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CameraFRAUD.com Message Board › PARS, Jay Heiler, ATS, Redflex, APCO, Front Group

PARS, Jay Heiler, ATS, Redflex, APCO, Front Group

SD A.
user 10384977
Phoenix, AZ
Post #: 161
I think this is one of the scam cam sites:
http://www.orgsites.c...­

Comes complete with a fake poll:
http://www.orgsites.c...­

Update: Organization was created by Melissa Wandall on behalf of her husband who was victim to a red light runner. She has another website: http://www.themarkwan...­

It's quite possible that the scam cam companies or even APCO is helping these individuals and organizations form their own coalitions in order to create that need for photo enforcement.
SD A.
user 10384977
Phoenix, AZ
Post #: 162
What we have so far in summary:

APCO Worldwide is a public relations company that provides lobbyists & spokespersons to ultimately help change laws so they'll benefit whatever organization or company that needs them to work in their favor. They create coalitions, (grassroot groups) so lawmakers can see a legitimate concern by the citizens and organizations that are members or partners of the coalition. Some websites and coalition groups may be faked and created just for this purpose. There are a few coalition & grassroots efforts websites that are partners with some photo enforcement companies, some may be fake, and some may be used just for the promotion of photo enforcement with no specific PE company in mind.

APCO helps fight for just about anything and everything regardless of their safety benefits or hazards to the public. Jay Heiler, a self-proclaimed lover of freedom who's currently working as a PR spokesperson for Redflex, claims to currently be informally affiliated with this organization although his roots run deep with it. A phone call to APCO as posted under a APCO Worldwide listing on Manta.com goes straight to Jay's phone. Jay is listed as a chief counselor for APCO on that website.

A product of APCO is a coalition of major road safety advocates which came together to form PARS: Partnership for Advancing Road Safety. Major photo enforcement companies including Redflex and ATS are a part of that partnership which makes them a part of the coalition. The PARS website is located at www.advancingroadsafety.com. The website has been verified that it's registered to APCO. [See Update Below]

A quote from thenewspaper:

"The "founding members" that hired APCO for this public relations project include Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions, UK-based Lasercraft and Redspeed, Germany-based Traffipax and Australia-based Redflex. The overseas companies use front groups to evade laws prohibiting direct foreign influence in the US electoral process. Redflex, for example, specifically cited an "APCO nationwide poll" in a press release issued earlier this month, making no mention of its connection to the firm"

APCO publishes Opinion Polls. These polls use techniques that help sway public opinion and create a need for the company or program that's behind the poll. The numbers from the poll can be quoted over and over in order to convince the general public about the effectiveness of company's products or services. In this case, ATS performed such a poll early last year and it still uses the numbers from that poll to convince people that the majority of the population wants photo enforcement. A recent Washington Post article stated "in a recent nationwide opinion poll, voters showed 80% support of the red light cameras as a safety tool". This was posted on March 4th, 2010 and information on Redflex is also included in the same article but Redflex doesn't associate itself with the poll, unlike ATS which is an American based company that takes credit for the poll it created last year. This is a result from a nationwide APCO poll that thenewspaper is referring to. [More info on opinion polls in the next post below]

APCO Worldwide was founded by the law firm of Arnold & Porter, one of Washington D.C.'s largest law firms, also well known as a tobacco industry law firm. It was founded in 1984 by Margery Kraus who served as its first president and chief executive officer. It's made up of former PR spokes persons and former government officials. It came to the defense of Philip Morris tobacco company in the 90's and then when Gov Fife Symington was in office, Jay Heiler, who was then a policy advisor, brought APCO into the picture to help protect the company from Arizona lawsuits which wanted the tobacco company to be held responsible for the healthcare of those who used its products.

Conclusion thus far: There is a lot of information on APCO and its clients on the internet. There is no doubt that these companies are doing a lot of sneaky things behind the public's back. There's obviously a lot of deception taking place and the public needs to be made aware of this. A full-scale investigation should take place. Heiler claims that one of the ways to avoid a crisis is to divert the attention of the media. One way is to create a distraction like an agency (or grassroots group, coalition, public benefit, etc..) or just find something boring to talk about so they'll move onto bigger and better things. My take on this is that they're afraid of the media. If they say the wrong thing or can't answer some specific questions, the media will tear them apart.

I think we're finding a lot of stuff we can slam them with. We just need more facts that we can feed the media. Corrections and suggestions welcome.

Update: The PARS website: http://www.advancingr...­

Whois Info:

Registrant:
APCO Worldwide
ATTN ADVANCINGROADSAFETY.COM
care of Network Solutions
PO Box 459
Drums, PA 18222
US

Administrative Contact :
Online, APCO**
[Private Email]
ATTN ADVANCINGROADSAFETY.COM
care of Network Solutions
PO Box 459
Drums, PA 18222
US
Phone: 570-708-8780

Technical Contact :
Online, APCO**
[Private Email]
ATTN ADVANCINGROADSAFETY.COM
care of Network Solutions
PO Box 459
Drums, PA 18222
US
Phone: 570-708-8780

Record expires on 07-Jan-2012
Record created on 07-Jan-2010
Database last updated on 22-Feb-2010

Note: Network Solutions is the website this whois info came from. http://www.networksol...­

Update 2: There are 927 domains registered to "apco" and 150 registered to "apco worldwide", 20 registered to "online, apco" and these numbers don't include historical domains. http://www.domaintool...­
SD A.
user 10384977
Phoenix, AZ
Post #: 163
I guess rather than calling this a push-poll, it's an opinion poll (as indicated in the Washington Times article) but with response bias (See the ATS poll for official evidence of this). From info I see on push-polls, they're more reserved for candidates although this is basically the same concept and same technique. I know a lot of people don't quote Wikipedia articles as a reliable source, but a vast majority of the time, they're quite accurate. See what it says about opinion polls:

http://en.wikipedia.o...­

Response Bias

Survey results may be affected by response bias, where the answers given by respondents do not reflect their true beliefs. This may be deliberately engineered by unscrupulous pollsters in order to generate a certain result or please their clients, but more often is a result of the detailed wording or ordering of questions (see below). Respondents may deliberately try to manipulate the outcome of a poll by e.g. advocating a more extreme position than they actually hold in order to boost their side of the argument or give rapid and ill-considered answers in order to hasten the end of their questioning. Respondents may also feel under social pressure not to give an unpopular answer. For example, respondents might be unwilling to admit to unpopular attitudes like racism or sexism, and thus polls might not reflect the true incidence of these attitudes in the population. In American political parlance, this a phenomenon is often referred to as the Bradley Effect. If the results of surveys are widely publicized this effect may be magnified - a phenomenon commonly referred to as the spiral of silence
Kandaris
user 8408451
Phoenix, AZ
Post #: 124
Nice to have a view into the mind of a sociopath. The guy in his own words sees the public as babies, that are incapable of rising to his understanding of "highly complex issues", and the media as a means to deliver a toy to the crib so the infantile public will just go back to sleep. Wow, just wow. What can you say to that? Stunning.
Stacey
user 8519450
Scottsdale, AZ
Post #: 1,406
Well, hell, let's start own poll! lol
Mike W
user 10582796
Tempe, AZ
Post #: 339
Well, hell, let's start own poll! lol

From what I have seen we don't have to! The pure unvarnished truth in an unbiased poll/study condems the cameras utterly!

OUR problem is to get people to take the time to look at the facts rather than the fiction!

Well no on second thoughts, our BIGGEST problem is that about half the people I get to sign our petition tell me that they have been looking for some-place to sign, but can't find us!

Lets fix THAT one at least folks!
Stacey
user 8519450
Scottsdale, AZ
Post #: 1,715
Creation of doubt - Video about APCO:

http://www.meetup.com...­
Stacey
user 8519450
Scottsdale, AZ
Post #: 2,348
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