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Opponent: Income-tax petitions folded to hide purpose

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on July 1, 2010 at 1:13 pm with 4 Comments »
July 1, 2010 1:13 pm

An opponent of the income tax initiative is accusing the campaign of using “devious” tricks to get some of the signatures it turned in today.

Richard Schrock, who served as commerce director under Republican Gov. John Spellman, said he confronted a signature gatherer at a Kmart in Everett who had folded the top of the petition over. Signers couldn’t see the ballot title describing the measure as “establishing a state income tax and reducing other taxes.”

She pitched it as a measure to help education without mentioning the income tax, Schrock said.

In a news release, Schrock called it “widespread deception engaged in by many i1098 petitioners,” though he acknowledged in an interview he saw a few times and extrapolated from there: “‘I observed it two or three times, and I assume that it was done a lot.”

I-1098 spokesman Sandeep Kaushik said the campaign “engaged a very reputable signature gathering firm, as well as hundreds of dedicated volunteers.” They pitched the initiative as tax reform, Kaushik said, although he added he “can’t speak with absolute assurances there aren’t from time to time individual signature gatherers” who didn’t follow that model.

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  1. bkeyport1970 says:

    sounds like the folks that were pushing the anti-gay marriage thing — the ones at point defiance were folding over the ballot, and claiming it was an enviromental bill.

  2. EatonvilleTaxPayer says:

    I ran into a signature gatherer for the state income tax that had 2 bills I agreed with. He first showed me those, which I read and signed. Then he said there was one other on education and the way it was clipped on the clipboard you couldn’t read the entire thing either.

    Luckily, I slid it out of the clipboard and read it. I declined to sign it and asked the signature gatherer if they were trying to pull a fast one? They just laughed and said, “No. We are just getting signatures.”

    Upon thinking about this later I believe the petitions I agreed with and signed were nothing but trickery to get me to sign the one bill they wanted for the state income tax. Many people don’t read everything handed to them and probably assumed they were all bills that agreed with their political opinions of REDUCING taxes.

    I am almost certain the petitions I did sign were probably tossed in the garbage at the end of the day and the only one turned in was the state income tax petition that the signature gatherer was able to trick people into signing.

    READ ALL PETITIONS BEFORE SIGNING. If it takes dirty politics to get people to sign their petition then they truly are desperate!

  3. SFDocBartman says:

    Come on – they do this ALL the time… I walk the streets of different cities in the area for work – and how many times have their been initiatives for things like health care, stop killing furry animals, stop testing on animals, etc… they NEVEr have the full bill or article (well almost never – some have it) available. Uh sorry man – I forgot it… Uhhh I can run back and git it… uhhh typical leftist hire’ee to do their work on the street.

    Save it for fighting to get America back in the not too distant future. You are surely going to need it.

  4. I’ve to say, Hopefully these folks have specifically whatever they ought to get, human beings lives are generally being demolished

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