Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who has been battling what he considers to be a network of antiquated and unfair state franchise laws in many state legislatures, has taken his fight to the White House. Well, the White House bulletin board anyway.
And 100,000-plus petition signers think he's on the right track.
The petition on the White House's online bulletin board says: "States should not be allowed to prevent Tesla Motors from selling cars directly to customers. The state legislators are trying to unfairly protect automobile dealers in their states from competition. Tesla is providing competition, which is good for consumers."
The media-savvy Musk is using Twitter to nudge the campaign along. "Please support the White House petition to allow direct sales of cars to consumers in all states," he tweeted.
He directed his Twitter followers to the Web site: wh.gov/llpAp.
Last week the petition cleared the 100,000-signature threshold needed to receive a response from the White House. Rules of the bulletin board give the White House no deadline to respond -- and in some cases give it the option to remain silent.