I have amalgamated language from Joan McCarter and Rep. Inslee to draft a petition for the Whitehouse site. The wording is mostly theirs; the typo's are all mine.
We petition the Obama administration to:
press for a full federal investigation of mortgage fraud before any settlement is made.
It has been over a year since the admitted forgeries by bank servicing employees on foreclosure documents became public knowledge.
Within the AG ranks, a growing number are pushing for a narrower settlement freeing their offices up to pursue separate claims of securitization, origination and marketing fraud.
It is important to fully investigate any alleged wrongdoing in order that those responsible may be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Any settlement that gives servicers and/or banks blanket immunityfrom prosecution is unacceptable. Any settlement that short-circuits a thorough investigation into mortgage and foreclosure practices is unacceptable. And any settlement that does not create a substantial fund from which to assist homeowners is unacceptable.
I don't know if it will do any good, but it certainly can't hurt. So on this basis ask you to join me by adding your signature to the petition.
The White House created a petition site one week ago called "We the people: Your voice in our government". With this new online tool, anyone 13 or older can create or sign a petition on WhiteHouse.gov asking the administration to address important issues facing our country.
Once a petition gets 150 signatures, it becomes visible so that anyone can sign it. If a petition gets 5,000 signatures within 30 days, it will then be reviewed and the administration will issue an official response to it.
All responses will be posted in this section of the "We the People" section of the White House website, and if you signed the petition that is being responded to, you'll get an email from the White House with the response.
A new group has been created here at Daily Kos to help called, appropriately enough, Kossack Initiated White House Petitions. This group's purpose is to announce, explore, coordinate, develop, publicize, and aid in signature gathering to Kossack initiated petitions. If you'd like to join or edit, please PM me or the group.
A petition on ending the death penalty was the first of petitions to cross the initial 150 signature threshold with our group's effort. Within the span of 8 hours of becoming visible to the public the signatures rocketed up to over 400 and by midday today is at over 700. This confirms that getting over 150 signatures and becoming publicly viewable is a real milestone in a petition having a shot at reaching 5,000.
So as of this morning there are 2 Kossack initiated petitions are over 150 signatures and are now well on their way reaching the critical goal of 5,000 signatures out of a total of 123 public petitions. There are now 18 petitions that have been created by fellow Kossacks which have not yet reached that 150 signature threshold.
Updates on the individual status of each Kossack initiated petition, their summaries, as well as links to read and sign them, can be found at the Whitehouse site.