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7/16/2012
CONTACT Douglas Heller
Santa Monica, CA – Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph and his campaign for Prop 33 have illegally taken ownership of the domain names StopProp33.org (and .com) and VoteNoProp33.org (and .com) and are redirecting the domains to a website in support of the auto insurance surcharge initiative, which received the Proposition 33 number last...
News Release
7/10/2012
CONTACT Douglas Heller
Santa Monica, CA – The newly numbered Proposition 33, funded by Mercury Insurance's billionaire Chairman George Joseph, is a replay of Mercury's unsuccessful 2010 initiative aimed at raising auto insurance premiums on millions of Californians. According to the Attorney General's official title of the initiative, Prop 33: "...
News Release
2/24/2012
CONTACT Brian Stedge - Consumer Watchdog Campaign & Richard Holober - Consumer Federation of California
San Francisco, CA -- Billionaire insurance baron George Joseph, Chairman of Mercury Insurance, is attempting to buy the endorsement of the California Republican State Party for his November insurance ballot measure.  The insurance executive and “Forbes 400” billionaire is the party’s largest donor for the past two years. In...
News Release
1/19/2012
CONTACT Brian Stedge
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...
News Release
12/21/2011
CONTACT By Brian Stedge & Doug Heller
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
CONTACT Brian Stedge & Doug Heller
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
CONTACT Brian Stedge & Doug Heller
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
CONTACT Brian Stedge & Doug Heller
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
CONTACT Brian Stedge & Doug Heller
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 Release
10/13/2011
CONTACT Brian Stedge & Jamie Court
Occupy LA/Los Angeles, CA -- Consumer Watchdog, whose founder Harvey Rosenfield wrote Proposition 103, the 1988 insurance reform initiative that has saved drivers $62 billion, celebrated the 100th birthday of the California ballot initiative process at Occupy LA in downtown Los Angeles Thursday.  The nonprofit, nonpartisan group blew out...