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Blog Post
11/8/2012
Jamie Court
Insurance companies learned a lesson last 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, for the second time in two years, Californians rejected his self-serving...
News Release
11/6/2012
Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Voters issued the final verdict on the deceptive campaign for Prop 33, financed by Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph, that would have given insurance companies the power to charge good drivers more for lapses in coverage. Prop 33 was losing by a margin of 46 to 54 at 11:30 pm Tuesday. Consumer Watchdog Campaign said the ballot box victory against the insurance...
News Release
11/6/2012
Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer advocates with the No On Proposition 33 campaign will be available for comment and election night reaction in San Francisco, Sacramento and Santa Monica tonight. Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph and his campaign to pass Prop 33 have pulled out some eleventh-hour dirty tricks and voter deceptions, said Consumer Watchdog Campaign. As LA Times editorial board...
Blog Post
11/8/2012
Jamie Court
Insurance companies learned a lesson last 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, for the second time in two years, Californians rejected his self-serving...
Blog Post
11/5/2012
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 huge surcharges (hundreds, or even thousands of dollars) on consumers...
Blog Post
11/3/2012
Harvey Rosenfield
Before the hordes of lobbyists, lawyers, bloggers and PR hacks hired by Mercury Insurance Company’s billionaire Chairman George Joseph to pawn Prop 33 off on California voters crawl back under their rocks, let’s look at a few of their last minute lies. In a half-page ad in yesterday’s Los Angeles Times paid for by Joseph, two people who claimed to be “Insurance Commissioners” were touted as...
News Release
11/6/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Voters issued the final verdict on the deceptive campaign for Prop 33, financed by Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph, that would have given insurance companies the power to charge good drivers more for lapses in coverage. Prop 33 was losing by a margin of 46 to 54 at 11:30 pm Tuesday. Consumer Watchdog Campaign said the ballot box victory against the insurance...
News Release
11/6/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer advocates with the No On Proposition 33 campaign will be available for comment and election night reaction in San Francisco, Sacramento and Santa Monica tonight. Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph and his campaign to pass Prop 33 have pulled out some eleventh-hour dirty tricks and voter deceptions, said Consumer Watchdog Campaign. As LA Times editorial board...
News Release
11/4/2012
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 email advertisement said it was from “San Jose Mercury...
News Story
11/8/2012
By Jon Healey, LOS ANGELES TIMES OPINION LA BLOG
What do Thomas Steyer and Chris Kelly know that fellow California high-rollers George Joseph, Molly Munger, her brother Charles T. Munger Jr. and Nicolas Berggruen don't? All six multimillionaires bankrolled a ballot proposition in this year's election. But voters approved the ones backed by Steyer, a financier in San Francisco, and Kelly, a former Facebook executive; the rest effectively flushed...
News Story
11/7/2012
By Marc Lifsher, LOS ANGELES TIMES
SACRAMENTO — A Los Angeles insurance executive's drive to boost his company's fortunes by seeking authority to offer a new auto coverage discount got trounced by voters. Proposition 33, bankrolled by Mercury General Corp. Chairman George Joseph, lost with 45.4% of the vote to opposition of 54.6% with all California precincts reporting. The measure would have allowed insurers such as Mercury...
News Story
11/7/2012
By Wire Reports, ASSOCIATED PRESS
LOS ANGELES, CA -- For the second time in three years, voters have rejected a ballot initiative that would have let auto insurers charge drivers based on their history of maintaining coverage. Proposition 33 failed Tuesday with about 55 percent voting against. It was the second attempt by billionaire insurance executive George Joseph to let insurers lower rates for drivers who maintain insurance...
Video
11/4/2012
On the surface Prop 33 seems simple enough: Reward drivers with continuous coverage, penalize those without it. But Consumer Watchdog founder Harvey Rosenfield says what's really behind this is Mercury Insurance and its chairman George Joseph. Joseph has contributed more than $16 million to Proposition 33. "Prop. 33 will allow insurance companies to surcharge you and it can be hundreds, even...
Video
11/4/2012
On Election Day, California voters will decide on Proposition 33 which would change the way insurance companies charge for their auto policies although maybe not the way you think. People have been stopping 7 On Your Side's Michael Finney on the street and asking him about their discounts for staying with one insurance company. They ask, if Prop 33 passes, how do the consumers move their...
Video
11/2/2012
Consumer Watchdog's Carmen Balber answers the insurance industry's spin by reminding voters to follow the money: "When was the last time an insurance executive spent millions of dollars to save you money?" Prop 33 is about one insurance company trying to buy the vote.

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