Re: BBV FOIA requests

From: Jim March <jmarch_at_prodigy_dot_net>
Date: Mon Nov 08 2004 - 15:06:59 CST

Alan Dechert wrote:

>Jim,
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>
>
>>Try and slow us down, we'll run right over the top of you - ...
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>This is unnecessary, Jim. We're not going to slow you down, and you're not
>going to "run right over the top of" us.
>

Alan, you missed the very first word of what I said:

"Kathy,"

I wasn't aiming that at OVC, but rather at her, by name. Sorry you
missed that.

She insists on slandering and demeaning Bev's contribution to the
overall fight and calling for her "retirement". Not a chance, thank
God. Kathy is wrong on the facts and wrong "tactically" as well and her
smears only hurt herself and OVC.

>OVC is a pretty diverse group --
>many accomplished people whose careers don't depend on OVC. These people
>are contributing to a project they hope will lead to a better "open voting"
>system. They are unlikely to see your threat as particulary meaningful.
>
>

Alan, if the BBV group gets somewhere despite sniping from OVC folks, it
won't be BBV that's hurt.

>>We've got way more resources than OVC right now and we'll
>>have a lot more soon enough. ......
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>Well, since you brought it up .... it *is* a sort of competition for
>resources.
>

No, I don't think it is. Not to the degree which you think and probably
not at all.

OK, I've run into this before in the gun rights world. NRA thinks money
spent on the Second Amendment Foundation or Gun Owners of America or
whatever is money that should have gone to NRA.

The fundamental flaw in that logic can be shown in the marketing for,
say, beer. All beer is roughly similar by law in that there's a legal
alky limit and the effects are roughly the same. Yet if there was just
ONE beer type available, the net spending on beer would be way down from
where it is now, with hundreds (thousands?) of types and brands.

In like manner, some people are not going to be interested in OVC's
approach and some won't be big fans of what Bev and I are up to. And
some will be "crossover supporters" (myself included) in which case
you'd be surprised to learn that they have a tendency to limit
themselves to a given amount ($10/mo is a good ballpark) and will spend
about that much on each no problem, but not much more if any.

Nothing going on at blackboxvoting.org hurts OVC. That's in large part
because Bev and myself are smart enough NOT TO ATTACK ALLIES. Ever.
Something Kathy has yet to wrap her brain around.

The media attention and questions raised, and government action such as
the California paper trail bill HELP the OVC effort - a lot.

Jim
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