No On Government Waste Committee Denounces Last Minute STD Study By Yes On B Campaign As “Desperation Tactics”
Poor Data Analysis Does Not Accurately Reflect Lack of STDs in Adult Film Industry
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – (Nov. 1, 2012) – In another sign of how desperate the proponents of Measure B, the so-called “Safer Sex” initiative, have become, a purportedly “new” study of sexually transmitted disease data was released today which was quickly denounced by the No on Government Waste Committee as a rehash of old 2010 data previously released and discredited in a desperate attempt to win back voters already committed to voting no against the ill-conceived ballot initiative.
“This study uses old data gathered in 2010 whose previous work was discredited by noted epidemiologist Dr. Lawrence S. Mayer who noted how poorly the data used by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation was collected and analyzed,” said James Lee, communications director for the No on Government Waste Committee. “It’s a cynical attempt at a last-ditch effort to influence voters who have already decided to vote against Measure B due in large part to the overwhelming endorsements of newspapers, political parties, business groups, healthcare organizations and community advocates.”
The study in question which ran in the journal Sexually Transmitted Diseases, purports to have reviewed the disease status of 168 “performers” from a Los Angeles-clinic treating them in 2010. Although the name of the clinic was not disclosed, Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation, which was closed after a flurry of frivolous lawsuits by AHF, was the industry supported clinic treating performers at the time, according to the No on Government Waste Committee.
The Committee noted that AIM treated not only performers, but any citizen who wished to be tested for STDs. It is these additional patient loads of non-performers, or people wishing to perform in the industry, but were not allowed to after testing positive, that were previously included in research work conducted by Dr. Peter R. Kerndt, who also participated in this study, demonstrating the erroneous nature of data analysis.
“AHF knows for a fact that its original argument for Measure B, to prevent HIV infection, has fallen flat on its face after we have demonstrated that no performer has contracted HIV on-set since 2004 so now it has shifted the attack to focus on STDs by using faulty data analysis to try and make Measure B more palatable to voters,” Lee said. “It won’t work because voters are now well acquainted with the desperate campaign tactics of Michael Weinstein and vitriolic hyperbole of AHF.”
The STD Journal study is not a scientifically valid survey sample since there is no representative control baseline sample, nor any differentiation on how the sample was culled, or the prevalence of STD rates for all patients seeking treatment at the clinic in question as a whole, Lee said.
“This study is akin to someone standing outside of a coffee house and asking people coming out with coffee if they like coffee and then ascribing that small survey sample to the entire population of a city,” Lee added. “It’s noteworthy that in a previous study by Dr. Kerndt that was analyzed in 2011 by Dr. Mayer, it was found to be not only ‘inaccurate, but also misleading and inflammatory toward the risk of contracting an STD in the adult film industry.’”
Measure B, funded and placed on the ballot by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, would require the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to license and permit adult movie productions in the county and require performers to wear condoms and create an unworkable system of on-set inspections and enforcement by county personnel. The county estimates initial start-up costs for the program to be in excess of $300,000, but acknowledges that regardless of the level of compliance by the adult film industry, there would be significant cost to the Department of Public Health.
According to the California Dept. of Public Health, from June 30, 2008 to June 30, 2011, there were 6,447 new cases of HIV reported in Los Angeles County, but only two were adult performers who did not contract the disease on-set. Since 2004, there have been no documented cases of HIV transmission on an adult entertainment set. In fact, with the industry’s strict testing protocols – requiring testing at least every 14 and 28 days for HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis – adult performers are the most tested workforce in the nation.
No on Government Waste Committee
The Committee is comprised of entertainment companies, local business organizations, community activists, adult entertainment performers and healthcare advocates who oppose Measure B’s plan for creating an underfunded government inspection program diverting badly needed resources from local community clinics and underserved minority communities. For more information, please visit: www.noongovernmentwaste.com.
FSC Proud to Announce New Members: Pipedream and Doc Johnson
CANOGA PARK, Calif. – Free Speech Coalition (FSC) is honored to announce that leading adult novelty companies Doc Johnson and Pipedream Products have become the newest members of the adult industry trade association.
“We welcome Pipedream and Doc Johnson to our membership,” said FSC CEO Diane Duke. “Both companies are industry leaders and pioneers, bringing innovation to the novelty market for decades. We’re especially thrilled to have both companies support the No on Measure B campaign, because this issue affects all segments of the industry.
“Going forward, we look forward to doing more work with both Pipedream and Doc Johnson in the wholesale/retail side of the industry,” Duke added.
Doc Johnson was found in 1976 and has been referred to by Los Angeles Magazine as “the Procter & Gamble of sex toys.”
Doc Johnson founder Ron Braverman said, “Supporting the campaign to oppose Measure B is imperative to the entire adult industry; the irrational and extremist policies Measure B would impose on all of us would be devastating. As a founder of the novelty side of the industry, I stand firmly ‘NO on Measure B’ – I am glad to once again be onboard with FSC.”
Pipedream Products was founded in 1973 by Bob Feldman. The company currently includes more than 3,000 products in its catalog. CEO Nick Orlandino was named to the Storerotica Hall of Fame this year, and the company also was named Company of the Year.
"I am proud to be a member of the Free Speech Coalition. As a leader in the adult novelty industry, Pipedream is prepared to do whatever it takes to protect the industry from Measure B,” Orlandino said.
For more information on FSC membership, please contact
or (818) 348-9373.
FSC Thanks Those Who Helped Solidify LA Times and Daily News Endorsements
CANOGA PARK, Calif. – Free Speech Coalition (FSC) is heartened by a significant development today as both the L.A. Times and the Daily News newspapers have endorsed the No on Measure B campaign.
“The L.A. Times and the Daily News reach one million readers in L.A. County. Having the endorsement of these and several other local publications sends a clear recommendation to voters to vote no on Measure B,” said FSC CEO Diane Duke.
“We are very grateful to the industry members and experts that stepped up to meet with these publications as spokespeople for the local adult production industry,” Duke added.
Industry members, experts and local representatives that met with the Daily News editorial board include performers Steven St Croix, Kayden Cross, Wicked Pictures owner Steve Orenstein, Cutting Edge Testing’s Dr. Peter Miao, Valley Industries and Commerce Association (VICA) President Stuart Waldman, and No On Measure B Media Director James Lee, as well as FSC’s Duke.
Additionally, the meeting with the L.A. Times editorial board was attended by performer Nina Hartley, Vivid Entertainment founder Steve Hirsch, VICA President Stuart Waldman, attorney and FSC chair Jeffrey Douglas, FSC’s Duke, and No on Measure B’s Lee.
“FSC wants to thank everyone that helped to represent the adult industry at the meetings with these important publications,” Duke continued. “Because we were able to explain the industry’s concerns and the serious flaws with Measure B, we have gained these important endorsements. Thank you!”
Measure B, the Los Angeles “Safer Sex” initiative, requires adult performers to use condoms and other forms of barrier protection on production sets and – if passed – would force County officials to implement elaborate enforcement protocols with a new County agency for adult production inspection. FSC and the adult industry stand in opposition to this flawed scheme, citing cost to L.A. taxpayers and warning that Measure B would drive the adult production industry from the Los Angeles area.
To learn more about the opposition to Measure B, visit NoOnGovernmentWaste.com. Industry members should contact FSC at (818) 348-9373 or
, if they would like to learn more about how they can help to defeat Measure B.
FSC Introduces No on Government Waste, No on Measure B Campaign Committee Staff
CANOGA PARK, Calif. - The Free Speech Coalition (FSC) is pleased to introduce the “No on Measure B” campaign staff.
Planning with our campaign manager for the potential ballot measure began early in 2012 with the committee officially coming together in July. During that time, campaign staff and committee members have worked tirelessly gathering and analyzing polling data, developing communication and fundraising strategies, soliciting donations to build the campaign infrastructure and preparing for the launch of the campaign.
Senior campaign staff includes:
Sue Burnside, the “No on Measure B” Campaign Manager is the Founder and CEO of Burnside and Associates. Established by Sue Burnside in 1991, Burnside & Associates is a Los Angeles-based political consulting firm specializing in sophisticated grassroots field operations, turnout programs, ground-based vote-by-mail programs and coalition building. Fifteen percent of Burnside & Associates' races have been decided by less than one percent of the total votes cast. Their direct mail programs have a 95% win record.
In 2008 Burnside & Associates achieved a perfect 100% win record for both their Political and Corporate Clients. In 2009, Burnside & Associates was proud to announce a 100% win record for their Corporate Clients. In 2010, they scored a 90% win rate for their clients. They kicked off last year with Rep. Janice Hahn's historic first open primary Congressional election in California and ended it with solid wins for their political, corporate and municipal clients. Included in their long list of clients are the DNC in Oregon, New Mexico and California, Linda Sanchez for Congress, AARP, HRC-Protect Our Constitution-Hawaii & California Project, America Votes, JetBlue and many, many more. For more information about Burnside and Associates, click here. http://www.burnsideandassociates.com.
James Lee of The Lee Strategy Group, Inc. (LSG) is the campaign’s Communications Director. Prior to forming LSG, James was a director at the global PR firm Burson-Marsteller working on a wide array of issues, including utility deregulation, wireless standards, biotechnology and healthcare, business-to-business marketing, labor relations, environmental communications, community outreach and coalition building. He also has extensive experience in HIV and AIDS drug development having worked for biotech firms searching for cures and treatments.
James’ extensive campaign experience includes working for several conservative candidates and organizations including President George H.W. Bush and Governor Pete Wilson. Because of James’ extensive experience working to fight onerous government regulation and the relationships he developed in the course of those fights, he brings to the campaign the ability to connect successfully with the County’s more conservative business organizations. Campaign poll results emphasize the importance of a bipartisan effort as this ballot measure cannot be simple-mindedly pigeonholed as either a Democratic or Republican issue. For more information about LSG, click here. http://leestrategy.com/
Goodwin Simon Strategic Research (GSSR) is the pollster for the campaign. GSSR is an independent opinion research firm with offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Together, Partners Paul Goodwin and Amy Simon bring more than 30 years of experience in polling, social and political marketing, policy analysis, program evaluation, and communications for clients in the political, public, and private sectors.
GSSR offers a comprehensive array of quantitative and qualitative research services, including telephone, on-line, and intercept surveys; focus groups; and consulting. Their research and consulting services guide strategic and tactical decision making across the full range of campaign concerns.
GSSR’s client list includes, American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), American Cancer Society, California Progressive Alliance, Courage Campaign, Marijuana Policy Project and yes, even AIDS Healthcare Foundation. For a more extensive list of clients and more information about GSSR got to http://www.goodwinsimon.com
“We couldn’t be happier with the people who are coming together to fight this ballot measure,” said Diane Duke, Free Speech Coalition CEO. “This issue is non-partisan, and it cannot be broken down by traditional demographic lines. We have assembled an exceptional team of experts that can reach all parties and bring us to a win.”
FSC Announces FSC Summit Website is Launched
CANOGA PARK, Calif. – Free Speech Coalition (FSC) is proud to announce the FSC Summit website has been launched. The FSC Summit, which will be hosted by adult industry trade publication XBIZ, is a first-ever, one-day event to be held on Thursday, Nov 8, at the Sofitel Hotel in West Hollywood, Calif. Sponsorships for the inaugural summit are available by contacting
The day of seminars will be followed by a gala reception, where the FSC Awards will be presented. Awards will be given in the following categories: Woman of the Year, Man of the Year, Internet Company of the Year, Novelty Company of the Year, Production Company of the Year, the Positive Image Awards, and the Legacy Award.
“We are so pleased and honored to highlight the political, legal and business issues that affect the industry in this first-ever event,” said FSC CEO Diane Duke. “As the adult industry trade association, FSC works on the frontlines of these issues and others, to promote the well-being and business interests of adult industry businesses and all the folks employed by the adult industry.
“Especially since this show will follow one of the most contentious elections in memory, there will be plenty to discuss,” Duke added. “We will be looking at the results of the election; especially the Los Angeles County condom ordinance, which will have been decided by voters.”
The FSC Summit seminars include:
- Strange Bedfellows – What You Need to Know About Sex & Politics
- Diversification – How to Expand Your Business with Multiple Revenue Streams & Cross-Promotion
- The New Internet – How it Will Affect your Brand
- Opening Up Brave New Markets and Revitalizing Established Markets
- Piracy, Politics and Patent Trolls
- Legal Mumbo Jumbo – Making Sense of Legal Trends and Litigation
For more information about sponsorship or the FSC Summit, please contact
Link to FSC Summit site: http://freespeechcoalition.com/summit/