Email: Clinton Camp Feared ‘Obama’-Style Voter Fraud in 2016The Associated Press

10 Oct 2016Houston, TX

A recently-released email thread reveals that the Clinton camp was seriously concerned about potential voter fraud harming her chances in the 2016 caucuses again as top operatives were “reliving” their 2008 experiences.

An email written by Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta in May 2015 warned that “old friends of the Clintons” were concerned they could face a repeat experience in various Democrat Party caucuses, particularly in Colorado, where in 2008, “they believe the Obama forces flooded the caucuses with ineligible voters.” As a precautionary measure, Podesta purportedly instructed the campaign’s top election lawyer, Marc Elias, to reach out to the concerned Clinton family associates to address their requests for organizing “lawyers for caucus protection, election protection” and other matters.

RE: Colorado To:, Date: 2015-05-14 18:12 Subject: RE: Colorado This is done

*From:* Marlon Marshall []
*Sent:* Thursday, May 14, 2015 3:27 PM
*To:* John Podesta *Cc:*
brynne craig; Marc Elias, (Perkins Coie)

*Subject:* Re: Colorado


Brynne lets loop Jessy and David on our end John will let you know when done

On Thursday, May 14, 2015, John Podesta <> wrote:

High importance. I met with Jim and Mike in Denver. They are both old friends of the Clintons and have lots of experience. Mike hosted our Boulder Road Show event. They are reliving the 08 caucuses where they believe the Obama forces flooded the caucuses with ineligible voters. They want to organize lawyers for caucus protection, election protection and to raise hard $.

They are not just Colorado focused and have good contacts in the region Mike is likely to talk to WJC about this in the near future. Marlon and Brynne, can you respond to the org chart request and give them some points of contact. Marc can you reach out to them on the lawyer election protection issues. Thanks.

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Date: May 14, 2015 1:53 PM Subject: Colorado To: "John D Podesta (
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John, following up: can you get us an org chart and the names of the persons in charge of caucus organization and super delegates here? Mike and I are eager to help and have a number of lawyers willing to pitch in. Thanks and good to see you here in God’s country—. Jim

*James M. Lyons, Partner* *Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP* *1200 17th St Suite 3000 | Denver, CO 80202-5855* *(T) 303.628.9546 <303.628.9546> | (F) 303.623.9222 <303.623.9222>*
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Pre-caucus polling in Colorado at the time evidenced a dramatically tightening race between Clinton and Obama before Super Tuesday in 2008. Spring and fall 2007 polls showed Clinton enjoying a substantial, double-digit lead, according to Real Clear Politics. A Denver Post survey conducted shortly before the caucus showed a two-point edge favoring Senator Obama, however. The New York Times would later report that Obama was victorious by a 2-to-1 margin, enjoying 67 percent support compared to Clinton’s 32.

The leaked Podesta email does not offer any additional basis for their concerns apart from the assertions of trusted Clinton confidants.

Hillary Clinton’s 2016 rhetoric with respect to election integrity concerns has been largely in-step with the Democrat Party line that voter fraud is an imaginary menace and any attempt to combat it otherwise should be seen as a “blast from a Jim Crow past”. During a January 2016 speech dedicated to “voting rights” in Houston, Texas, she called on proponents of voter ID and similar policies “to stop fear mongering about a phantom epidemic of election fraud and start explaining why they’re so scared of letting citizens have their say.”

Of additional note is the inclusion of Mr. Elias and his tasking to help prevent “ineligible voters” from possibly stealing Colorado and others from Clinton again. One month after the email was apparently sent, the Clinton election attorney would receive considerable recognition from The New York Times and others for accepting $5 million direct from progressive financier George Soros to attack voter ID and other election integrity reforms in multiple states. Proponents of such reforms argue that the laws are designed to keep ineligible ballots from being cast at the polling place.