More on those funny robo-calls in North Carolina

The NAACP complains, and Women’s Voices, Women’s Vote issues an explanation that doesn’t explain anything.

The North Carolina NAACP issued a formal complaint today about what it called “voter suppression” activities by Women’s Voices, Women’s Vote in the North Carolina primary. WVWV issued a statement, apparenlty in response, which fails to address the obvious question: if you’re making robo-calls in a state where people can still register and vote at special “one-stop” locations but where it’s too late to register by mail, why not tell people where they can register rather than telling them to wait for a form to arrive in their mailboxes?

I’m no expert on voter registration, but I would think “You can register now to vote in the primary that the whole world is watching” would be a pretty potent motivator.

Reportedly WVWV has done good registration work, and I sympathize with the reluctance of people who admire that work to put it at risk by pushing the issue of WVWV’s illegal tactics and strange timing. In addition, there are some Obama supporters affiliated with WVWV, and so far they’re not making a fuss.

Still, given the very extensive Clinton connections of much of the WVWV leadership, it’s hard not to be suspicious. (On the other hand, I can think of one simple bureaucratic explanation for why WVWV should stress mail-in over walk-in registration: in measuring its results to report them to its donors, it’s easier for WVWV to show success by counting how many of the forms it mails out get mailed back than by counting how many recipients of robo-calls went out to get registered.)

Below is the summary a reader prepared from this NPR chart.

Here are the members of WVWV who worked for Bill Clinton

Page Gardner is the Founder and President of WVWV.

She served as Bill Clinton’s deputy political director for his 1992 campaign.

She also served on his presidential transition team.

Joe Goode is the Executive director of WVWV.

He was a polster for Bill Clintons 1992 Presidential campaign.

Michael Lux is a board member.

He worked on Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign.

He claims to have switched his support from Hillary to Obama,

but only has donated to Hillary and Hillpac.

Mimi Mager is a board member.

She served as a member of the Clinton-Gore transition team.

She was a founding member of Emily’s list (which supports Hillary)

John Podesta is a board member.

He is a former chief of staff to President Clinton.

Pat Griffin is on the leadership team.

He is a partner at Grifin Willins CPM,

WVWV has paid CPM $88,842 for strategic planning.

Griffin is Former top advisor to Pres Clinton,

served as assistant to president Clinton for leg. affairs

Anna Greenberg, Leadership Team, Sen VP Greenber QRR.

WVWV paid GQRR $225,854 for polling focus groups.

Also conducts surveys for NPR.

Greenberg has served as pollster to president Clinton.

Maggie Williams was on the leadership team. Also partner at Griffin Williams CPM.

She is currently the campaign manager for Sen Cinton.

Advised her senatorial campaign.

Was chief of staff of for Hillary Clinton while she was first lady.

Served as assistant to President Clinton and COS at President Clinton’s foundation.

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Here are the members of WVWV who worked for Hillary Clinton

Maggie Williams was on the leadership team. Also partner at Griffin Williams CPM.

She is current campaign manager for Sen Cinton.

Advised her senatorial campaign.

Was chief of staff of for Hillary Clinton while she was first lady.

Also served as asst to Pres Clinton and COS at Pres Clinton’s foundation.

Mimi Mager is a board member.

She served as a member of the Clinton-Gore transition team.

She was a founding member of Emily’s list (which supports Hillary)

Ties to Clinton campaign through marriage or money

Ron Rosenblith is on the leadership team.

Is married to Page Gardner (who was Bill Clinton’s dep political director for his 92 campaign.)

He is CEO of Integral resources, and IR has received $791,954 for phones from WVWV.

Hal Malchow was on the WVWV Leadership team.

He is president of MSHC.

MSHC has received $580,319 from WVWV for voter list development.

Malchow’s MSHC is owed nearly $1 million by the Clinton campaign for printing expenses.

Members who say they support Obama or Edwards

Todd Webster, leadership team. is President of Webster Strategies.

WVWV has paid Webster Strategies 89,953 for website communication.

Says he is Obama supporter, Obama campaign has paid WS 8,000.

No donations found.

Michael Lux is a board member.

He worked on Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com