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News Story
7/17/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO -- Opponents of an auto insurance initiative on the November ballot are accusing supporters of violating state cyber-fraud laws by buying up all the addresses for potential yes and no Internet sites. But the campaign for Proposition 33, waxing Shakespearean, said the complaints are "much ado about nothing." The...
News Release
7/16/2012
Posted by Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA – Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph and his campaign for Prop 33 have illegally taken ownership of the domain names StopProp33.org (and .com) and VoteNoProp33.org (and .com) and are redirecting the domains to a website in support of the auto insurance surcharge initiative, which received the Proposition 33 number...
News Story
7/16/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO -- Opponents of an auto insurance industry-backed ballot measure are accusing the pro-Proposition 33 campaign of breaking the law by grabbing online domains that appeal to voters opposed to the measure and redirecting them to the Yes campaign's website. The Automobile Insurance Discount Act seeks to allow drivers to change...
News Release
7/10/2012
Posted by Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA – The newly numbered Proposition 33, funded by Mercury Insurance's billionaire Chairman George Joseph, is a replay of Mercury's unsuccessful 2010 initiative aimed at raising auto insurance premiums on millions of Californians. According to the Attorney General's official title of the initiative, Prop 33:...
News Story
7/10/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
An initiative to establish portable persistency discounts for automobile insurance on Tuesday was assigned a number by the Secretary of State, and shortly afterward the newly named Proposition 33 came under attack by Santa Monica, Calif.-based Consumer Watchdog. Prop. 33, the 2012 Automobile Insurance Discount Act, will reward...
News Story
6/22/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
All the emotional and intellectual energy in this spring's primary election campaign focused on congressional and legislative races, where a rare combination of new rules and new district maps produced some entirely new kinds of results, with many upcoming runoff races featuring intra-party battles pitting Democrat against Democrat and...
News Story
4/17/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
It takes a certain amount of chutzpah to name a group that opposes government oversight of health  insurance premiums "Californians Against Higher Healthcare Costs." Especially when the group includes the trade associations for doctors and hospitals, two sets of Californians who've contributed mightily to the high cost of...
News Story
2/10/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
In California, the rule of politics is sometimes “one man, one ballot proposition.” Pretty much by himself, billionaire George Joseph is financing an initiative governing insurance rates. As the chairman and largest stockholder of Mercury General Corporation, an insurance company that does most of its business in California,...
News Story
1/27/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
UPDATE, Jan. 27, 2012: Mercury Insurance provided this response to questions about its record. The 90-year-old billionaire chairman of Mercury Insurance just won’t give up. George Joseph gave $8.2 million to put an initiative on the November ballot that supporters say would lower car insurance rates for consumers who maintain...
News Story
1/22/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
From the courts to the Capitol to the ballot, insurance magnate George Joseph and attorney Harvey Rosenfield, who wrote the 1988 initiative that regulated auto insurance, have been butting heads for a quarter century. They assure me it's not personal. There was nothing personal in 2009 when Consumer Watchdog, the Santa Monica advocacy...