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News Release
11/2/2012
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog Campaign today called upon the publisher of the San Jose Mercury News to send an email to subscribers correcting the record on a misleading paid advertisement sent out by email over the weekend which made it appear that the newspaper editorialized for Prop 33 when in fact it came out against it. The paid...
News Release
11/2/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA -- The insurance billionaire backing Proposition 33 dropped another $500,000 into the campaign on Wednesday as Prop 33 slips in the polls. Mercury Insurance chairman George Joseph redoubled his campaign’s deceptive tactics with new advertisements that again feature testimonials by “supporters’ who had financial...
Blog Post
10/30/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Civil rights leader Dolores Huerta issued the following statement today about California's Proposition 33 on the Nov. 6th ballot: "Proposition 33 would return us to an era when discrimination in insurance was commonplace. If billionaire George Joseph gets his way, millions of Californians would pay higher auto insurance premiums. Mr....
Video
10/30/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
These zombie propositions by two California billionaires just won’t die! Propositions 32 and 33 are repeat attempts by two super-rich individuals to take money and power from working people. Please click here to send an email to your friends, or use the share buttons above to post our zombie attack flick on Facebook, Twitter or your favorite...
News Story
10/28/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Special-interest money is getting downright personal in this year's state election, with four mega-millionaires tossing a combined $125 million into the pot - mostly on initiatives they put on the ballot themselves. "We've never seen anything like this," said Corey Cook, an associate professor of politics at the University...
News Release
10/26/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Proposition 33 would legalize a discriminatory auto insurance pricing scheme and allow insurance companies to raise rates on drivers solely because they had a break in auto insurance coverage. Drivers having financial difficulties in this recession and those in low-income communities of color will be hardest hit if Prop 33...
News Story
10/26/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Rising from the grave, stalking the public, refusing to die –that’s the “Night of the Living Dead” scenario used in tongue-in-cheek new web ad to paint the picture of “millionaire zombies” behind Props. 32 and 33 on the November ballot. With just two weeks until election day, the Halloween theme has been tapped...
News Story
10/26/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast segment. If Proposition 33 sounds familiar, it should. The measure is almost identical to a statewide proposition that was narrowly defeated two years ago. And just as in 2010, the Yes campaign is funded almost entirely by George Joseph, the founder and chairman of Mercury Insurance. Joseph...
News Release
10/24/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica & Oakland, CA – Nurses and consumer advocates challenged Charles Munger Jr. and George Joseph, the two billionaires behind Props 32 and 33, to a public debate on the merits of the ballot measures they have together spent $39 million to promote. Props 32 and 33 will hurt working people in California, but the two reclusive...
News Story
10/24/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to read the original editorial. Our view: When in doubt on propositions, vote no, but a handful of measures on the Nov. 6 ballot bring needed changes. The state's initiative process is empowering for regular citizens, but it's fairly easy to get poorly worded propositions on the ballot, as we see every election cycle. Our usual...