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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...
News Story
10/3/2012
Endorsements 2012: State ballot measures, San Francisco Bay Guardian
[From "Endorsements 2012: State ballot measures"] PROPOSITION 33 NEW CAR INSURANCE RATING FACTOR NO This measure was created and funded by Mercury Insurance founder George Joseph, who tried to do the same thing two years ago with Prop. 17, which was soundly rejected by voters (see "Buying power," 3/16/10). So this time...
Video
10/3/2012
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...
Blog Post
10/3/2012
By Daniel Palay
In response to our Consumer Alert exposing the Prop 33 campaign for using paid campaign employees in their TV ads, the insurance industry-backed Proposition 33 campaign issued a statement to the LA Times Opinion blog - excerpts below - stating that "the two women in their ads were simply volunteering their stories in support of the effort to...
News Story
10/3/2012
By Dale Kasler, SACRAMENTO BEE
Call it a rematch. Proposition 33 is Los Angeles insurance executive George Joseph's plan for liberalizing the rules on auto premiums. For years Joseph has been trying to extend "good-driver" discounts to more motorists, with no luck. In 2010 his company, Mercury Insurance Group, bankrolled an initiative similar to Proposition 33 but...
News Story
10/3/2012
By Jon Healy, LOS ANGELES TIMES
The sponsors of Proposition 33, a measure to allow auto insurers to charge higher or lower rates based on whether a driver had coverage in the previous five years, don't seem content just to stretch the truth about the nature of their measure (which The Times' editorial board opposes). They're also running television commercials that...
Blog Post
10/1/2012
By Daniel Palay
By now many Californians have heard or seen TV ads for Props 32 and 33.  Between Charlie Munger Jr. - heir to the GEICO fortune and Prop 32 funder - and George Joseph - the billionaire chairman of Mercury Insurance and funder of Prop 33 - they have spent over $39 million of their own money to deceive Califronia voters into voting to give them...
News Story
10/1/2012
By Erik Anderson, KPBS/KQED (San Diego, CA)
California voters are getting a chance to tweak the state’s car insurance rules when they consider the fate of Proposition 33. The November ballot item asks voters to change the way car insurance rates are calculated in California. The measure proposes tweaking current rules to allow companies to consider a driver’s insurance...
News Story
9/28/2012
Editorial, LONG BEACH PRESS-TELEGRAM
Click here to read the original editorial from the Long Beach Press-Telegram. Didn't Californians already vote down Proposition 33 -- the measure to make changes to the state's auto insurance law on the Nov. 6 ballot? Essentially, yes -- in June 2010 when voters defeated Proposition 17. The electorate didn't buy the pitch then that...
News Story
9/28/2012
Editorial, RIVERSIDE PRESS-ENTERPRISE
Click here to read the original editorial from the Riverside Press-Enterprise.   Time does not make a bad idea better. Prop. 33 on the November ballot is a retread of a special-interest measure voters rejected two years ago. The new version deserves the same fate; voters should just say no to Prop. 33. This ballot measure would let auto...