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News Release
11/10/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Doug Heller, (310) 392-0522, ext. 309
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...
Blog Post
10/30/2009
Posted by Harvey Rosenfield
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...
Blog Post
10/28/2009
Posted by Harvey Rosenfield
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
10/23/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Carmen Balber, (202) 629-3043
Washington, D.C. -- A new consumer financial protection regulator was wounded but not crippled by a barrage of special interest lobbying and amendments before final approval of the bill in the House Financial Services committee yesterday, said the nonpartisan Consumer Watchdog. "Americans want an end to the culture of greed and consumer abuses...
Blog Post
9/4/2009
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I just got off the phone with a well-informed Dutch reporter based in Washington, D.C. His monumental assignment was, in part, to explain to a puzzled Dutch audience how such an important public policy debate as health care for Americans became infected with so much fear, anger and distrust. And why, he asked, do fearmongers have so much power...
News Release
9/3/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Doug Heller, (310) 392-0522, ext. 309
Consumer Group Releases Smoking Gun Documents, In Wake of Fires Warns Homeowners Insured By Mercury to Take Special Care Santa Monica, CA — A Los Angeles billboard warning consumers “You Can’t Trust Mercury Insurance” has been taken down by CBS Outdoor, after Mercury Insurance applied pressure to the billboard company....
Blog Post
8/24/2009
Posted by John M. Simpson
L.A. City council is wrestling with a proposal to shift the city's 30,000 email users and other computer applications to a system provided by Google.  Anytime a deal like this is under consideration, it's worth checking the money trail. I examined records kept by the Los Angeles Ethics Commission to see who paid what to whom. The actual...
News Release
8/14/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Doug Heller, (310) 392-0522 ext. 309
Mercury Launches Attack on Middle Class During Tough Economic Times   Santa Monica, CA -- The California Attorney General has released the official title and summary of a proposed ballot initiative that will allow insurance companies to raise rates when motorists who stopped driving for a time restart their coverage; when they file a claim,...
Blog Post
7/31/2009
Posted by Carmen Balber
What with the future of health care reform being shaped in both the House and Senate this week (not to mention the other big ticket issues, like overhauling the financial regulatory system) one might be tempted to believe that members of Congress are laser-focused on legislating before they leave for the summer recess. It might even make sense to...
Blog Post
7/30/2009
Posted by Judy Dugan
The lobbying dollars being lathered around Congress are the best reason to click here and send a simple fax to your members of Congress, letting them know that votes as well as dollars are at stake in health reform. The whole health care industry is pouring in at least $1.4 million dollars a day to preserve its profits at your expense. But it's...