A petition submitted to the White House demanding that Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA ) be allowed to sell cars directly to consumers has passed the 100,000-signature mark in 30 days required for the White House to release an official response.
Created June 5, the petition had 111,496 signers as of this writing.
Tesla Motors' direct sales model has come to a regulatory standstill in some states that require vehicles to be sold through a dealership. Tesla's storefront model consists largely of shopping-mall-like commercial experiences, and consumers can make their actual Tesla purchase online through the company's website.
120 words in length, the petition states:
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 White House began its "We the People" platform in 2011 in an effort to make the White House more accessible to the general public. When it began, the administration required just 5,000 signatures to elicit an official response.
The cut-off mark was raised as the site grew in popularity, most notably when the petition to "Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016" reached 34,435 signatories. In its official response, the administration noted that it "does not support blowing up planets."
The Tesla petition has enough signers to qualify for an administration response, however the White House notes that "to avoid the appearance of improper influence, the White House may decline to address certain procurement, law enforcement, adjudicatory, or similar matters properly within the jurisdiction of federal departments or agencies, federal courts, or state and local government in its response to a petition."