There is a gofundme page that claims over $100k raised toward the SB 277 effort. This is money raise too late in the effort to have any effect on qualifying it. I anticipate that money going in to Tim Donnelly’s pocket to prop up his failing radio show and to pay off some of the myriad bills he is reputed to have.
Someone in the anti-vax effort has been posting this message and Donnelly and crew have been systematically getting group admins to pull this post:
I am sending you this email because of the fact that you have sponsored numerous petition drives to qualify issues for the ballot, but you have not gotten enough signatures to qualify an issue even once. I am also sending you this email because, if you again fail to obtain the required number of signatures for this SB 277 referendum, you have compiled a data base of people most likely to be in violation of the new SB 277 law. Have you provided a means by which people can remove themselves from your data base? Have you taken measures to safeguard your data from getting into the hands of Big Pharma or others who might want to target people likely to be in violation of this new SB 277 law? In order for people to collect signatures for this SB 277 referendum, you required that they provide you with a lot of information about themselves; information that is not legally required for people to participate in the legal, constitutionally-protected political right to collect signatures. The only requirement needed for collecting signatures is that they be at least 18 years of age and a US citizen. Your actions have had very little to do with the collection of the signatures, and most everything to do with building data on people and soliciting contributions. Is it legal/ethical for you to manipulate the initiative process for your own personal gain in this manner? I think perhaps not. If you had been focusing on collecting signatures rather than collecting contributions, you probably would have been able to qualify most, if not all, of the petitions that you have sponsored.
As far as SB 277 is concerned, you have been collecting contributions since filing the referendum; probably even before filing it. But you have just recently started raising money specifically to pay for circulating the petition and collecting signatures. You filed the referendum petition the very next day after SB 277 was signed into law. But you started raising money to pay petition circulators with less than four weeks left to collect the signatures; leaving less than three weeks of actual paid signature collection. You have enough experience, with your numerous failures, to know that paid petition circulators are needed if you wanted to qualify the referendum with enough signatures. Even with use of paid circulators, you have failed to qualify previous issues for the ballot. So why did you wait until the last minute with this one? The proper way to do it would be to first raise money needed for collecting signatures. THEN filing the petition once some or all of the funds are in place.
HOWEVER, if the pharmaceutical industry wanted to derail this referendum, the classic way to do it would be to pay a person to immediately file the referendum (thereby blocking anyone else from filing it) then intentionally fail to qualify the referendum. The fact that you filed the petition immediately after the law was signed, shows that you were prepared to beat anyone else in filing it. But you did not have any money put up or even start getting money for signatures until way too late to collect enough signatures. I was told by people in the industry, more than a month ago with two full months left to get the signatures, that it was already too late to get the signatures needed to qualify this referendum. Also, if a person pays for signatures early in a campaign, it is usually much more affordable than waiting until late in the campaign. Circulators normally get paid about a dollar per signature when a petition first comes out. Late in a campaign, circulators often are paid $3 and upward per signature. You have done this before. This is not new information for you. While your words say one thing, your actions seem to clearly say that you are working for the pharmaceutical industry. This is the only way that your actions make any sense.
You know perfectly well, that at this point, it is far too late to collect enough signatures to qualify this referendum for the ballot. At this point, if you want to salvage any credibility at all, the proper thing to do would be to withdraw the petition before the ninety days to collect the signatures expire. This is something you can do. Then later you or someone else can re-file the petition when the funds and the right intent are both present. Mr. Donnelly, I know that Big Pharma has lots of money. But right now is not the right time to take any of it. A lot of people have trusted you with this issue. It is a very important issue for many. Do the right thing. Withdraw and give us another day to fight the issue properly. Please also consider immediately destroying the data base of information on people that you unethically/illegally, acquired.
There are way too many con artists in politics. Tim Donnelly hijacked the SB277 referendum along with Lauren Stephens. He is attempting to cash in to the bitter end – the unsuspecting and well meaning masses that they conned are awake to what has been done.