TRUE PURPOSE IS TO MINE THE DATA OF PETITION SIGNERS
A group funded by a special interest group called Future North PAC has announced it will attempt to recall Gov. Michael Dunleavy.
The group started a website earlier this year but lists no details of the organizers. A search in Alaska Public Offices Commission shows Adam Lees as the treasurer.
Lees was associated with a caper in 2016, when candidate Ross Beiling posted on Facebook that he had photos of Lees tearing down Beiling’s campaign sign. He was a field organizer for the Alaska Democratic Party and is an aide to Anchorage Assemblywoman Suzanne LaFrance. The Future North PAC address is the same as Lee’s mailing address.
The group announced it will try to recall the governor because of his vetoes of some $440 million, which represents 12.5 percent of state spending.
But those who sign the petition to recall Dunleavy are being duped — their names and contact information are being mined.
The group has no intention of trying to gather an ungodly number of signatures — north of 70,000 spread between every district in the state is needed to even take it to the ballot. But it’s not likely to even get that far, because the group has no legal grounds for a recall.
What the group is doing is data mining for the 2020 election season ground game for Alaska Democrat candidates and the Democrat who has that party’s nomination.
Every signer on the petition will be fair game for targeted messages for the Democrats to excite the anti-Dunleavy (and anti-Trump) base against candidates the Democrats will target in the House and Senate.
The Dunleavy recall petition is the easiest way to get addresses, emails and phone numbers of those who disagree with the vetoes. And the group is sophisticated enough to know that now is the best time to try to find those motivated people who will sign the petition. They’re striking while the iron is hot.
On the group’s website, DunleavyLied.com, the authors plead with readers to be sure to follow and support the political blogs of Dermot Cole, Alaska Landmine, AKLedger, and MidnightSunAK, all of which are anti-Dunleavy and anti-conservative operators.