At this point, telling the truth would qualify as an innovative rightwing campaign strategy.
Two days after the launch of a campaign to recall Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker from office, a conservative group claimed it uncovered dangers in the signature gathering process.
The warning was made in a Nov. 17, 2011 online article by Media Trackers, a suburban Milwaukee nonprofit that calls itself a conservative “watchdog dedicated to promoting accountability in the media and government across Wisconsin.”
The group is funded by American Majority, a Virginia-based organization founded by a tea party leader.
Due to “a flaw in the security of the system (that) has been discovered,” Media Trackers said in the article, “there are no privacy protections for those who sign a recall petition.”
The group also stated that people who circulate petitions don’t have to be credentialed, saying “someone could use the guise of the recall to gather information from complete strangers and then, with no intention of actually turning the petitions in, use that data to stalk individuals with the intent of carrying out a crime.”
None of this is “newly discovered.” And I’ve signed the petition. You need to list your name and address. If that’s all it takes to become the victim of some sort of identity theft, then we are all royally screwed. Google Maps will be our collective doom.
Of course, the idea here is to get people to run screaming from circulators — and it’s laughable bullshit.
By the way Virginia ‘baggers, we can run our own damned state. GTFO.
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