A Tesla fan's petition to the White House – asking the federal government to "allow Tesla Motors to sell directly to consumers in all 50 states" – is gaining official traction. Over the weekend, Tesla Motors sent out an email to supporters asking them to add their name. The petition currently has over 76,000 signatures (up from just 18,500 Thursday) and the deadline is Friday.

Tesla says it is "under attack from a number of car dealer associations in various states."

Tesla's email said the electric vehicle automaker is "under attack from a number of car dealer associations in various states" and that these attacks "are protectionist in nature and infringe on the right of the consumer to choose how they purchase and service their vehicle." Tesla said it "want[s] this petition to succeed" and then gives a handy link to click and sign. Here it is.

The backstory here is that dealer groups in New York, North Carolina and Massachusetts tried (and so far have failed) to stop Tesla from selling its EVs directly to the customer. Texas, though, does prohibit those sales. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said in April that the company's scuffle with the auto dealers could go nationwide. Getting the White House to respond to this issue – which is what will happen if the petition gets to 100,000 names – is a perfect way to do that. You can read Tesla's email below.
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As you may know, Tesla is under attack from a number of car dealer associations in various states who are challenging Tesla's right to directly serve our customers at Tesla Stores and Service Centers.

Their efforts are protectionist in nature and infringe on the right of the consumer to choose how they purchase and service their vehicle.

An anonymous Tesla enthusiast created a White House petition to allow direct sales of cars to consumers in all states. We want to thank the tens of thousands of fans who have voiced their support and have already signed the petition.

We want this petition to succeed. For that to happen, the petition needs 64,000 more signatures by next Friday, July 5, 2013.

Please act now and take a moment to register, sign and forward the petition today!


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      Grendal
      • 1 Year Ago
      We've just broke 95K. At this rate we should break 100K before the end of the day. Nicely done.
      Electron
      • 1 Year Ago
      Everybody making a decent consumer product should have the self evident and unalienable right to sell the fruits of his labour to the public without the forced intervention of a third party. This way a situation is avoided in which a third party who has forced himself between you and the market by using his political influence can sidetrack your product in favour of rivalling technologies he is already invested in. Frankly being forced to use the services of a third party in your sales efforts isn't that much different from Mario and Luigi making the local shopkeepers an offer they can't refuse regarding their security services. Everyone who prefers free and fair markets to mobster schemes should sign this petition.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Electron
        Get out of here with those crazy libertarian ideas! Think of the poor car salesmen! ;D
      Giza Plateau
      • 1 Year Ago
      Don't think that the white house petitions get any attention at all. They give you a bullshit answer and then they raise the number of signatures required before they have to give you a bullshit answer. There have been a couple of successful petitions to ask for disclosure of the truth about ET ships visiting earth but they are always answered with there is no evidence for such a thing at all. Never mind that even US astronauts have come forward to testify that it is real and being covered up. Mere details. Never mind that it's in the firefighters manual how to deal with a UFO crash site. Say like sheep.
        sirvixisvexed
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        Don't forget about the 90's AZ governor who, after leaving office, admitted publicly to seeing the huge craft (phoenix lights) and the flare cover-up an hour later, and now is an ET activist of sorts. Have you ever watched the disclosure project? I never really had any hope that the petitioned answers to anything wouldn't just be the same crap answers they'd give anyone regardless of a petition. Our unelected gov (the people really in control) is afraid of the true wealth and prosperity of everyone through knowledge, so much that they don't want to give up their stranglehold on old tech and the paltry amount of wealth attached to it, that they think is a lot. Maybe because that regardless of what new amazing tech pops up, it's still easier for some people in power to be lazy and immoral, and let the population keep giving you trillions from keeping old tech around. Lots of people being religious and the fear of a bunch of people having mental breakdowns also probably contributed to the gov not saying anything throughout the years. The irony is that the amount of wealth in the world if everyone was just dedicated to real knowledge and objective truth would hugely surpass the global net worth of today, and the lives of the unelected gov in power would be even better, if they had allowed the growing pains of releasing all of the info 50 years ago, and letting the minds of the world all study the tech. Though crazy high tech does probably come with the ability to do crazy high damage to oneself or one's population, and humans as a whole weren't exactly enlightened knowledge beings when all that stuff was first discovered. Monkeys being monkeys...hoarding and afraid
          Giza Plateau
          • 1 Year Ago
          @sirvixisvexed
          I'm pleasantly surprised by your knowledge and assessment of the situation although you make a few mistakes. It's not religion that's in danger, it's actually the scientific community who will be embarrassed and shocked the most because most of them have been so pathetically obtuse and absentminded about it. Not that they have a say in it so that's not why it's being kept secret. I think part of the reason is that the super douches in uniform are afraid of the phenomenon so they blame the populace's fear when it's actually their own fear. Dumb soldiers don't like things that render their dumb rifles useless. But beyond that, you are probably quite right that we could hurt ourselves a lot with the knowledge. It'll be a pandoras box like none other. And I speculate that there is actually an unknown super power in play that helps keep the secrecy, maybe because it would be disastrous to come out before we are ready. So it's up to us to become ready. The phoenix lights incident is particularly suspicious. As you correctly note the lights were disinfo but how to do you manage that only video of the flares comes out when a gargantuan ET ship is seen by thousands for hours? How do you get the incident known as the phoenix lights instead of the phoenix chevron. They would have to get extremely lucky to pull that off or there is an element in play we don't yet know about. Temporal technology is one nasty possibility. Seeing the future and molding it. Intercepting everything that makes a real difference before it happens..
        Tysto
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        Wow. You had me, then you lost me.
        purrpullberra
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        LOL. The single most self-delusional, self-important loser I've ever witnessed thinks Earth is subject to alien visits. No one who understands the distances involved and the amount of time Earth has been broadcasting proof of our existence would ever think aliens are or have ever been present on this planet. There are millions of extra-terrestrial life forms in the galaxy without any doubt but none of them have made any visits. There is simply no credible evidence that these ET claims are anything other than sad people fooling each other (or not) and idiots vying to be the top loon in the loony bin. 'Cervix is vexed' is trying to compete with you on the insane-o-meter Dan, what will you do now, shove a palm frond up your hoo-ha?
          sirvixisvexed
          • 1 Year Ago
          @purrpullberra
          "No one who understands the distances involved and the amount of time Earth has been broadcasting proof of our existence would ever think aliens are or have ever been present on this planet." In actual seriousness, this statement has been blindly regurgitated by so many people over the last century or so. Distances only matter if you're using conventional methods for propulsion. Why be so adamant that there is no faster way to travel simply because current humans haven't discovered it? If you look at the fact that things have been recorded on radar and seen by many, appearing to break the laws of physics, it should be a pretty easy *hint hint* that more advanced tech and propulsion is out there. Governors, ex-astronauts, police and military personnel are all loony? You sound like you've held these opinions since childhood and haven't even given it an ounce of serious thought. You even admit there are probably millions of planets in the galaxy with life on them. Do you know how old the galaxy is? A civilization 1 million years more advanced than humans would practically be our birth twin, let alone 100 million years more. Imagine the tech differences. People have been brainwashed to not look at UFO evidence objectively. If you simply choose to find and look at all the evidence, which i'm sure you've never ever considered doing for half a second, the number of stories and witnesses around the globe, since before man even took flight, are too overwhelming to ignore.
          bluepongo1
          • 1 Year Ago
          @purrpullberra
          What do you mean ? It's not probable that an alien race could master interstellar travel and not figure out how to land without crashing into the USA ? Maybe they only want to come to the USA because they need military engineers to help them navigate, since all major tech advances come from warfare. Maybe they need a light and aero go-kart engineer from a backward, irrelevant culture, who is obsessed with our country to help them design landing gear. (9_9) s/
        2 wheeled menace
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        ET stuff aside, Giza is totally right. The 'we the people' petitions are a complete distraction and diversion from what we should be doing. Look at what's happening in Egypt if you want to get an idea of what we should be doing...
          purrpullberra
          • 1 Year Ago
          @2 wheeled menace
          Look at Egypt...? WTF? Do you mean the religious insanity, the filth, the poverty, the pointless attempts at what they call 'freedom'? Protesting? What's Egypt doing for you? What should we be doing like Egypt? And who is 'we' that should be doing... whatever? It's not a distraction when it is a real issue that the President can address immediately by making the FTC start investigations into the restraint of trade that the dealership/politician cabal is attempting to force on America and RICO investigations as well. Restraint of interstate trade is an issue the executive branch CAN do something about, unlike the Death Star. So calling ALL THESE PETITIONS a distraction is itself a distraction from the cases that are meaningful.
      Weapon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Url to sign is here: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/allow-tesla-motors-sell-directly-consumers-all-50-states/bFN7NHQR At 78,035 now.
      Tysto
      • 1 Year Ago
      As much as I like Tesla, this seemed pointless at first. But then I decided that it would make for good PR if people showed their contempt for the dealers association's obvious attempt to stifle competition, so I signed it.
      purrpullberra
      • 1 Year Ago
      Buy Tesla or buy used! It won't be easy. But if you make the right choices you can get a great car and help kill nasty dealerships in your area, WIN freakin WIN !! Use facebook to share this even if you think people might not care. This issue rubs almost EVERYONE the wrong way. You'll get a bigger response than you'd guess, I did. A little vitriol and some simple facts are all it takes to explain this to folks. :) I'm beginning to think that Tesla may win and prosper (100% likely) and that dealerships won't be around after, say, the next decade (maybe 50-50 at this point). No one wants them around anymore unless they happen to be dependent on them.
      eric
      • 1 Year Ago
      100,000 Thank you, T.P. From Houston, TX!
      Grendal
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wonder where it will end: 103K now.
      dewd7
      • 1 Year Ago
      No.
      2 wheeled menace
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good luck. Those white house petitions have never gone anywhere. If this is the first one that actually has an effect, i would be shocked.
        Chris M
        • 1 Year Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        Actually, several of those petitions have received enough signatures to get a formal reply, even some of the more frivolous ones like the one asking the US government to build a "death star". I would not be the least bit surprised if this petition gets enough signatures, the real question would be how the Administration responds.
        Joeviocoe
        • 1 Year Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        Online petitions rarely go anywhere. How serious would they take a bunch of people who have an email address and 45 seconds of time to spare in between porn. I think all official government petitions should require a SSN. But then people would complain about that too.
          Nick Kordich
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Joeviocoe
          Yeah, I could see where people would complain about having to submit their SSN on top of all the other information the government could get from the form (name, e-mail address, IP address and general location) just to sign a petition that asks the government to stop collecting more data than it needs about its own citizens. It's like some folks just don't appreciate irony.
      Jon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Petition started June 5. It was only up to 18k last thursday. What suddenly gave it the spotlight? At any rate, I would really like to see what the white house response is and if any federal help is possible with the paralyzed legislature.
        Nick Kordich
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jon
        I first heard of it on June 23rd when @TeslaMotors retweeted it from @LeilaniMunter. @ElonMusk tweeted about it at some point after that, as well. I imagine blogs picked it up from there, giving it greater exposure. I believe a similar petition died earlier this year without getting the Twitter boost.
      horvathp
      • 1 Year Ago
      I agree it should be legal. However - to be fair you must free GM, Ford, Chrylser, Toyota, Nissian, etc too from this requirement
        paulwesterberg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @horvathp
        GM, Ford, Chrylser, Toyota, Nissian already have binding contracts with local dealers. They would need to offer contract buyout terms to dealers in order to break those contracts.
          purrpullberra
          • 1 Year Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          Yeah, no. It's too late. Val is right. Dealerships are nothing but bad for America. The whole world would become a better place overnight if all dealership protection laws were dumped. If they can't compete with the manufacturer selling cars then just keep ripping off people for services if they are stupid enough to continue o frequent one. Up until recently it wasn't really 'befriending the devil' to frequent a decent, local dealership provided it wasn't normally stealing money from customers, not too uncommon. But now that we see the lengths the dealership owners have gone to, lying about the threat Tesla poses to franchised dealerships, just to force Tesla to fund their continued draining off of other peoples work then people have to see them for what they are, PARASITES. All dealerships are parasites demanding a cut off of the top of every new car sale which they have nothing to do with. I think the blue collar workers who build the car could be bumped up a bit from $17 an hour for skilled labor and let dealerships rise and fall on their ability to profit from servicing cars alone. The franchises have been paid off plenty for their original franchise purchase. If the dealerships were not so awful about 1. lying about franchises protections vs. Tesla having no franchises and 2. their indecent business tricks my attitude might be called extreme but I am simply responding to the level of the threat. Buy Tesla or buy used !!
        Val
        • 1 Year Ago
        @horvathp
        The laws the dealers managed to bribe politicians for, state that a manufacturer cannot be in direct competition with a dealer. Supposedly to protect the dealer. Since tesla doesn't have an independent dealer selling their vehicles, they are not competing wit anybody. While GM, Ford, etc have... That is what makes this whole dealer outcry even more inane.
          tump
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Val
          Well, their even-more-laughable claim is that this is protection for the *public*, not the dealers.
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