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News Release
11/2/2016
CONTACT Liza Tucker & John Ennis
SANTA MONICA, CA — With Election Day rapidly approaching, a new animated short can help Californians make informed decisions when they vote on the seventeen statewide propositions on the ballot. Created by Consumer Watchdog as a non-partisan resource for easy sharing, “Who’s Behind the Props?” explains the ballot measures...
News Release
9/2/2015
CONTACT Eddie Barrera
Santa Monica, CA – Gov. Jerry Brown has signed misguided legislation hiking the ballot initiative filing fee to $2,000 from $200 that will do nothing to stop frivolous initiatives but will undermine the public’s right to direct democracy, Consumer Watchdog said today.   Prompted by an unconscionable initiative, which was later...
News Release
8/17/2015
CONTACT Eddie Barrera
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog said today it was disappointed that the California Senate passed AB 1100, by Evan Low, D-Campbell, and Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, and decided that hiking the ballot initiative filing fee to $2,000 from $200 was more important than protecting the public’s right to direct democracy. Prompted by an...
Blog Post
10/2/2013
By Carmen Balber
I went to Washington DC right after the 2008 election to open up Consumer Watchdog's office on Capitol Hill and make sure health reform worked for consumers. With the launch of new insurance marketplaces yesterday nationwide, consumers are reaping the fruit of health reform: Insurers must sell policies to everyone and cannot charge more based...
News Release
11/28/2012
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Anthem Blue Cross could owe big refund checks to 730,000 Californians if its proposed rate hikes of up to 25% are deemed excessive thanks to an initiative voters will consider on the 2014 ballot.   The ballot measure requires health insurance companies to get approval before raising rates and allows that refunds be...
Blog Post
11/8/2012
By Jamie Court
Insurance companies learned a lesson election night in California:  Don’t try to fool the voters or you’ll be the one looking foolish. Thanks to your help voters saw through one insurance billionaire’s deceptive campaign and rejected Prop 33 with 55% opposed. Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph spent $17.5 million and...
Blog Post
11/6/2012
Harvey Rosenfield
For the last 25 years, I've worked day and night to keep insurance rates low here in California. That's why I'm OPPOSED to PROP 33, the Mercury Insurance Company Initiative…and I need your help to get the word out. Prop 33 will allow insurance companies to raise rates on good drivers who've done nothing wrong. It legalizes...
News Release
11/2/2012
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog Campaign today called upon the publisher of the San Jose Mercury News to send an email to subscribers correcting the record on a misleading paid advertisement sent out by email over the weekend which made it appear that the newspaper editorialized for Prop 33 when in fact it came out against it. The paid...
News Release
11/2/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- The insurance billionaire backing Proposition 33 dropped another $500,000 into the campaign on Wednesday as Prop 33 slips in the polls. Mercury Insurance chairman George Joseph redoubled his campaign’s deceptive tactics with new advertisements that again feature testimonials by “supporters’ who had financial...
Blog Post
10/30/2012
By Dolores Huerta, Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, President, Dolores Huerta Foundation for Community Organizing
Civil rights leader Dolores Huerta issued the following statement today about California's Proposition 33 on the Nov. 6th ballot: "Proposition 33 would return us to an era when discrimination in insurance was commonplace. If billionaire George Joseph gets his way, millions of Californians would pay higher auto insurance premiums. Mr....