Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware (CPBD) has announced the kick-off of a door-to-door campaign aimed at making its case for reforms in Chancery Court.
“Our message is reaching voters across the state – and it’s resonating,” said Miranda Wessinger, president of Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware. “Now we’re hitting the streets and the response to-date is encouraging. It’s clear that Delaware residents are unimpressed with the flagrant abuses of power in Delaware’s Courts and are eager to take action for change.”
The group has begun targeted door-knocking throughout Wilmington and Dover with plans to continue at least through the fall.
Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware continues to focus on what it views as a miscarriage of justice surrounding the sale of TransPerfect and millions of dollars in legal fees charged to the company. The group had pushed for a three-year cooling off period before any sale.
The canvassing effort comes with the groups CPBD’s digital, radio, and print effort.
Citizens reports ithas already spent over $100,000 in the last six weeks aimed at bringing its message of judicial reform to moreDelawareans.
The group continues to cite the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s recent drop for Delaware in its business climate rankings by 10 spots and the Center for Public Integrity’s ranking of Delaware at 46 out of 50 states for judicial accountability.
“The Chancery Court is currently operating with almost no accountability – and national watchdog and business groups across the country have begun to take notice. When our judges are free to select cases based on personal self-interest and are not required to disclose financial or other conflicts of interest while doing so, we perpetuate a system that prioritizes profit over people and personal benefit over our businesses,” said Chris Coffey, campaign manager for Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware. “The people of Delaware deserve better. It’s time we take real and sustained action to demand transparency, equity, and accountability in the Chancery Court.”
Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware is a group made up of more than 2,700 members including employees of the global translation services company TransPerfect, as well as Delaware residents, business executives and others.
The group was formed in April of 2016 during the ownership battle for TransPerfect between founders Philip Shawe and Elizabeth Elting. Chancery later approved the sale of Elting’s share of the company to Shawe. Legal costs in the case have been estimated at a quarter of a billion dollars.
While their primary goal of saving the company has been accomplished, they continue their efforts to fight for more transparency in the DelawareChancery Court. For more information on Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware or to join the cause, visit DelawareForBusiness.org.