So I received something in the mail today, and lo and behold, it's from an unbiased-sounding organization called "Center for Voter Information."
Before I opened it, I got a slight twinge from a two year old memory of a bad taste in my mouth left by another allegedly unbiased organization that thought it clever to publicly shame voters to others in their districts by showing who did or didn't vote in the previous election.
Surprise, surprise! This allegedly unbiased source of "Voter Information" lists three contrasts in two local candidates on either side of the political fence. But how interesting! Apparently in all three issues, the Republican candidate just happens to be supporting positions that apparently are detrimental to the welfare of voters.
The one page letter attempts to engender my trust by pointing out that "We have done our best to represent each candidate in a fair and reasonable way." The letter also states "The Center for Voter Information is a nonprofit organization that is not endorsing any candidate in this race."
But a simple search on the Internet reveals that the Center for Voter Information is listed with NTEE (National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities) status of R24 (Women's Rights).
While I'm all for women's rights in the sense that they should have pay commensurate with their labor and skill level, and that they should be treated equally under the law, and that as a man I should respect and protect them, let's ask a relevant question:
How does an organization that is classified as a Women's Rights nonprofit end up providing everyone with allegedly relevant "Voter Information" that's not connected to Women's Rights issues?
Next, another search reveals that the signee of the letter, Lionel Dripps, just happens to have held the following professional positions:
Managing Director for Program and Digital at The Voter Participation Center
Located in Washington D.C.
April 2017 to present
Vice President of The Pivot Group
November 2015 to present
What is The Pivot Group? Well, it just happens to be a professional organization whose sole purpose is to win campaigns:
Executive Director of the Democratic Senate Campaign Fund
October 2011 to January 2013
Located in Denver, Colorado
Regional Director of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin
2011-2011 less than a year
Located in Green Bay, Wisconsin
Ran the Nancy Nusbaum (Democrat) campaign
Deputy Campaign Manager for Cynthia Neff (Democrat)
March 2009 to November 2009
Located in Charlottesville, Virginia
Lead Organizer for the Virginia Democratic Coordinated Campaign
June 2008 to November 2008
Field Organizer for the Virginia Democratic Coordinated Campaign
May 2007 to August 2007
A gander at that list provides a decidedly biased political affiliation.
I wouldn't be surprised if The Pivot Group were also the brainiacs from two years ago who thought they should print neighbors' names and their voting records for all to see, in effect violating individuals' privacy and prompting angry voters who did the research to vote against the Democratic Party shills who dreamed up such a bad idea.