Veteran GOP consultants said Monday that they were relaunching a drive to change the way California allocates its electoral college votes, aimed at helping the 2008 Republican presidential nominee capture the White House.The effort stalled last month when its original organizers failed to raise the $2 million needed to place the initiative on the June ballot. Fortunately, they still have an uphill climb:
Political strategist David Gilliard said he was taking over the ballot initiative campaign, along with strategist Ed Rollins and fundraiser Anne Dunsmore. Consultant Mike Arno will oversee the signature-gathering effort.
California Secretary of State Debra Bowen has set Nov. 13 as the deadline for submitting signatures to place the measure on the June ballot. Backers must gather 434,000 valid signatures of registered voters. Because many signatures are typically deemed invalid, circulators will probably seek at least 650,000. The initial campaign had gathered about 100,000 signatures.Even if it does get on the ballot, polls that have already been conducted show a majority of California voters understand this is a stealth attempt by the GOP to rig the system so that a Democrat can't possibly win the presidency. After all, that's why Dunsmore, who has done fundraising for Giuliani's presidential campaign, is one person behind the initiative drive and a major Giuliani benefactor, Wall Street mogul Paul E. Singer, has donated $175,000 to fund the effort. Do they really think people don't see through this stuff?