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News Release
11/2/2011
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Santa Monica, CA --Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph is no longer the sole donor to a misleading state ballot initiative that would repeal Proposition 103's prohibition against considering a driver’s coverage history when a motorist applies for insurance.  An insurance agency whose only past political contribution was to...
News Release
10/26/2011
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Santa Monica, CA -- Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph contributed $1 million to the California Republican Party to fund a ballot initiative that would repeal the new State Senate district lines drawn by an independent commission earlier this year.   Today, the California Supreme Court rejected Republican efforts to toss out the...
News Release
10/13/2011
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Occupy LA/Los Angeles, CA -- Consumer Watchdog, whose founder Harvey Rosenfield wrote Proposition 103, the 1988 insurance reform initiative that has saved drivers $62 billion, celebrated the 100th birthday of the California ballot initiative process at Occupy LA in downtown Los Angeles Thursday.  The nonprofit, nonpartisan group blew out...
News Story
10/11/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO - If Hiram Johnson, the California governor who campaigned in 1910 vowing to bring the initiative process to state voters and then delivered on that promise a year later, were alive today, he would not be surprised by the criticisms leveled against the state's now century-old process of direct democracy. Back in the day, he had...
News Release
10/10/2011
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Sacramento, CA -- “Corporations are abusing California’s initiative process for their own profit,” said Harvey Rosenfield, the author of insurance reform Proposition 103 and founder of Consumer Watchdog, at a conference celebrating direct democracy’s 100th birthday in California. “The Legislature is more beholden to...
Feature
10/10/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
The insurance industry has spent about $100 million on ballot campaigns alone to defeat or overturn Prop 103 including $63.8 million against Prop 103, the $16 million Mercury Insurance spent in its failed 2010 campaign for Prop 17, and the $8.1 million Joseph spent so far this year on a proposed 2012 initiative nearly identical to Prop 17....
News Story
9/27/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Auto insurance could become too expensive for some Californians if George Joseph, chairman of insurer Mercury General Corp., gets his way. He's proposed an initiative for the June 2012 ballot that would reward longtime insured drivers but could ultimately price out the people who haven't previously or consistently been insured. In a Sept...
News Story
9/21/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
In seeking to change California law, an insurance executive's initiative would make it too expensive for too many people to insure their vehicles. Should you be penalized under the law if you previously hadn't been able to afford a car, chose not to own a car or if you lived for a time in a city where you didn't need one? A Los...
News Story
9/13/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
George Joseph gives $8.1 million to 2012 initiative campaign to up-end Prop. 103. SACRAMENTO, CA -- Los Angeles insurance executive George Joseph has raised the stakes in his years-long effort to change California's landmark automobile insurance law, Proposition 103, by putting millions of dollars into a ballot initiative that would give...
News Story
10/25/2002
Posted by Mark Reback
Proposition 33, a proposal to offer discounts to car insurance customers even if they change companies, is another attempt by Mercury Insurance to manipulate the marketplace. Mercury Chairman George Joseph is bankrolling the initiative, contributing almost all of the $16.6 million campaign fund. Opponents have raised $222,800. Joseph also financed...