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Another mystery entity enters a Bohn Campaign

The race for 1st District Humboldt County Supervisor has now entered the realm of the weird.

Local residents are getting phone calls by purported pollsters who ask about local issues and then claim association with candidate Cheryl Seidner’s campaign. But Seidner says the poll isn’t hers.

Fellow candidates Rex Bohn and Annette de Modina deny they responsibility for the phone calls.

Perhaps the calls are coming from the same shadow group that brought us the “Eureka Coalition for Jobs” which bought a dirty ad campaign against Rex’s opponent during a 2004 race for Eureka City Council. Rex lost the election, and a Sacramento representative for the “coalition” said the backers would remain anonymous.

So be careful if your phone rings, it might be a Bohn call.

A message about the poll is on Seidner’s facebook page:

VOTERS OF THE FIRST DISTRICT
If you receive a phone call purporting to be a “survey” on my behalf, please beware. I am NOT conducting a poll. Ask the caller to identify him/herself and the group paying for the “survey.” You have the right to know. If the caller will not provide this information, you may wish to report the matter to the California Fair Political Practices Commission. Call them toll-free: 1 866 275-3772 or email to complaint@fppc.ca.gov.
If you have Caller I.D., please note the number the “pollster” is calling from.
Thank you. Cheryl Seidner

UPDATE: Herald contributor ‘Mitch’ offers $100 for the first person providing information leading to the exposure of the person or organization responsible for this phone scam. Others are invited to add to the reward pool.

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  1. What Now
    April 26, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Bohner’s phoners.
    Pretty much in keeping with the classless and neanderlithic mentality of Bohn, his cheering squad and his advisors.

  2. Really?
    April 26, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    A hundred bucks says Arkley is behind this.

    And/or Matt Owen.

  3. walt
    April 27, 2012 at 5:44 am

    Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown.

  4. Mitch
    April 27, 2012 at 5:52 am

    I hereby offer $100 to the person first providing information leading to the exposure of the person or outfit running this telephone scam.

    Seriously. Post it here, or send it to Heraldo. If you desire anonymity, I will maintain your anonymity (if Heraldo will — H, please indicate yes or no.)

    I hope other non-anonymi will add to the cash of this offer. Post your serious promises of reward money here.

    I can be reached by emailing Heraldo at the email address provided at “Contact us” tab above.

  5. Friday Again
    April 27, 2012 at 6:47 am

    Bohner’s Phoners. I got a call last night — some guy reading a script.

  6. Gil Yule
    April 27, 2012 at 6:55 am

    I got the call last week before Cheryl’s disclaimer. I thought it odd at the time, knowing Cheryl, but realize that sometimes rogue campaign workers work independently and without the candidate’s approval. I did not get a malevolent feel from the woman pollster but more that she was “trying to help.” No big.

  7. April 27, 2012 at 7:01 am

    (if Heraldo will — H, please indicate yes or no.)

    Yes.

  8. HFE
    April 27, 2012 at 7:07 am

    “Trying to help” – sounds like a pro. Someone must have a LOT of money at stake in this election.

  9. Anonymous
    April 27, 2012 at 7:25 am

    Seidner’s campaign slogan is “People First”. But our local environmentalist movement is “Earth First”. Does this mean Seidner wants jobs before the environment?

  10. April 27, 2012 at 8:19 am

    …of the person or organization responsible for this phone scam.

    First of all, I think calling it a scam is a bit much. They’re not asking for money, are they?

    Second, just from what I’ve read here and at the Journal’s web site, it doesn’t sound like a push- poll. The callers seem supportive of Seidner, even offering yard signs. Seidner might well not know anything about this, why do you assume it’s from one of the other two?

    Seems to me, no harm done.

  11. Mitch
    April 27, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Uh, Fred? Did you notice the promised yard signs never showed up?

    Scam too harsh? How’s about “dirty trick”?

  12. Plain Jane
    April 27, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Patty Berg reported being called twice by the same “pollster.” Are they trying to annoy voters?

  13. Seidner Sign Crew
    April 27, 2012 at 8:28 am

    No harm, no foul, eh Fred? Just making a little fun as if Cheryl’s campaign is actually too confused to follow up on lawn signs?

    Want a Cheryl sign? Click the Seidner graphic here at the Herald.

    They are going fast.

  14. Hmmm...
    April 27, 2012 at 9:01 am

    They know exactly who they want to talk to, registered voters in the 1st district, and ask for you by name. Nothing is annon on the recieving end of the call but the “pollster” will not identify herself. She has called our house twice. But has not identified herself as calling on behalf of Cheryl. Conversation ends with “May I share your information with Cheryl?” My response is “No, she’s already got it.”
    I hope the folks at the phone bank upstairs at 5th and E are getting lots of positive response for Cheryl.

  15. Julie Timmons
    April 27, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Rex and sponsors must be runnin’ scared. As they should be.

  16. High Finance
    April 27, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Never let a lack of facts stop you from launching yet another smear campaign.

  17. Anonymous
    April 27, 2012 at 9:34 am

    It…it’s much worse than phone calls…so much worse….
    …she…..she….I….she…they…she…
    …SHE HAUNTS MY DREAMS. MAKE THEM STOP MAKE THEM STOP NOW!!! OH tHE TORTURE OF SLEEP

  18. Mitch
    April 27, 2012 at 9:38 am

    It’s kind of funny-sad to watch all the people who are outraged by non-events launch into ridicule mode when the real dirty tricksters show up.

    I notice nobody has offered to match or exceed my reward offer for exposing who is doing this or who is behind them. I think all campaigns should chip in. I’d be happy to set up an escrow account.

  19. Plain Jane
    April 27, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Do you think knowing who the trickster is would make any difference, Mitch? If someone has a city directory, the owner of the involved phone number should be easy to identify, unless it is a cell phone.

  20. Giggles
    April 27, 2012 at 9:51 am

    I wish I had caller I.D., these people called me twice in the last two weeks and I declined to speak with them both times.

  21. Mitch
    April 27, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Well, PJ, as you know our crack local reporters are VERY CONCERNED with any less than fully upright behavior by ANYONE involved in politics.

    I’m sure there are several front page stories in this one, maybe a few Pulitzers. After all, if a letter to the editor signed by someone who gave their permission but did not actually write it is worth one or two front page stories, people calling around pretending to be from a campaign ought to fill the pages of our local papers for months, the same way the DUI did.

  22. Miss Manners
    April 27, 2012 at 10:34 am

    What is the appropriate response to a person who calls you on the phone, is privy to your identity, desires to acquire information regarding your opinions and inclinations, but who refuses to disclose their own identity?

    Hang up. Immediately. No explanation or apology to the intrusive caller is needed.

  23. skippy
    April 27, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Thanks for the heads up. I’m ready for the phone call and have my questions ready.

    On a similar note, Richard brought us the first snippets (or synapse as he calls it) of the three candidates at a Humboldt Association of Realtors forum yesterday. The content is limited and a bit rough, but it does present the first peek of them speaking together on some issues:

    http://samoasoftball.blogspot.com/2012/04/1st-district-forum-hosted-by-humboldt.html

  24. What Now
    April 27, 2012 at 11:35 am

    High Finance says:
    April 27, 2012 at 9:26 am
    “Never let a lack of facts stop you from launching yet another smear campaign.”

    What a beautiful gem from the master of unsubstantiated opinion.

    Team Heraldo, you’re busted!
    “NOONE” could be THAT ridiculous and be real.
    “EVERYBODY” can see through that one.

  25. High Finance
    April 27, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    What Now, please seek some help. You are deeply disturbed.

  26. Anonymous
    April 27, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Miss Manners has neatly summarized my own response to such phone calls. I never answer opinion polls. That saves me from push-polling, ID-theft attempts, and media efforts to sway the electorate in advance of the only poll that really matters – the poll that the People vote at on Election Day.

  27. Anonymous
    April 28, 2012 at 6:39 am

    I believe Miss Manners and Anon 10:52 are both wise. Unfortunately, while they resolve the problem for themselves and the small — or even sizable — group of others who take their advice, that leaves dirty tricks like this effective, because not everyone takes MM’s sensible approach.

    It’s also worth noting that the situation here appears to go well beyond “push polling.” What various people have reported is a poll intended to falsely give the impression it is being conducted by a campaign, hoping to annoy them or to think they have communicated a request to that campaign.

    That almost seems worth reporting in the daily fishwrap, but no letter to the editor was involved, so its significance is beyond the fishwrap generators.

  28. retired guy
    April 28, 2012 at 11:27 am

    HiFi–Just curious, but were you for the CalPine NG thing too, like your hero Bohn?

  29. John Valenti
    April 28, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Mitch is correct, he needn’t have to pay $100 for a task journalists used to hunger for.

    Whenever someone like Richard Salzman effectively raises funds and uses tricks to win liberal candidates, the right-wing says we have double standards. If we get our own anonymous group for fundraising and mock-polls, they’ll say we have double standards.

    It’s the no-win reality of a political system corrupt to the core.

  30. Push Poller
    April 28, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    My, my how we have short memories. Let’s bring back an oldie but goodie from Bonnie Neely’s 2010 campaign.

    See if you remember this push poll…

    Hi, my name is Hank with EMC Marketing. We are conducting a poll in Humboldt County (for Bonnie Neely) and I would like to take a moment of your time and ask you a few questions,

    Virginia Bass’ biggest supporter is Rob Arkley, a right-wing billionaire who is trying to buy the Humboldt County Supervisor race with thousands of dollars of contributions to Virginia.
    (LIE)

    Virginia Bass took a free ride on the Arkley jet, which she never reported, to attend a George W. Bush fundraiser.
    (LIE)

    Virginia Bass allowed the City of Eureka spending to get out of control. She raised our taxes and cut funding to the Eureka Fire Department and Sequoia Zoo.
    (LIE)

    Virginia Bass is supported by 30 right-wing developers and businessmen who contributed over $300,000 to her campaign so they can influence loose environmental laws, increase forest clear-cutting and build more houses.
    (LIE)

    If the June primary election was held today — who would you vote for between Jeff Leonard, Bonnie Neely, and Virginia Bass?

    Thank you for your time.

    Bring back any memories, H?

  31. Thirdeye
    April 28, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Does the reward offer stand if it does turn out to be some loose cannon (such as Salzman) in the Seidner camp?

  32. Spinning Like a Top
    April 28, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Push Poller – my, my, how we spin the facts!

    Virginia Bass DID take a ride – in fact, several (four?) free rides on Arkley’s jet, during a time when, according to her, she was considering running for statewide office. She neglected to report these rides until confronted with the information by a Times-Standard reporter. In response to this confrontation with the truth, she went back and amended her campaign finance disclosure statements for two of them.

    Going down your list – I see mostly factual infomation. VB was (and still is) supported by right-wing billionaire Rob Arkley. Rob Arkley did (and does) attempt to buy Humboldt County elections. This fact has been repeatedly exposed, election after election. Humboldt Sunshine is one of Arkley’s many front groups. Arkley has utilized his daughters – even when they were still teenagers – to get around then-existing campaign finance laws.

    You’re doing a better job of publicizing the facts than Arkley’s own opponents. Thanks, buddy!

  33. Mitch
    April 28, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Thirdeye,

    The reward offer is clear.

    First person to provide information exposing the person or group responsible for telephone calls pretending to be from the Seidner campaign and promising, for example, delivery of lawn signs, but not providing any signs gets $100 from me, and my gratitude. I wish more people had stepped up to sweeten the pot. Would you like to do that, Thirdeye?

    Who the person or organization is is not a concern of mine.

  34. Wheezie
    April 28, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Too bad you think money should motivate people, Mitch.

  35. Thirdeye
    April 28, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    @Skippy

    Thanks for the link and thanks to Richard Marks for actually providing some useful information about the candidates. That’s a lot more enlightening than the attempts to spin some insubstantial theory about some stupid person making phone calls.

  36. Attention Hi Fi
    April 29, 2012 at 6:56 am

    Wheezie,

    Thanks. It’s remarks like this that remind me of what cartoonish stereotypes people hold of others.

    Thirdeye,

    Got spin? I told you, point blank, I’d pay even if the source turned out to be your chosen scapegoat-for-all-seasons. Your response: call my offer an “attempt… to spin some insubstantial theory about some stupid person making phone calls.”

    Hi Fi, Thirdeye, etc…,

    I suspect most people that bother with the Herald don’t believe a word you say. Why you bother is beyond me, unless of course you’re being paid to disrupt. But, in that case, why anyone would bother to pay you to blather here is beyond me.

    (I’m sure you’ll have clever responses about my own frequency of commenting or my own veracity. Again, unfortunately for you, I think the honest readers of the Herald can see the difference.)

    Commenters like RefFan just seem sad and stupid. Commenters like HiFi and Thirdeye seem bent on evil.

  37. Mitch
    April 29, 2012 at 6:57 am

    6:56 was me.

  38. 713
    April 29, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Mitch,
    Why do you think it was a push poll? The didn’t say anything negative about anybody did they? It is probably somebody gathering info they can sell to one of the campaigns or both.

  39. High Finance
    April 29, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Mitch are you so insecure that you wish to only speak to the choir ?

    Your obsessive posting while at the same time questioning why other posters bother to disagree with you is pathetic.

    All the conservatives that post here COMBINED post only 1/10th as much as you.

  40. Mitch
    April 29, 2012 at 8:05 am

    713,

    I’m just going by what I’ve read at the NCJ blog http://www.northcoastjournal.com/blogthing/ and here — that someone (or someones) unaffiliated with the Seidner campaign were calling people in the first, offering signs to Seidner supporters signs, and then not delivering any. I don’t think I ever called it a push poll — I said it was worse.

  41. Mitch
    April 29, 2012 at 8:10 am

    HiFi,

    It’s just that I don’t understand why someone of your vast knowledge, wealth, and high class would slum with all us pathetic types who have no jobs and no emotions beyond envy for our betters.

    It’s like a comedian I heard the other night, wondering why waiters at French restaurants were so incredibly posh and condescending to diners, and yet, unaccountably, were just waiters.

    Don’t you have big deals to do, meeting with Rove staffers, and so on? Why do you hang out amidst the little people, trying against hope to educate us? Shouldn’t you be with the high society of Humboldt County, demonstrating its wisdom and power at the Mirror?

  42. April 29, 2012 at 8:40 am

    All the conservatives that post here COMBINED post only 1/10th as much as you.

    For someone who brags about his superior math abilities you sure like to lie with numbers.

    The Herald stats page shows that based on the last 1000 comments, about 7% have come from HiFi. Mitch has a little more than that, but your statistic is way off.

  43. High Finance
    April 29, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Your stats are very suspicious Heraldo.

    7% of 1,000 is 70. I haven’t posted 70 comments in the last two weeks. Mitch alone has posted 1,000 comments in the last week.

  44. 713
    April 29, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Mitch,
    You think the bohn campaign or somebody is going to spend the money to call people up and rather than talk poorly about seidner, they are going to promise yard signs and not deliver them? They must be using reverse campaign tactics.

    I’m sure Seidner will lose many votes from supporters who would like a yard sign but didn’t get one.

  45. Cheezie
    April 29, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Mitch @ 8:05

    I’m just going by what I’ve read at the NCJ blog

    That’s your second mistake, Mitch.

  46. April 29, 2012 at 9:32 am

    7% of 1,000 is 70. I haven’t posted 70 comments in the last two weeks.

    This should make 72.

    Mitch alone has posted 1,000 comments in the last week.

    No he hasn’t. Pants on fire.

  47. Mitch
    April 29, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Actually, I’ve posted 12,345 comments in the past 24 hours. The vast right-wing conspiracy suppresses about 92.47% of them.

  48. Mitch
    April 29, 2012 at 9:50 am

    For the record, it’s actually 12,345.67 comments.

  49. April 29, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Whole numbers are for sissies.

  50. Cheezie
    April 29, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Cartoonish stereotypes gone wild

  51. Thirdeye
    April 29, 2012 at 11:52 am

    I post for fun! This is a fun morning because Boy Salzman just blew a fuse and called me evil! Don’t like being called out on the blatant opportunism you’ve shown in this thread, huh? Must be tough when your best efforts at mudslinging don’t gain traction.

  52. Mitch
    April 29, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    So was it you, Thirdeye? Is that why you’re so upset I’ve offered a reward?

  53. Mitch
    April 29, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    713,

    In short, yes. I think dirty political types in the county would spend money to call people up, pretending to be from a campaign, in order to find out who supports that campaign and how strongly. And I think they would get a kick out of promising such people campaign materials, and then leaving them wondering why the campaign never followed through.

    Here, for example, is a transcript of some Enron traders, the sort of folks Hi Fi and Thirdeye must idolize:

    “They’re fucking taking all the money back from you guys? All the money you guys stole from those poor grandmothers in California?”

    “Yeah, Grandma Millie man. But she’s the one who couldn’t figure out how to fucking vote on the butterfly ballot.”[Laughing from both sides]

    “Yeah, now she wants her fucking money back for all the power you’ve charged right up, jammed right up her ass for fucking $250 a megawatt hour.”

  54. Mitch
    April 29, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    “I’ve managed to sell a few Abacus bonds to widows and orphans that I ran into at the airport….”
    – Email from Fabrice Tourre, Goldman Sachs trader, joking about derivatives he was selling that later proved worthless.

  55. Thirdeye
    April 29, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Yes, Mitch, it was me, it was me! I want my $100!

  56. Mitch
    April 29, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    I’ll need your name and your proof, and then I’ll be happy to pay you $100.

  57. Thirdeye
    April 29, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Proof? You mean like your proof that the Bohn campaign is behind this thing? It looks like “because I say so” is all the proof that’s needed.

  58. John Valenti
    April 29, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Obviously, a corrupt political system keeps the little people bickering over legally hidden contributions and agendas.

    It keeps half the eligible voters from participating, while the other half of participants argue about what “majority” actually means.

    This is how a tiny minority of corporate and government insiders maintain control from Wall Street to Main Street.

  59. Mitch
    April 29, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    No, Thirdeye.

    If you feel like coming forward, give me your name and your evidence that you’ve been making the phone calls. If you’ve been doing it on anyone else’s behalf, I’d expect you to admit that as well.

    I’ll respect your anonymity as whistle-blower, just as I’d respect that of anyone else. But I’ll expose you as the guilty party, just as I would for anyone else.

  60. Anonymous
    April 29, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    It’s worked perfectly for those who can afford corruption. Whenever liberals enter the ring, they can be condemned for participating in a corrupt system.

    How clever to promise campaign signs to your opponent’s homes… never to be delivered.

    They used to have to sneak around at night to steal them.

  61. What Now
    April 29, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    John Valenti says:
    April 29, 2012 at 1:36 pm
    “Obviously, a corrupt political system keeps the little people bickering over legally hidden contributions and agendas.

    It keeps half the eligible voters from participating, while the other half of participants argue about what “majority” actually means.

    This is how a tiny minority of corporate and government insiders maintain control from Wall Street to Main Street.”

    Excellent analysis and summation, Mr. Valenti.
    I believe it is worth a 2nd posting.
    Thank you.

  62. Spinning Like a Prog Top
    April 30, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Yes, Virginia Bass did fly as a passenger on the jet and reported this on her campaign finance form. Bonnie Neely and Andrew Bird didn’t like how Bass reported this, so they ran negative ads after negative ads all for naught.

    Bass is not supported by Arkley. Show me where on her 460s (Campaign Finance forms) you see Rob Arkley’s name. Can’t find him, can you?

    Arkley didn’t attempt to buy the Humboldt County elections. He is however responsible for global warming. Or is it climate change now?

    There are no facts about Arkley buying Humboldt County elections being reported election after election, only in your imagination. Cite the sources (since there are so many according to you).

    Can you name the 30 developers who gave Bass the $300,000 according to Bonnie? No you can’t because it never happened. More lies by Bonnie.

    Oh, I forgot, this is an anonymous blog where facts are a distant second to any rumors. And to bring Arkley’s family into the equation only shows your delusion.

    Now let’s see who bought Bonnie Neely.

    Bill Pierson and the Blue Lake Casino gave Bonnie over $100,000 since 2006. That’s on file with the Humboldt County Elections Office.

    During that same period Arkely gave Bass $0, zero, zip, nada, nothing.

    Q; Who paid the costs of private studies to send a convicted felon on private property (Balloon Track) without the owner’s permission for the California Coastal Commission, which Bonnie Neely used to chair, to stall the Marina Center project?
    A; Bill Pierson

    So blog prog fans, who rode the Pierson Money Train?

    Put the tin foil hat back on your head and ask your mother for a snack.

  63. It's Sarcasm
    April 30, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Hey, Rob –

    Isn’t Citizens United the best doggoned thing EVER?

  64. Plain Jane
    April 30, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    How much did he spend on radio ads and Mirror staff attacking Neely over the years, Spinning?

  65. Anonymous
    April 30, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Sweet, anon 2:49 is no doubt Mike Casey, defender of all things Arkley. I’m glad those on the SN payroll have time to blog during business hours.

  66. High Finance
    April 30, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Oh for God’s sake, give up the spinning.

    Neely had over $160,000 for this one campaign alone. She probably spent several hundred thousand dollars over the years on her other campaigns.

    She didn’t lose because of money.

  67. Spinning Like a Prog Top
    April 30, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    FYI.. Bonnie Neely spent over $225,000 on her 2010 losing campaign.

    Remember if a Proggie spends big money it’s smart campaigning.

    If anyone else spends big money, they are financed by developers.

    Let’s not forget President Obama is ready to spend hundreds of millions for his reelection.

  68. Memory Lane
    May 1, 2012 at 7:14 am

    Let’s not forget the lying phony mailers put out for Bass stating she actually had the Democratic endorsement. Bass the Liar won. Woop.

  69. Anonymous
    May 1, 2012 at 11:40 am

    So I looked into this and spoke with someone who would know, a person well-connected to the campaigns and their managers. The information on good authority knew the situation very well, was informed, and tracked it down. They said without a doubt:

    The push polling/phone calls are coming from Lee Ulansey’s Coalition for Property Rights group. The phone bankers are hired college students, upstairs behind a locked door above the CPR office on 5th Street. The source checked it out personally and believes this is the origin of the calls. I’m not sure why it’s happening, but 2 of the 3 the candidates (you can probably guess who) feel it’s a ‘dirty tactic’ that’s being used.

    The source also revealed that the North Coast Journal is tracking this information down and talking with all the candidates so stay tuned should more details come to the surface if and when the story pans out for publication. Thursday?

    If true, Mitch can keep his $100 bucks. I’ll donate it back to the cause of his choice. Keep up the good work, Mitch, and I believe this is the answer we’re looking for. But how do we prove it?

    Let’s see what the Journal has to say.

  70. Jack Sherman
    May 1, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Local media has a history of ignoring the financial/political escapades of the development community. Once they discovered that the source of “Eureka Coalition for Jobs” was a lawyer based in Sacramento they stopped. There’s still no verifiable proof Arkley was behind Rex Bohn’s run for Eureka City Council.

    Our political system is corrupt to the core with half the eligible voters refusing participation.

    Who was the “convicted felon” invited onto the Balloon Tract, Ken Bareilles?

  71. Anonymous
    May 1, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    and Bareilles is an Estelle supporter, former ED of HumCPR.

  72. Mitch
    May 1, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Thanks, Anonymous 11:40. I agree proving it is not trivial, but I’m hoping the Journal is up to the task. (It would be an extra thrill if “Thirdeye” is involved.)

    I’ll donate $100 to Food for People (the Food Bank) through this link:

    http://www.foodforpeople.org/Donate.html

    just as soon as I hit send on this message, and I hope others will consider doing the same. If the information turns out to be incorrect, the reward offer for first correct information stands.

    Times are too tough for too many people.

  73. Mitch
    May 1, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Donation complete. “Network for Good” makes it really easy to contribute to Food for People by credit card or Paypal. Try it, it’s fun.

  74. Mitch
    May 3, 2012 at 7:25 am

    No story immediately evident in the Journal, Anon 11:40.

    I’d be more than happy to publicize this if some proof emerges but, even though I’m inclined to believe you, without proof, the information is not as generally helpful as it could be.

    I suppose it’s possible that one of the college students might feel some shame and come forward. Possible, not likely.

    So I looked into this and spoke with someone who would know, a person well-connected to the campaigns and their managers. The information on good authority knew the situation very well, was informed, and tracked it down. They said without a doubt:

    The push polling/phone calls are coming from Lee Ulansey’s Coalition for Property Rights group. The phone bankers are hired college students, upstairs behind a locked door above the CPR office on 5th Street. The source checked it out personally and believes this is the origin of the calls. I’m not sure why it’s happening, but 2 of the 3 the candidates (you can probably guess who) feel it’s a ‘dirty tactic’ that’s being used.

  75. Anonymous
    May 3, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Mitch sees here on an anonymous blog, from an anonymous blogger, a claim that humcpr is the guilty party and as it is a group he is opposed to, declares the investigation complete by making his donation.

    It may very well be them but until you have proof I would hold off. In fact if is found to be someone else , I hope Mitch makes donation to humcpr.

  76. Mitch
    May 3, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Anonymous 9:27 has what appears to be a disappointingly standard level of reading comprehension.

    If it’s a concern of 9:27’s, they can go back and read where I say “I agree proving it is not trivial, but I’m hoping the Journal is up to the task.”

    You can also read where I said “If the information turns out to be incorrect, the reward offer for first correct information stands.”

    And, in the very comment above yours, “I’d be more than happy to publicize this if some proof emerges.”

    But you think I’ve declared the investigation complete? Because I made a donation? If I understand correctly, I’m allowed to donate to the Food Bank twice.

  77. Jack Sherman
    May 3, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    It’s one thing to post anonymously on an anonymous venue, it’s quite another to anonymously pull the political strings of our rural communities to ensure the continuation of the lucrative harvesting of the public’s infrastructure for another poverty-wage big box and the homes these employees will never qualify for.

    I’ll be among the first to congratulate any media that does ANYTHING to expose the “Shot Callers” slinking around in the dark for the last 30 years….watch subscriptions soar when a newspaper finally publishes close-ups that expose their lips being pried from the public teat.

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