“Pollie” Award Presented To American Strategies CEO For Robocall

“Pollie” Award Presented To American Strategies CEO For Robocall

PollieCHICAGO —  The American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) presented American Strategies CEO Thomas Mannix with its annual “Pollie” award for excellence in the field of telecommunications for his robocall targeting political petition signers alleged to have been obtained fraudulently.

“As a result of our robocall initiative, an incumbent county official in Illinois withdrew as a candidate for re-election, resulting in our candidate running unopposed in the 2016 general election.  The robocall was recognized for its innovative marriage of old fashioned paper and pencil research implemented into better organized action via modern technology,” said Mannix.  “By pre-identifying actual petition signers by robocalling, we were able to narrow our in-person field work to obtain time sensitive affidavits which were the basis for a ballot challenge to the incumbent.”

Mannix recognized a suspicious pattern of fraud in the petition sheets submitted by an elected official of advanced age who certified under oath that he had personally circulated over 100 petition sheets throughout a vast geographic area within a short period of time.

“Having personally reviewed tens of thousands of petition pages over the years and being an elected official myself who knows what it is like to pound the pavement seeking signatures, I just knew this guy lied about gathering over 1,500 signatures.  But knowing something is true and proving it within the abbreviated Illinois petition objection period are two different things,” said Mannix.  “By manually organizing our paper research to target actual signers and narrow the universe of doors that may produce signed affidavits, we were able to gather enough evidence in a short period of time.  When confronted with the evidence by the media and forced to appear under oath before the election authority, the candidate folded tent and withdrew his bogus petitions.”

Mannix stated that the petition review verification service through robocalling is now a standard service offered by American Strategies to all its candidates should they face a similar problem with their opponents.

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