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Blog Post
11/3/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The San Francisco Chronicle urged Cal. Attorney General Jerry Brown to "clear the air" today in an editorial about his now-resigned spokesman's secret tape recording of conversations with reporters.  The issue came to light when Chronicle reporter Carla Marinucci realized the AG's office had secretly taped her interview with some of...
News Story
11/3/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A spokesman for Attorney General Jerry Brown who admitted last week that he had secretly recorded telephone conversations with journalists, including a reporter for The Chronicle, resigned Monday. Scott Gerber was placed on administrative leave Friday after telling Chronicle political writer Carla Marinucci that he had recorded her interview...
News Story
11/3/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The winter holidays are fast approaching, and with them the advent of a long season of being confronted by initiative petition circulators outside almost every big box store, grocery emporium and shopping mall in California. That's nothing unusual. What's extraordinary this year is the potential for destruction and divisiveness in the putative...
News Story
10/31/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Ties To Insurance Company Questioned With the sudden announcement that San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom -- the rival to Attorney General Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown for the Democratic nomination for Governor of California in 2010 -- was dropping out of the race, things might seem pretty smooth for the former governor. But Santa Monica-based...
Blog Post
10/30/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
I can't believe this! Two days ago, I told you about how Attorney General Jerry Brown rewrote the official summary of a ballot measure sponsored by Mercury Insurance Company to omit the fact that it will raise auto insurance premiums. This morning The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Brown's spokesman secretly taped a conversation with...
News Story
10/30/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SACRAMENTO, CA — Attorney General Jerry Brown is facing accusations that he cleared the way for a ballot measure summary that was favorable to an insurance company that has contributed to his campaign coffers. The ballot measure, backed by the Mercury General Corp., the state's third largest auto insurer, would allow insurance companies to...
News Story
10/30/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- A spokesman for Attorney General Jerry Brown acknowledged Thursday that he taped a phone conversation with a reporter for The Chronicle this week without disclosing the fact or asking permission - and admitted he has taped conversations with other news reporters. Scott Gerber, spokesman for Brown's office, made the admission...
News Story
10/29/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
San Francisco, CA -- A leading California consumer advocate charged Wednesday that Attorney General Jerry Brown caved to pressure from a powerful insurance company - and campaign donor - when he reworked the summary of a ballot measure to omit mention that it could boost premiums for thousands of drivers. Harvey Rosenfield, founder of Consumer...
Blog Post
10/28/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Our Attorney General is charged with telling the truth when he prepares the official title and summary for proposed ballot initiatives. Jerry Brown did that two months ago when, in accordance with previous legal rulings, he described a measure backed by Mercury Insurance as allowing insurers to raise or lower premiums based on whether a driver had...
News Release
10/27/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Santa Monica, CA — Mercury Insurance has begun its campaign to allow insurers to hike auto insurance rates for Californians who have had a lapse in their auto insurance for any reason.  The initiative is a repackaging of Mercury-sponsored legislation invalidated by a California Court of Appeal in 2005, after the court determined the...