, First Floor • Washington, D.C. 20003


Success Stories

The Rx Express

The 2004 presidential election provided a moment of clarity for many Americans about the high cost of prescription drugs.

The issue infected the presidential debate between President George W. Bush and Senator John Kerry. So our consumer group chartered two private trains—dubbed the Rx Express—to take seniors to Canada to buy cheaper drugs, right in the middle of the presidential debates.

Guaranteeing Strong HMO Patient Rights

When he was in the California Legislature, Gray Davis, who later lost a recall election as governor in 2003, sponsored legislation to put the faces of missing children on milk cartons. When Consumer Watchdog wanted to force Davis, as governor, to sign a strong HMO patient protection law in 1998, our founder Harvey Rosenfield came up with the idea of putting the governor’s face on faux milk cartons. “Missing: California Governor. Last Seen at Fundraiser with HMO Executives.”