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11/7/2012
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...
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...
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...
News Release
11/2/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
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...
News Release
10/31/2012
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – A new Halloween election video gaining momentum on YouTube shows the Zombie Propositions 32 and 33 attacking protestors and small children, and warns voters the only way to stop the ballot measures and the insurance billionaires backing them is to “vote for our lives.” The zombie video is circulating as Prop 32 and Prop 33 slip...
News Release
10/30/2012
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer advocates today produced evidence that Mercury Insurance company, the backer of Prop 33, discriminated against members of the military by overcharging or refusing to sell them auto and homeowners insurance policies. Prop 33 on next week’s ballot would roll back a 24-year old consumer protection in California and allow...
News Release
10/25/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Proposition 33 would legalize a discriminatory auto insurance pricing scheme and allow insurance companies to raise rates on drivers solely because they had a break in auto insurance coverage. Drivers having financial difficulties in this recession and those in low-income communities of color will be hardest hit if Prop 33...
News Release
10/24/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber, Consumer Watchdog & Jamie Court
Santa Monica & Oakland, CA – Nurses and consumer advocates challenged Charles Munger Jr. and George Joseph, the two billionaires behind Props 32 and 33, to a public debate on the merits of the ballot measures they have together spent $39 million to promote. Props 32 and 33 will hurt working people in California, but the two reclusive...
News Release
10/23/2012
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog Campaign today compiled ten of the most compelling reasons Californians should vote NO on Proposition 33, as reported by newspapers and editorial boards across the state. "Consumer and public interest groups are being outspent 50 to 1 by an insurance billionaire who has thrown $16 million into Prop...
News Release
10/22/2012
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The insurance billionaire who has spent $16.5 million on Prop 33 finally admitted in a Sunday Los Angeles Times column by Mike Hiltzik that he is financing the initiative so he can raise car insurance rates on newly insured customers. Consumer groups have long warned voters that Prop 33 is designed to allow Mercury...