WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Commission on Presidential Debates threatened to arrest a volunteer working for HELPtheCPD today, when he asked the Commission for their mailing address.
“I stopped by the huge Washington building where the Commission has their tiny office,” said Mr. Richard W. Stewart, “for the sole purpose of picking up the mailing address of the Commission. I needed this because the security guards told me yesterday the Commission accepted no mail, or packages of any kind, addressed to their building address. Instead of giving me the requested address, the security guards said they had strict orders from the Commission to have me arrested if I stepped inside the building. Being a peaceful and non-confrontational person from Iowa, I did as I was told and left immediately.”
The security guards also told Mr. Stewart the Commission advised them their mailing address was only available on a 'need to know' basis.
“Well,” said Mr. Stewart, “it's hard to know how to take this news. The Commission is non-profit and tax-exempt, with a constituency consisting of all American voters, like me. They obviously need to know what we are thinking, and they have no way to gather that information. When a retired person such as myself, who is volunteering at great personal expense to help them collect citizen input, is threatened with arrest, it must say something about what's going on behind those closed doors. Exactly what it does say, however, is unclear to me. I'm from Iowa, where doors are open and people don't threaten strangers with arrest if they ask them for their mailing address. I'll have to think on this one.”
HELPtheCPD, the citizen centered not for profit group working to help the Commission on Presidential Debates use 21st century technology to collect input from its constituency, works out of its Washington office located at Soho Coffee & Tea.
For more information contact HELPtheCPD at:
Snail mail is cheerfully accepted at:
855 Camburn Ct SE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52403