Voting Research



Non-partisan Bay Area Center for Voting Research 
Does Internationally Renowned Studies;
Perfect Holiday Gift for Political Junkies; Winning
Bidder to Become Instant Political Pundit
BERKELEY, CA – What holiday gift do you get for the
political junkie who has everything and just can’t
wait for the first Presidential primary ballots to be
cast next year? How about an internationally
renowned think tank that among other things broke
new ground by ranking America’s most liberal and
conservative cities.

The non-partisan Bay Area Center of Voting
Research (BACVR) is doing what no other think tank
has ever done before: putting itself up for sale on

“The Bay Area Center for Voting Research has
always been on the cutting-edge of the think tank
community,” said Phil Reiff, BACVR co-founder. “We
democratized the staid world of political research by
creating the first Internet-based think tank. Using the
eBay auction process to select the next leadership
for BACVR is a perfect extension of our innovative

“The winning bidder of the auction will take over
ownership of the BACVR think tank and will become
an instant political pundit with a prestigious
platform,” said Jason Alderman BACVR’s other co- founder.
Bidding on the Berkeley, California think tank
can be seen at eBay item number .

Alderman and Reiff said they set the opening bid for
BACVR intentionally low at $5,000 in order to attract
a wide array of potential new owners and to send a
clear message to bidders that running a think tank
can be done by anyone, not just Ivy-League
professors and Washington, D.C. insiders.
In addition to the seminal study on America’s most
liberal and conservative cities – which found Detroit
to be the most liberal and Provo, Utah the most
conservative – BACVR was also the first think tank
to identify the far-reaching political impact ‘527’
organizations were having on elections. The think
tank’s research can be read at www.votingresearch. org.

BACVR’s respected work has been cited by many
other academic researchers as well as being
featured in hundreds of articles in news media
outlets worldwide, including the New York Times,

USA Today, the Associated Press, Agence France- Presse, the San Francisco Chronicle, the
Washington Times, the Baltimore Sun, the Miami
Herald, the Detroit News, the Seattle Post- Intelligencer, the Indianapolis Star, the Minneapolis
Star Tribune, and the Arizona Republic, among

Foreign diplomats from Israel and China have also
sought out BACVR researchers to better understand
the evolving American political process.
BACVR was founded in 2004 by Alderman and Reiff.
Initially created to study voting trends in the San
Francisco Bay Area, BACVR kept its Northern
California-centric name and eventually grew in scope
to cover electoral research nationwide. After leading
the organization for the past three years, Alderman
and Reiff decided they were ready to turn their think
tank over to new leadership.

The winning bidder will receive all of BACVR’s
intellectual assets, including the organization’s web
site, past research, and well-known name. Being an
Internet based organization, there is no physical
property to take over or employees to pay. This gives
the think tank’s new leadership flexibility to run
BACVR on a part-time basis with minimal resources,
or to add staff, or to become integrated into another
organization looking to bolster their activities and

Staying true to their belief that the think thank
community needs to be further democratized and
include a broader array of leaders, Alderman and
Reiff are not placing restrictions on who can bid or
win control of BACVR.