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News Release
10/16/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- The insurance billionaire behind Prop 33 is asking California voters to believe that he wants to overturn laws that have protected consumers for 24 years to save consumers money. Consumer Watchdog Campaign today released the “Top Five Reasons You Can’t Trust Mercury Insurance,” outlining the company’s...
Video
10/14/2012
The insurance industry-backed Prop 33 will hurt real drivers, like Alexis.  It unfairly surcharges almost anyone who had a legitimate lapse in their insurance coverage -- even if it's because they stopped driving. Should you pay more for your auto insurance simply because you stopped driving, took mass transit, or went to college and didn...
News Release
10/10/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Mercury General is raising auto insurance rates by $63 million on its customers, an average 4% rate hike for 990,000 Mercury auto insurance policyholders in California. The rate hike comes just ahead of a November vote on Proposition 33, funded by Mercury Chairman George Joseph, which would allow insurance companies to...
Video
10/9/2012
Proposition 33 on the November ballot asks votes to change the way car insurance rates are calculated in California. The measure proposes tweaking current rules to allow companies to consider drivers' insurance history when setting how much they will pay. It is not a new idea. In fact, Proposition 33 is similar to Proposition 17, a measure...
News Release
10/9/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Nearly every newspaper editorial board in California has rejected Prop 33 as an unfair measure that will penalize good drivers, including liberal, middle-of-the-road and conservative papers across the state ranging from the San Diego Union-Tribune to the San Francisco Chronicle. The No on 33 editorial board endorsements...
News Release
10/8/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – George Joseph, the billionaire chairman of Mercury Insurance Co. and backer of the Prop 33 campaign gave another $8 million to the initiative this weekend, bringing his total spending on the measure to $16,422,126. Prop 33 will allow insurance companies to raise car insurance rates on good drivers who have a break in their...
News Release
10/4/2012
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog Campaign today released a video showing that two paid employees of the insurance-backed Prop 33 campaign are posing as “real drivers” in a huge TV ad buy now airing statewide. Consumer Watchdog Campaign called upon the state’s political watchdog, the Fair Political Practices Commission, to...
Video
10/2/2012
Prop 33's tv ads are a fraud on voters, down to their "real drivers" who are actually paid campaign employees. Please share this video with your friends, coworkers and family members in California. Don't let one greedy insurance billionaire get away with this trick and deregulate auto insurance in California. Click here to send...
News Release
9/25/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Sacramento, CA -- Consumer advocates and civil rights leaders testified today before a joint hearing of the California Assembly and Senate Insurance Committees that Prop 33 would turn back the clock on insurance discrimination in the state of California and raise rates for good drivers who have done nothing wrong. Carrying a life-size cut-out of...
Blog Post
9/24/2012
By Doug Heller
The Consumer Federation of America released a new report today assessing consumer views on the factors insurance companies use to set premiums around the country.  Not surprisingly, Americans think that insurance rates should be based primarily on motorists' driving safety record (87% and 85% of respondents believe rates should reflect a...