A crowdfunding campaign has been launched on FundElevator to raise donations to battle the State of New Jersey’s ban on Tesla sales.
Money raised will be designated for a lobbying effort to fight against the odd ban. The group behind the campaign has labeled themselves the “People’s PAC”, claims that the only reason this ban happened is because of lobbying by auto dealers, and not because it is good for the public.
In a statement on their campaign page the organizers declare;
Tesla sells directly to us instead of using a dealership system precisely because they are not a traditional company. They want to educate, relieve buyer pressure, and put those savings back into the company so they can continue to innovate. Right now, they are making a more affordable model, which will be released in 2015/16.
But this isn’t about whether or not you can one day afford a Tesla- it’s about not sitting by while politicians and special interest groups stop American growth and progress.
It’s time we show politicians and special interest groups that we will no longer be silent. We will no longer sit by and watch our political system stifle innovation. If our democracy is for sale, then it’s time we become the buyers.
And politicians aren’t that expensive. In NC it only took $8,000 to get a state senator to sponsor an anti-Tesla bill. So give what you can, $1, $5—it’s not the amount of money we raise but the number of people we get to contribute that counts—it is the popular support that is what makes this movement invaluable, this, is what Tesla needs. If we don’t hit our goal off $155,000 (the amount that NJCAR, NJ’s Auto Dealers’ group, spent lobbying last year) in 90 days you will get a full refund.
In a release the organizers state the Auto Dealers of America, a powerful lobby, has been fighting to ban Tesla in several states. The contributions to sponsors of such bills can be tracked on sites like followthemoney.org.
The campaign has promised full refunds if their goal of $155,000 is not hit in 90 days. The campaign has been launched without the knowledge of Tesla and is completely independent from the company.
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