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<blockquote>At the event, BISC presenter Kelly Evans encouraged unions to run “signature blocking” campaigns—organized efforts to urge citizens not to sign ballot petitions that would harm progressive interests. She said such efforts "help build and mobilize your base," and "force your opposition to spend more money or volunteer hours gathering signatures."</blockquote>
 
<blockquote>At the event, BISC presenter Kelly Evans encouraged unions to run “signature blocking” campaigns—organized efforts to urge citizens not to sign ballot petitions that would harm progressive interests. She said such efforts "help build and mobilize your base," and "force your opposition to spend more money or volunteer hours gathering signatures."</blockquote>
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Recently, [[Paul Jacob]] released one of his ''Common Sense'' articles accusing BISC of [[Petition blocking|blocking]] [[initiative]]s using underhanded tactics.<ref>[http://www.samadamsalliance.org/docLib/20071119_CS1948.pdf ''Blocking and Tackling Democracy'', Common Sense, Nov. 28, 2007]</ref>
  
 
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In 2006, BISC donated a total of $15,000 to two ballot measures that appeared on the November general election ballot in [[Washington]].<ref>[http://www.pdc.wa.gov/rptimg/default.aspx?batchnumber=100197998&formtype=C3 Cit for Community Protection monetary contributions]</ref>,<ref>[http://www.pdc.wa.gov/rptimg/default.aspx?batchnumber=100185136&formtype=C3 Washingtonians for Clean Energy monetary contributions]</ref>
 
In 2006, BISC donated a total of $15,000 to two ballot measures that appeared on the November general election ballot in [[Washington]].<ref>[http://www.pdc.wa.gov/rptimg/default.aspx?batchnumber=100197998&formtype=C3 Cit for Community Protection monetary contributions]</ref>,<ref>[http://www.pdc.wa.gov/rptimg/default.aspx?batchnumber=100185136&formtype=C3 Washingtonians for Clean Energy monetary contributions]</ref>
 
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Recently, [[Paul Jacob]] released one of his ''Common Sense'' articles accusing BISC of [[Petition blocking|blocking]] [[initiative]]s using underhanded tactics.<ref>[http://www.samadamsalliance.org/docLib/20071119_CS1948.pdf ''Blocking and Tackling Democracy'', Common Sense, Nov. 28, 2007]</ref>
 
  
 
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[[Category:Political organizations]]

Revision as of 11:52, 17 December 2007

The Ballot Initiative Strategy Center, or BISC, based in Washington, DC, advocates for progressive ballot measures and against conservative ballot measures. There are two BISC organizations, the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center, Inc., a 501(c)(4) and the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center Foundation, a 501(c)(3).

BISC and petition blocking

Reporter Lisa Baker writes that at an AFL-CIO meeting in Oregon in 2001[1]:

At the event, BISC presenter Kelly Evans encouraged unions to run “signature blocking” campaigns—organized efforts to urge citizens not to sign ballot petitions that would harm progressive interests. She said such efforts "help build and mobilize your base," and "force your opposition to spend more money or volunteer hours gathering signatures."

Recently, Paul Jacob released one of his Common Sense articles accusing BISC of blocking initiatives using underhanded tactics.[2]

See petition blocking.

How BISC is funded

In 2005, the BISC Foundation reported grants of $10,507 from NARAL and $153,007 from the Open Society Institute, which is an organization supported by George Soros.[3] In 2004, the BISC Foundation reported grants from NARAL of $17,165 and from the Open Society Institute of $154,665.[4]. The 2002 and 2003 tax returns of the BISC Foundation do not provide any donor information.[5],[6]

BISC, Inc. elected not to disclose its donors on its federal income tax returns in 2005 and 2004.[7]

Donations to Idaho ballot measures

In 2006, BISC donated $10,000 to the successful effort to defeat Idaho Protect Our Homes.[8]

Donations to Washington ballot measures

In 2006, BISC donated a total of $15,000 to two ballot measures that appeared on the November general election ballot in Washington.[9],[10]

External links

References

  1. http://www.brainstormnw.com/archive/dec03_feature.html
  2. Blocking and Tackling Democracy, Common Sense, Nov. 28, 2007
  3. http://dynamodata.fdncenter.org/990_pdf_archive/043/043454684/043454684_200512_990.pdf
  4. http://dynamodata.fdncenter.org/990_pdf_archive/043/043454684/043454684_200412_990.pdf
  5. http://dynamodata.fdncenter.org/990_pdf_archive/043/043454684/043454684_200312_990.pdf
  6. http://dynamodata.fdncenter.org/990_pdf_archive/043/043454684/043454684_200212_990.pdf
  7. http://dynamodata.fdncenter.org/990_pdf_archive/043/043411708/043411708_200512_990O.pdf
  8. Idaho Campaign Finance Disclosure Report
  9. Cit for Community Protection monetary contributions
  10. Washingtonians for Clean Energy monetary contributions