Knowyourproxy.info authors Chris Mays and Ashley Ingram were today featured in conservative activist Steve Frank’s California Political News & Views page. View the original article here.
Here is the article reprinted in its original form:
Seldom does the California Political News and Views publish anything in regard to internal GOP politics–I think the last time was in Spring of 2010.
But there is an issue within the California Republican Party (CRP) that is so interesting that I thought I would bring it to the attention of the CPNV readers.
“Make sure you are informed on this issues at the next CRP convention. And, make sure you give your proxy to someone you know and trust not to misuse it.”
This article was co-written by Ashley Ingram and Chris Mays. Ingram is the elected Associate Representative of the CRP and a member of the Platform Committee. Mays is a Vice President of the California Young Republicans and a member of the CRP Proxies and Credentials Committee.
Ashley Ingram and Chris Mays, Exclusive to the California Political News and Views, 2/7/12
In the California Republican Party, a delegate who cannot attend a biennial convention has always been able to tender a proxy to another delegate (or associate delegate) to cast on behalf of the delegate. And rightfully so — conventions are often an expensive and time-consuming affair, and delegates should be able to exercise their rights even if they cannot attend.
But in the last few years, political “bounty hunters” have subverted and abused the proxy system for their own benefit and at delegates’ loss. These operatives trick delegates out of their votes by sending letters bearing the auto signatures of familiar elected officials. These letters ask delegates to write “blank check” proxies by leaving the form blank except for a signature.
The remit location for these proxies purports to be the offices of California’s Congressional and Legislative Leadership. In truth, however, returned proxies go to a p.o. box owned by the political consultants. The consultants then gather these proxies and sell them to the highest-paying special interest, often selling the lot for $15 to $25 per vote.
In this way, unsuspecting delegates’ votes are essentially auctioned to the highest paying bidder, usually with an anti-Republican or anti-Conservative agenda. Conservatives’ votes were used in an attempt to strip the GOP platform of its anti-tax and anti-big government planks. They were used in an attempt to secure a GOP endorsement for Proposition 14, which destroyed the GOP primary in California. And, unless delegates are made aware of this deceptive phishing scheme, it is a certainty their votes will continue to be misappropriated in the future.
Delegates must arm themselves against this phishing scheme. Make sure you are informed on this issues at the next CRP convention. And, make sure you give your proxy to someone you know and trust not to misuse it. Be skeptical of letters claiming to be from your elected officials. If the letter does not have the office of those officials as the return address, don’t send your proxy there! Finally, keep abreast of the latest phishing and proxy schemes at http://www.knowyourproxy.info