Americans Elect Ballot Signatures Being Gathered by “Conservative” ProVote America and Allied Data Services
A series of Craigslist advertisements document that a petition gathering company associated with conservative attempts to exploit the Green Party in Texas is now gathering signatures to put Americans Elect on the presidential ballot in California.
ProVote America is a leading edge petition management group that is hiring independent contractors to collect signatures on petitions. We are currently working to gain ballot access for a grassroots organization called Americans Elect so they can run candidates next year. What makes this campaign so special is that rather than yet another party with a preset platform and which dictates the candidates, the platform and candidates will be chosen by the voters through an online convention. Sort of like American Idol takes on Washington.
Americans Elect wants to open up the field of candidates to include those who don’t fit in the extreme right or left. ProVote America is a signature gathering firm that is hiring people to collect thousands of signatures for their ballot access. We work on lots of different petitions. Not only does this work pay well, it is fun and fulfilling. You would be paid for every signature plus an override for everybody you bring on board and coach, but not more than you earn from your own work.
ProVote America is immediately hiring activists to collect signatures on a petition to allow non-partisan candidates to run next year based on a platform determined by popular vote rather than delegates picking candidates for us. This is an extremely easy petition, as many voters are fed up with the stalemate between the Republicans and Democrats while the country races toward insolvency. The campaign just started, and we are offering a $100 bonus to the first ten petition circulators who submit 1,000 signatures at 75%+ validity (the percentage of signatures that match the voter rolls).
ProVote America organizes petition drives and get-out-the-vote campaigns. We are looking for outgoing people to collect signatures in busy locations to give Americans Elect ballot access to run national candidates. Americans Elect will then turn its ballot access over to the voters, who will determine its platform and nominate its candidates through a public, online convention. This has never been done before in the history of the U.S., and the goal is to move past the partisan brinkmanship that threatens our economy.
Pay is based per signature, with the ability to double your income if you refer enough other people to also work with our organization.
ProVote America is helping organize a statewide petition for Americans Elect. This is good-paying and personally rewarding work to better our country. Like other companies, we are paying $1.25 per signature.
What is ProVote America?
ProVote America describes itself on its LinkedIn profile as a company working “on behalf of conservative central committees” that refuses offer its services when that “would compete with our other clients”:
On its Facebook Page, ProVote America describes itself as founded by veteran petition collector Michael C. Rhodes as “a new venture unconcerned with profit.” In the past, Rhodes has been involved with petition work for conservative political efforts in Colorado and Montana. Rhodes has explained that he would not work on campaigns for abortion or same-sex marriage equality, since he is politically opposed to both. Shortly after founding ProVote America, Rhodes communicated enthusiasm for working with conservative and tea party causes in his online forum [link behind registration wall]:
where (yesterday writing under the account name of “admin”) he also explained that he is a participant in the Tea Party:
Michael C. Rhodes is also listed on a whois profile as the responsible party at Allied Data Service, the company under whose architecture ProVote America is established. Allied Data Services cites as its first case study work done from “the beginning of the drive” to put the Texas Green Party on the ballot in 2010. This ballot drive has come under scrutiny by Mother Jones, the Burnt Orange Report and the Lone Star Project for allegedly being funded by Republicans as a counterweight against Democratic Party candidates.
Michael C. Rhodes and ProVote America [link behind registration wall] are paying $1.00 to $1.25 per valid signature on the Americans Elect ballot petition in California:
To be clear, Michael Rhodes and his companies are certainly within their rights to participate in paid signature gathering efforts for Americans Elect. It is interesting to note that someone who describes himself and his company as conservatively-oriented is acting on behalf of Americans Elect.
I have left a message with ProVote America asking for Rhodes’ perceptions on the Americans Elect signature-gathering process in California. I haven’t received a call back; I’ll let you know if I do.