Kimball Petition Management

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Kimball Petition Management, or KPM, is a petition drive management firm located in California. It is owned by Fred Kimball, who founded the company in 1984 with his brother, Kelly. Fred Kimball was profiled in a 1998 article, "Collecting Signatures for a Price" in the Washington Post. According to that article's author, David Broder, the modern signature-collecting business was started by Fred Kimball's father in the 1960s. Broder also maintains that Kimball Petition Management is a "favorite of the teachers and unions, trial lawyers and gaming interests."[1]

Position on initiative rights

In July 2006, Kimball argued against legislative proposals in California to forbid paying petitioners by the signature.[2]

Petition drives conducted by KPM



See also: 2010 ballot measure petition signature costs, Vendors and consultants to California's 2010 ballot proposition campaigns





Petition blocking alleged

In February 2010, Repair California sent a cease-and-desist letter to Kimball Petition Management, alleging that the firm was engaged in a petition blocking effort to make it harder for Repair California to collect signatures on its California Call for a Limited Constitutional Convention (2010) and California Electors Right to Call for Constitutional Convention Act (2010) proposals. Alleged petition-blocking activities include include "shouting down ... volunteers, destroying valid signatures and intentionally submitting fake signatures."[13]

Fred Kimball, owner of the firm, said that he does oppose the initiatives and indicated to a newspaper that he has warned "the independent supervisors who manage signature-gatherers that he will blacklist them if they work for the constitutional-convention measures."[14]

Petition drives for failed/withdrawn initiatives

According to Mike Antonucci, writing in 2005, the California Teachers Association "keeps paying Kimball's firm to go out and gather signatures for the same ballot initiative, which it then drops once the signatures are gathered. For the second time in 16 months, CTA spent millions in member money for signatures on a petition to place a commercial property tax hike on the state ballot – this time for June 2006 – only to ditch the idea with a lame cover story."[15]

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