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Furlong’s Fake Petitioners Turn Cameras Away, Threaten KELO Reporter?

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:

Brady Mallory asks Lisa Furlong's fake petitioners the best question of the week: "Why are you hiding things from me?" Screen cap, KELO-TV, 2015.08.04.
Brady Mallory asks Lisa Furlong’s fake petitioners the best question of the week: “Why are you hiding things from me?” Screen cap, KELO-TV, 2015.08.04.

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,”, 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?)


  1. Lynn 2015-08-05 09:30

    “Next time I see you in public, good luck buddy!” What was that supposed to mean?

  2. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-08-05 10:02

    Among other things, it means the circulator of this fake petition doesn’t know how to handle himself in public. I wonder if he says similar things to people who don’t sign.

  3. Jason Sebern 2015-08-05 10:14

    The Payday Lending Industry produces this kind of behavior.

  4. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-08-05 10:18

    Right on, Jason. These fake petitioners lay bare the thuggery and deceit to which payday lenders resort to protect their turf. Everyone, go sign the real 36%-rate-cap petition at booth #22, and tell these thugs to buzz off.

    And think about it: would you trust guys like these fake circulators with your home address?

  5. Lynn 2015-08-05 10:24

    Wilma Flintstone 301 Cobblestone Way, Bedrock, SD for our nice fake petitioners

  6. Dave 2015-08-05 10:29

    We should prank this group just like Bart Simpson pranks Moe’s Bar with his phone calls asking for:
    Heywood Yapinchme
    Al Coholic
    Oliver Klozoff
    Freely. First initials I.P.
    Jacques Strap

  7. oldguy 2015-08-05 11:28

    Dave now that’s funny just like this booth

  8. daleb 2015-08-05 11:59

    Hypothetically speaking if they do use thuggery and someone was to get injured it would be a pretty big blow to the payday loan industry if such an incident was recorded and pushed on social media.

    There is no privacy when it comes to petitioning. The petitioners have to identify themselves and all names garnered are subject to scrutiny. If they are not petitioning then they are fishing.

  9. Rorschach 2015-08-05 13:44

    I think he just did see Brady Mallory in public, and Brady got the best of him.

    If they are still there in a couple days when I get out to the fair I’ll have a little fun with them before writing my cartoon alias on the fake petition.

  10. Roger Cornelius 2015-08-05 13:58

    I’ll sign as: Luke Warm Water

  11. jerry 2015-08-05 19:02

    “The next time I see you in public, good luck buddy” Means only one thing. He is a thug that does not have the stones to do something while he is in the public eye. I cannot think of anytime that you would not be in a better position than that in which he was in, for being in the public. Not only are these dudes wannabe thugs, they are not even clever enough to do so. About as worrisome as a cloudy day.

  12. Roger Cornelius 2015-08-05 20:03


    Why did thug have to wait until the next time he saw Brady in public, they were in public?

  13. Deb Geelsdottir 2015-08-05 23:15

    I like the signatures you folks are suggesting.

    If the fakers and Furlong had even the teeniest bit of decency, they’d be ashamed. They’re not and they don’t.

  14. Tim Schorn 2015-08-09 22:06

    I was asked to sign a petition on gerrymandering at the fair. Does anyone know about this petition drive, or was it misrepresentation by the payday lenders?

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