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bajaDean



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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This is hysterical. After investigations in several states found potential unregistered voters--in the tens--news comes this morning that the RNC had to fire one of Mitt's buddies for--voter registration fraud. I couldn't make this stuff up!


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The Republican National Committee fired a voter registration firm owned by a paid consultant to the party’s presidential candidate Mitt Romney Thursday, after Florida officials traced more than 100 possibly fake registration forms back to the company.

NBC News reported that the RNC cut ties with Strategic Allied Consulting (SAC), run by party strategist Nathan Sproul, had been paid $2.9 million this year to register voters in five swing states before being dismissed.

Sproul is also the founder and managing partner of another company, Lincoln Strategy Group, which records show was paid by the Romney campaign paid to do “field consulting.”


A Romney campaign spokesperson told NBC via email, “We used this vendor for signature gathering services during the primary but have not used them since 2011.”

Strategic Allied Consulting had been fired this week by Republican officials in Florida after 106 “questionable” registration forms were handed to the state attorney’s office after being flagged for review by Palm Beach County Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher.

Raw Story (http://s.tt/1oz7K)
I remember this company and their antics in other elections, I do not know why they did not appoint a federal special prosecutor on them before.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 12:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

here is 2004 issues with this same criminal...

http://baltimorechronicle.com/070505Miller-Irmus.shtml
RNC VOTE FRAUD?

Team Bush Paid Millions to Nathan Sproul—and Tried to Hide It

by Mark Crispin Miller and Jared Irmas

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In the months before the 2004 presidential election, a firm called Sproul & Associates launched voter registration drives in at least eight states, most of them swing states. The group--run by Nathan Sproul, former head of the Arizona Christian Coalition and the Arizona Republican Party--had been hired by the Republican National Committee.
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On June 17, the RNC submitted a (third) revised report. In it, those three suspicious Sproul expenditures labeled "Voter Registration Costs" had been changed to "Political Consulting." As a "clarification," it was as vague as possible. Although it only raised more questions, there seems to be no letter in the FEC database concerning that unedifying correction.


here are some actual republicans at high levels that were convicted and did jail time.
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories...MPLATE=DEFAULT
Dec 6, 10:42 PM EST

Ex-GOP Official Faces Conspiracy Charge
By BEVERLEY WANG
Associated Press Writer
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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- A former national Republican Party official played a key role in an Election Day 2002 phone jamming plot against New Hampshire Democrats, the prosecution said Tuesday during opening statements.

James Tobin, President Bush's onetime New England campaign chairman, is being tried on one federal count of conspiring against voters' rights and several counts involving telephone harassment. He could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

U.S. Attorney Andrew Levchuk said the state GOP's former executive director, Chuck McGee, had Tobin's blessing for the scheme as well as his help in the plot to disrupt Democratic get-out-the-vote phone banks and a nonpartisan ride-to-the-polls line.
Tobin, 45, resigned as New England chairman of Bush's 2004 campaign in October 2004 when the phone jamming accusations became public. Tobin also has been political director of the Republican National Committee.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 12:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

here is typical massive vote fraud that no ID stops.. the officials themselves.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2006/03/04/191631/-14-Indicted-Voter-Fraud-in-Appalachia

14 Indicted: Voter Fraud in Appalachia
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And of course, Florida election officials and Bushies removing black voters from the rolls in 2000, and Ohio reports of votes for Democrats registered as votes for Republicans.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2012 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the wake of most of the vote-supression efforts of the GOP losing in court--but Romney hiring the author of the Arizona efforts, I found this very well stated:


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Say what you like about Wally Hudson—and people do—he knows his audience. For months, the chairman of Virginia’s Mecklenburg County Republican Committee displayed pictures of Barack Obama as a drug dealer, witch doctor and caveman on his party’s Facebook page, resisting calls from higher-ups to remove them. “We know our regular readers, who are good conservatives,” Hudson told The Washington Post. “They’re gonna get a kick out of it.”

“Diversity” today marks a shift from equal opportunities to photo opportunities; institutions look different but they operate in exactly the same way.

Gary Younge



With Aurora, Another Mass Killing Shocks America. Why?(Guns and Gun Control, Society)


James Holmes’s rampage was horrifying, but it was not unfathomable.

Gary Younge


The presence of a black president has posed a real challenge in self-control for many Republicans, who were raised on a diet of welfare queens and Willie Horton. And when their opponent is a black man with a surname that rhymes with “Osama,” the temptation is just too great. During Mitt Romney’s ill-fated trip to the United Kingdom in July, his adviser claimed that Romney appreciates the “special relationship” more than Obama because he is “part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage.” Newt Gingrich insists that Obama’s “not a real president.” Donald Trump wants to see another birth certificate.

These statements violate the most important tenet of Richard Nixon’s Southern strategy: plausible deniability. In his diary, Nixon’s chief of staff, Bob Haldeman, described the operational blueprint for a new electoral landscape built on bigotry. “You have to face the fact that the whole problem is really the blacks,” Nixon told him. “The key is to devise a system that recognizes that while not appearing to.”

For some time now, there has been precious little to be gained by attacking a candidate’s race in elections on a national level, and plenty to lose. And that’s truer today than ever. Polls indicate people are far less likely to vote a Mormon into the White House than an African-American. Indeed, Americans feel more comfortable with a black man as commander in chief than a black man having a relationship with a white woman. National campaigns that go negative on race are assumed to be negative on many other things, from gender to modernity. Moreover, Obama is no easy target: on every metric concerning how easy it is for voters to relate to candidates, he has always scored better than his white opponents.

This has led some to argue that race is not a factor in this election. The Bradley effect is dead; long live the first black president. “Racists, real racists, are so insignificant now as to not matter,” claimed New York Daily News columnist Derek Hunter. “The days of them mattering died sometime after Democrats lost the South.” Too bad Trayvon Martin’s parents didn’t get that memo.

There are two problems with this. First, just because the election doesn’t center on Obama’s race doesn’t mean race is not a factor. Whether it’s Bill Clinton attacking Sister Souljah or George W. Bush speaking at Bob Jones University, race has always been a central part of American politics, whether black people were running for office or not.

And for good reason: race is about power, and it is through power that resources are distributed. Race will disappear as an issue when racism disappears as a material force. In the meantime, it will also be a tool to leverage resentment. For example, GOP ads pitting Medicare (which Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan wants to cut anyway) against healthcare reform claim that the hard-earned benefits of working people will be frittered away on “a massive new government program that is not for you.” Such is the nature of demographics and poverty in this country that more than three-quarters of Medicare recipients are white, while more than half of those without health insurance are not. Thus the specter of racialized redistribution is invoked without being explicitly articulated.

This mind-set was illustrated brilliantly at a Tea Party rally in Arkansas in June, where a speaker told the following joke as an icebreaker: “A black kid asks his mom, ‘Mama, what’s a democracy?’

“‘Well, son, that be when white folks work every day so us po’ folks can get all our benefits.’

“‘But mama, don’t the white folk get mad about that?’

“‘They sho’ do, son. They sho’ do. And that’s called racism.’”

The crowd loved it. The speaker was forced to resign only after a recording was released.

Second, it is precisely because of racism’s material consequences that different racial groups have particular electoral allegiances on the basis of their real or perceived economic and social interests. The trouble for the GOP is that Nixon’s Southern strategy is based on courting an electorate far whiter than today’s. Since 1980, the proportion of white voters has declined in every consecutive election bar one. The racial base on which the GOP has relied for two generations is sinking.

Meanwhile, the combination of a black Democratic presidential candidate and the racist and nativist Republican rhetoric has reduced the GOP’s appeal to blacks and Latinos to critical levels just as those two groups have grown in influence. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll in August put African-American support for the GOP at rock bottom: 0 percent. The party’s support among Latinos hovers around 27 percent—far lower than what it needs or has enjoyed in the past. At the time of this writing, eighty-two Electoral College votes appear to be up for grabs. Of those, seventy-two are in states where white people comprise less than 70 percent of the population. To win, Romney needs 61 percent of the white vote nationally from a white turnout of 74 percent. In 2008, John McCain got 55 percent from the same turnout. The GOP’s only response to this so far has been to try to stop nonwhite people from voting altogether with punitive voter ID laws.

Far from playing less of a role in this election, race is as great a factor as it’s ever been.

Gary Younge

October 3, 2012 | This article appeared in the October 22, 2012 edition of The Nation.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2012 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://truth-out.org/news/item/12231-employees-of-romney-familys-secret-bank-tied-to-fraud-money-laundering-and-drug-cartels

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As previously reported in by the Columbus Free Press, the Romney family, namely Mitt, Ann, G Scott and Tagg Romney, along with Mitt's "6th son" and campaign finance chair have a secretive private equity firm called Solamere Capital Partners. This firms ties to Romney's campaign and bundlers is already well documented, along with its connection to the manufacture and distribution of voting machines. What is not as well documented is a subsidiary of that private equity firm hiring employees of a failed firm tied to a Ponzi scheme that has a long history of money laundering for Latin American drug cartels and to the Iran-Contra scandal.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2012 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.forbes.com/sites/rickungar/2012/10/20/romney-family-investment-ties-to-voting-machine-company-that-could-decide-the-election-causes-concern/3/

Romney Family Investment Ties To Voting Machine Company That Could Decide The Election Causing Concern
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So, why would these individuals who serve on the board of directors of Hart Intercivic go out of their way to make a contribution to any political candidate given the critical importance of their company remaining above reproach when it comes to the political process? And why would those who run the company that owns Hart Intercivic be giving hundreds of thousands of dollars to a political candidate? And why would a political candidate and his family have a financial relationship with a company that owns a chunk of the voting machine company that will be counting the actual votes given to that political candidate or his opponent?

Keith Olbermann was suspended from his job at MSNBC for donating a couple hundred bucks to a local candidate that was a friend of his. Why? Because his employer required that journalists at the network stay free of having given such contributions to any candidate for all the obvious reasons.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

one person who works out of his house can change without a single person being able to know that he can move around and change 2.6 million votes and no oversight.

http://truth-out.org/news/item/12256-e-voting-company-could-intercept-and-change-ballots-without-a-trace

e-Voting Company Could Intercept and Change Ballots Without a Trace

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The Free Press has previously reported, Scytl, a Barcelona based e-voting company will be counting votes in 26 states. They will be doing so through something called the Federal Overseas Voting Program or FVAP. FVAP is a program designed to allow military personnel and other overseas Americans to vote in their home districts seamlessly through electronically delivered absentee ballots.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For those who have forgotten, and for those that repost thinly-veiled racial attacks (e.g. free phones for black kids, calling the President "barry" --when he means "boy", or crackhead) and then saying that we are in a post-racism world.

http://americanradioworks.publicradio.org/features/sayitplain/flhamer.html

Her words are more stirring when you listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ML3WaEsCB98
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You really should get some help Mac. Your fixation on racism is sad, pathetic, unproductive, and does nothing to help your cause. I am sure barry the fraud would be proud of you.
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