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News Story
1/23/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft all increased spending, while Apple decreased I used to write about politics. And something always struck me as kind of funny: everyone HATES lobbyists and pork. That is, unless the lobbyists are fighting for what that person believes in, or the lawmaker is fighting to get a project done in their district! If...
News Story
11/14/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
This op-ed commentary was published in the San Francisco Chronicle on Wednesday, November 14th, 2012. Wednesday, the California Fair Political Practices Commission takes up the question of whether political bloggers should have to disclose who pays them to blog in political campaigns. Sacramento's consultant establishment, both on the left...
News Release
11/8/2012
Posted by Jamie Court
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog’s new five-star rated app gives iPhone and iPad users a way to complain, stay informed and be engaged on the top consumer issues of the day. A popular feature, the “Consumer Watchdog Dog House,” allows consumers to take a photo with their phone and satirize or applaud a politician,...
News Story
10/16/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES, CA -- A consumer advocacy group in California has fired another salvo of public complaints against Mercury Insurance Group, accusing the personal lines insurer of raising automobile insurance rates ahead of an election that will decide the fate of a ballot measure the consumer group said will directly benefit Mercury. Mercury's 4...
News Story
10/15/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio program broadcast. Of the 11 propositions on this November’s ballot, Proposition 33 is one that you may have not heard too much about other than from the “YES on 33” campaigns. George Joseph, the billionaire chairman of Mercury Insurance has backed the proposition with over $16...
News Release
10/9/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Nearly every newspaper editorial board in California has rejected Prop 33 as an unfair measure that will penalize good drivers, including liberal, middle-of-the-road and conservative papers across the state ranging from the San Diego Union-Tribune to the San Francisco Chronicle. The No on 33 editorial board endorsements...
News Story
10/8/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
In the wake of the attacks on the American Consulate in Libya, Consumer Watchdog told the “Yes on Proposition 33” campaign to stop running misleading ads. Just after the anniversary of Sept. 11, the “Yes on Prop. 33” campaign ran ads promoting the auto insurance reforms in Proposition 33 as patriotic. The ads stated that...
News Release
10/8/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – George Joseph, the billionaire chairman of Mercury Insurance Co. and backer of the Prop 33 campaign gave another $8 million to the initiative this weekend, bringing his total spending on the measure to $16,422,126. Prop 33 will allow insurance companies to raise car insurance rates on good drivers who have a break in their...
News Story
10/8/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO -- Insurance billionaire George Joseph has poured another $8 million into his self-funded campaign to pass Proposition 33, a change in California insurance law he's been trying to get for a dozen years. Joseph's latest contribution was posted on the secretary of state's website Monday. In all, he has given 99.5% of the $16....
News Story
10/8/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Billionaire insurance executive George Joseph has donated another $8 million to his November ballot initiative. The weekend contribution brings his total to $16 million in support of Proposition 33, which would let insurers charge drivers based on their history of maintaining coverage. Joseph on Monday said campaign...