Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer
Friday, April 16, 2010
Rich Pedroncelli / AP
Steve Poizner alleges violations by Mercury.
State Attorney General Jerry Brown won national attention for his move this week to investigate document-shredding involving Sarah Palin’s scheduled speech at California State University Stanislaus. But the Democratic gubernatorial candidate’s silence on allegations involving a California insurance giant that is also a generous political donor has raised questions about whether election-year politics may be in play.
The office of state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, a Republican running for governor, has taken the lead in pursuing investigations into the practices of Mercury Insurance Group, which state investigators allege has engaged in illegal practices for years while ignoring state warnings to stop.
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