A longer version:
Scott C. Yates, a writer and inventor, is the founder of three technology startups. He was challenged to stop complaining about the clock-changing twice a year by his wife, and instead do something about it, so he started volunteering nights and weekends on what is now an international effort to get the world to stop the clock-changing. He lives in Denver with his wife, son, mutt, and his dictionary collection.
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This is a 100 percent volunteer effort. I’ve never taken a dime for my efforts. (Well, I did take $50 cash from The Daily Show, but that was reimbursement for meals and they pretty much insisted that I take it. I sorta wish they had given me a check so I could have framed it. Oh well, I got the clip, which is the best.)
Just to be clear, I get no funding. Zero. One anonymous troll on the internet has accused me of being funded by “Big Oil” or “Big Candy.” That is a lie.
I do all of this in my spare time. I do pay for the most basic package for the blog hosting. I also use the best bill tracking software on my legislation page, but I don’t pay for that because I’m a shareholder of the company.
One time I ran a petition on change-dot-org, and I didn’t ask for donations, but the site did. Some people gave to that and thought they were giving to me, so I immediately ended that petition.
I have not registered as a lobbyist in any state because there’s no money involved in what I do. Typically when I testify in a state it is at the invitation of the legislator who is sponsoring the bill. As for travel expenses, I either try to combine business travel into visits to DC or to state capitols, or I use frequent flier miles and hotel points, which I am happy to do and my wife generally tolerates.