Stop Ballot Fraud
The strategy of the website is consistent with comments made in 2001, when a representative of the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center encouraged unions at an AFL-CIO sponsored meeting in Oregon to run signature-blocking campaigns. These efforts, the representative said, "force your opposition to spend more money or volunteer hours gathering signatures."
Other presenters at that meeting suggested that "progressives take a more aggressive approach toward chronic right-wing ballot proponents ... by launching all out media, legal, and research assaults on their agenda, credibility, motives, and funders."
Analysis of rhetoric on the Fraudbusters website
BISC is largely funded by Big Labor, and it uses a variety of hard-edged rhetorical gestures on the websites it sponsors--"Fraudbusters" among them.
- When "Fraudbusters" refers to an initiative it dislikes, it typically refers to it as "the so-called" initiative, as in "the so called 'Colorado Civil Rights Initiative.'."
- The website repetitively uses the words "lied to" and "deceived."
- One typical rhetorical trope in common usage on BISC websites is "up to old tricks."
- Stop Ballot Fraud, the website