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Blog Post
9/15/2011
By Judy Dugan & Brian Stedge
When a billionaire auto insurance executive personally sponsors a statewide ballot initiative to delete regulations on his industry, would we Consumer Watchdogs be right to smell a rat? Yeah, we thought so. That’s why Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph is not only putting millions of dollars into getting people to sign his ballot...
News Release
9/12/2011
CONTACT Brian Stedge & Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA -- Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph continues his decades-old assault on consumer protections guaranteed by the 1988 insurance reform measure Proposition 103.  The California Secretary of State reports that Joseph gave nearly $8.1 million to a political action committee aiming to place an initiative on the June...
News Release
9/7/2011
CONTACT Brian Stedge & Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA -- Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph launched another assault on consumer protections guaranteed by the 1988 insurance reform measure Proposition 103.  The California Secretary of State reports that Joseph is the sole donor to the signature gathering campaign for a new Mercury Insurance backed ballot initiative that...
News Release
8/12/2011
CONTACT Doug Heller & Brian Stedge
Santa Monica, CA -- California Attorney General Kamala Harris issued a title and summary yesterday for Mercury Insurance's ballot initiative explaining that the proposed initiative "Will allow insurance companies to increase cost of insurance to drivers who have not maintained continuous coverage."  The proposed initiative...
News Release
8/11/2011
CONTACT Brian Stedge-Stroud
Newport Beach, CA -- Consumer Watchdog advocates delivered letters to, and picketed outside, the offices of Orange County Mercury Insurance agents whose "Agents Alliance" group is sponsoring Mercury Insurance's proposed ballot measure to repeal a key insurance consumer protection in California and raise car insurance rates for...
Blog Post
7/22/2011
By John M. Simpson
Part of Google's appeal has been the way its executives have been able to portray the Internet giant as not a typical corporateering behemoth simply focused on fattening the bottom line. It's mission is to "organize the world‘s information and make it universally accessible and useful."  Its often-cited motto is...
News Release
7/21/2011
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Google and Facebook pumped record amounts into their lobbying efforts during the second quarter, according to just filed disclosure reports. Google's spending soared to $2.06 million, a 54 percent increase from the same period a year ago. Facebook spent $320,000 -- nearly as much as its total lobbying expenses for all of...
Blog Post
2/15/2011
By Jamie Court
The largely peaceful revolution in Cairo and Americans’ celebration of it raises the question: What would it take to mount a peaceful revolution in America against the Wall Street and corporate powerhouses that have turned the government against the best interests of our people? In America, the corporation is king and the abuses of...
Blog Post
1/31/2011
By Judy Dugan
(Rancho Mirage, CA) -- A year ago, it's unlikely that 15 people would have shown up for a rally against the Koch brothers, owners of the largest privately owned corporation in the U.S, even in the middle of L.A. or New York. Today, in the desert town of Rancho Mirage, 1,500 showed up, protesting the brothers' plutocratic, climate-change-...
News Release
1/31/2011
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA — Consumer Watchdog today called on Google to end the secrecy surrounding its lobbying efforts in Washington after the Internet giant refused to release an 89-page presentation it is showing to policymakers and regulators in the nation’s capital. The call came as the Internet giant’s lobbying spending soared...