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News Release
12/16/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Campaign for Consumer Rights Warns Soldiers, Seniors and other Californians Would Be Penalized For Having a Lapse in Insurance Coverage, Even If They Weren't Driving (News Release by the Campaign for Consumer Rights) Santa Monica, CA — Auto Insurance giant Mercury Insurance is submitting signatures this week to place its deceptive...
News Story
12/4/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
These are very uncertain and contentious times in California. The state's economic and political turmoil has spawned a flood of potentially far-reaching ballot measures for the 2010 elections, ranging from calling a constitutional convention to overturning the ban on same-sex marriages. Thirty-seven initiatives have already been cleared for...
News Release
12/1/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
California Drivers Have Saved $62 Billion in 20 Years Under Similar Rules and Have Among Most Competitive Insurance Markets in Nation WASHINGTON, D.C. – A proposed ballot measure would allow Michigan voters to weigh in on consumer-oriented insurance reforms that have saved California drivers an average of $3 billion per year since being...
News Story
11/24/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A handful of wealthy California gaming tribes - which together gave nearly $130 million to political causes in 2008 - rank as the nation's largest special-interest donors to campaigns, according to a study released Monday. Four of the state's Indian gaming interests made the top 10 list of donors, which also included public employee unions and...
Blog Post
11/18/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Oh, this is rich... The Sacramento Bee reports that Arnold collected $250K last year to finance his political reform ballot measure, Prop 11, from Scott Rothstein, the guy who is now being accused of running a massive Ponzi-style investment fraud in Florida.   Technically, the money went to the Prop 11 campaign, but Prop 11 was Arnold's pet...
News Story
11/18/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
When California's political consultants share war stories, 1988's immensely expensive, multifront battle between insurance companies and lawyer-backed consumer groups takes center stage. Tens of millions of dollars were spent on a confusing array of competing ballot measures, and when the dust had settled, insurers had lost big, particularly with...
News Story
11/15/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The policy issue behind the hubbub surrounding the secret recordings made by Jerry Brown's ex-spokesman stretches back to 1984, when Gov. George Deukmejian signed California¿s proof of auto insurance law, making it easier to cite someone for driving uninsured. In 1985, civil rights and community groups sued to challenge the law, arguing that...
News Story
11/11/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer Watchdog, the public interest group engaged in a major beef with Attorney General Jerry Brown’s office, has posted transcripts of the now-famous secret recordings made by Scott Gerber, former press secretary to the AG. The Calbuzz Archival Research & Rosemary Woods Memorial Tape Transcription Department has been poring over the...
News Release
11/10/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Office Taped A Call About Handling of Mercury Insurance Initiative; AG Angry, Demeaning When Questioned By Reporters Santa Monica, CA — Consumer Watchdog has posted the transcripts of secretly taped conversations between journalists and Attorney General Jerry Brown or members of his staff. One transcript involves the attempt by the Attorney...
News Story
11/10/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A spokesman for state Attorney General Jerry Brown secretly recorded six interviews with five journalists since April despite being told by department officials not to do so a year ago, according to documents obtained Monday by The Chronicle. Still, spokesman Scott Gerber e-mailed one of the officials on Oct. 28 saying he planned to record a call...