Press Release

No on 37 Caught Misrepresenting Stanford AGAIN

For Immediate Release: October 12, 2012
Contact: Stacy Malkan, 510-542-9224, stacy@carighttoknow.org

Oakland -- As proof positive of the No on 37 campaign's lack of credibility, the anti-consumer campaign was caught for the second time in a week misrepresenting Stanford University. As the Los Angeles Times reported Oct. 5, Stanford forced the anti-consumer campaign to yank its first ad off the air and reshoot it, because it violated university policy by using the university to imply endorsement of a political position.

The ad falsely identified Henry Miller as a doctor at Stanford, when he is actually a researcher at the Hoover Institute. Five days later, an anti-Proposition 37 mailer arrived in the homes of millions of California voters, falsely identifying Henry Miller once again as a doctor at Stanford University.

In a letter to Stanford dated Oct. 10, Yes on 37 attorney Joe Sandler wrote to Stanford Vice President and General Council Debra Zumwalt, asking her to demand that Miller and the No on 37 campaign cease and desist from disseminating any further communications that identify Miller with the university.

"It should be noted that this mailing was received by a number of voters, a full week after you had contacted the No on 37 Committee [about the inaccurate TV ad ]-- suggesting that the mailing may have been sent even after you had contacted them," Sandler wrote. 

Zumwalt told Sandler that she has contacted the No on 37 campaign to ask how they plan to rectify the situation.

On Tuesday, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the nation's largest professional association for nutritionists and dieticians, accused the anti-Prop 37 campaign of misrepresenting its position and misleading voters  in the official California Voter's Guide that went to 11 million voters.

“We are concerned that California voters are being misled," said Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics President Ethan Bergman in a statement. "Voters need accurate information in order to make an informed choice."

The anti-Proposition 37 ads that are now blanketing the state have been described as misleading by the San Jose Mercury News, Sacramento Bee, and San Francisco Chronicle.

 

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