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My Message to Geico, and their answer. (Glenn Beck Advertising)
http://iwilldefendtheconstitution.com/node/1054 ^

Posted on 08/14/2009 2:39:05 PM PDT by xmission

My Message to Geico, and their answer.

I learned yesterday afternoon that Geico had succumbed to lefty pressure, and pulled their advertising from Glenn Beck's show. I decided to email them and tell them that I would be pulling my insurance from their show if they did this.

My Message to Geico:

>General Category: Other > Specific Category: Other > State: NH > > Comments: I read that Geico has pulled their advertising from the Glenn > Beck show due to pressure from a radical leftist group. > > We currently use Geico for all of our car and recreational vehicle > insurance. If this is true, I will be moving all of my insurance to > another company. > > I will also be telling all of my friends, and forwarding this message by > email to everyone that I know. > > I think you should quickly reconsider.

Dear XXXX:

Thank you for contacting GEICO.

Thank you, first of all for your business and also for your interest in this matter.

This week we took action to move our marketing messages from the Glenn Beck show and you are wondering why.

Well you deserve an answer.

If the inflammatory nature of the comments on a program overshadows our message and causes GEICO to be drawn into a national debate, we are likely to reconsider where we place our marketing messages, which is what we did.

GEICO delivers very important messages through its major marketing campaigns: we’re saving customers’ dollars, we’re easy to do business with, we’re looking out for our policyholders. That’s what we hope the public hears and sees and focuses on.

As a company, we do not take positions on controversial issues.

As an advertiser, while a national debate on issues can be healthy and appropriate, we don’t see ourselves in the role of taking part in those debates.

Our business is auto insurance. We want to bring people value and we attempt to reach large audiences with that message.

It is of little benefit to us if a program gets so much attention that our message is drowned out.

GEICO Corporate Communications

They don't take positions on controversial issues?

They took a position by withdrawing. I encourage you to withdraw also.


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Let's teach them that bowing is taking a position.
1 posted on 08/14/2009 2:39:09 PM PDT by xmission
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To: Andrewksu

Call USAA ASAP


2 posted on 08/14/2009 2:44:03 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: xmission

Next we kidnap the Gecko. “If you wanna see the little fellow again, you better go back to sponsoring Glenn Beck.”


3 posted on 08/14/2009 2:44:18 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: xmission

email link so we don’t have to search for it??


4 posted on 08/14/2009 2:44:22 PM PDT by vortigern
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To: xmission
I was thinking about getting an insurance quote from Geico. Glad they saved me the time.
5 posted on 08/14/2009 2:45:18 PM PDT by parthian shot (The Republicans are on a roll, unfortunately it's downhill)
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To: xmission
Are Geckos considered vermin?

And, if not, why not?

(You can tell by the smarmy accent that he's from a socialist country anyway!)

6 posted on 08/14/2009 2:45:24 PM PDT by norton
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To: xmission
50 and over? Withdraw from AARP, too.
7 posted on 08/14/2009 2:45:37 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: xmission
It is of little benefit to us if a program gets so much attention that our message is drowned out.

Geico wants to place their ads only programs that get no attention whatsoever? May I suggest they try telepathy?

8 posted on 08/14/2009 2:45:52 PM PDT by justkate
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To: xmission

Love it.. As a GEICO customer I have the opportunity to take direct action. I will cancel them with relish.


9 posted on 08/14/2009 2:46:02 PM PDT by Lexington Green (Nuts And Sluts Disrupt Townhall Meetings)
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To: centurion316

oh crap! did USAA pull advertising too?


10 posted on 08/14/2009 2:46:50 PM PDT by MountainWoman
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To: xmission

Just make sure you don’t switch to progressive insurance, they are even worse


11 posted on 08/14/2009 2:47:02 PM PDT by Mount Athos (A Giant luxury mega-mansion for Gore, a Government Green EcoShack made of poo for you)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

50 and over? Withdraw from AARP, too.

DONE!


12 posted on 08/14/2009 2:48:01 PM PDT by Bitsy
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To: xmission
Producing a Long Form Birth Certificate: $12

So easy a caveman could do it.

Managing this monstrosity of a rushed gov’t socialist health plan:

So impossible, a million cavemen couldn't do it.

13 posted on 08/14/2009 2:48:11 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: xmission

Geico= Warren Buffet company.

‘nuff said.


14 posted on 08/14/2009 2:48:34 PM PDT by Leisler
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To: vortigern

I had to use the form here:

http://www.geico.com/about/contactus/email/


15 posted on 08/14/2009 2:48:51 PM PDT by xmission (www.iwilldefendtheconstitution.com)
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To: xmission

Gieco = Government Employees Insurance Company

They used to exist strictly for govt. employees.

Now, they insure everyone.

Gieco abandoned New Jersey drivers in the early 70’s. I don’t care how cheap they are - I’ll never insure anything I own with them.

Ever.


16 posted on 08/14/2009 2:49:14 PM PDT by Peter W. Kessler (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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To: parthian shot

“I was thinking about getting an insurance quote from Geico.”

Go ahead, you don’t need to sign up, but they will spend time (time=$) preparing one. Then you can ask, are you the Geico that pulled advertising based on political pressure? And you know the rest.


17 posted on 08/14/2009 2:49:46 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: xmission
Hey GEICO....this is the money you could have made from me if I hadn't cancelled my policy...


18 posted on 08/14/2009 2:49:48 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: xmission

It’s true: Geiko is run by cavemen.


19 posted on 08/14/2009 2:50:06 PM PDT by Daveinyork
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To: Peter W. Kessler

Oops.... GEICO.

There.


20 posted on 08/14/2009 2:50:15 PM PDT by Peter W. Kessler (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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To: xmission

What did you expect from the Government Employees’ Insurance Company (GEICO)?


21 posted on 08/14/2009 2:50:43 PM PDT by TIElniff (Autonomy is the guise of every graceless heart.)
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To: Lexington Green

Warren Buffet’s first flirtation with GEICO took place in 1943 as a fledgling investment consultant. Roger Lowenstein tells an anecdote about this in his book Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist.

Apparently, Buffett, knowing of the involvement of Graham, his mentor, with GEICO, decided to look it over. He visited the company’s offices only to find them closed. The nightwatchman told him that there was someone still working there, late, and agreed to take Buffett in to meet him. The late worker turned out to be Lorimar Davidson, who was to end up running the company.

Buffett interrogated Davidson for several hours, and each man made a good impression on the other. Because of these discussions, Buffett’s investment partnership took a small holding in GEICO, which it eventually sold down.

By 1974, the company was not travelling well. The government had brought in no-liability insurance in some areas, the company had extended its clientele to higher risk categories, and there had been inadequate provision for future claims.

In 1976, it announced a loss of 126 million dollars and the company’s shares, which had traded as high as $42, were down to just under $5. The 1976 Annual General Meeting was a near riot with angry shareholders challenging management. By then, the shares were down to about $2.

There was then a change in company management with J J Byrnes taking over the key role. Byrnes made drastic changes, cancelling high-risk policies, laying off staff and moving office. Despite these changes, the regulatory authorities were hovering over the company’s near carcass.

Buffett had always kept his eye on the company and took the view that despite its problems, the company’s core business was sound.

The company’s premiums also attracted Buffett. Insurance companies receive premiums against the possibility that they may have to pay out claims in the future. Provided the company follows sound actuarial practices and makes adequate provision for claims, this gives it large amounts of cash to invest in profit making ventures. This is what Buffett calls the ‘float’. He saw this as an opportunity to provide cash resources to buy businesses and invest in shares.

Through Katherine Graham, the proprietor of the Washington Post, Buffett arranged to meet with Byrnes and was apparently impressed enough to buy, via Berkshire Hathaway, 500,000 shares in the company with a standing order to buy more........


22 posted on 08/14/2009 2:51:16 PM PDT by Leisler
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To: xmission

I got the exact same reply from GEICO.

I informed them that they’ve lost me and millions of Beck supporters, because we watch to get balanced news rather than just CNN or MSNBC.

Anyways I said “With all due respect your little geico is a coward, sir.”

I suggest more write as I got the same reply immediately.


23 posted on 08/14/2009 2:51:26 PM PDT by adanaC (Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Good one.


24 posted on 08/14/2009 2:51:42 PM PDT by xmission (www.iwilldefendtheconstitution.com)
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To: Joe 6-pack
Hey GEICO....this is the money you could have made from me if I hadn't cancelled my policy...

:-)

25 posted on 08/14/2009 2:53:09 PM PDT by meyer (Do not go gentle into that good night - Rage, rage against the dying of the light.)
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To: justkate

Or any number of shows on MSNBCommunits


26 posted on 08/14/2009 2:53:19 PM PDT by Bruinator (It's the Media.............Stupid)
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To: xmission

They better take a hard long look at the Obama administration. What makes them think it will only be health insurance the government takes over? After all doesn’t the government now run the new joke of car companies GM?

I would say good bye profits.


27 posted on 08/14/2009 2:53:23 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Joe 6-pack

killer post!

You should send that exact message to them LOL!


28 posted on 08/14/2009 2:53:53 PM PDT by wombtotomb
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To: justkate

I guess they will attract more business on Keith Olberman’s program. MSNBC and CNN seem to have the LARGE NUMBERS /exaggeration type off: to attrack all that business. NOT!!!


29 posted on 08/14/2009 2:54:36 PM PDT by Cannoneer ("I didn't come here and I am not leaving" grandpa Burroughs 1960)
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To: Lexington Green

I will cancel them with orange marmalade (sorry, I know that was lame-political shenanigans are making me silly)


30 posted on 08/14/2009 2:55:00 PM PDT by mrsmel (Put the Gitmo terrorists near Capitol Hill.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

LOL! I have to hand it to GEICO though. They do make clever ads.


31 posted on 08/14/2009 2:55:04 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist ("It (Gov't) can't make you happier, healthier, wealthier, and wise" - Sarah Palin 07/26)
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To: Mount Athos

I’ve been treated VERY well by State Farm over the years...


32 posted on 08/14/2009 2:56:23 PM PDT by piytar (Being asked to report your neighbors to flag@whitehouse.gov is REAL FASCISM! NRA Lifetime Member)
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To: xmission

It must cost a lot to advertise on such a high-ranking cable show. Perhaps it’s not the risk they’re worried about, but maybe they just can’t afford to pay the price for advertising on such a high-caliber show?


33 posted on 08/14/2009 2:56:23 PM PDT by Snapping Turtle (Slow down and get a grip!)
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To: xmission

I avoided GEICO in the 90s because they would buy radar guns for cops. Now this is a sneaky way to build a nice feedback loop where their radar guns nailed their own customers driving up insurance rates.

I don’t know if they still do it, but it made me aware of the character of the company.

And the cavemen and geckos are lame.


34 posted on 08/14/2009 2:57:35 PM PDT by rom (Israel got Saul before they got David. Where's our David?)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Check.


35 posted on 08/14/2009 2:57:48 PM PDT by indyhome
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To: xmission

If they don’t take on controversial issues, why would they advertise on a political show in the first place?

GEICO is stupid for doing this. It has been my experience in the insurance industry that conservatives tend to have the better driving records over all. GEICO caters to standard drivers, not sub-standard or non-standard drivers.


36 posted on 08/14/2009 3:00:36 PM PDT by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out!)
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To: xmission

Why the hell would you support GEICO anyway? They are well known for handing out free radar guns to police departments and denying claims if they find you had a radar detector installed at the time of the accident.


37 posted on 08/14/2009 3:00:46 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: MountainWoman

USAA doesn’t advertise in the mainstream media. They only cover military officers and NCOs and dependents.


38 posted on 08/14/2009 3:01:02 PM PDT by KYGrandma
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I just sent an email around. I hope this takes off.

We can’t let the asswipes take us down.


39 posted on 08/14/2009 3:01:20 PM PDT by xmission (www.iwilldefendtheconstitution.com)
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To: justkate

Or MSNBC!


40 posted on 08/14/2009 3:02:28 PM PDT by Warriormom
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To: Joe 6-pack

Post of the day! Great one!


41 posted on 08/14/2009 3:02:32 PM PDT by BigBobber
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To: justkate

Or MSNBC!


42 posted on 08/14/2009 3:02:32 PM PDT by Warriormom
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To: Leisler
Yes, Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway owns 100% of GEICO.

As well as being a Friend of Obama, Buffett is a huge pro-abort. I try hard not to do business with him.

He also owns Fruit of the Loom and See's Candies.

43 posted on 08/14/2009 3:03:21 PM PDT by Campion ("President Barack Obama" is an anagram for "An Arab-backed Imposter")
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To: xmission

Do they advertise on MSNBC? On Olbermann? Madcow? TingleBall?


44 posted on 08/14/2009 3:03:43 PM PDT by Right Cal Gal (Abraham Lincoln would have let Berkeley leave the Union without a fight)
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To: Campion

Buffet told us Obama’s economic sense was good.

What an asshat.


45 posted on 08/14/2009 3:04:47 PM PDT by xmission (www.iwilldefendtheconstitution.com)
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To: Mount Athos

Their name is a giveaway. Might as well call themselves Commie Coverage.


46 posted on 08/14/2009 3:05:03 PM PDT by Rastus
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To: Campion

I stopped going to his cousin’s concerts a long time ago.


47 posted on 08/14/2009 3:06:32 PM PDT by Right Cal Gal (Abraham Lincoln would have let Berkeley leave the Union without a fight)
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To: xmission

Fine. Let them pull the ads. No ads mean less customers.


48 posted on 08/14/2009 3:07:06 PM PDT by bgill (The evidence simply does not support the official position of the Obama administration)
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To: MountainWoman

USAA doesn’t need advertising.


49 posted on 08/14/2009 3:07:30 PM PDT by uscga77
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To: xmission
Buffet told us Obama’s economic sense was good.

(What you hear) Buffett: "Obama's economic sense is good"

(What it means) Buffett: "Obama's economic sense is good ... for my bottom line"

50 posted on 08/14/2009 3:07:32 PM PDT by Campion ("President Barack Obama" is an anagram for "An Arab-backed Imposter")
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