Wow: Brady Mallory gets proof on camera that Lisa Furlong’s fake petitioners at the Sioux Empire Fair are not to be trusted. Rather than working the media for positive publicity, these fake circulators make clear they want to hide their petition effort from media attention… and they threaten a reporter in the process:
I approached the booth to find out more.
Mallory: What exactly is an advisory petition?
Worker: To garner interest.
The worker then asked me to “turn the camera away.” I declined because KELOLAND News had permission to be on the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds. The worker then took the forms away.
Worker: Brady, you should just walk away. There’s no story here. You guys have already done a story. Come on. Seriously. We already talked to the Attorney General; we talked to Shantel. We’re not doing anything wrong. There’s no story here.
Mallory: Ok, why are you hiding things from me?
Worker: You really can’t look at people’s names and addresses. I’m not trying to be an a– to you. You can’t look at people’s names and addresses.
Mallory: Ok, thanks.
Worker: Next time I see you in public, good luck buddy! [Brady Mallory, “Pay Day Loan Booth Raises Questions,” KELOLand.com, 2015.08.04]
Like many honest South Dakotans, I’m carrying the real 36%-rate-cap petition, the one that really would stop payday lenders from exploiting South Dakotans with triple-digit interest rates. If Brady Mallory walks up to me while I’m carrying petitions, the first thing I say is, “Hi, Brady! Want to sign?” I tell him keep that camera rolling, watch me getting signatures, record my pitch and broadcast it at 5, 6, 10, and noon the next day. When he asks to see the petition, I say, “You bet! Here it is! Full language, Attorney General’s explanation, all legit and approved by the Secretary of State. Want to sign?”
And I sure as heck don’t tell him there’s no story here, because when I’m carrying a petition, there most definitely is a story for which I want every bit of free media Brady and Kevin and Bob and Tess and Elisa and James will give me.
All that assumes, of course, that I’m really circulating a real petition, that I’m honestly trying to give South Dakota voters a choice, that I’m not trying to trick voters.
Not trying to be an a–, the arrogant punk at the table says to Mallory. Sorry, dude, you have to be an a– to turn your back on free publicity for a legitimate petition drive. And if you’re not conducting a legitimate petition drive, if you’re playing tricks on voters that you feel obliged to hide from the cameras, then you’re being an even bigger a–.
p.s.: And as for muscle-shirt dude, come on: if you’re petitioning, you never turn your back on the public. Never. You are always watching the crowd, always looking for that one more signature. (Lisa Furlong, seriously, you pay these people? For what, making your organization look stupid and thuggish?)