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Who is Peter Lewis? (Billionaire, Founder Progressive Insurance, Major ACLU Contributor)
Media Moniter ^ | December 3, 2003 | Arne Steinberg

Posted on 03/31/2005 10:41:19 PM PST by huac

Billionaires Peter Lewis and George Soros have each pledged $10 million to America Coming Together...A billionaire, Lewis is the chairman and chief executive officer of Progressive Corporation, the fourth-largest U.S. personal auto insurer, A leading U. S. business reference manual, Hoover's Handbook of American Business l999, actually described Lewis in print as "a functioning pot-head."... His house features an elaborate series of paintings of Chinese communist Mao Tse-tung by Andy Warhol. Lewis has contributed $5 million to the ACLU ...

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aclu; conspriacy; georgesoros; moonbat; nwo; peterlewis; progressive; soros
Time to change your insurance to Geico or AAA.
1 posted on 03/31/2005 10:41:20 PM PST by huac
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To: huac

I never understood the reasons why these ultra rich are commie supporters.. they want to be taxed ?


2 posted on 03/31/2005 10:42:56 PM PST by desidude_in_us (US, India & Israel are natural allies)
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To: desidude_in_us
I never understood the reasons why these ultra rich are commie supporters.. they want to be taxed ?

They want to be important.

3 posted on 03/31/2005 10:47:16 PM PST by Milhous
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To: desidude_in_us

Warhol's Mao paintings weren't about communism...


4 posted on 03/31/2005 10:48:43 PM PST by durasell (Friends are so alarming, My lover's never charming...)
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To: huac

Supposedly, a couple of Progressive Insurance guys made it on the Clinton Body Count.


5 posted on 03/31/2005 10:50:56 PM PST by Slyfox
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To: huac

This Lewis jerk who has an insurance empire up here in Mayfield Heights, Ohio, also donated (with much media hooplah) $10 million to Planned Murderhood last year. Kinda' interesting that the fool is in favor of murdering 1.5 million potential customers every year. Not too sure how that consists of a good "business" decision.

He's a wealthy creep. Any time I get a call from Progressive, I hang up after letting them have it.


6 posted on 03/31/2005 11:04:12 PM PST by laweeks (I)
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To: huac

Good to know who the players and wannabe puppeteers are in the political games.


7 posted on 03/31/2005 11:18:03 PM PST by newzjunkey (Demand Mexico Turnover Fugitive Murderers: http://www.escapingjustice.com)
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To: desidude_in_us; Milhous
I never understood the reasons why these ultra rich are commie supporters.. they want to be taxed ?

It's no longer about money for them, it's now about power. They want to be part of the ruling elite, because they know how best to run your lives.

8 posted on 03/31/2005 11:22:31 PM PST by SpyGuy ("Til death do us part" was never intended to be a license to kill.)
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To: Milhous
To feel important ? Pardon me, but a guy who owns a billion dollars and who bosses over a hundred thousand people must be knowing that already.

Maybe they want to make sure that no one else becomes as rich as them, by supporting laziness in people (communism/socialism) ?

9 posted on 03/31/2005 11:25:24 PM PST by desidude_in_us (US, India & Israel are natural allies)
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To: SpyGuy
It's no longer about money for them, it's now about power. They want to be part of the ruling elite, because they know how best to run your lives.

They can have power if they support conservatives too, as the 2004 poll showed. Infact, in many parts of the south its impossible to have "progressive" links and win a race.

10 posted on 03/31/2005 11:27:05 PM PST by desidude_in_us (US, India & Israel are natural allies)
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To: huac
"Lewis was arrested (in New Zealand) and admitted to three charges of importing drugs after customs officers found two ounces of hashish and 1.7 ounces of marijuana in his luggage. New Zealand Judge David Harvey dropped the charges and invited Lewis to watch the challenger rounds for the America's Cup yacht race while in New Zealand and to "enjoy the fresh air."


11 posted on 03/31/2005 11:29:58 PM PST by Daaave ( I'm afraid, Dave. Dave, my mind is going. I can feel it.)
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To: SpyGuy

Its about money. As the projected profits of insurance companies is based on a percentage, a rise in insurance prices because of health care and its legal costs makes them more money.

I believe some insurance companies LOVE attorneys.


12 posted on 03/31/2005 11:35:34 PM PST by Loud Mime (Liberals believe in their good; a good that is void of honesty and character)
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To: durasell
Warhol's Mao paintings weren't about communism...

But ACLU is..

All communists/socialists are typical ACLU sympathizers..

That means, if you are a commie the best bet for you to appear "politically correct" is by obtaining an ACLU membership card.

13 posted on 03/31/2005 11:36:21 PM PST by desidude_in_us (US, India & Israel are natural allies)
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To: desidude_in_us

I was defending the art, not the guy.


14 posted on 03/31/2005 11:37:16 PM PST by durasell (Friends are so alarming, My lover's never charming...)
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To: Loud Mime

Its about money. As the projected profits of insurance companies is based on a percentage, a rise in insurance prices because of health care and its legal costs makes them more money.

What about George Soros then ? I thought he was an investor and had nothing to do with insurance.

15 posted on 03/31/2005 11:41:43 PM PST by desidude_in_us (US, India & Israel are natural allies)
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To: desidude_in_us

They're rich beyond taxes hurting them. They want that neighborhood to stay exclusive too.


16 posted on 04/01/2005 12:18:14 AM PST by SoDak (hoist that rag!)
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To: huac

bttt


17 posted on 04/01/2005 12:20:42 AM PST by nopardons
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To: SoDak

I think more than a few of them get some sort of messiah complex too. They start believing God chose them to help the people or some such rot. I read an interview with Buffett, also a noted left-wingnut, and he made it sound like wealth accumulation meant he had a responsibility to better people in spite of themeselves.


18 posted on 04/01/2005 12:21:33 AM PST by SoDak (hoist that rag!)
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To: huac
Lewis isn't a bad guy, he just wants pot to be legal. Considering where he's gotten in his life while smoking metric tons of it, he probably has a point.

Soros, on the other hand, is a hemmorhoid.

-Eric

19 posted on 04/01/2005 12:25:02 AM PST by E Rocc (All Hail The Holy PSP)
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To: SoDak

Fitzgerald: The rich are different than the rest of us...
Hemingway: Shut the hell up, ya damned sissy and drink your drink before your crazy wife comes back.


20 posted on 04/01/2005 12:25:18 AM PST by durasell (Friends are so alarming, My lover's never charming...)
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To: durasell

God I love Hemingway.


21 posted on 04/01/2005 12:27:19 AM PST by SoDak (hoist that rag!)
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To: SoDak

When he was good, he was very good. But when he was faking it, the stuff reads like a comic book.


22 posted on 04/01/2005 12:28:30 AM PST by durasell (Friends are so alarming, My lover's never charming...)
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To: durasell

I like his stuff so much I'm rationing it. Apparently, I haven't run into the comic book material yet.


23 posted on 04/01/2005 12:32:48 AM PST by SoDak (hoist that rag!)
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To: desidude_in_us
I never understood the reasons why these ultra rich are commie supporters ...

Because in any socialist entity, being inside the controlling infrastructure is better than being stuck outside. They want control out of the hands of "The People" unless they are the sum of "the people".

24 posted on 04/01/2005 12:33:37 AM PST by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: SoDak

The bad stuff is scattered throughout. The Nick Adams Stories are probably some of the best stuff.


25 posted on 04/01/2005 12:34:18 AM PST by durasell (Friends are so alarming, My lover's never charming...)
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To: durasell

Thats good news, because I haven't read those yet. I've been slowly working my way through a short story collection, alternating with a Faulkner collection as night reading.


26 posted on 04/01/2005 12:38:44 AM PST by SoDak (hoist that rag!)
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To: SoDak

Faulkner is good as well. You might want to try Light in August or the triology (Hamlet, Town, Mansion).


27 posted on 04/01/2005 12:42:53 AM PST by durasell (Friends are so alarming, My lover's never charming...)
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To: huac

Lewis, Peter B.
Contributions to 527 Committees:
The chart below shows the total amount of money contributed since August 2000 to 527 committees by this individual donor. Click on committee name for a summary of activity.

Committee Amount Contributed
Joint Victory Campaign 2004 $16,000,000
America Coming Together - Nonfederal Account $2,995,000
MoveOn.org Voter Fund $2,500,000
Young Democrats of America $650,000
Marijuana Policy Project Political Fund $485,000
Democracy for America - Non-federal $250,000
Sierra Club Voter Education Fund $200,000
Stonewall Democrats United $117,220
Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund $100,000
Punk Voter Inc. $50,000


28 posted on 04/01/2005 12:46:22 AM PST by endthematrix (Declare 2005 as the year the battle for freedom from tax slavery!)
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To: durasell

Thanks for the nod.


29 posted on 04/01/2005 12:47:33 AM PST by SoDak (hoist that rag!)
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To: durasell

Peter Benjamin Lewis.

He likes to brag that in 1974 -- during the Vietnam War - he bought Andy Warhol pictures of Mao Tse-tung and hung them in Progressive's offices. His employees demanded that the pictures of the old monster be taken down. Lewis refused. Thirty years later, the Mao pictures have some value. One hangs in the Progressive boardroom where, maybe, it motivates Lewis' business ethics.
Lewis has a reported wealth estimated at $3 billion. Progressive Corporation, the fourth-largest auto insurer in North America, employs about 14,000 people with yearly revenues of $8 billion. It is based in Mayfield Village, Ohio. The mogul describes himself as "half screwball, half businessman." His former wife, Toby Devan Lewis, with whom Lewis remains friends, is curator of Progressive's art collection.

In 2000, while visiting his daughter on her sheep ranch in New Zealand, Lewis was caught by customs officials with marijuana in his brief case. He was arrested, his yacht searched and his stash discovered. Charged, he admitted the offense to the police, made it clear that he did not want a lawyer and, the next day, pleaded guilty to charges of importing the plant and resin. After spending the night in jail, Lewis, now with a lawyer and having made a massive donation to a local drug-treatment center, was released without a conviction and the case sealed.

Lewis is, by repute, a generous philanthropist. Foundation sources say he gives to art galleries, museums and colleges with abandon, provided that his wishes are carried out promptly.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/tribune-review/opinion/columnists/datelinedc/s_264968.html


30 posted on 04/01/2005 12:48:15 AM PST by endthematrix (Declare 2005 as the year the battle for freedom from tax slavery!)
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To: SoDak

The quote -- used in the movie Magnolia -- "We are not done with the past, because the past is not done with us," (paraphrased) is generally attributed to Faulkner.

His nobel prize speech (available free in either recorded version or printed online) is one of the great "writer speeches" of the 20th centur.


31 posted on 04/01/2005 12:50:32 AM PST by durasell (Friends are so alarming, My lover's never charming...)
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To: durasell

This has been my first exposure to Faulkner, and I feel forced to admit that I really don't like what I've seen all that much. It's not bad, it's just not THAT good. JMHO. I'll definitely pursue more of his material though, to try to get an idea of why he's considered so important.


32 posted on 04/01/2005 12:57:47 AM PST by SoDak (hoist that rag!)
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To: SoDak

As I Lay Dying is a good a place as any to start. A very fast read.


His short stories were written for money, the books are much different.


33 posted on 04/01/2005 1:00:51 AM PST by durasell (Friends are so alarming, My lover's never charming...)
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To: huac

Re: Geico

Way back the NRA criticized the company for anti-selfdefense statements in a policy statement, so I have always been against them. They have since refuted their statements, but is still classified as a "you decide" from the 2nd Amendment Sisters. I checked out the NRA "black list" and couldn't find the company. I couldn't find any NRA response. I did find that as an NRA member you get a deal on AIG auto insurance So I would advocate this over Geico anyway.

34 posted on 04/01/2005 1:03:56 AM PST by endthematrix (Declare 2005 as the year the battle for freedom from tax slavery!)
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To: durasell

Perhaps that's my issue. I'll pick that one up the next time I have an evening at B&N.


35 posted on 04/01/2005 1:05:35 AM PST by SoDak (hoist that rag!)
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To: E Rocc
Lewis isn't a bad guy, he just wants pot to be legal. Considering where he's gotten in his life while smoking metric tons of it, he probably has a point.

He wants to legalize pot.
He has made a lot of money.
Therefore he has a point?

The point is on the top of his head.

The next time he gets caught with pot they should throw his ass in jail
where he belongs, and keep him there.

36 posted on 04/01/2005 1:20:59 AM PST by trickyricky
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To: desidude_in_us

Oh, yeah...I forgot. Everybody makes money the exact same way...


37 posted on 04/01/2005 2:01:02 AM PST by Loud Mime (Liberals believe in their good; a good that is void of honesty and character)
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To: desidude_in_us

"I never understood the reasons why these ultra rich are commie supporters.. they want to be taxed ?"

No, they want to enslave mankind so that they can have everything they want without cost to themselves. They are using their dollars in an attempt to enact such enslavement. They want to remove any resistance, especially Christian resistence...



38 posted on 04/01/2005 2:02:50 AM PST by jazzlite (esat)
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To: Daaave

"Lewis was arrested (in New Zealand) and admitted to three charges of importing drugs after customs officers found two ounces of hashish and 1.7 ounces of marijuana in his luggage. New Zealand Judge David Harvey dropped the charges and invited Lewis to watch the challenger rounds for the America's Cup yacht race while in New Zealand and to "enjoy the fresh air."

Is is possible that the vast amount of funds available for the destruction of America as we know it is coming from the drug trade? Also, that the mind and the soul of this man has been shriveled by the use of hashish and pot?


39 posted on 04/01/2005 2:07:57 AM PST by jazzlite (esat)
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To: huac

Auto insurance and communism come together in America???...just lovely...


40 posted on 04/01/2005 2:54:36 AM PST by Route101
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To: huac

Iv'e got AAA now...are they American, hopefully????


41 posted on 04/01/2005 2:56:03 AM PST by Route101
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To: huac
Billionaires Peter Lewis and George Soros have each pledged $10 million to America Coming Together, a newly formed political organization designed to defeat President Bush in the next presidential election.

i take it this is an old article..
42 posted on 04/01/2005 3:02:56 AM PST by wafflehouse (the hell you say!)
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To: huac; All

Does anyone know of any other insurance companiy that sells ATV insurance?


43 posted on 04/01/2005 3:03:21 AM PST by Trteamer ( (Eat Meat, Wear Fur, Own Guns, FReep Leftists, Drive an SUV, Drill A.N.W.R., Drill the Gulf, Vote)
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To: martin_fierro

progressive is bad guyz ping


44 posted on 04/01/2005 3:04:02 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (No wonder the Southern Baptist Church threw Greer out: Only one god per church! [Ann Coulter])
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To: SpyGuy

It's no longer about money for them, it's now about power. They want to be part of the ruling elite, because they know how best to run your lives.


You just described our "2 party" system................


45 posted on 04/01/2005 3:05:17 AM PST by WhiteGuy ("a taxpayer dollar must be spent wisely, or not at all" - GW BUSH </sarcasm>)
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To: WhiteGuy
Is is possible that the vast amount of funds available for the destruction of America as we know it is coming from the drug trade?

I don't know about Lewis, but it is true of Warren buffet in Omaha.

Progressive Insurance is a racket. Lewis figured out how to create a pool of people who had to have insurance because of laws requiring it and charge those bads risks high premiums. In 1994 I had a small accident on snow and bought a Cadillac soon thereafter. When State Farm cancelled me, my agent placed my policy with Progressive. They charged me $900/mo for me and my son. I had to change agents and business insurance to get better rates.

"Nobless Oblige" traditionally expects wealthy people to do philanthropy, but undue political contributions, instead, probably should not be allowed, even though it didn't seem to do much damage in 2004. Anyone who invests money in the hate-filled MoveOn.org is getting senile. Maybe he should be starved to death.(sarcasm)

46 posted on 04/01/2005 4:36:14 AM PST by ClaireSolt (.)
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To: E Rocc
Lewis inherited the base of his money. The Lewis fortune came from lumberyards and dry cleaning in Cincinnati, IIRC. His mother's trust is known as the Jewish Foundation of Greater Cleveland. All the heirs sit on the board. There are several brothers in Peter B's generation....3? I don't know for sure. The older generation controls the majority of the money, while their children's generation has several million each, but, of course, will eventually inherit the rest.

I knew one of his nieces-in-law. Fervent secularist and Green, anti-military and otherwise bored with the life her and her husband's money affords them.

They all hate all religions, including, interestingly enough, esoteric, new age cults. They do consider themselves superior, intellectually, and the ones I knew are part of the secularist left that tried to appropriate the term *brights*. They give away the money (but keep enough to own several homes each and all the trimmings, including $3k custom-designed toilets) because they are guilty over not earning it themselves. They are convinced no one can become as rich as they are without inside knowledge and connections and want to *provide* for the rest of us so we won't want to take away theirs. They do have a grudging respect for those who have earned their own way, especially if they are artists.

They hate Bush with passion, which is why I use the past tense in describing our relationship.

The trustfunders don't pay taxes at the rates we do, as their money isn't earned income.

The art is part of the superiority. Several of the 40-something generation are professional artists, not that bad (or good), but able to survive because they are rich and have connections. This grates on them.

Personally, I don't think any of Warhol's work is *art*. It is clever commercial illustration, IMO. Silkscreening publicly available portraits and product illustration in a variety of colorways is kitsch, not art. Warhol himself knew he was clever, but not really talented, and made fun of art critic pretensions.

The self-hatreds of the super wealthy aren't something you can figure out rationally. For example, Green Peter owns a converted tugboat that is his personal yacht. It burns 100s of gallons of diesel/hour and even shocks some of the rest of the family.
47 posted on 04/01/2005 5:15:56 AM PST by reformedliberal
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To: reformedliberal
America’s 100 Largest Yachts - 2003

#5. (#25 in 2004) LONE RANGER • L: 255'0" Y: 1972/1994 Work hard, play hard: That seems to be the philosophy embraced by Peter Lewis. The former CEO of Progressive, one of the country’s largest auto insurers, Lewis has described himself as being “half screwball, half businessman.” The screwball part fits when you discover he dressed up as the Lone Ranger (the TV character, not the yacht) for a meeting with a powerful politician several years ago; but then again, the day was Halloween. Besides his office antics, Lewis is passionate about art and cruising. He’s been aboard Lone Ranger (the yacht, not the TV character) in various locations around the world, including Whangaroa Harbour, New Zealand; the yacht was seen in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island, this summer. B: Schichau-Unterwesser, Germany; N: Claus Kusch (conversion); H: Steel; E: 2/4,400-hp Deutz-MWMs


48 posted on 04/01/2005 9:07:21 PM PST by endthematrix (Declare 2005 as the year the battle for freedom from tax slavery!)
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To: desidude_in_us

Then why did Obama carry so much of the South?


49 posted on 03/30/2013 8:24:29 AM PDT by Sarge1965
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