Press Release

Front Groups Against Prop 37: Foes of Honest Labeling Pose as Fake Cops and Phony Democrats to Trick Voters

democrats.pngFor Immediate Release: November 5, 2012

Voter guides from obviously fake front groups posing as cops, literacy groups, green groups and Democrats are making a last-ditch attempt to try to sway voters against Proposition 37.   

Pamela Prindle from Albany was alarmed when she received a slate mailer over the weekend from a group she thought was the Democratic Party, advising her to vote against the GMO labeling initiative.  “I was so upset, I called the Democratic Party and they said their official position is endorsing Proposition 37,” Prindle said.

Then she realized the mailer -- which features photos of Presidents Roosevelt, Truman and Kennedy -- was from a group called the Democratic Voter’s Choice which has a notorious reputation for deception. “People are going to get this in the mail three days before the election and they’re not going to take the time to check into it like I did,” Prindle said.

Cops_Voter_Guide_for_blog.png“This is just one of many examples of slate mailers from obviously fake front groups trying to trick voters about Proposition 37,” said Dave Murphy, co-chair of the California Right to Know Yes on 37 campaign and executive director of Food Democracy Now!

 “Obviously the pesticide and junk food corporations bankrolling the No on 37 campaign know they can’t win on the merits of their arguments, so they are using every dirty trick in the book to confuse voters into voting against their right to know what’s in their food,” Murphy said.

Examples of obviously false front groups taking a position against Prop 37 include:

The Cops Voting Guide opposes Prop 37 with a slick mailer that features photos of badges and sirens, but the group has nothing to do with police officers. According to their website, the director of Cops Voting Guide is Kelley Moran, who has "over 20 years of experience working with public safety." His actual profession is political consultant.

Coalition for Literacy: Why would a literacy group oppose labeling? It's not possible to tell from the group's one-page website. But the tobacco industry used this same front group earlier this year to oppose the tobacco tax, Proposition 27.

LA County Democratic: No, not the party, just a front group posing as the party in a last minute mailer to trick LA area voters.

Californians Vote Green opposes Prop 37 and if you want to know why, the only thing you can learn from their website is that you should "please direct inquiries to Paul."

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Read more about pay-to-play slate mailers and the huge money being made by dubious characters who apparently have some success convincing voters with their scams, see the San Francisco Sentinel.

For more info: Contact Stacy Malkan, 510-542-9224, stacy@carighttoknow.org

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commented 2012-11-14 18:18:54 -0800 · Flag
it is time those groups who were fraudulently misrepresented should ban together and sue the pants off those who did this!
commented 2012-11-09 07:31:53 -0800 · Flag
Just as a heads up, a Republican version of this fraudulent mailer was also sent out. Same story. All the Republican ticket candidate plus the no on 37, all designed to make it look like this was the party recommendation.
commented 2012-11-06 22:52:40 -0800 · Flag
so sad, this seems so illegal! basically lies disguised as platforms. so many people didn’t notice this, i’m sure and just followed along….
commented 2012-11-06 15:00:28 -0800 · Flag
I wonder how many of these total, did they mail out, and of that number, how many “NO” votes will they gain from these?
If we could point to one person, their mother would be so disgraced.
They should be punished to the full extent of the law! And when it comes to attempting to change an election, I believe the punishment should be 100 times the normal.
commented 2012-11-06 14:55:23 -0800 · Flag
How can we get to the perpetrators? Is there any way we can prove it was Monsanto and press federal charges. Mail Fraud!
Is it possible to get away with this?
Blair
commented 2012-11-05 15:02:26 -0800 · Flag
I got one of the fake No on 37 mailers. How disgraceful!
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commented 2012-11-05 11:53:58 -0800 · Flag
While I acknowledge that the legal system of the United States is almost completely broken (with few exceptions, the system benefits, above all, the rich and powerful) impersonation and misrepresentation must be prosecuted.

Who and what are behind these alleged activities and why isn’t the Attorney General (or Attorney Generals) pursuing these activities more aggressively if at all?