Arno Political Consultants

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Arno Political Consultants, Inc. (APC) is a company based in Lincoln, California. The company was founded in 1979 by Michael Arno. The company reports that its former and current clients include the National Rifle Association and R. J. Reynolds.[1]

APC has frequently been the subject of controversy over various forms of petition fraud.


  • In 2004, APC hired JSM who hired YPM who is accused of tricking people into registering to vote as a Republican.[1]
  • In 2005, paid signature collectors from APC revealed that an unknown but large number of signatures for a petition to remove the right to same-sex marriage in Massachusetts had been collected through fraud. The collectors told voters that they were signing a petition about a different issue, or that the petitions were in favor of same-sex marriage.[2][3]
  • In 2009, proponents of a payday loan veto referendum sued APC in Franklin County for breach of contract and negligence. 13,000 signatures were thrown out because the Form 15's had not been appropriately filled out. They were seeking $438,000.[5]


  1. ^ a b David Karp, St. Petersburg Times, "Students complain of false party swap" October 23, 2004
  2. ^ LeBlanc, Steve (October 19, 2005). "Marriage backers, foes point fingers". Boston Globe. 
  3. ^ Beaudet, Mike (November 6, 2005). "Fox25 Undercover". Fox 25 News at 10.
  4. ^ Steinhauer, Jennifer (November 21, 2007). "Opponents of California Ballot Initiative Seek Inquiry". The New York Times. 
  5. ^ Reginald Fields, The Plain Dealer, "Ohio casino backers hire troubled California firm Arno Political Consultants" April 28, 2009

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