The final Pepperdine pre-election poll on the November 6 Proposition 37 California ballot initiative to label genetically engineered foods came out October 30. After enjoying a 26-point lead for the past six months, our side is now supposedly 10 points behind in the polls. The online poll, which in theory has a margin of error of 3-5%, was conducted before our Yes on Prop 37 TV ads finally began running last weekend. But the results are nonetheless alarming.
We still enjoy a lead among those who don't watch TV, but the opposition's ads have turned huge numbers of California TV-watchers against us.
For a full month Monsanto and their allies have pounded the California airwaves with nearly $50 million in TV and radio ads, spewing lies about how mandatory labeling for genetically engineered food will mean higher costs for consumers, lawsuits clogging the courts, "confusing" labels and poor farmers and grocers facing "nightmares of paperwork." Surveys have shown that once undecided or even opposed voters see our Yes on Prop 37 ads they change their minds, and come back over to our side. But we're running out of time - and money - to reach those voters. Meanwhile, money continues to pour into the opposition's campaign. Monsanto just upped its contribution this week from $7.1 million to more than $8 million.
In addition to running more ads, we need to step up our ground strategy in these last few days. Our 10,000+ volunteers for Yes on 37 are fighting back on the ground by talking to voters in front of supermarkets, sharing information with their friends by email and on Facebook, and by talking to prospective voters on the phone. These grassroots efforts will culminate in a major Get-Out-the-Vote campaign on November 6.
The "Do or Die" moment of truth has arrived in this David versus Goliath battle. The whole world is watching. We desperately need your emergency last-minute donations and your volunteer energy. Please support us in these last five days of this historic campaign!
Spread the Word: No More Stolen Elections
OCA is very concerned that a cabal of right-wing extremists who now control most of the proprietary electronic voting machines and optical scanners will be counting our votes our Nov. 6, not only in California, but across the entire United States. These extremists are funded by powerful corporations and special interests, including the Romney family. From the Presidential race all the way down through state ballot initiatives and local city council elections, election integrity is at risk. Many analysts, including former presidential candidates Al Gore and John Kerry, now believe that the 2000 and 2004 elections were stolen and that there was major electronic vote theft in the local, state, and federal 2008 elections as well.
To help us safeguard the integrity of the Nov. 6 vote in California, OCA approached two well-known exit poll companies to carry out exit polls for us to verify the Prop 37 vote count on whether or not genetically engineered foods should be labeled. But are these companies truly independent and reliable? The first one, Edison Communications, carried out exit polls in the fraudulent 2000 and 2004 elections. The second one, Penn, Schoen, Berland, seemed eager to do an exit poll for a fee of $60 - $70,000. But as it turns out PSB is actually part of the infamous Burson-Marsteller public relations firm, one of whose most prominent clients is, would you believe it, Monsanto? Needless to say we declined to hire Monsanto's agents to verify the results of a vote that Monsanto alone has spent more than $8 million to quash.
If we can't trust pre-election polls, if we can't trust prominent exit pollsters, if we can't trust the vote tabulations from privately-owned electronic voting machines and optical scanners, what are we supposed to do? We need a revolution in our electoral practices. We can no longer allow our elections to be bought or stolen. We need to get corporate special interest money out of politics, like the nearly $50 million we're up against from Monsanto, Dupont, and junk food companies on Prop 37 in California. And we need to return to the tried-and-true traditional practice of publicly-counted paper ballots, which is still the norm in most countries.
How much is a GMO label worth? If you're a pesticide or junk food manufacturer, almost $50 million. That's what Monsanto, Dow, Dupont, Pepsi, Coca-Cola and others have now invested in one of the most relentless, deceptive, and downright crooked ad campaigns to come down the pike in a long time, a campaign aimed at keeping GMO labels off our food.
Monsanto has been pounding California voters for weeks with TV ads claiming that a simple label stating "contains genetically engineered ingredients" will lead to skyrocketing food prices and a windfall for trial lawyers. They're even calling Prop 37 a "food tax."
You know the No on 37 campaign is lying to consumers to protect its obscene profits. But unfortunately, not everyone in California understands the issues or knows the facts. Thanks to thousands of consumers like you who have dug deep into their wallets to fight this corporate takeover of our food, we still stand a chance of winning in California. But we need to reach more voters and we're running out of time. We have only five more days to reach as many voters as possible with our own TV ads and the truth about GMO labeling and Prop 37.
Time is running out. Don't let Monsanto hijack this critical food labeling law. Please invest today in the future of safe food and better health. Your donation could help to sway the winning vote!
The Monsanto-Pepsi gang can't change the fact that 9 out of 10 people want to know if they're eating genetically modified organisms (GMOs). What they can do is try to trick California voters into believing that a simple label on their food is actually a nefarious plot to make consumers pay more for their food and make trial lawyers rich.
The corporations desperate to keep you in the dark about GMOS have tried nearly every trick in the book. Fake voter guides. Phony "scientists." Lies about newspaper endorsements. Illegal hijacking of government logos.
Help Spread the Truth about Prop 37 and GMO Labeling
We all know the power of video. Here are four short videos that could sway California voters to vote Yes on 37. Please share them far and wide with everyone you know - by email, facebook, twitter. With time running out before the Nov. 6 election, we need all the help we can get to counter the No on 37 lies. We can win this!