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    Indiana secretary of state convicted of voter fraud

    Indiana secretary of state convicted of voter fraud

    February 4, 2012 | 1:17pm

    After deliberating for 12 hours, an Indiana jury early Saturday morning found the state's top elections official, Charlie White, guilty of six of seven felony charges related to voter fraud.

    White, who was elected Indiana's secretary of state in 2010, had been accused -- among other things -- of lying about his address on voter registration forms. He was indicted in March, two months after being sworn into office.

    As the case unwound, White kept his post.

    The indictment alleged that White was living outside of the district of the Fishers Town Council where he served and continued drawing a salary. It also accused him of voting in the wrong district during the May 2010 primary.

    Around 2 a.m. Saturday, the Hamilton County jury convicted White of false registration, voting in another precinct, submitting a false ballot, theft and two counts of perjury. The theft charge stems from the salary he received while living outside the district. He was acquitted on a more serious fraud charge, the Associated Press reported.

    About an hour after the conviction, Gov. Mitch Daniels appointed Jerry Bonnet as interim secretary of state.

    "I have chosen not to make a permanent appointment today out of respect for the judge’s authority to lessen the verdict to a misdemeanor and reinstate the elected office holder," Daniels said in a statement. "If the felony convictions are not altered, I anticipate making a permanent appointment quickly."

    Prosecutors argued that White used his ex-wife's address instead of a condo he had with his fiancee because he didn't want to give up his $1,000-per-month Fishers Town Council salary after moving out of that district, the Associated Press said.

    White, 42, has said the charges ignored a complicated personal life in which he was trying to raise his 10-year-old son, plan his second marriage and campaign for the statewide office he won that November. He said he stayed at his ex-wife's house when he wasn't on the road campaigning and did not live in the condo until after he remarried.

    A date has not yet been set for sentencing. White's lawyers, however, have indicated they will attempt to reduce to the felony convictions to misdemeanors.

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    Soros: The Secretary Of State Project

    Watch for this: George Soros is quietly funding a movement to get Democrats into the Secretary Of State positions of all 50 states. Why? Because they count the votes.
    I'm watching a debate between the Michigan Secretary Of State candidates right now. The Democrat is directly funded by the Soros SOS project, and most of her cash comes from out of state. The Democrat candidate is advocating for expanding the vote over the course of several days, allowing on-line voter registration, and reducing the number of challenges that can be made.
    The Republican is talking about going after fraud and waste. Knowing that the Detroit Free Press reported that Detroit had more registered voters than residents in the 2008 election, it is pretty obvious that a lack of voters isn't the problem.
    Unfortunately, the Democrat's personality vastly outshines that of the Republican's. This is definitely an instance where the uninterested voter simply pulling the lever for "R" will work in our favor.
    Having lived in Chicago-land, I am convinced that the Democrats are about the last party on Earth that should be allowed to control the ballot box.
    I've linked to the Michigan video below. But this is a huge project being quietly funded in all 50 states, including yours.

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    George Soros’ Secretary of State Project (SOSP)

    Seeking whom he may devour

    Known as the Secretary of State Project (SOSP), the organization was formed by liberal activists in 2006 to put Democrats in charge of state election offices, where key decisions often are made in close races on which ballots are counted and which are not.

    Billionaire hedge-fund operator George Soros is among wealthy liberal activists who have contributed to the Secretary of State Project, a 527 organization that works to put progressive Democrats in office overseeing elections in battleground states.

    The group’s website said it wants to stop Republicans from “manipulating” election results. “Any serious commitment to wresting control of the country from the Republican Party must include removing their political operatives from deciding who can vote and whose votes will count,” the group said on its website, accusing some Republican secretaries of state of making “partisan decisions.”

    SOSP has sought donations by describing the contributions as a “modest political investment” to elect “clean candidates” to the secretary of state posts.

    Named after Section 527 of the Internal Revenue Code, so-called 527 political groups — such as SOSP — have no upper limit on contributions and no restrictions on who may contribute in seeking to influence the selection, nomination, election, appointment or defeat of candidates to federal, state or local public office. They generally are not regulated by the Federal Election Commission (FEC), creating a soft-money loophole.
    While FEC regulations limit individual donations to a maximum of $2,500 per candidate and $5,000 to a PAC, a number of 527 groups have poured tens of millions of unregulated dollars into various political efforts
    SOSP has backed 11 winning candidates in 18 races, including such key states as Ohio, Nevada, Iowa, New Mexico and Minnesota. source – Washington Times

    Now the End Begins

    We didn't hear much about this one.

    Former Obama Staffer Busted for Stealing Iowa Secretary of State's Identity

    January 21,2012

    Barack Obama’s 2008 Iowa New Media Director was arrested Friday for attempting to use the identities of Secretary of State Matt Schultz, and/or his brother Thomas, with the intent to falsely implicate Secretary Schultz in illegal or unethical behavior. Zach Edwards, 29, of Des Moines, currently works for Link Strategies, a Democrat-affiliated organization with ties to Iowa Senator Tom Harkin. Edwards is the Director of New Media for Link Strategies.

    The Secretary of State’s office discovered the alleged crime and reported it to authorities. Edwards turned himself in to the Iowa DCI agents Friday afternoon. He was charged with identity theft, a misdemeanor, and booked into the Polk County jail. Edwards posted $2,000 bail and was released later on Friday. He faces up to two years in prison.

    Zach Edwards’ bio on Link Strategies website says he joined the Obama campaign in early 2007 as an intern in Nevada. He eventually joined the New Media department and directed their operations in five other primary states. He was the Iowa Director of New Media for Barack Obama’s general election campaign. After the election, Edwards joined Link Strategies, “where he provides innovative web-based research tools, video analysis and production, and web-based communication tools to assist our clients,” according to the bio.

    Those clients include Iowa Senator Tom Harkin. On the Link Strategies testimonial page, Harkin credits the political consultant group for his electoral success. “The folks at Link Strategies have been helping me win campaigns since 1996. Whether it is managing campaigns or handling research, their specialty is doing quality work while finding smart, creative solutions to problems. In a tough fight, there is no question that I want Link Strategies in my corner.”

    Jeff Link, the founder of Link Strategies, ran the Gore-Lieberman presidential campaign in Iowa in 2000. He managed Tom Harkin’s 2002 and 2008 reelection campaigns. Link also served as a media consultant for Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign.

    Since his surprise victory over incumbent Michael Mauro in November 2010, Secretary of State Schultz has been a target of the Iowa Democratic Party. Interestingly, on June 24, the same day as Zach Edwards alleged crime, Under the Golden Dome, a blog connected to Iowa Democrats, launched a three-part series of articles critical of Matt Schultz. They were based on documents obtained through an open records request from “a tipster.” The blog alleged that a batch of emails from Schultz’s office “raise some serious questions about his ability to remain independent and ensure election integrity”.

    Just 15 days earlier, on June 9, the Iowa Democratic Party filed an ethics complaint against Schultz, claiming the Secretary of State used public resources to campaign against presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman. The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board dismissed the complaint on July 19.

    To read the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s press release on Edwards’ arrest, click here.

    The Iowa Republican

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    It is all about Election Fraud. Date: 2/5/2012 2:26:27 PM
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    • Works to help Democrats get elected to the office of Secretary of State in
      selected swing, or battleground, states
    • Receives funding from Democracy Alliance members George Soros and Rob Stein,
      amongmany others

    See also: Democracy Alliance Mark Ritchie Al Franken

    The Secretary of State Project (SoSP) was established in July 2006
    as an independent devoted to helping Democrats get elected to the office of secretary-of-state in selected swing, or battleground, states; these were states where the margin of victory in the 2004 presidential election (betweenGeorge W. Bush and John Kerry)
    had been 120,000 votes or less.1 One of the principal duties of the
    secretary of state is to serve as the chief election officer who certifies candidates as well as election results in his or her state.2 The holder of this office, then, can potentially
    play a key role in determining the winner of a close election.

    SoSP's co-founders were Democracy Alliance member Michael Kieschnick (who also founded Working Assets and serves as a board member of the leftist evangelical group Sojourners); Becky
    Bond (who also has affiliations with Working Assets and the New Organizing Institute); and James Rucker (who co-founded Color of
    and formerly served as director of grassroots mobilization for Political Action and Civic Action).

    The idea for SoSP germinated ,3 when the Project's co-founders blamed then-Ohio secretary of state Kenneth Blackwell, a Republican, for presidential candidate John Kerry’s defeat. To their chagrin, Blackwell hadruled that Ohio ()4 would
    not count 5―even those submitted by properly registered voters―if they had been submitted at the wrong precincts. Though the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit ultimately upheld Blackwell’s decision, SoSP’s founding members nonetheless received Blackwell's ruling with the same bitterness they had felt regarding former Florida (Republican) secretary of state Katherine Harris’s handling of the infamous ballot recount in 2000, when
    Bush defeated Al Gore in the presidential election. According to , SoSP’s leaders and foot soldiers alike “religiously believe that right-leaning secretaries of state helped the GOP steal the presidential elections in Florida in 2000 ... and in Ohio in 2004.”6

    Moreover, in 2006 SoSP accused Blackwell and Republicans of in Ohio.7 “We were tired of Republican manipulation of elections,” said Michael Kieschnick. “It seemed like lots of decisions were made by people who were pretty clearly political operatives.”8 “Any serious commitment to wrestling control of the country from the Republican Party must include removing their political operatives from deciding who can vote and whose votes will count,” added Becky Bond.9

    To establish “” against similar disappointments in subsequent political races, SoSP in 2006 targeted its funding efforts on the secretary-of-state races inseven swing states―Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Colorado, and Michigan.10 As USA Today reported at the time: “The political battle for control of the federal government has opened up a new front: the obscure but vital state offices that determine who votes and how those votes are counted.”11 Democrats emerged victorious in five of those seven elections―all except Colorado and Michigan. SoSP as “an administrative firewall” designed, “in anticipation of a photo-finish presidential election,” to protect Democrats' “electoral interests in … the most important battleground states.”12

    Because few Americans recognize the importance of the secretary of state’s duties, candidates for that office tend to draw fewer (and smaller) donations than do most state-level campaigns.

    Consequently, even a from just a handful of generous donors can make an enormous difference in the comparative financial resources of rival campaigns, and thereby tip the scales decidedly in favor of the better-funded candidate. Among the more notable contributors to SoSP are Democracy Alliance members George Soros, Rob Stein, Drummond Pike, Gail Furman, Michael
    Kieschnick, John R. Hunting, Paul Rudd, Pat Stryker, Nicholas Hanauer, Patricia Bauman, Megan Hull, Scott Wallace, Barbara Lee (not the congresswoman), Anne Bartley, Blair Hull, Rob McKay, Sanford Newman, William J. Roberts, Tim Gill, and Susie Tompkins Buell.13

    In 2006, SoSP raised a total of $500,000 for the secretary-of-state candidates whom it supported14―a small sum by traditional political fundraising standards, but a weighty total in
    comparison to the sums that such candidates had typically garnered in the past.

    One beneficiary of SoSP funding in 2006 was Democrat Jennifer
    Brunner, who defeated incumbent Republican Kenneth Blackwell in Ohio. Said Brunner, “I received significant support from the SoS Project, which helped me toward the election.” Brunner went on to make her influence felt in several significant ways two years later, during the 2008 election cycle:
    • She ruled that Ohio residents should be permitted, during the designated early-voting
      period extending from late September to early October, to register and
      vote on the very same day.15
    • In
      a separate matter
      , Brunner sought to effectively invalidate many of the approximately one million absentee-ballot applications that Republican
      presidential candidate John McCain’s campaign had issued. Each of those forms had been printed with a checkbox next to a statement affirming that the voter
      was a qualified elector; Brunner maintained that if an applicant failed to check the box—even if he or she signed the form—the application could be rejected. But
      Republicans noted that state law did not require the box to be checked as long as the voter signed the ballot. The Ohio Supreme Court subsequently
      overturned Brunner's directive on grounds that it served “no vital purpose or public interest.”16
    • In October 2008, Brunner refused to comply with county election-board requests that she turn over approximately 200,000 voter-registration forms in which the name did not match the driver's
      license or Social Security number.17
    Another early beneficiary of SoSP support was Democrat Mark Ritchie, who, with SoSP help in 2006, defeated a two-term incumbent Republican in the race for Minnesota
    secretary of state. Ritchie acknowledged his debt to SoSP when he said, “I want to thank the Secretary of State Project and its thousands of grass-roots donors for helping to push my campaign over the top.”18

    Other included George Soros, Drummond Pike, Deborah Rappaport
    (wife of venture capitalist Andrew Rappaport), and Heather Booth.

    A former to ACORN,19
    Ritchie in the 1990s had been a member of the now-defunct socialist .20

    Moreover, he has ideological ties to the Communist Party USA and has been described by communist Tim Wheeler as a “friend” of the

    Ritchie went on to play a major role in a crucial state election in 2008, when George Soros personally to SoSP.22

    In October of that year, a conservative watchdog group exhorted
    Ritchie to order “a thorough review and verification of all voter-registration records,” citing some 261,000 duplicative registrations and 63,000 voter listings with invalid or nonexistent addresses. But Ritchie dismissed those pleas as politically motivated attempts “to create a cloud over an election so people don't accept the outcome.”23

    Then, in Minnesota’s November election for U.S. Senate, Republican incumbent Norm Coleman finished 725 votes ahead of Democratic challenger Al Franken; the thin margin of
    victory, however, triggered an automatic recount. With Mark Ritchie presiding over the recount process during the ensuing weeks, Coleman's lead gradually dwindled due to what journalist Matthew Vadum describes as a long series of “appalling
    ” that invariably benefited Franken.

    , during the recount process a number of ballots were found in an
    election judge's car; one Minnesota county suddenly discovered 100 new votes for Franken and claimed that a clerical error had caused them to previously go uncounted; another county tallied 177 more votes than it had recorded on Election Day; and yet another county reported 133 fewer votes than its voting
    machines had tabulated. “Almost every time new ballots materialized, or tallies were updated or corrected, Franken benefited,” writes Vadum. In addition, voted illegally in two particular Minnesota
    By the time the recount (and a court challenge by Coleman) ended
    in April 2009, Franken held . In June, Franken was officially declared the victor.24

    In 2008, SoSP in Missouri, Montana, Oregon and West Virginia; all four Democrats won. These results represented yet another
    high return on a relatively small financial investment for SoSP. As of Septemberof that year, SoSP had raised $280,000 for the campaigns it was targeting -- not a large sum by any means, but enough to have a profound effect on the lightly funded Secretary of State races.

    In the midterm congressional elections of 2010 , when Democrats suffered historic losses in the House of Representatives, five out of seven SoSP-backed candidates went down to defeat; only incumbents Mark Ritchie of Minnesota and Debra Bowen of California emerged victorious.25 NOTES:

    1 Welcome -

    2 Duties of the Secretary of State

    3 Secretary Of State Watch | American Courthouse;
    The American Spectator : Soros Vote Counters

    4 Election 2004

    5 A provisional ballot is used to record a vote when
    a given voter's eligibility is in question. Whether a provisional ballot is
    counted is contingent upon the verification of that voter's eligibility. (See Provisional Ballots Issues.)

    6 The American Spectator : SOS in Minnesota

    7 Hearings on Ohio Voting Put 2004 Election in Doubt

    8 Secretaries of state give Dem firewall - Avi Zenilman -

    9 Welcome -

    10 The American Spectator : SOS in Minnesota

    11 - Top vote counter becomes prize job

    12 Secretaries of state give Dem firewall - Avi Zenilman -

    13 The American Spectator : SOS in Minnesota

    14 The American Spectator : SOS in Minnesota

    15 Ohio Battles Over Tuesday's Early Voting - CBS News

    16 Brunner may toss signatures on payday-lending ballot issue | The Columbus Dispatch

    17 Justices Block Effort to Challenge Ohio Voters -

    18 Could Senate recount referee's résumé color the result? |

    19 The American Spectator : SOS in Minnesota

    20 The New Zeal Blog has moved...

    21 Mark Ritchie - KeyWiki


    23 The American Spectator : SOS in Minnesota

    24 The American Spectator : Fighting Frankenstein
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    25 Soros-supported ‘Secretary of State Project’ dealt blow in midterm elections | The Daily Caller

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