[OVC-discuss] Breaking News! from OVC: Shuttleworth Supports OVC

From: Alan Dechert <dechert_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Mon Jul 14 2008 - 18:28:08 CDT

I sent the message below to our announcements list, and I also put something
about it on our website.


Dear Friends of Open Voting:

Great news today. I received a message from Mark Shuttleworth today, where
he wrote,

     OK, I will contribute $5,000 personally, and you
     are welcome to use that endorsement to help raise
     additional funding.

In case the name doesn't ring a bell, you can read about Mark here:

Note where it says, "Shuttleworth founded Canonical Ltd. and as of 2008,
provides leadership for the Ubuntu Linux distribution." OVC is using

Now, for our current $30,000 do-or-die-by-AUG 4 drive, we have $10,000 in
leadership pledges (the first $5,000 was pledged by FOSS Factory and
John-Paul Gignac http://www.fossfactory.org/ ). We need one more $5,000
leadership pledge and we need the matching contributions.

So far, we only have about $1,500 in matching pledges so about $3,000 raised
so far. Thanks to our contributors! Still, we are way behind and need a
lot more matching contributions.

Join us, if you haven't done so already. Help spread the word to people you
think might join the effort.

Use your credit card (or PayPal acct) or send us a check, and see your money
doubled with dollar-for-dollar matching contributions from Mark Shuttleworth
and John-Paul Gignac.

There are several ways to donate money to our cause. The PayPal button on
our web site http://openvoting.org is probably the quickest and easiest.
This is the address for PayPal: donation@openvotingconsortium.org

You may also use our Amazon account to contribute (best for small, up to
$50, anonymous contributions).

If by check, please send to:
Open Voting Consortium
9560 Windrose Lane
Granite Bay, CA 95746

Contributions to OVC are not tax deductible, unless you can justify it as a
business expense. For example, FOSS Factory's contribution can probably be
written off as a business expense (talk to accountant if in doubt) --
membership dues.

Contributions to OPEN VOTING FOUNDATION may be tax deductible: Make your
check to our sponsor, "Software in the Public Interest" (or "SPI") and send
to my address. You can also make a tax deductible donation online at
www.openvotingfoundation.org . (contributions via SPI cost us 5%). We can
also accept a check or wire transfer directly to Open Voting Foundation.

We need to raise $30,000 by AUG 4th -- we need most of this money sooner
than later. If you are making a larger contribution ($1,000 or more),
please consider making a wire transfer. Both Open Voting Consortium and
Open Voting Foundation bank with US Bank, routing number 121122676. The
account number for OVC is 1534 5394 7266. The OVF account number is 1534
5655 6874. The absolute lowest overhead and fastest way to contribute for
us would be to go to a US Bank branch and make a cash deposit to OVC (or

Thank you again for helping OVC to continue progressing toward the
establishment of OPEN VOTING. Don't hesitate to write or call if there is
anything you want to talk about. I'm on the phone a lot these days, so
leave a message if I don't answer.

Alan Dechert
President, Open Voting Consortium
9560 Windrose Lane
Granite Bay, CA 95746

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