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{{tnr}}'''Stop Ballot Fraud,''' also known as "Fraudbusters", is a website launched by the [[Ballot Initiative Strategy Center]] (BISC) in early 2008.  The website purports to "use the initiative process as a tool for achieving policy goals" which, in this case, it does by listing allegations about petition [[circulator]]s who are soliciting signatures on [[ballot measure]]s that BISC identifies as conservative.
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{{tnr}}'''Stop Ballot Fraud,''' also known as "Fraudbusters," was a website launched by the [[Ballot Initiative Strategy Center]] (BISC) in early 2008.  The website purported to "use the initiative process as a tool for achieving policy goals" which, in this case, it did by listing allegations about petition [[circulator]]s who are soliciting signatures on [[ballot measure]]s that BISC identifies as conservative.<ref name="ebf archive">[http://archive.today/zeojy ''Stop Ballot Fraud", "Home," accessed April 29, 2014]</ref>
  
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."
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The strategy of the website was 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."<ref name="ebf archive"/>
 
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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."<ref>[http://www.brainstormnw.com/archive/dec03_feature.html The Voter Education (Eradication) Project]</ref>
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==Analysis of rhetoric on the Fraudbusters website==
 
==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.
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BISC was funded by Big Labor, and it uses a variety of hard-edged rhetorical gestures on the websites it sponsors--"Fraudbusters" among them.<ref name="ebf archive"/>
  
Examples include:
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Examples include:<ref name="ebf archive"/>
  
* 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.'".
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* 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".
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* 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".
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* One typical rhetorical trope in common usage on BISC websites is "up to old tricks."
 
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The website is similar to a precursor website in [[Oregon]], the [[Voter Education Project]].  The websites deflect attention from the policy issues addressed in the initiatives they oppose.
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===Jessica Krivoy===
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"Stop Ballot Fraud" is updated by BISC associate [[Jessica Krivoy]] is BISC's Program Associate. Krivoy came to BISC from [[Our Oregon]]. 
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==See also==
 
==See also==
 
 
* [[Ballot Initiative Strategy Center]]
 
* [[Ballot Initiative Strategy Center]]
 
* [[Petition blocking]]
 
* [[Petition blocking]]
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==External links==
 
==External links==
 
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{{submit a link}}
* [http://www.stopballotfraud.org/ Stop Ballot Fraud], the website
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* [http://archive.today/zeojy ''Stop Ballot Fraud'', "Home"], archived website
  
 
==References==
 
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[[Category:Progressive advocacy]]
 
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Latest revision as of 10:55, 29 April 2014

Stop Ballot Fraud, also known as "Fraudbusters," was a website launched by the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center (BISC) in early 2008. The website purported to "use the initiative process as a tool for achieving policy goals" which, in this case, it did by listing allegations about petition circulators who are soliciting signatures on ballot measures that BISC identifies as conservative.[1]

The strategy of the website was 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."[1]

Analysis of rhetoric on the Fraudbusters website

BISC was funded by Big Labor, and it uses a variety of hard-edged rhetorical gestures on the websites it sponsors--"Fraudbusters" among them.[1]

Examples include:[1]

  • 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."

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