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Blog Post
10/30/2012
By Daniel Palay
We have just one week to beat the insurance billionaires trying to buy this election. We plastered these posters around the streets of San Francisco and Los Angeles to expose these deceptive billionaire propositions. Can you help us make sure more voters know? Please post our new posters on Facebook today. Don't use Facebook? Share the...
News Release
10/30/2012
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer advocates today produced evidence that Mercury Insurance company, the backer of Prop 33, discriminated against members of the military by overcharging or refusing to sell them auto and homeowners insurance policies. Prop 33 on next week’s ballot would roll back a 24-year old consumer protection in California and...
Video
10/30/2012
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...
Video
10/27/2012
Should the rules be changed for auto insurance companies doing business in California? That is the central question voters are being asked with Proposition 33. And the measure is complex. Harvey Rosenfield wrote and shepherded the passage of Prop. 103, while George Joseph is the founder and chairman of Mercury Insurance. The two have been...
News Release
10/26/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
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 Release
10/24/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber, Consumer Watchdog & Jamie Court
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 Release
10/23/2012
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog Campaign today compiled ten of the most compelling reasons Californians should vote NO on Proposition 33, as reported by newspapers and editorial boards across the state. "Consumer and public interest groups are being outspent 50 to 1 by an insurance billionaire who has thrown $16 million into Prop...
News Release
10/22/2012
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The insurance billionaire who has spent $16.5 million on Prop 33 finally admitted in a Sunday Los Angeles Times column by Mike Hiltzik that he is financing the initiative so he can raise car insurance rates on newly insured customers. Consumer groups have long warned voters that Prop 33 is designed to allow Mercury...
News Release
10/18/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Three more California newspapers, the Stockton Record, La Opinion, and the Chico News & Review, have joined the flood of papers urging voters to reject Proposition 33, the ballot measure sponsored by one insurance billionaire to raise car insurance rates on good drivers. Proposition 33 will allow insurance companies to...
Blog Post
10/17/2012
Jamie Court
Populist governor Hiram Johnson gave Californians the ballot initiative one hundred and one years ago to combat the stranglehold of wealthy scions over the statehouse. Today's New York Times reports on how California's ballot measures are dominated by a handful of billionaires, including some trying to buy more power for themselves and...