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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...
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...
Blog Post
9/24/2012
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...
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9/13/2012
Jamie Court
Our embassies and military are under threat worldwide, but a California insurance company billionaire has launched a deceptive radio campaign that lies about the military and those serving abroad under his ballot measure, Proposition 33. It’s outrageous that an insurance executive would falsely drape Proposition 33 in the American flag when...
Blog Post
8/11/2012
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...
Blog Post
8/8/2012
Daniel Palay
In an election, especially one about a ballot measure, you can tell a lot by the groups that are supporting one side or another.  And in the case of this year's Proposition 33, that adage rings true once again. We've been telling you for months (well really years if you could include the nearly identical Prop 17 we defeated in 2010)...
Blog Post
8/8/2012
Jamie Court
Thanks to our supporters we have filed legal papers to answer the insurance company lawsuit seeking to strike our ballot arguments against the industry-backed Prop 33. The hearing is in Sacramento Superior Court tomorrow afternoon. I encourage you to read our briefs in order to understand the importance of the battle against Prop 33, which turns...
Blog Post
8/3/2012
Jamie Court
We’ve been sued by an insurance company billionaire.  He wants to stop the public from knowing how deceptive insurance-backed Proposition 33 really is. Help us fight back - donate to our legal defense today! We were just served with a lawsuit paid for by Mercury Insurance executive George Joseph, who has already spent $8 million on Prop...
Blog Post
3/30/2012
By Brian Stedge-Stroud
News that shouldn’t surprise anyone: former insurance executive and current State Senator Juan Vargas has endorsed billionaire insurance baron George Joseph’s ballot measure to surcharge drivers by as much as 40%.  The endorsement continues Senator Vargas’s rich history of putting insurance companies first and his...
Blog Post
3/6/2012
By Brian Stedge-Stroud
A billionaire insurance baron who has made a name for himself as an antagonist of justice, fairness and consumer protections has earned, well, bought, the California Republican Party’s endorsement for his ballot measure. Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph has already spent more than $8 million just to get on the November ballot, so...