Are Credo Mobile’s progressive petitions the real deal or just a scam?

Are Credo Mobile’s progressive petitions a scam or the real deal?

Articles in Huffington Post and Daily Kos lend credibility while this self-proclaimed liberal blog calls foul, albeit based on their claims about cost of service.

That Credo seems never to publish verifiable evidence of their efficacy and legitimacy, sufficing with vague quotes like…
“building momentum… make a big difference”,
  “with your help, we’re making it”

The growing desert of bold claims on scant evidence should perhaps have sent up some yellow flags in the progressive blogosphere.

A cursory scrape of Credo’s published stats of 2017 petitions suggests they never reach their signature goals, no matter how much time passes. Their petition drives seem generally to launch and stay in the 70-90% range whether that goal is 400,000 signatures or a mere 150.

Does that mean they’ve never reached an intended goal? Or are they regularly moving the goal posts?

Do the numbers ever really change or are are they a fiction to drum up a sense of momentum and motivation? Is it a legitimate political effort or a siphon away from real action?

Below are the Credo-published stats for 62 of their 2017 petitions.
All data are Credo’s own and not independently verified.

Petition Title: “Block Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general”
Goal: 300000 Signatures
Achieved: 247668 Signatures
% Achieved: 82.55% (Since late Jan 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Sign the petition: Don’t let a climate denier run the EPA.”
Goal: 350000 Signatures
Achieved: 306008 Signatures
% Achieved: 87.43% (Since late Jan 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Tell Senate Democrats: Block Tom Price’s HHS confirmation “
Goal: 300 Signatures
Achieved: 241 Signatures
% Achieved: 80.33% (Since late Jan 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Tell Congress: Block the federal abortion ban”
Goal: 400 Signatures
Achieved: 378 Signatures
% Achieved: 94.5% (Since late Jan 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “It’s time to defend the Supreme Court”
Goal: 300 Signatures
Achieved: 276 Signatures
% Achieved: 92% (Since late Jan 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Stop Trump from building the Dakota Access pipeline. #NoDAPL”
Goal: 150 Signatures
Achieved: 126 Signatures
% Achieved: 84% (Since late Jan 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Stand with Sen. Warren: Make Trump disclose and divest”
Goal: 400 Signatures
Achieved: 375 Signatures
% Achieved: 93.75% (Since late Jan 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Tell Congress: Rescind Trump’s racist and xenophobic Muslim ban”
Goal: 300 Signatures
Achieved: 266 Signatures
% Achieved: 88.66% (Since early Feb 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Why are business leaders enabling Trump’s hate?”
Goal: 200 Signatures
Achieved: 182 Signatures
% Achieved: 91% (Since early Feb 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “California must pass the California Values Act now”
Goal: 75 Signatures
Achieved: 63 Signatures
% Achieved: 84% (Since early Feb 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Tell Congress: Don’t legalize anti-LGBTQ discrimination”
Goal: 300 Signatures
Achieved: 256 Signatures
% Achieved: 85.33% (Since early Feb 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Tell Democratic leaders: Hold the line against Trump cuts”
Goal: 300 Signatures
Achieved: 246 Signatures
% Achieved: 82% (Since early Feb 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Tell Senate Democrats: Stop Trump’s anti-woman regime”
Goal: 200 Signatures
Achieved: 153 Signatures
% Achieved: 76.5% (Since mid Feb 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Tell TV networks: Stop broadcasting Trump’s lies”
Goal: 300 Signatures
Achieved: 256 Signatures
% Achieved: 85.33% (Since mid Feb 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Tell House Government Oversight Chair: Do your job. Investigate Trump’s corruption”
Goal: 350 Signatures
Achieved: 295 Signatures
% Achieved: 84.28% (Since mid Feb 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Tell the U.S. Senate: Oppose and resist anti-worker Puzder nomination.”
Goal: 250 Signatures
Achieved: 206 Signatures
% Achieved: 82.4% (Since mid Feb 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Tell the media: Skip Trump’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner”
Goal: 150 Signatures
Achieved: 116 Signatures
% Achieved: 77.33% (Since mid Feb 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Tell Congress: Stop Bannon: No white supremacist on the National Security Council “
Goal: 350 Signatures
Achieved: 327 Signatures
% Achieved: 93.42% (Since mid Feb 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Tell Senate Democrats: Protect our consumer protection agency from Trump”
Goal: 250 Signatures
Achieved: 221 Signatures
% Achieved: 88.4% (Since mid Feb 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Demand An Independent Investigation Of The Trump Administration’s Collusion With Russia”
Goal: 400000 Signatures
Achieved: 330114 Signatures
% Achieved: 82.52% (Since late Feb 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Stop Trump from starting a nuclear war”
Goal: 250 Signatures
Achieved: 232 Signatures
% Achieved: 92.8% (Since late Feb 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Why is Chuck Schumer letting Joe Manchin lead Senate Democrats?”
Goal: 200 Signatures
Achieved: 175 Signatures
% Achieved: 87.5% (Since late Feb 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Stop the attack on net neutrality”
Goal: 150 Signatures
Achieved: 128 Signatures
% Achieved: 85.33% (Since late Feb 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Tell Congressional Democrats: Block low-wage %u201Cright-to-work%u201D laws”
Goal: 100 Signatures
Achieved: 83 Signatures
% Achieved: 83% (Since late Feb 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Tell governors: Block mass deportations and Trump’s border wall”
Goal: 50 Signatures
Achieved: 37 Signatures
% Achieved: 74% (Since early Mar 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Time for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign”
Goal: 300 Signatures
Achieved: 263 Signatures
% Achieved: 87.66% (Since early Mar 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Stand with Sen. Sanders: Import safe, affordable prescription drugs”
Goal: 200 Signatures
Achieved: 183 Signatures
% Achieved: 91.5% (Since early Mar 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “The NCAA and Texas’s discriminatory anti-LGBTQ laws”
Goal: 150 Signatures
Achieved: 109 Signatures
% Achieved: 72.66% (Since early Mar 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Tell Congress: No racist and xenophobic Muslim ban 2.0”
Goal: 250 Signatures
Achieved: 203 Signatures
% Achieved: 81.2% (Since early Mar 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Tell the Senate: Don’t defund Planned Parenthood.”
Goal: 400 Signatures
Achieved: 356 Signatures
% Achieved: 89% (Since early Mar 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Tell Congress: Support the Presidential Tax Transparency Act”
Goal: 300 Signatures
Achieved: 276 Signatures
% Achieved: 92% (Since mid Mar 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Senate Democrats: Block Trump’s attacks on immigrants”
Goal: 250 Signatures
Achieved: 194 Signatures
% Achieved: 77.6% (Since mid Mar 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Stop The Attack On The Endangered Species Act”
Goal: 200000 Signatures
Achieved: 115661 Signatures
% Achieved: 57.83% (Since mid Mar 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Tell Congress: No Endless War in Syria”
Goal: 200 Signatures
Achieved: 166 Signatures
% Achieved: 83% (Since mid Mar 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Tell Democratic leaders: Resist Trump’s handout to war profiteers”
Goal: 200 Signatures
Achieved: 146 Signatures
% Achieved: 73% (Since mid Mar 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “California must block Trump’s Muslim registry”
Goal: 25 Signatures
Achieved: 21 Signatures
% Achieved: 84% (Since mid Mar 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Tell California Attorney General Xavier Becerra: Investigate Exxon”
Goal: 50 Signatures
Achieved: 38 Signatures
% Achieved: 76% (Since mid Mar 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Stand with Sen. Warren: No big bank crony as Wall Street cop”
Goal: 200 Signatures
Achieved: 169 Signatures
% Achieved: 84.5% (Since mid Mar 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Stop the Republican assault on Medicare and Medicaid”
Goal: 250 Signatures
Achieved: 229 Signatures
% Achieved: 91.6% (Since late Mar 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Don’t let Republicans destroy the EPA”
Goal: 350 Signatures
Achieved: 295 Signatures
% Achieved: 84.28% (Since late Mar 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “No re-election funds for any Senate Democrat who helps confirm Gorsuch”
Goal: 150 Signatures
Achieved: 119 Signatures
% Achieved: 79.33% (Since late Mar 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Stand with Sen. Sanders: We need Medicare for All.”
Goal: 250 Signatures
Achieved: 233 Signatures
% Achieved: 93.2% (Since late Mar 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “We need the truth about Trump and Russia”
Goal: 250 Signatures
Achieved: 223 Signatures
% Achieved: 89.2% (Since late Mar 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Investigate collusion between Monsanto and the EPA”
Goal: 250 Signatures
Achieved: 203 Signatures
% Achieved: 81.2% (Since early Apr 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Stand with Rep. Blumenauer: No taxpayer money for Trump hotels”
Goal: 300 Signatures
Achieved: 266 Signatures
% Achieved: 88.66% (Since early Apr 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Tell state lawmakers and governors: No business with companies that build Trump’s wall of hate.”
Goal: 50 Signatures
Achieved: 42 Signatures
% Achieved: 84% (Since early Apr 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Tell California legislators: Kids need environmental education. Support S.B. 424”
Goal: 50 Signatures
Achieved: 24 Signatures
% Achieved: 48% (Since early Apr 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Tell Congress: Stop Trump’s illegal war in Syria”
Goal: 150 Signatures
Achieved: 121 Signatures
% Achieved: 80.66% (Since early Apr 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Tell Democrats: Hold the line against Republican shutdown threats”
Goal: 150 Signatures
Achieved: 130 Signatures
% Achieved: 86.66% (Since early Apr 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “21st Century Fox: Time to fire Bill O’Reilly”
Goal: 200 Signatures
Achieved: 162 Signatures
% Achieved: 81% (Since early Apr 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Stand with Sen. Franken: Fight Big Pharma. Lower drug prices.”
Goal: 200 Signatures
Achieved: 143 Signatures
% Achieved: 71.5% (Since mid Apr 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Sign the petition: White supremacist Steve Bannon must vacate the White House”
Goal: 150 Signatures
Achieved: 128 Signatures
% Achieved: 85.33% (Since mid Apr 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Tell the Senate: No anti-LGBTQ extremist as Army secretary”
Goal: 150 Signatures
Achieved: 106 Signatures
% Achieved: 70.66% (Since mid Apr 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Tell Congress: Stop Trump’s sneak attack on Social Security.”
Goal: 200 Signatures
Achieved: 170 Signatures
% Achieved: 85% (Since mid Apr 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Tell FCC Chairman Ajit Pai: Don’t kill net neutrality”
Goal: 150 Signatures
Achieved: 123 Signatures
% Achieved: 82% (Since mid Apr 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Stop illegal cell phone searches at the border”
Goal: 150 Signatures
Achieved: 95 Signatures
% Achieved: 63.33% (Since mid Apr 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Tell Democrats: Stand strong. No cuts to Planned Parenthood”
Goal: 150 Signatures
Achieved: 136 Signatures
% Achieved: 90.66% (Since late Apr 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Tell traditional corporate media outlets: Stop glorifying war”
Goal: 150 Signatures
Achieved: 103 Signatures
% Achieved: 68.66% (Since late Apr 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Amazon: Stop advertising on Breitbart”
Goal: 150 Signatures
Achieved: 109 Signatures
% Achieved: 72.66% (Since late Apr 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Stop the NRA: Block concealed carry reciprocity”
Goal: 150 Signatures
Achieved: 109 Signatures
% Achieved: 72.66% (Since late Apr 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Stand with Sen. Merkley: Keep fossil fuels in the ground”
Goal: 150 Signatures
Achieved: 111 Signatures
% Achieved: 74% (Since late Apr 2017, possibly earlier)

Petition Title: “Tell Congress: No tax legislation until Trump releases all tax returns”
Goal: 150 Signatures
Achieved: 112 Signatures
% Achieved: 74.66% (Since late Apr 2017, possibly earlier)

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