(for those with money and influence)
The KPFK election appears to be rigged; it seems the fix was in before the
ballots ever went out. If that's the case, the only hope to keep KPFK in
the hands of the people of Southern California is a mass vote against the Committee
To Strengthen KPFK and the corruption that's enabled them to steal the
election. Reports are now circulating that the election deadline may be
extended to December 26 to achieve the 10% quorum necessary to certify the
election. That delay will give those who haven't voted a chance to do so
and those who want to change their vote that opportunity.
It now seems likely that the Committee, with anonymous financial backing,
negotiated with election officials to delay the date for mailing ballots to
coordinate with the mailing of their -,000 mailer promoting their slate of
candidates. Meanwhile, unfinanced independent candidates began their
campaign on schedule, unaware of the backroom maneuverings. The collusion
may have gone so far that the National Election Supervisor and interim Executive
Director for the Pacifica Radio Foundation violated the Foundation's own bylaws
requirement of an October 15 deadline for mailing ballots in order that the
Committee's glossy endorsements would reach voters before or simultaneous with
the ballot, maximizing the endorsement's influence on voters.
Meanwhile, without notice of the new date, independent candidates began their
campaign on the "mandated" start date of October 15, with flyers,
emails, endorsements from supporters, and public notices. It was eight
days later, long enough for effect of the independents' initial push to wane,
that ballots were finally released. While the Committee To Strengthen KPFK
has engaged in behind-the-scenes organization with the National Elections
Supervisor, the independent candidates fumed over the silence from the NES to
their questions and concerns about election violations.
The head of Pacifica's election campaign committee, Terry Goodman, first let
the cat out of the bag in an email on a private listserv. Goodman revealed
that the Committee To Strengthen KPFK was determining when the ballots should go
out. According to Goodman, "the mailing of ballots was delayed because the mailing of the
slate promo was delayed."
The collusion at KPFK echoed the maneuverings by The Committee To Strengthen
KPFK's allies, the ACE slate at KPFK's sister sister WBAI. An email
exchange between ACE members and the National Elections Supervisor, Casey
Peters, revealed the collusion there. Another member of the Pacifica
elections committee, Carolyn Birden, posted
emails between Mitch Cohen of ACE and Peters in which they discuss openly
that they had agreed to delay the ballots to coordinate with the ACE mailer.
From: Mitchel Cohen [mitchelco...@mindspring.com]
Sent: 10/25/2007 4:38:22 PM
Subject: Re: When were ballots mailed?
As a few folks in Manhattan began receiving their ballots already today
(Thursday), I am curious as to when, exactly, the ballots were mailed out.
Were they in the mail already while we were speaking on the phone on
Wednesday afternoon, discussing options for what to do about WBAI's booklet?
Please let me know.
From: "Casey Peters"
Subject: Re: When were ballots mailed?
Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2007 08:05:41 -0700
If the ballots were mailed when we spoke, it was without my knowledge or
permission. I have heard some other reports along this line, and we are
looking into it.
Two days later, Cohen discussed with another ACE member that Pacifica's
Interim Executive Director, Dan Siegel, had defied the Peters' autonomy to
manage the elections and ordered the ballots to be mailed, perhaps out of
frustration with the delay. Cohen orders, "We also need to unscramble Dan
Siegel's relationship to this particular mailing house. Did he have personal
access? (It appears that he personally directed them to mail out ballots, over
Casey's decision not to do so yet."
Birden arrogantly demands that the elections committee investigate Siegel's
"interference" in the dealmaking between the ACE slate and
Peters. And Birden suggests that the premature mailing has affronted Carol
Spooner, a former Pacifica National Board member from Berkeley, who has helped
organize slates for past elections in New York and Los Angeles. Spooner
has been mentioned as the attorney prepared to bring a lawsuit against Pacifica
on behalf of the Committee To Strengthen KPFK. Birden argues to
the Elections Committee that, "Siegel violated the agreement he and Casey
had made with Spooner not to release ballots until the ACE mailing was
So, to all appearances, the Pacifica bylaws were violated to accommodate The
Committee To Strengthen KPFK's mail schedule, as it was for their New York
But the story doesn't end there. The independent candidates, still
unaware of the manipulations behind the ballot delay, complained to the Pacifica
National Board that they were not informed that they had a right to the
station's mailing list and, presumably, to its much less expensive email
list. The "remediation" they got for the acknowledged inequities
was revealed by Goodman to be a placating ruse. According to Goodman,
"The 'faction' for whom remedy was granted at KPFK is the 'faction' consisting of all those candidates who didn't
carefully plan an election campaign, but the remedy will actually have minimal effect on the results."
So the Pacifica elections committee chair mocks the "disorganized"
candidates, those who had no notice that they had to re-organize their
campaigns, and implicitly applauds the "organized" candidates, who
were secretly working with the National Election Supervisor to both advantage
themselves and disadvantage those candidates who didn't have high-level access
to violate published timetables and the Pacifica Bylaws.
The PNB acknowledged that the all candidates did not have equal access to the
mailing list and that the election financing was discriminatory, and responded
with a resolution for remediation for those candidates. The PNB left the
particulars of the remediation to a group including the National Elections
Supervisor, the Pacifica legal counsel, the interim General Manager at KPFK, and
the PNB board members from KPFK.
If the remediation group met, the meeting was not noticed, so aggrieved
candidates could not participate in the remediation process. Goodman
reveals that two actions were undertaken to "remediate" the inequity,
but he does not explain who made the decisions. The first was an extension
of the voting deadline to December 11, and the second was the opportunity to
replace an original ballot with a changed ballot, according to Goodman.
Goodman tells the private list that both were a sham, a political trick to
placate complaining candidates. Of the extension, Goodman says that "the deadline was extended at KPFK in response to a PNB motion
demanding remedy for the mailing of a campaign promo by a slate" but "the extension would very likely have
occurred regardless" because of the delayed ballot mailing." Of
course, any extension of time benefits all parties equally.
Even the opportunity to file a changed ballot was standard election policy
and not a remediation,
according to Goodman: "Actually, anyone can change their votes in any Pacifica election
simply by reporting before a deadline that they didn't receive a ballot. Their prior ballot submission is then voided as if
intercepted even if it wasn't. We don't normally point this out because replacing ballots is expensive."
But again, allowing universal changes to ballots is not remediation to any
Goodman sums up the fraud: "Some complainers imagine that it can make a difference and so feel
better thinking that the advantage obtained by those who actually planned a campaign has somehow been equalized by this ruling.
Rationales don't have to be reasonable to have political validity."
So both the mailing of the ballots and the "remediation" promised
to independent candidates were designed to make sure the Committee To Strengthen
KPFK wins election to the Local Station Board. The only solution is to
ensure that independent candidates take control of the LSB and can elect their
representatives to the Pacifica National Board. From there, they can use
their own experience in this election to guarantee that future Pacifica
elections are free of false promises and insider collusion with election
If you are a member of KPFK, you can get information on getting a replacement
ballot and voting by calling 818-985-2711. Take over the station.
LATEST COMMENTS ABOUT THIS ARTICLE
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|STRAIGHT OUT OF THEROVE PLAYBOOK
||Stop White Power
||Monday, Dec. 10, 2007 at 6:06 PM
|Future of KPFK in doubt
||Monday, Dec. 10, 2007 at 9:38 PM
|The COmmittee's history of Racism at KPFK
||Monday, Dec. 10, 2007 at 9:58 PM
|Fred's almost on it
||Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007 at 5:42 PM
||Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007 at 7:29 PM
|No extension! (and a note to Baldwin)
||Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007 at 9:33 PM
|In other words
||Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007 at 1:14 AM
|SImply replace the bad with the good.
||Fredric L. Rice
||Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007 at 8:27 AM
||Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007 at 9:23 AM
|So much for free speech, I guess.
||Fredric L. Rice
||Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007 at 11:48 AM
||Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007 at 12:10 PM
|"annonymous financial backing"
||Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007 at 12:42 PM
|hiding behind Judaism
||Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007 at 12:58 PM
|explanation for the totally uninformed
||Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007 at 2:37 PM
|Re:"annonymous financial backing"
||Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007 at 2:28 AM
|ps on Ethnicity and Fair KPFK ELections
||Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007 at 2:50 AM
||Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007 at 3:09 AM
|Thanks,Leslie, for f-actual information
||Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007 at 12:50 PM
|Partners in Ignorance
||Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007 at 3:37 PM
|COINTELPRO and commenting out
||Fredric L. Rice
||Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007 at 4:36 PM
||Wrong, don't retry
||Friday, Dec. 14, 2007 at 7:37 AM
||Friday, Dec. 14, 2007 at 12:27 PM
||That's Mr. Dawg to you
||Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007 at 7:33 AM
|explantion for the stupid
||Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007 at 9:05 AM
|question for a pompus ass
||Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007 at 12:06 PM
||Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007 at 12:25 PM
|ugly ones by S_D
||Dawg is S--t
||Sunday, Dec. 16, 2007 at 10:02 AM
|dog gone flack
||Sunday, Dec. 16, 2007 at 4:03 PM
||Monday, Dec. 17, 2007 at 10:25 AM
|Censorship at LAIMC
||Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007 at 9:55 AM
|to: Mr. London
||Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007 at 11:50 AM
||Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007 at 12:08 PM
|No talking room
||Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007 at 12:46 PM
|No response from IMC
||Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007 at 4:24 PM
|Power to some of the people
||Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007 at 10:23 AM
||Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007 at 1:26 PM
||look who's talking
||Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007 at 1:48 PM
||Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007 at 3:43 PM
|And proud of it
||Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007 at 3:51 PM
|going off the deep end
||Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007 at 4:23 PM
|fake Meyer unravels
||Sloganeering Sam's Son
||Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007 at 5:56 PM
|it's not all about you (or me)
||Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007 at 7:05 PM
|it's not all about you (or me)
||Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007 at 7:11 PM
|fake Sheepdog unravels
||Friday, Dec. 21, 2007 at 12:23 AM
||Friday, Dec. 21, 2007 at 12:00 PM
||Friday, Dec. 21, 2007 at 1:40 PM
||Friday, Dec. 21, 2007 at 3:37 PM
|Meyer, take magnesium, give up the gluten and dairy
||Friday, Dec. 21, 2007 at 7:16 PM
|for what it's worth
||Friday, Dec. 21, 2007 at 7:40 PM
|loud and clear
||Friday, Dec. 21, 2007 at 8:12 PM