The Perot Campaign


The Perot Campaign 

Of the four candidates, Perot was first, starting in January.  Perot’s rise in popularity was linked to Telepoll 700-800-900#, owned and programmed by Gary Tomlinson for Owners of America, Inc. Telepoll offering AGREE – DISAGREE votes.  From January until March PhoneVoting took place entirely by telephone. Results went to the congresspersons of the pollvoters and to the media each week from early February 1992 on.  d'Avignon wrote and faxed the PhoneVoter questions to Owners of America, Inc. who had Capitol Calling Cards printed and sold. 


Finally, someone was listening.   Congresspersons and the media received weekly releases.  In June, Perot led a Gallup poll with 39% of the vote thanks to the combined efforts of PhoneVoter and TelePoll, paid for entirely by Owners of America, Inc.


The CNN appearance on Larry King Live aired on February 20, 1992. This was a reaction to Perot’s rising popularity, originating from voters’ ability to respond to the statements they heard through their phone calls using their Capitol Calling Cards.  Perot advocated, electronic direct democracy via electronic town halls as well.  The tallies were a step in that direction, powering the campaign and the wish of Americans to have a part in decisions being made.  


In May Perot hired Ed Rollins, a former consultant for Ronald Reagan, and everyone in the campaign expected Perot to begin buying satellite time through PhoneVoter and making use of the
Presidential Candidates’ Unedited Speech program and to participate in the Presidential Candidates’ Debate Tournament.    It did not happen, regretably.  But if it had there was a strong likelihood the final debate would not have included either a Republican or Democrat.  Wouldn't that have been interesting?


Instead, on July 16th Rollins resigned and two days later so did Perot, coming back to stop the threat of Bo Gritz taking his place with Owners of America, Inc.  



Perot depended on appearances made on other people’s TV shows.  Bill Clinton refused to participate in programming which allowed voters to AGREE/DISAGREE with his ideas but used satellite from April 1 through the election in November. 

If Perot had not been too cheap to pay for Satellite time, he would likely have been the next president.  Satellite for the whole year would have cost him only $2M.

Clinton Ethics in Operation


At the time of Super Tuesday Clinton was in Illinois confronting his lack of financing and need to beat former Governor of California, Jerry Brown.  Former Massachusetts Senator Paul E. Tsongas left the race March 17th, leaving only Brown as a problem.  Bill knew he was no match for Brown in a face to face debate.  The Clinton charm fell flat with Jerry Brown who was quirky but honestly looking for solutions to problems.   

​Brown’s campaign included the use of an 800 number to encourage small donors, focusing on term limits, a flat tax, and the abolition of the Department of Education.  Jerry would not begin his participation in Unedited Presidential Candidate Speeches until late April but the 1040 Flat Tax event in front of the New York Public Library, Main Branch, had taken place.  The NY primary would take place April 7th.


​It was now, or never, for Bill and Hillary’s presidential ambitions.  It is likely they had calculated the power of the presidency for quashing investigations before the election took place. 

Two men, who identified themselves as ‘Charles Marcus and Frank Greer’ began calling PhoneVoter to ask detailed questions about satellite technology and about costs in Mid-March.  Marcus said nothing except to state, when the subject of cost was raised, there was not have enough to pay for anything.  So how could they get satellite?  The dialog continued over the phone and by fax.  Brock prepared a proposal specifically for the Clinton Campaign dated May 22, 1992.  LINK  

  The record of some of the advice provided to ‘Marcus’ is handwritten at the bottom.  The consultations continued, evidently, while Bill and Greer were arranging to rip PhoneVoter off, never paying them.  

Marcus and Greer evaded discussing the Interactive shows which would have put Bill into debates with other candidates such as Jerry Brown who called him a “scandal-a-day-candidate.”   They said, “We’ll get back to you on that.”


Always trusting and helpful, Brock told the Clintons there was only one Satellite Uplink truck still available in the entire country.  Brock sent them the Keystone Quote Page, having already told them even though they did not have enough to pay the first and last month for satellite they could, with the truck, send their content up themselves.  The Uplink Truck’s cost for one month was $35,000.  Brock then advised them the remaining $15,000 must to be spent letting Network and local TV News Directors know where to aim their satellite received dish by notifications phone, telex, fax and TWIX so they could obtain the warm words and sweet smiles of Bill Clinton which would be raining down from the sky.  Money would not be a problem, Brock promised them, and they quickly discovered the truth of this consultation. 


Brock took notes
LINK


Frank Greer was then the Clinton Media Consultant – but no one named ‘Charlie Marcus’ ever worked for the Clinton Campaign.  Brock realized the deference Greer showed to Marcus made it obvious, in retrospect, the second voice was Bill Clinton.  Unfolding events proved Greer and the Clintons could learn fast about the technologies which today drive media. 



Buchanan and Brown had nothing to hide.  Perot might have – but Clinton did.

The Candidates Who Never Responded
 
Libertarians, those who might have been assumed to be the most well-informed technologically, remained inert. 


Lee Wright, one Libertarian candidate running for the LP nomination in 1991, immediately understood the power of Interactive technologies.  But Lee could not get past the assumption the Main Stream Media made TV impossible.  Brock was having this same problem with both Libertarians and all other candidates except the four mentioned.   


Today, 2018, the National LP, to date, has never answered the phone or responded to phone messages, snail mail, faxes or emails sent offering them free or volume discount coast-to-coast airtime for shows and debates in 1992, 1995-6, 2000, 2016.  Neither have the other minor parties. 
 
The Bottom Line - 1992

The four campaigns who used the PhoneVoter produced results with stunning speed. 


Perot, the frugal, never used satellite but starting in February he rose into high enough polling numbers to be a serious contender for the presidency.


Clinton understood the PhoneVoter services would require him to debate issues and answer questions, not just glad-hand voters and, “Feel their pain.”  Bill refused to participate in programming which allowed voters to AGREE/DISAGREE with his ideas but used satellite from April 1 through the election in November.  His donations and supporters increased rapidly. 



Pat Buchanan and Jerry Brown both began exploring the potential of PhoneVoter TV in late February.  Brown dallied around, not getting his Unedited Speech to PhoneVoter for several weeks.   Buchanan’s Campaign Chairman, his sister Bay Buchanan, had one to PhoneVoter within a week. 

Jerry Brown and Pat Buchanan were each committed to change.  Their goals differed, but each believed their own ideas would be good for America.  If there was any doubt at the time these questions have been laid to rest by how they have spent the 36 years since the 1992 election.   Each was willing to debate openly.


When these began to air 16-hours per day from the last week of April through the California Primary on June 6th Brown and Buchanan’s polling numbers began to rise dramatically.


Brock faxed Brown a visual stunt. Having the Federal Tax Code Books (70 volumes) of loopholes, receding behind Brown in a trash truck.  Unfortunately, the Clinton’s Union Allies in NY got wind of this exciting event and ensured no trash truck was available.  Undeterred, Brown threw the volumes one-by-one slowly into a trash can as he held up his postcard 1040 flat-tax IRS Form in front of mobile crews from 13 TV Networks.  The replay of the stunt coast-to-coast caused a 2% rise in Brown’s popularity every day.  d’Avignon calculated Brown had missed beating Clinton in the NY and California Primaries by three days to be the Democrat nominee. 
 
Buchanan went into the Republican Convention having campaigned for the same values he stands for today.  These are essentially paleoconservative.  He and Bay run
The American Cause .


Jerry Brown again ran for the office of Governor in California and was elected again to the position in 2011.  He maintains a website,
Jerry Brown , which bemoans the level of the prison population in California.  Brock has sent Brown a solution which includes releasing all convicts in prison for victimless crimes immediately and allowing those who had victims to pay restitution in the form of a percentage of income to their victim.

D’Avignon refers to convicts who qualify to pay restitution as Outvicts.   69% of employers will employ 
an Outvict if the crime was non-violence and prisoners agree to pay restitution of 17% of their monthly earnings to their victims.   
This being so, why would he seek out employers, candidates, in 1996 and 2000  who were unaware of the power of satellite and Interactive TV?  In 2000 candidate George W. Bush was using satellite along with his father, who was campaigning for him.  

Neither the Democratic or Republican parties have used Interactive TV at any time in the last 36 years.  Striking, when you think about it.  Just like Clinton, extend the size of the mass-audience but do not give them a chance to ask questions, make comments, or be heard.  


What you see today is television is a sedative. People use TV to suspend thought and lose themselves in illusions about the world as it is today.  58% of households today have at least one television which is enabled with IPTV, meaning it has all of the potential for interaction possessed by the Internet.  But this potential remains unutilized because the content provided by the Main Stream Media carefully limit its use.  

At the 2018 National Conference of Broadcasters last April we learned tech companies which produce these technologies are looking for customers who understand the potential your IPTV has gor putting you in the driver's  seat.