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News Release
7/23/2012
CONTACT Douglas Heller
Santa Monica, CA – The insurance industry proponents of Prop 33 have released their hold on the www.StopProp33.org domain name, which now points to Consumer Watchdog Campaign’s site opposing Proposition 33. Last Monday, the consumer group sent a letter to insurance billionaire George Joseph, the funder of Prop 33, demanding that he...
News Release
7/23/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – Google and Facebook continued pumping record amounts of money into their lobbying efforts during the second quarter to influence federal lawmakers and regulators, according to lobbying disclosure forms filed with the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. Google’s second quarter lobbying spending soared 90...
News Release
7/16/2012
CONTACT Douglas Heller
Santa Monica, CA – Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph and his campaign for Prop 33 have illegally taken ownership of the domain names StopProp33.org (and .com) and VoteNoProp33.org (and .com) and are redirecting the domains to a website in support of the auto insurance surcharge initiative, which received the Proposition 33 number...
News Release
7/10/2012
CONTACT Douglas Heller
Santa Monica, CA – The newly numbered Proposition 33, funded by Mercury Insurance's billionaire Chairman George Joseph, is a replay of Mercury's unsuccessful 2010 initiative aimed at raising auto insurance premiums on millions of Californians. According to the Attorney General's official title of the initiative, Prop 33:...
News Release
7/3/2012
CONTACT Jerry Flanagan
Commissioner Dave Jones Sides With Consumers, Echoes Concerns Raised by Consumer Watchdog in Lawsuit Over the So-Called “Death Spiral”   Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog praised Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones' announcement today opposing Blue Shield's plan to close 23 health insurance policies, and echoing...
News Release
6/21/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – A new national report finds that more Californians died in 2010 because they lack health coverage than did in any other state, a number that is also higher than the number of people who die due to traffic accidents or homicide every year in California. A ballot initiative proposed for the November ballot would increase...
Blog Post
6/7/2012
By Judy Dugan
The energy investigators who nailed Enron for energy price manipulation that nearly bankrupted California just took aim at oil refining giants including Chevron and BP. May the refiners’ gasoline-price schemes now come crashing down in an Enron-style heap. We’ve known for years that California and West Coast refiners find endless...
Blog Post
5/15/2012
By Judy Dugan
The rest of the country is happily watching gasoline prices sink as the latest bubble in oil crude prices springs a leak. Except California. Nationally, gasoline prices are down more than 15 cents a gallon over the last month, according to the daily AAA fuel gauge. California drivers are still cringing, with prices up more than 15 cents a...
News Release
4/26/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber (310) 392-0522 ext. 308; or Jamie Court (310) 392-0522 ext. 327
Santa Monica, CA --- Consumer Watchdog Campaign challenged the Blue Cross parent company CEO’s contention to shareholders yesterday that the California health insurance rate regulation initiative now circulating is not necessary because federal law adequately protects patients by pointing to the 1 million Californians facing rate hikes on...
News Release
4/20/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica -- UnitedHealth Group, which runs the fifth-largest health insurance company in California, reported $1.39 billion in profits in the first quarter of 2011, a 3% increase over last year, as it raises premiums on 84,000 Californians with small business coverage as much as 17% on May 1st. The insurance company is funding the fight...