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So...I get ready to walk down to the polls at the local high school and gather up my sample ballot and a flyer I recieved from, what I believed were, Democrats. Singing the little voting "jingle" nix on the first six...I glance down at the "handy dandy" guide provided on the flyer and then I notice. The Handy Dandy "voter guide" had a vote Yes on Prop 78 and NO on Props 79 and 80.

Wait just a minute. I go back and check my email I received from the CA Democratic Party and, no, I wasn't mistaken....the CA Democratic Party says NO on 78 and endorses 79 and 80. But this "official" looking flyer with the "Vote Democratic" on the cover...with images of Dianne Feinstein and Phil Angelides saying Vote NO on 77. The Flyer with images of Presidents Truman, Roosevelt and Kennedy with the big letters VOTE DEMOCRATIC...The Democratic Party has always been the party of new ideas and strong leadership...was telling me to vote against two of the initiatives the CA Democratic Party was for.

What gives?

Inside the flyer it 'yells in print' ATTENTION DEMOCRATS! Prop 77 is a harmful, misguided effort to achieve reform. Join us in saying "NO on Proposition 77" and then lists Feinstein, Boxer, Lockyer, League of Women Voters, CA Democratic Party, CTA, CPF, Congress of CA Seniors, CNA, CA League of Conservation Voters, CAHP, CFT.

Well...that I agree with. I DO think this prop is misguided, and quite frankly, stupid...but two little boxes below this read:

Yes on Prop 78! (Californians for Affordable Prescriptions) This drug discount program will bring immediate help to millionsof Californians. It's the only proposal that delivers significant discounts to those in need.

No on Prop 79! Nurses, patient groups and seniors oppose Prop 79! It won't deliver what it promises. We have a healthcare crisis in California, Prop 79 makes it worse. (Californians Against the Wrong Prescription)

Wow....opposite of what the Offical CA Democratic Party is suggesting.

Looking at the fine print, this thing was sent out by the Democratic Voters Choice, 601 S. Glenoaks Blvd., Suite 211, Burbank, CA  91502.

Searching the web on that address I came across an archived entry from Mayor Sam's Sister City re: outsourcing campaigns in Los Angeles races which led me to the political campaign manager name of Kindee Durkee of Durkee & Associates which on their site claim:

Campaigns to support or defeat the passage of a ballot measure or ballot initiative must follow campaign finance regulations much like a candidate running for office. We have worked to support the efforts of many ballot measure and initiative campaigns at both the state and local levels. Our political accounting and reporting experience will benefit you by ensuring your compliance with all applicable laws and allowing you to focus on your campaign. Our customizable service package will provide the right solution to your organization's needs.

Seems that Kindee is the Treasurer of many Democratic candidates and is even a treasurer of the West Side Democratic Club Organizing Commiteee (pdf)

She's listed in the CA Political Treasurers Org.

It looks like Kindee was also the Treasurer of LA County Democratic Party in 2003

So why is Kindee sending out something that looks like it is from the Democrats but goes against what the CA Democratic Party recommends?

I've called the CA Democratic Party in Los Angeles and spoke with a great gentleman who said it was odd and disconcerting and would look into it.

I've called the Democratic National Party and spoke with a young woman who thought it odd and a little disconcerting as well and said that she would look into it.

I've faxed a copy of the flyer to both.

Let's see what's the scoop.

Originally posted to jillian on Tue Nov 08, 2005 at 12:10 PM PST.

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  •  Who paid for it? (none)
    Is there any indication of who paid for this flyer, or a return address? I wouldn't be at all surprised if the drug companies put together a fake Democratic party flyer in the hopes of confusing voters.
    •  Doesn'r really say who paid for it (none)
      It just says "prepared" by "Democratic Voters Choice".....and Not an Offical Politcal Party Organization....

      But it has "The Democratic Party" printed on it as "a return" address of shorts....

      I'm not going anywhere. I'm standing up, which is how one speaks in opposition in a civilized world. - Ainsley Hayes

      by jillian on Tue Nov 08, 2005 at 12:14:14 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Ethics complaint (none)
        You're looking at a flyer which was apparently distributed widely around San Diego:
        Some Democrats and City Council candidate Lorena Gonzalez are objecting to a political mailer that was sent to San Diego residents in recent days.

        In some versions of the piece, the brochure appears to be from the Democratic Party, although the fine print shows that the real backer is a group called "Democratic Voters Choice."

        There is apparently at least one outstanding ethics complaint about the flyer, and there is a real 527 called "Democratic Voters Choice", but I don't know if they're actually involved in sending the flyer, who their actual donors are, or what they're actually doing.
    • the really tiny print... (none)
      "Not paid for or authorized by candidates and ballot measures not marked by an *."

      And...the ballot's are ALL marked by an *

      I'm not going anywhere. I'm standing up, which is how one speaks in opposition in a civilized world. - Ainsley Hayes

      by jillian on Tue Nov 08, 2005 at 12:15:57 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  hmmm (none)
    Could be be that this woman is a DINO?


    by michael1104 on Tue Nov 08, 2005 at 12:11:47 PM PST

    •  Nope (none)
      The drug industry paid almost the entire cost of this mailer, apparently without the consent of the individuals featured on it. The only thing that they cared about was the 78 and 79 endorsements.
  •  Who benefits? (none)
    There are two competing propositions for providing discounts on prescription drugs for low-income children and adults.  One of them, Proposition 78, is sponsored by the drug industry.  The other, Proposition 79, is strongly opposed by the drug industry.

    So who has in interest in misleading Democratic voters as you've described?  Cui bono?

    I used to live in the United States of America. Now I live in a homeland.

    by homeland observer on Tue Nov 08, 2005 at 12:30:01 PM PST

  •  People have to start going to jail for this crap (4.00)
    Fake fliers, fake robo-calls, fake preview ballots, fake election notices that have the wrong date, etc...

    It easy to trace this junk back to the source and people need to start going to jail for it....for a very very very long time. It's voter fraud plain and simple. Nothing should be more offensive to a democratic society.

  •  Odd (none)
    We got a postcard from a citizens' group, the name of which escapes me, saying Prop 77 (redistricting) would hurt Republicans and encouraging Republicans to vote "No" although most of the other "repunk" issues: 73, 75, 74, etc., had "Yes" next to them. Yeah, we have a lone Repub in the household.
  •  Change diary title? (none)
    As you can see from some of the information posted in comments, the drug industry may be behind this.  If so, this is a story that should be getting some serious attention.  I've recommended this diary, but I wish the title would be changed to better convey the key issue (e.g. Election Hoax in CA?).

    I used to live in the United States of America. Now I live in a homeland.

    by homeland observer on Tue Nov 08, 2005 at 12:49:40 PM PST

  •  Kindee Durkee (none)
    is a professional treasurer for a large number of PAC's.  Politics is not an issue with these operations, they are political bookeepers. They do tend to keep a client list of either R or D. Many, many, many  PAC's, candidates and slate committees use Kindee.

    With Pharma and individual drug compainies pouring the largest amount of money on record into a state ballot issue campaign (not fact checked) money is flowing into an all kinds of "voter guides", slates, even issue advocacy groups.  Many (most) are astroturf groups.

    I don't have time to look it up but there was a great (and unfortunately ignored) diary on use of black candidates either paid for or without permssion on political mail by the Pharma groups and the mail that is swamping black communities.   (diary title had something about whores in the title, probably why it scrolled into the wasteland)

  •  I got it too. (none)
    Last week, actually.  I thought it was odd, but I usually don't even look at the damned things.  I guess I'll have to be more attentive.

    It is no accident that Liberty and Liberal are the same word.

    by Sorceress Sarah on Tue Nov 08, 2005 at 02:08:35 PM PST

  •  My mother got one of these... (none)
    ...and she was going to use it to vote. Luckily, I  went with her to vote (we go to the same polling place), took a pen, scratched out the crooked 78,79, and 80 votes and replaced them with the correct ones. I told her all about the flyer (already read about on another kos diary), and she was grateful. I did berate her for using campaign material as a voter guide, and told her she'd be far better off throwing all of them away and using her voter's pamphlet. BTW, in case anyone thought I might have browbeat her to vote MY way, we did talk about all the props and were going to vote the same on all of them anyway. I was happy the bastards didn't steal my mom's vote, I just wonder how many they will end up stealing.

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