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  •  A few months ago, I got stopped by an Americans (2+ / 0-)
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    Elect signature gatherer outside of a Trader Joe's. He was very well dressed for a signature gatherer (especially one outside TJs) and his pitch was basically "there are too many barriers to third parties, which makes it hard to get the money out of politics; sign this petition the help out". It was the first I'd ever heard of it and asked him for some detail and background behind Americans Elect and their petition. His answers were vague but loaded with buzz words, which raised a flag with me. So I begged off signing it and went home and googled "Americans Elect".

    Sure enough, it's a Mike Bloomberg front group working to make it easier for him to get on state ballots. But I think most people would've just heard "get the money out of politics" or, when they hear "third party", think Green Party (and not a fucking billionaire who the gatherer went out of his way to avoid mentioning) and sign the petition.

    •  yeah, its a bit tricksie (6+ / 0-)

      I stumbled on the website a couple of months ago whilst watching The Twitters for OWS news, It looked interesting so I registered and answered a whole bunch of questions. It seemed too polished to be a genuine grass roots thing though. grass roots movements generally don't have the resources to put together that kind of website before they even start to gain momentum. A little digging turned up the Bloomberg connection and I promptly deleted the bookmark and discontinued use.

      "There is one rule for the industrialist and that is: Make the best quality of goods possible at the lowest cost possible, paying the highest wages possible." - Henry Ford

      by sixeight120bpm on Fri Dec 16, 2011 at 05:26:43 PM PST

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    •  my experience to a t (2+ / 0-)
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      only my guy wasn't dressed that nice and it was at OWS here in portland.  i asked for more info, there was none.  googled it when i got home and found a bunch of trust fund babies.

      My goal is to make the world safe for anarchy. - 4Freedom

      by Cedwyn on Fri Dec 16, 2011 at 05:29:39 PM PST

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