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Blog Post
11/5/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
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 (...
News Story
11/5/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The guy behind Proposition 33, insurance magnate George Joseph, has spent nearly $17 million to fight for the right to extend discounts to drivers who've had five years of uninterrupted coverage, even if that coverage has come from more than one company. Joseph has said that he's pushing the measure because he believes it would lead to more...
News Story
11/5/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The campaign in favor of Proposition 33 has been so consistently misleading, it's almost pointless to keep criticizing the measure's supporters for warping the facts. Nevertheless, an advertisement Monday in favor of the measure makes a point that bears rebutting before voters head to the polls. The proposition would allow auto insurers to offer...
News Story
11/5/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
It might not get the attention of some of the other propositions, but Proposition 33 is attracting some big money, at least on one side and from one person. The measure would allow car insurers to give discounts to drivers who have maintained continuous coverage and to charge more to drivers without such an insurance history. George Joseph, the...
Video
11/4/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
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...
News Release
11/4/2012
Posted by Jamie Court
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...
Blog Post
11/4/2012
Posted by 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...
News Release
11/2/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
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 ties to Mercury...
Blog Post
11/2/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
The insurance billionaire backing Proposition 33 is worried. He dropped another $500,000 into the campaign on Wednesday as Prop 33 slips in the polls (Down over 16% in the only public poll on 33.) But it’s not over – the money from Mercury Insurance chairman George Joseph means a last-minute cash infusion (he’s given $17 million total) to pay for...
Blog Post
11/1/2012
Posted by Jamie Court
Revelations of discrimination by insurance companies are always shocking, but when they come out just days before a vote on an industry-sponsored ballot measure that would legalize unfair price increases and prejudice in auto insurance, Californians should pay particular attention. A former insurance agent from the Auto Club of Southern...