Is the Informed Electoral political action committee legitimate or is it a scam?
I received a telephone call the other day from Informed Electorate asking for my participation in a telephone political survey. They wanted to know if I would respond to a one question survey. So I said yes. They asked if I voted in the last election. Of course, I did! They thanked me and then asked if I would be amenable to future surveys. Which again I said yes.
Yesterday, I received the second telephone call from them. This time the survey question was a multiple choice question as to which political entity I trusted the most to make policy decisions, federal, state, or undecided.
This morning I received the third telephone call from an Informed Electorate representative. This time they were asking for a contribution via credit card. Since I do not provide any credit card information over the telephone, I declined to contribute. The only time I will provide credit card information over the phone is when I initiate a telephone call to a company or person I know.
I am glad I did not contribute. It turns out Informed Electorate uses robo calls to conduct their surveys.
Being as cynical as I am, I decided to check out Informed Electorate.
Informed Electorate Overview
I searched for information using Google’s search engine to find out what I could about Informed Electorate. My first search found a defunct website, informedelectorate.com. The domain name is for sale. I also found a website at theinformedelectorate.com, which was created in 2013. You can see the “Whois” registration information about both websites below.
Informed Electorate Whois Information:
Here is the screenshot for The Informed Electorate.
My Google results also returned the website, votethewill.org. Votethewill.org identifies itself as Informed Electorate with the logo shown above.
The Whois data for votethewill.org is:
The Informed Electorate website at http://votethewill.org has very little information as to who owns or operates the site. But the website asks for donations to the following address:
PO Box 30040
Salt Lake City, UT 84130-0040
There is no local address or information about who owes or operates the site. It is all very impersonal. So much to the degree that I do not trust the site. So I did not click on their “donate ” button. Who knows where it leads.
Because there is so little business information on their website, I decided to determine whether there was any third party validation for them.
Research into Informed Electorate
I considered Informed Electorate (votethewill.org) to be a Political Action Committee (PAC). So I searched the Utah database of registered PACs. I did not find any results for Informed Electorate in Utah.
UPDATE: My conclusion is that Informed Electorate is
not a PAC or is one but is NOT registered in the State of Utah. PAC registration info is available on State of Utah website. Since they are not registered as a PAC, then I searched to see if they were a registered business entity, charitable organization, or professional fund raiser. I started with the Utah Division of Corporations and Commercial Code. I also searched the Utah State Government databases for charitable organizations and professional fund raisers. I found no information that Informed Electorate is a registered business, charity, or fund raiser in the State of Utah.
Informed Electorate Conclusion
I consider Informed Electorate a PAC.
My conclusion is based on:
- new information provided by a reader.
However, the lack of transparency on the votethewill.org website and poor marketing practices lead me to recommend NOT to donate money to this organization.
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