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News Story
1/22/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
From the courts to the Capitol to the ballot, insurance magnate George Joseph and attorney Harvey Rosenfield, who wrote the 1988 initiative that regulated auto insurance, have been butting heads for a quarter century. They assure me it's not personal. There was nothing personal in 2009 when Consumer Watchdog, the Santa Monica advocacy group...
News Release
1/19/2012
Posted by Brian Stedge-Stroud
Santa Monica, CA – The billionaire insurance baron-backed ballot measure to surcharge millions of California drivers by 40% has qualified for the November 2012 ballot, according to the California Secretary of State.  Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph, who has already contributed over $8 million to the ballot measure, will reprise...
Video
12/21/2011
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
New Video: Insurance Billionaire George Joseph Is The Grinch; Christmas Eve Attack of The 1% Exposed (Santa Monica, CA) Consumer Watchdog Campaign has released a new video showing the 375th richest man in America, 90-year old insurance baron George Joseph, as the Grinch who stole Christmas. The video points to the devious attack by the Chairman...
News Release
12/21/2011
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Santa Monica, CA -- Mercury Insurance is seeking permission to raise auto insurance rates by $89 million.  At the same time, the company’s Chairman George Joseph is spending $8 million on a 2012 ballot initiative that insurance billionaire claims will give “discounts” to some drivers.  The proposed initiative is nearly...
News Release
12/21/2011
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Santa Monica, CA -- Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph contributed $1 million to the California Republican Party to fund a ballot initiative that would repeal the new State Senate district lines drawn by an independent commission earlier this year.   Today, the California Supreme Court rejected Republican efforts to toss out the...
News Release
12/21/2011
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Santa Monica, CA --Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph is no longer the sole donor to a misleading state ballot initiative that would repeal Proposition 103's prohibition against considering a driver’s coverage history when a motorist applies for insurance.  An insurance agency whose only past political contribution was to the...
News Release
12/21/2011
Posted by Kent McInnis
Santa Monica, CA -- A political committee funded by Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph is reportedly submitting signatures for a November 2012 ballot measure that will reprise the company’s failed effort to enact auto insurance surcharges with Proposition 17, which Californian’s rejected in June 2010. The Mercury initiative aims...
News Release
12/21/2011
Posted by Brian Stedge-Stroud
Santa Monica, CA -- Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph continues his decades-old assault on consumer protections guaranteed by the 1988 insurance reform measure Proposition 103.  The California Secretary of State reports that Joseph gave nearly $8.1 million to a political action committee aiming to place an initiative on the June ballot...
News Story
12/20/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO, CA -- California's initiative process was intended to give people a way to arm themselves against corruption, whether it was from lawmakers in the Capitol or the special interests that controlled them. But in the 100 years since former Gov. Hiram Johnson rallied against the corrupt politics that permeated state government,...
Video
12/20/2011
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Consumer Watchdog's Doug Heller discusses why Mercury insurance is trying to get an extra $89 million out of their California policy holders.