The Consumer Federation of California (CFC) was founded in 1960 as a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization. CFC campaigns for state and federal laws and appears at the California State Legislature in support of consumer-focused regulations. The CFC is led by Executive Director Richard Holober.
Recent CFC legislative issues include: protecting consumers' medical privacy and financial privacy, reforming accounting industry practices, enabling patients to sue HMOs for denial of care, holding homebuilders accountable for construction defects, prohibiting manufacturers from keeping secret vital safety information about defective products, removing toxic chemicals from California furniture, enacting cell phone users' rights and fighting to prevent the deregulation of telecommunications in California for VOIP and IP-enabled phones, strengthening food safety laws, and calling on state lawmakers to crack down on for-profit, private colleges that hoodwink students into programs that promise career advancement, yet deliver worthless diplomas and pile on debt that can lead to financial ruin.
CFC provides several services:
- Advocating for laws that ensure consumer protection
- Advising elected officials on laws concerning consumers
- Directing consumer complaints to the appropriate government agency or non-profit
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