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I’m all for voting and doing what I can to get others to vote, too.  And, while I can sit here and say I don’t care who they vote for as long as they vote, I’d be straight-up lying.  Of course, I want them to vote for “my guys”; why would I want them to vote for the “other guys”???  I don’t and I’m not even going to try to lie about it.  But the National Right to Life Committee Educational Trust Fund (NRLC) and Focus on Families (FoF), two pro-life groups that “…joined together in an unprecedented partnership to conduct one of the largest combined and nonpartisan voter-registration campaigns ever…” don’t seem to have a problem with lying.

The quote above is from a mailer a friend received in yesterday’s mail from the “Commit 2 Vote 2012” campaign, which, according to Christian Post Politics, is a collaborative effort between six groups – the NRLC, FoF, Family Research Council, Americans United for Life, American Principles Project, and the Susan B. Anthony List Education Fund – with the intent of increasing voter turnout for November…or so they say.  

Lie #1 - In an article on LifeNews.com, the NRLC stated “This project sends mailings directly to our supporters who are not yet registered to vote but whose participation in this year’s election is crucial.”

My friend is not a supporter of any of the groups associated with this mailer, and not only is she is already a registered and active voter, she’s a poll worker!  Boy, did they ever miss the mark with that one…

Lie #2 – “Before the registration packet arrives in the mail, each household will receive a phone call alerting them the package will arrive.” (Christian Post Politics)

No such call ever came; had one come, she would have told them - in no uncertain terms - it wasn’t necessary to send her anything.  This was purely unsolicited, unwanted mail. What’s more, it was unsolicited to an unknown person – not my friend.  Which is kind of odd considering the mailer has the “Official Election Mail” logo on it, which means they had access to accurate mailing information.  

Incidentally, when looking at the US Postal Services "Conditions of use", it seem that the Commit 2 Vote 2012 people may have violated federal law.  Not to worry, I’ve already contacted them about it.  (And when I say “them”, I mean the US Postal Service. ;)  

Lie #3 - “…joined together in an unprecedented partnership to conduct one of the largest combined and nonpartisan voter-registration campaigns ever…” (Commit 2 Vote 2012 mailer).

Nonpartisan my derrière!  Each and every one of the groups involved in this campaign has clear, right-wing agendas:

The National Right to Life Political Action Committee is endorsing Mitt Romney.  What’s more, “would not disclose or declined to be evaluated” by the BBB Wise Giving Alliance.  The Alliance says this on their page about NRLC’s refusal:

“While participation in the Alliance’s charity review efforts is voluntary, the Alliance believes that failure to participate may demonstrate a lack of commitment to transparency.”  

That certainly is in keeping with the Republican way…  (Read more about the BBC Wise Giving Alliance here.)

Focus on Families, though a non-profit corporation that can’t advocate any political candidates, its leader, James Dobson, was “among the Christian conservative leaders who met with and advised former President George W. Bush", and they supported both Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin in the 2008 election. (Wikipedia).  Yeah, that’s nonpartisan…

Family Research Council (founded by James Dobson) hold an annual Values Voter Summit “to hear Republican presidential hopefuls' platform - starring our very own Governor Scott Walker and Paul Ryan, along with several other Republicans from around the country.  Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Sarah Palin, Alan West... Sounds pretty Republican me, how about you?

Americans United for Life, like the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), writes model legislation for legislators to use, and tout their legislative activities on their site.  Their model legislation is for such things as abortions (anti), and banning assisted suicide, human cloning and stem cell research.  They also opposed the Affordable Health Care Act.  Noooo, that’s not a partisan agenda…

American Principles Project is sponsoring The Palmetto Freedom Forum, where Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Congressman Steve King (R-IA) will be hosting a presidential forum.  Gee, you think President Obama will be there?  

Like I said, Nonpartisan my derrière!  They can send it (illegally?) to every Tom, Dick, and Harry in the US, but that doesn’t make them nonpartisan.  They are partisan: Republican.  Their records stand for themselves.

Lie #4 – The mailer provide incorrect information for where to send the completed registration forms.  The pre-printed return mailer provides the address to the

State Elections Board
17 W. Main Street, Suite 130
PO Box 2973
Madison, WI  53701-2973

The SEB hasn’t existed in years and is now the Government Accountability Board, which is located at Third Floor P.O. Box 7984 | Madison, Wisconsin 53707-7984.  The 17 W. Main Street address is to the Risser Justice Center, which happens to be located between where the GAB is and where the Madison Clerk’s Office is…you know, the place where voter registrations in Madison are supposed to go?  Yeah…

I’m not going to beat around the bush; I’m going to just say it.  These six groups and their voter registration campaign are liars and are full of feces.  If they hadn’t called themselves (or this effort) nonpartisan, I might not be so PO-ed about this mailer, but when I see that they deliberately gave wrong information about where to send registration forms AND the wrong information about our state elections agency, I know they are full of it.  And I hope they catch H-E-double-hockey-sticks for it!

Originally posted to Nomi Rene on Fri Aug 10, 2012 at 08:24 PM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive, ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement, and Progressive Hippie.

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  •  [Your Title Misspells 'Thwart'] nt (0+ / 0-)

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Aug 10, 2012 at 08:25:53 PM PDT

  •  I got the same mailer here in NM (3+ / 0-)
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    jan4insight, Susan from 29, notrouble

    Interesting to see the lies these folks have been telling about it. I can testify to two of them.

    Everyone eligible to vote in our household is registered and we never got any phone calls.

    I saw what was on the outside of the envelope, and I opened it and glanced at it, then chucked it in the recycling bin, so I have no idea whether the address to return the forms was correct.

    I suspect this is actually a massive waste of money for these outfits, if they're sending this stuff to folks who are already registered and have no sympathy for their causes.

    "I've had all I can stands, and I can't stands no more." - Popeye the Sailor Man

    by congenitalefty on Fri Aug 10, 2012 at 08:43:04 PM PDT

  •  The intent is not to register voters, but to make (4+ / 0-)

    eligible voters think that they have properly registered in their state. The voter turns up at his polling place only to be turned away as unregistered and that is one less Democratic vote.

    Wanna' bet that no notices were sent to Republican voters, or voters in GOP district? Or if they were sent, they likely had the proper address.

    "I cannot live without books" -- Thomas Jefferson, 1815

    by Susan Grigsby on Fri Aug 10, 2012 at 09:35:31 PM PDT

  •  Note the copyright on page 7... (1+ / 0-)
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    Ahianne

    ... it says copyright 2006.

    Now, it give them every benefit of the doubt, the GAB didn't come into existence until 2007, so it is possible that this might have been a legit, usable form for WI back in 2006. And i don't know where the Election Board's offices were back then (or maybe earlier, but that shouldn't be too hard to find; anybody with a copy of "The Blue Book" from then could look it up).

    But this certainly isn't a usable form now. It sure looks like "dirty tricks", doesn't it.

    •  The Wayback Machine (2+ / 0-)
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      GeoffT, Ahianne

      It occurred to me that I could probably use the Wayback Machine to check on a couple things (if you don't know what it is, it is very cool, and you should google it).

      I went back (pretty much randomly, but prior to 2006) to Nov of 2005.

      The Election Board's offices then were indeed at 17 W Main, Suite 310.

      But the registration form (then EB-131, now GAB-131) back then asked for either a drivers license number or last four digits of Social Security number, just like the form does now. The form in the mailer doesn't ask for this. And the EB-131 was to be mailed to your local clerk, not the State Board. So even back in 2006, the form in the mailer would not have worked in Wisconsin.

      •  Exactly (1+ / 0-)
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        Ahianne

        I already had information about the old SEB so I knew immediately that it was old information.  A search on Yahoo with "wisconsin voter registration" came up with the GAB first and foremost - with direct links to the registration form, FAQ, VPA, DMV, and State of Wisconsin pages.  The old information was 12th on the list...my blog "Online voter registration comes to WI! (But, shhh...Don't tell anyone!)" was 9th.  

        There is no doubt in my mind they intentionally used old and misleading information.  

  •  Tipped, recced and republished to (1+ / 0-)
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    bunsk

    I started with nothing and still have most of it left. - Seasick Steve

    by ruleoflaw on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 08:11:10 AM PDT

  •  give 'em heck! (0+ / 0-)

    when I see a republican on tv, I always think of Monty Python: "Shut your festering gob you tit! Your type makes me puke!"

    by bunsk on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 03:44:17 PM PDT

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