Have you heard of Peter B. Lewis?
Most people have seen the company’s commercials done on a white set with the ditzy Flo, dressed in white, yelling "power to the people." That’s the typical slogan used by liberals, progressives, socialists, community organizers, and the Green Party.
In reality those policies and ideals they support take power from the people and hand it over to the government.
Those commercials, of course, belong to Progressive Insurance Company. It was co-founded in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1937 by Joseph Lewis. According to Forbes magazine Lewis’s son, Peter, currently chairman of the board, has amassed a fortune worth an estimated $1.1 billion from the company.
Peter Lewis joined Progressive in 1955 as an underwriting trainee and a decade later took the reins. At the time it had 100 employees and $6 million in revenues.
He eventually grew the company to the point it employed 14,000 and had sales in excess of $4.8 billion annually. It is now the third largest auto insurance company in the U.S.
Lewis is a strong supporter of the Democratic Party and its radical agendas. He first became active in politics when he served as the Ohio finance chairman for George McGovern’s 1972 presidential campaign.
Lewis said he did it because he "hated Richard Nixon." Lewis was a close friend of Senator Ted Kennedy, who used Lewis’ accommodations to "relax" when he was in Cleveland.
Over the years Lewis has used his immense wealth to fund a host of leftist political campaigns, organizations, and causes.
So, if you are insured by Progressive Insurance you are indirectly donating to the progressive agenda of the likes of George Soros and the hard far left.
If you are a conservative and have conservative values and oppose a liberal/progressive/socialist central government you are contributing to causes you oppose.
Between 1991 and 2003, Lewis contributed $7 million to the American Civil Liberties Union and in 2009 donated another $8 million, a gift the ACLU said came with no strings attached.
Additionally, he has made large contributions to drug-legalization initiatives in Arizona, Nevada, California, Oregon, Utah, Florida, Maine, and Massachusetts.
According to the anti-drug group, National Families in Action, Lewis has "contributed heavily to the destruction of thousands of America’s children" by promoting the notion marijuana possesses medicinal benefits and by telling youngsters that "pot is OK."
He has been described in print as "a functioning pothead."
During the 2004 election cycle Lewis was the second leading donor, just behind George Soros, to non-party organizations known as "527s" – named after a section of the U.S. tax code that permitted unlimited "soft money" donations to groups pledging to use the funds not for the "express advocacy" of any particular candidate, but rather for "voter education," "issue-oriented" political advertising and other nebulous items. Lewis, in fact, donated nearly $23 million to those organizations including $2.5 million to MoveOn.org.
Along with George Soros, Lewis is a key supporter and financer of Media Matters for America, a left-wing organization that monitors conservative talk radio shows and attempts to get them taken off the air.
So, now you know why it’s called "Progressive" Insurance.
If you are a conservative and have your insurance there you may need to consider cancelling it and asking your agent to get another policy.
Support your local businesses and do business with companies where your dollars don’t go to fund things to which you are adamantly opposed.