The Year Was 1992
Brock d'Avignon saw the potential for giving Americans a voice.  And a bunch of candidates ran for president.

       Brock watched as ten phone companies went down during then-President George H. W.' Bush's State of the Union Address.  Candidates were facing the problem of connecting with potential supporters.  Always an actionary, Brock was moved to do something about the lock the Democratic and Republican Parties had on elections. 

       The original funders for Ross Perot were Owners of America, Inc. (OOA Inc.).  The Reform Party would not be formed until Perot again tossed his hat in the ring for 1996.
       OOA Inc. was a concerned group of Americans worried about the national debt. They came from various points on the political spectrum, but this was the only issue that united them except the obvious need for change, which they expressed in many ways.

     Perot seemed like a guy they could trust, who would listen and act in their behalf. Unfortunately, this did not turn out to be the case.  But for a time, it was one of those moments which make moving mountains seem possible.   
 
            ​​ These stalwarts opened offices, putting down their own money. They began organizing on hope founded in the expectation Perot wanted to become president and so be in a position that made these changes possible.    

                 
          This took place in a matter of days.  Finally, someone, they believed, was positioning themselves as independent of both the Democratic and the Republican parties.  Reflecting the growing frustration of so many Americans, they wanted to be heard and they were willing to do what was necessary to reduce the role of government.  ​​
           The real story is instructive in many ways.  
           As is the case with many sagas, the facts were significantly different than the public myth. 
 
A Growing Number of Americans were increasingly desperate for change.  This desperation continues to grow. 
 
           At the beginning of 1992, Brock d'Avignon was a sales agent for businesses and ranches. A graduate from BYU, Brock had also directed 10 episodes for Housing the American Dream, the first TV show about restoring an old house. Brock was mulling over the state of presidential campaigns, the failure of candidates to be honest with voters, and the difficulty candidates had paying for airtime.
             d'Avignon understood the chancy relationship politics had with honesty and the failure of the political process to solve problems.   
 
           While considering how he could change this, Brock helped his old friend, Lawrence Samuels, sell his typesetting business.  While this was being finalized, Brock's thinking coalesced.  He would start a satellite TV Network to provide two-way communications between candidates and voters.  Knowing that phones, computers, and televisions existed, he saw how these could be brought together to accomplish the job.  He could change how politics worked by placing phone numbers on the screen under talking heads as watchers voted by phone for tallies on live or recorded TV.
        He could change how politics worked, reforming campaign financing.  By lowering the dependence of candidates on wealthy donors, candidates would not have to sell their souls to win. He would reduce the cost of campaigning so less wealthy candidates could afford to run. 
              At this point in time, TV was still owned by The Big Three, CBS, NBC, and ABC.  Perot did not want to lay out money for satellite or have his own network, Brock discovered; having faxed Perot his proposal for an Owners of America Network for $150,000 per month via satellite.
       Brock, very familiar with the then rising power of satellite technology, had cut a deal with Keystone Satellite Communications Satellite, Inc.  The company agreed, because of Brock’s negotiations with them, to sell Perot's campaign, or any presidential candidate, two months of 24/7 satellite time, upfront at $300,000, first and last month.  This would have covered one of four transponders available. 
      Keystone's General Manager, David Hansford , was also willing to give free satellite time to candidates who participated in Brock’s PhoneVoter TV Network’s Unedited Presidential Candidate Speeches .  Governor Jerry Brown and Pat Buchanan signed on with PhoneVoter for the freebies. 
     Other freebie programs for candidates included Melanin Brothers & Sisters , a panel show where the audience would PhoneVote on various hosts pertaining to race, religion, and culture.   The chosen arbiter was Francesca Collins-Allen, a member of the National Association of Black Women Executives. Other freebies were also planned.
          d'Avignon contacted Owners of America, Inc. (OOA), the organization heading the grassroots Perot Campaign in late January, along with all the other 64 candidates for whom he had addresses.  Asking to talk to their media consultants, he soon realized OOA’s good-hearted ladies had no idea how to proceed.  The National Debt had provided an initial bump from 2% to 8%, then the enthusiasm had plateaued.  
           No-one associated with the Perot Campaign knew what to do to revive the initial bump.  The answer was on the way. 


  
Brock d'Avignon and
the Capitol Calling Card Campaign
 
           OOA Inc. received a call from Brock d’Avignon, who had founded Satellite TV Network on January 21, 1992, the day after then-President Bush’s State of the Union Address. ​ CBS had paid At & T for 300,000 touch-tone AGREE – DISAGREE results; however, out of 100 Million voting-age citizens, nation-wide they got 29 Million calls, crashing 14 phone companies in the Mid-West, 7-Million busy signals, and 1-Million through-put.  Microwave TV was too big of a horse pill for the TelCo monopoly to handle.  But the satellite audience, then at 20 Million, was not. 
       Brock suggested a PhonePoll to OOA’s two media consultants, tasked by OOA to provide media.  The two ladies referred to themselves as the ‘Media Mavens’.
         The Media Mavens immediately went with Brock's idea for a Tele Poll, though Brock's suggestion had been for this to take place through satellite TV transmission.  This proved to be true for every idea d’Avignon presented to them.
        
The Clinton Campaign
 
      Bill Clinton also received a proposal , personalized to him.  The first call from the Clinton Campaign came in the third week of March. It was clear they had read the offer made in detail as their questions reflected this.   During the ensuing calls to PhoneVoter TV Network speaking as a ‘Charles Marcus’, one of two media consultants working for Clinton, he told Brock his campaign was down to $50,000 and their bus Headquarters.
       1992 the Clinton Campaign had been intended as a feeler for a serious campaign for president in 1996.   Clinton’s plans for the next round were revised rapidly.  We now know Bill Clinton was guilty of multiple sexual assaults on women.  We also know his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein included 26 flights on the Lolita Express with Epstein.  
      If the Clintons had waited in 1992, further revelations would have likely ended any chance for 1996.  When information on Gennifer Flowers became public, the New Hampshire Primary, which Bill expected to win, was weeks away, taking place on February 18, 1992 . Bill and Hillary immediately planned a denial, which aired on January 26, 1992 , on 60 Minutes.  Hillary’s performance was Oscar-worthy and saved them – temporarily.
         Gennifer Flowers responded the next day, January 27, 1992 , with a news conference that appeared on C-Span.  Flower’s attorney, Blake Hendricks arranged the news conference.
        How long can bald-faced denials work?  It was no longer possible to return to Arkansas and let time pass.  Time had run out.  The Clintons knew what could be unleashed.   Only by moving Bill beyond this threat, could the couple have a shot at the power and wealth for which they hungered.  As president, the Clintons would have the needed power to quash Bill’s victims. 
         In early March, facing multiple primaries, they needed a way to win the presidency. 
         Clinton, posing as ‘Charles Marcus’, with Frank Greer , who was the Clinton Media Consultant, then circumvented paying for consulting or any other fees to evade having to face a live, and unedited audience.  They saw a way out.  Brock had suggested the Road Show and, that Bill be his own host, via a satellite up-link truck.  When ‘Marcus’ actually Bill, objected to the cost of $35,000 a month and $15K for notifying News Directors, Marcus-Bill blurted out, “We won’t have any money for gas!”  Brock assured them they would, as satellite transmission would reach enough potential donors to rain money down on them,  as they rained satellite feed news shows down on News Directors daily.  The rest is history. 
          Bill Clinton had to edit all contact with the public.  This was the only option which they could afford which would give them the power to uplink carefully edited interactions with the public, and build enough name recognition to take the election.  Receiving questions, which would have to be answered, was entirely out of the question.
 
       All 64 candidates, including President George H. W. Bush , received proposals which included the programs offered for free.  In many cases, these proposals were sent a dozen times to rival the exposure PhoneVoter TV Network was giving other candidates.  Hubris, and them being in charge of what worked in the past caused the Bush loss of 1992.  Bush’s 89% popularity had also been a factor in their flawed reasoning in rejecting satellite and PhoneVoting.
            So, if Perot was not willing to pay for TV, what was he willing to pay for?  Nothing, it appears, as long as he did not have absolute control.
        Instead, of Perot paying; then Owners of America, Inc., took Brock up on his suggestion for AGREE - DISAGREE tallies on questions, these taking place over phones.  
          Brock suggested these be called Capitol Calling Cards and provided the graphics.  OOA Inc. sold these to Perot supporters for $20 for 20 PhoneVotes.  , who nearly always agreed with Perot for the AGREE - DISAGREE on questions.  Always agreeable, the Mavens were delighted.  OOA Inc. would pay for the Capitol Calling Card costs, which would be pretty much self-supporting.  Brock went looking for someone to provide the phone technology and found Gary Tomlinson’s TelePoll also billed as an ‘Electronic Town Hall,’ after asking various phone companies about the new 700#, 800#, 900# services.  
               When Brock added two additional options to AGREE - DISAGREE for the question on a woman's right to abortion; Perot, again, shot up in the polls.  77% did not want an abortion in their own family; 74% would not support prosecuting a woman or doctor who performed an abortion.  Noticing a 3% difference, Brock called the 3% who answered NO to the second question or did not answer the second question.  Brock learned the 3% wanted a different option, for instance offering the woman a Hawaiian Vacation if she brought the baby to term.  The Media Mavens offered the option on the Tele Poll to now hundreds of thousands, and Perot looked like a wise old grandfather who knew the difference between a topic and forcing choices on people.   He climbed to 38% in six weeks with dual phone votes. 
          Gary Tomlinson, the founder of Tele Poll , walked into Athena Graphics, which had been bought by Ron Fink located in Santa Ana, California in the first week of February 1992.  Fink and Brock initially called their Satellite TV Network, Pallas Productions, soon renamed PhoneVoter TV Network (PVN) was predicated on the idea Americans should know the candidates who were presenting themselves for election much, much better, before committing their support. 
       The ripples began to build into a tsunami as Brock's plan rolled out.  Results of the tallies from the Capitol Calling Cards began to hit each Congressional Representatives across the nation with about 17,000 constituents’ opinions from the Weekly Question, received from Capitol Calling Card participants.  ​
          Perot began to rise in the polls from his initial bump of 8% to reach 38% before the June Primaries with added support from women. 
          Perot could have won the election.  The people had spoken, foreshadowing what is happening today.  They would also learn they did not know Perot well enough to trust him.
 
       Later, Reagan’s Campaign Manager, Ed Rollins, hired on as Perot’s Campaign Manager was shocked to find out this PhoneVoter satellite TV Network offer had been made and refused by Perot.  Perot would not listen to direct interaction and media recommendations.  Rollins quit within weeks; Perot followed him and also quit. 
 
  
  After Perot Walked Away
 
        A huge investment had been made by volunteers and others who trusted Perot.  This, they realized should not be wasted.
       OOA Inc., in cooperation with Brock d’Avignon, arranged to find a substitute candidate; Col. Bo Gritz fit the bill immediately.  Learning this, Perot suddenly came back to occupy the limelight, never mentioning the people who drove him to status as a serious contender for the presidency.  His support dropped from 38% to 10%.  But he now could command attention from Americans, and the media which had previously evaded him.  Never mentioning Owners of America, Inc., PhoneVoter TV Network, or Tele Poll, who had made his surge happen.  Perot may have viewed these services as a gift; the money and efforts were nothing of the sort; they were an investment.  Perot defrauded everyone who supported him.   
 
In 1996, he founded the Reform Party , over which he had complete control. 
 
Of itself, the Reform Party is much like the serial attempts of the Koch Brothers to own and control a political tool with which to impact and shape public opinion. The Libertarian Party fought off the Koch attempt to take them over in 1979.  The Kochs, learning from that effort, paid the formerly volunteer leaders in the Tea Party and received their enthusiastic cooperation.  Other wealthy individuals and corporations also use this avenue for controlling public opinion with lie-based content. 
 
 
  •  Owners of America, Inc. funded the 1992 surge through donations.
  • PhoneVoter TV Network provided the dual PhoneVote content
  • Tele Poll, the tech company, was paid by Owners of America, Inc. using proceeds generated by the sale of Capitol Calling Cards for PhoneVotes.
 
Note These Facts:
 
Candidates – Can and will lie.  You need to be able to hold them accountable for their lies, and liars must be exposed sooner rather than later.
 
Political Parties – All political parties’ bosses limit your choices to their approved candidates.  These are generally already politicians.   Their policies and ideological stands shift with the wind.  Check out their sites and you will see political parties do not even list their own Presidential members who are candidates.
 
     If a journalist does something illegal, this Society will not even investigate, according to Fred Brown, a member of their Ethics Committee.  They will not even respond to the complaint so the injured party knows about their decision to do nothing. 
   SPJ Code Of Ethics Evidently, ethics has nothing to do with legality so if a journalist lies and colludes with two other journalists to publish a lie, for which act each of these individuals are compensated, this is entirely acceptable.  The journalist in question, John Fund, formerly on the Editorial Board of the Wall Street Journal, now demoted to National Review, constructed a lie entirely about John McCain in 2000, precisely timed to impact the upward trajectory of the McCain Campaign before Southern Super Tuesday.  Article on McCain's reaction .  In this case, nothing is confidential and we will reveal the source. 
 
                                  Read the Code of Ethics .  Do you notice anywhere that they are forbidden to ensure the candidate for whom they are working is not elected by withholding 12 proposals which, when the candidate read them while waiting to concede, he realized would have caused him to win?  You are right!  This is not speculation.  It is exactly what Mike Murphy did to John McCain in 2000 as his paid Media Consultant.  The Story
 
 
A Final Note About Ross 
  
 
Ross Perot was, twice, a candidate for President of the United States.  Once, he defrauded those who trusted him to run for the office.  Afterward, he exercised power through control of the Reform Party, which he founded for this purpose. 
 
It is always sad when someone passes.  It is appropriate to note about his life that his wealth originated through government contracts.  And we should remember all the truths which comprise his life.  Accurately. 

These things are true. 
 
Perot’s ‘campaign’, directed a flood of energy from Americans to his candidacy.  This was fueled by the level of disapproval of government by Americans, disapproval which has only continued to climb today.
 
This failed attempt for change provided a reading on the corrupt direction of government; this was not the intention of Perot's ‘campaign’ however.  He just wanted the books to balance.  He was worried about the level of interest the US government was paying on the money they were stealing from Americans.  While ending his campaign, he lied to the Americans who trusted him.
 
What was Perot really trying to accomplish?  We found out from insiders who shared the motive with us. The 1992 campaign was initiated to harass George H. W. Bush over a conflict between the two men and Texas politics. The ‘campaign’ resulted in money wasted by hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of Americans.  Perot appears to have viewed Americans as a resource to be used – and their trust abused so he actually was qualified to be president since this is an attitude shared by all of them.  
 
When Perot decided he did not want to be president in July 1992, he lied about his reasons for leaving while at the same time slandering unrevealed parties, allowing the blame to fall on innocent parties.   
 
When he realized he could not control the actions of the people who had made his new power possible, and would be exposed by having another candidate assume his campaign, Perot walked back in; but no longer spoke to the people who had provided the power he now had, associated with his name. 
 
We, at Freedom Interactive TV Networks Association (FiTNA), think this is what you should remember about H. Ross Perot. 
 
Talk is talk.  Promises are only promising; these need to be proven before trust is given.  Demand solutions and where possible, do it yourself – because we are now proving it can be done.