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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...
News Release
9/20/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer advocates demanded in a letter sent today that Mercury Insurance chairman George Joseph, who has contributed 99% of the funds backing Proposition 33, testify at a legislative hearing scheduled in Sacramento next Tuesday to publicly explain the benefit to his insurance company of the measure that would increase...
News Release
9/17/2012
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica CA -- Three of California’s largest newspapers issued No on Proposition 33 endorsements this weekend, repudiating the false claims about the initiative made in campaign materials and deceptive advertisements now running across the state.  Prop 33 would allow insurance companies to increase prices on good drivers who have a...
News Release
9/13/2012
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer advocates today called on the insurance company executive behind Proposition 33 to immediately withdraw new radio advertisements that mischaracterize the impact of the initiative on foreign service and military personnel in the wake of attacks on US embassies abroad. In statewide radio advertisements paid for by...
News Release
9/12/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – George Joseph, Mercury insurance company’s billionaire chairman who is backing Proposition 33, gave $195,000 to a nonprofit group last week as part of the campaign’s effort to hide from voters that the initiative was written and funded by the insurance industry, said Consumer Watchdog Campaign.  ...
News Release
9/5/2012
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA --The nonprofit Greenlining Institute acknowledged in a San Francisco Bay Guardian story published today that it received a $25,000 donation from Mercury insurance company, and expects more for its work in support of Mercury-backed Proposition 33. Prop 33 is funded by Mercury insurance's billionaire chairman George Joseph and...
News Release
8/13/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – The California Third District Court of Appeal summarily denied an appeal filed by the Mercury Insurance-backed Prop 33 campaign seeking to strike part of the impartial Ballot Label and Title and Summary prepared by California’s Attorney General. The decision was the campaign’s second failure in two days to...
Blog Post
8/11/2012
By Harvey Rosenfield
The Mercury Insurance initiative’s lawsuit to stop the Attorney General and us opponents from telling the truth about Proposition 33 – how it will raise auto insurance rates – got tossed out of Sacramento Superior Court last Thursday. The Mercury campaign asked the court to rewrite the Official Ballot Pamphlet, which is sent to...