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    Obama is ready to mobilize Cochran, his new gun control patsy

    Obama is ready to mobilize Cochran, his new gun control patsy

    2nd Amendment
    by realstorypublishing

    – June 27, 2014

    President Obama has not taken long to signal just how Thad Cochran will repay the debt for the quarter million dollar campaign donation from anti-gun Michael Bloomberg. A renewed push for gun control is on the horizon, and Obama is expecting great things from Bloomberg and his new anti-gun group. Now that he has a senior statesman in his hip pocket they expect to have greater success in their effort to push measures like background checks.

    Obama’s attempts at gun control were defeated in 2013,
    “Since legislation has been controversial for some time, I thought that this was going to be a breakthrough moment, Sandy Hook Shooting]” Obama said. “It was probably the most disappointing moment I had in dealing with Congress.”
    Bloomberg is not stupid nor do I expect he is willing to waste his money. The donation to Cochran did not come because Bloomberg thought Cochran was a great guy. The Michael Bloomberg-financed Every Town for Gun Safety has a stated goal of being able to financially challenge the NRA. Thad Cochran will be expected to assist in their objective, we just don’t know how. But it’s safe to say it will not be by standing strong for the Second Amendment.
    Other democrats have also signaled their expectations for repayment by Cochran. In an interview with the National Review, Rep. Bennie Thompson has laid out how he expects Cochran to repay Mississippi democrats.
    “We have historically black colleges in our state who do the best job they can trying to educate our citizens,” Representative Bennie G. Thompson told National Review Online during a Wednesday interview at the Capitol. ”I’d like to see efforts that they receive full funding. I’d like to see the health care of our citizens improved; our children die too young. I’d like to see an increased effort to make sure that the minority unemployment rate [in] our state is reduced. So, there are a lot of opportunities for us to start with.”
    Gun owners beware. The senior senator from Mississippi owes Bloomberg and the Democrats and they will collect. Our rights are now in jeopardy.

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    As a Life Member of the NRA, I have always enjoyed shooting and shooting sports. I remember growing up and my grandfather taking me to his workshop to show me his newest gun, (and usually telling me not to let my grandmother know he bought it). I’ve always believed in the importance of the Second Amendment but other than joining the NRA I made little effort to preserve that freedom. Recently I’ve realized that there are those in our country, some with considerable political power, who are determined to change our country and takeaway the rights and liberties that make this county great. The second amendment is just one small part of their attempt to change this country, but we all have to choose our fight. I’ve chosen the second amendment, and hopefully I can make a difference.

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    Shame On You, Mississippi

    June 26, 2014 by Chip Wood


    The Republican primary in Mississippi Tuesday proved how far the establishment will go to keep Tea Party conservatives from gaining victory. In this case, when it couldn’t get enough Republicans to vote for its guy, it appealed to liberal Democrats for help. And thanks to a generous application of “walking around money” to black leaders, they got it.
    This was the second time that the 76-year-old incumbent, U.S. Senator Thad Cochran, faced his conservative challenger, State Senator Chris McDaniel. Although McDaniel racked up more votes than Cochran in the first Republican primary, held on June 3, he fell short of getting a simple majority. Thus, a runoff was necessary.
    Mississippi is one of those States with “open” primaries. Thus, the only people who weren’t allowed to vote in the Republican runoff were those who had already voted in this year’s Democratic primary. That opened the door to get the votes of a lot of folks who under normal circumstances would never dream of voting for a Republican. But the circumstances in Mississippi this time were anything but normal.
    In six terms in the U.S. Senate, Cochran had done absolutely nothing to distinguish himself. He was the classic “go along to get along” politician, who never met a subsidy or pork barrel appropriation he didn’t like. Sure, he described himself as a conservative — what politician from Mississippi doesn’t? But when the crucial votes were counted, he was always on the side of the establishment. No wonder members of the liberty movement were so eager to see him replaced.
    After his near-defeat in the original primary, Cochran’s supporters realized they couldn’t count on getting enough Republican votes to see their man achieve victory. If they were going to grab the golden apple — and all of the perks, benefits and Federal dollars that would mean — they’d need a ton of Democrat votes. So they devised a plan to get them.
    Here’s how The New York Times described what happened next:
    The 76-year-old senator ran a largely sleepy campaign until the primary on June 3, when he was edged out by Mr. McDaniel but won enough votes to keep his opponent from outright victory. Mr. Cochran, who is seeking his seventh term, used the past three weeks to turn out Democratic voters — especially African-Americans — to make up that deficit.
    The Cochran campaign boasted about all the Federal dollars the Senator had helped bring to Mississippi. Campaign ads warned that the bounty would stop if McDaniel won. Oh, and it didn’t hurt that there was suddenly plenty of money available to pay for those “get out the vote” efforts, especially in the black community.
    Sadly for supporters of the liberty movement, the plan worked. Cochran collected enough Democrat votes to win. As McDaniel put it, “There is something a bit strange, there is something a bit unusual about a Republican primary that’s decided by liberal Democrats.”
    Strange and unusual, yes. But illegal? No. It should come as no surprise that the Republican establishment was willing to do whatever was necessary to secure victory for its candidate.
    But Mississippi wasn’t the only place where the Tea Party failed to achieve victory this week. There was also an important primary in Oklahoma last Tuesday, where conservative champion Tom Coburn had announced that he was retiring from the Senate with two years left on his term.
    A number of candidates filed for the nomination, but the race boiled down to two choices. The establishment favorite was James Lankford, a two-term Congressman who was part of the Republican leadership in the House.
    Lankford’s main opponent was Tea Party favorite T.W. Shannon, the State’s first black Speaker of the House of Representatives. Shannon had the support of several national Tea Party groups, including the Senate Conservatives Fund. Both Sarah Palin and Texas Senator Ted Cruz had come to Oklahoma to campaign for him.
    But when the votes were counted, Lankford had won the race. He is a virtually certainty to win the election in November, so the seat will remain in Republican hands. But we’ve lost another chance to get an articulate and charismatic conservative leader on the national stage.
    Will the liberal media gloat about these two defeats for conservatives? You bet they will. In fact, they already are. If you want to read the official liberal line, just look at The New York Times. Here’s the perspective it presented on the Mississippi contest:
    For months, the contest between Mr. Cochran and Mr. McDaniel was viewed as this year’s main event in the six-year clash between conservative activists and Republican incumbents. Money and celebrities poured into Mississippi from all over the country, with the establishment determined to make the state a Tea Party Waterloo. For their part, conservative groups were hoping for one major victory for the season.
    But hope is never a very good strategy. The only way to win elections is to get more votes than the other guy. In two important races this week, we failed to do that.
    How much worse will things have to get before a majority of voters will agree to throw those rascals out? I don’t know. But it sure looks like we’re going to find out.
    Until next time, keep some powder dry.
    –Chip Wood
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    Cochran Campaign Manager, Staffer Busted in Illegal Vote Buying Operation

    Charles C. Johnson and Joel S. Gilbert
    Democrat black reverend, who brought "hundreds" to the polls for promise of payment, exposes alleged massive voter fraud, vote buying operation by Cochran campaign.

    A black reverend stiffed by the Cochran campaign has exposed an alleged criminal conspiracy by Cochran staffers to commit massive voter fraud ahead of Tuesday's controversial U.S. Senate Republican runoff election in Mississippi.

    Reverend Stevie Fielder, associate pastor at historic First Union Missionary Baptist Church and former official at Meridian's redevelopment agency, says he delivered "hundreds or even thousands," of blacks to the polls after being offered money and being assured by a Cochran campaign operative that Chris McDaniel was a racist. "They [the Cochran campaign] told me to offer blacks fifteen dollars each and to vote for Thad."
    It is illegal under several provisions of Mississippi law and federal law for campaign officials to bribe voters with cash and punishable up to five years in jail. (MS Code 97-13-1; MS Code 97-13-3 (2013) (Federal Code 18 U.S.C. 597, U.S.C. 1973i(c)) Voter fraud schemes are not unusual for Mississippi. In 1999 Mississippi's attorney general reported massive voter fraud allegations throughout the Magnolia state. In 2011, a Mississippi NAACP leader was sent to prison for voter fraud, according to the Daily Caller.

    It would seem that laws were broken here, too. At the direction of the Cochran campaign, Reverend Fielder went "door to door, different places, mostly impoverished neighborhoods, to the housing authorities and stuff like that," telling fellow blacks that McDaniel was a racist and promising them $15 per vote. "They sold me on the fact that he was a racist and that the right thing to do was to keep him out of office," Fielder says.

    Text messages released to Got News and a recorded interview with Reverend Fielder confirmed that Saleem Baird, a staffer with the Cochran campaign and current legislative aide to U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, and Cochran campaign manager, Kirk Sims, were involved in a $15 per vote cash bribery scheme to target members of the black community.

    "They said they needed black votes," said the Reverend Fielder on the phone. He says Baird told him to put "give the fifteen dollars in each envelope to people as they go in and vote. You know, not right outside of the polling place but he would actually recruit people with the $15 dollars and they would go in and vote." Fielder said he received thousands of dollars in envelopes from Baird and distributed them accordingly. Fielder also says he went to the campaign office on another occasion to pick up $300 in cash and was among a room full of people who were doing the same thing he was.

    Fielder said that Saleem Baird was doing the same thing with people all over the state. Fielder believes that the racism charge against McDaniel and the promise of $15 a vote motivated 'thousands' of black Democrats like him to vote for Cochran in the runoff. When asked if Fielder would have been more suspicious of Baird's promises had he

    For his efforts, Fielder says the Cochran campaign and Baird promised him $16,000 for paying black voters $15 a vote, but Baird wound up stiffing him. Baird even asked him to delete all texts between the two of them. In addition to Baird, Fielder says he spoke with Kirk Sims, the Cochran campaign manager, and a woman named "Amanda" with the campaign, most likely Amanda Shook, director of operations to re-elect Thad Cochran. All refused to pay him the agreed upon amount of $16,000.
    Baird realized he had been lied to when he "took a good look at the campaign ads" and realized "McDaniel was not a and other people were misguided and misled."

    Fielder confronted Saleem the weekend before the election and asked about whether or not McDaniel was actually a racist and Baird confirmed it. Baird 'personally confirmed that McDaniel was a racist." Baird 'manipulated me to manipulate many other people," says Fielder. Baird did not disclose that he worked as a paid legislative staffer for Senator Roger Wicker. Fielder also says he spoke with campaign manager Kirk Sims about getting paid and about the ethnical complaints he had.

    Fielder is a Democrat but said he has voted for Republicans in the past. And though Fielder is being paid for his story by Got News, he says he'd come forward anyways. 'I thought what I did was wrong.' Fielder said he was motived mostly by concerns that McDaniels was a racist, not money.

    As to what should happen next, 'definitely the election should not be allowed to stand," says Fielder, who says he'll support McDaniel in event of a special election. 'He's been done wrong. He's not what they said that he is.'

    Got News tried calling both Baird and Sims with Fielder on the line. We got through to Sims but Sims insisted that there was a bad connection when Fielder asked about the racist smear campaign against Chris McDaniel and hung up. Were Baird found to have violated any laws in this matter, this would not be his first time he had a brush with the wrong side of the law. In 2011, Baird, who is a legislative staffer with U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, was allowed to keep his job with the senator after being arrested on charges of running an illegal strip joint in Jackson.Fully aware that we have helped reveal the Cochran campaign may be involved in a criminal conspiracy, Got News will turn over any and all evidence to law enforcement.

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    BREAKING: New Allegations Point to Cochran Campaign in Mississippi Senate Vote Buying Scandal

    By: Aaron Gardner (Diary) |
    June 30th, 2014

    An audio interview has surfaced in which the interviewee claims that he was to be paid by the Cochran camp to grease voters in the Mississippi GOP Senate runoff election. The audio interview, which coincides with a separate audio recording and batch of evidence produced by the newly, a project by Charles C. Johnson, alleges that the Cochran campaign conspired with a Mississippi Reverend to buy the votes of African American voters, who happen to be democrats.

    Before I get into the weeds of what is in the audio interview and transcript, which are both below, let me set up the stage a bit. What is alleged to have occurred is illegal and very serious business. Under Mississippi law the alleged crimes could lead to Thad Cochran being removed from the Senate. Everything that follows comes from sources either on the ground in Mississippi, or those working closely with them.

    Reverend Fielder has claimed to have evidence that would prove illegal activity took place in the Mississippi GOP Senate run off election. Furthermore, the evidence he claims he has would implicate the Barbour machine and a staffer to Cochran’s Senate campaign. The motivations of the Reverend are not those of a saint. As is made clear throughout the interview and in the transcript, this Reverend is looking to get paid to provide information, just as he sought to get paid to deliver votes by illegal means. Reverend Fielder claims that Cochran’s people were supposed to pay him approximately $15,000 for his efforts, but failed to do so after the incumbent Senator had achieved victory in the run off.

    With all of that said, if the evidence is produced and validated, I don’t know how much longerThad Cochran will be a Senator.

    Let’s go straight to the tape.

    Reverend Fielder begins with a small biography about how he was raised in the Democratic Machine by his father. After that he starts to talk about his motives and what he did.
    I was like this now you know, I worked very hard for Thad, and I got close to some people that in trouble in the loop and were doing some things that I witnessed and know about and threw money to people for it, that I know that’s against ethics and all of that, and ah, I’m supposed to get paid on the back end and I didn’t and then I said how many times do I have to get burned by people in politics that um you know say after the votes counted say “hey” and it don’t come, this is what they do, so, You all had your reasons for not liking what happened, I had my reason that was the pay, and um, like

    Knowing what it would take to hand the district to him because he couldn’t stand up behind the allegations of proof that I would put out, um he would have to turn the district loose. I mean That’s all there is to it. You know I mean you don’t just throwin things out there that I don’t think nobody would frown if a person paid black people 15 dollars a vote to vote, you know what I’m saying.You know I, you let me know what you feel about it as we discuss it.

    INTERVIEWER: you said you DON’T think that anybody would frown on it?

    FIELDER: I said I DO think.

    INTERVIEWER : I do too. I don’t think that that’s right.

    Reverend Fielder admits that he “worked very hard for Thad” and that he witnessed and participated in throwing “money to people for it”, while also admitting what he participated in was unethical and he knew so at the time.
    Next Fielder apparently shows the interviewer a text from Saleem Baird, who I will get to in a moment.
    INTERVIEWER: So when you say 15 dollars per person to vote, how does that happen? What does that look like?

    (Fielder shows interviewer text received from Saleem Baird)

    Fielder : That’s just a text from one of the workers to me. Just scroll down now. Have to go through some things. ____ back up. And that was carried out numerous times. That’s basically 20 people times 15, that’s 300 dollars, a small scale they needed 10,000 votes, black votes, to make sure, that ah, that they would have enough to beat, ah, Chris.
    Reverend Fielder then goes on to ask again about being taken care of if he provides all of the evidence he has.
    But I’m not you know I know you know once I do it and turn it over and chris gets his chair, you know, I know where that leaves me. You know, It’s either I get something, or I’m a good Samaritan, you know, and I don’t think in these days and times too many people work in the good Samaritan thing, so I want to meet face to face, that I have proof, you know I have definitely did what is highly illegal for him to do. They put us in that situation. And so um, The thing is if chris want his seat, and if he want to deal with me for it for whatever I need to do, I don’t mind doin it, so the problem is you know if he think, if he think what I got will benefit him, then long as I done did it, and not out there stuck out high,

    INTERVIEWER – so you need to be protected.

    Fielder : Yeah that and you know taken care of. Cause see they beat me out of like 15,000 dollars for work that I did. I was supposed to get paid right at 2,000 a day from Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday and Tuesday. So these names like that he’s askin for was done over and over and over and over until Chris McDaniel didn’t have a chance.
    After a brief mention of Saleem Baird, who we still need to get to, Reverend Fielder then details the process of buying votes.
    INTERVIEWER: So what, there would um, he said he would have cash divided up into envelopes?

    FIELDER: That was for the people.

    INTERVIEWER: Can you describe the process for me? Like how does that work?

    FIELDER: Well I mean you know, it’s a give and take. I don’t want to just go all the way. If y’all are offering something, then I’m offering something. You know, let’s just be realistic. If y’all are offering something then I’m offering something. The process is easy to describe. It’s basically just what it says. If a person wanted to do that, he would just have the 20 envelopes already ready with each one, he just catch the people goin into the polls, folks that you know and folks that you don’t know. And you know 15 dollars that’s what they vote worth, and that’s what y’all got tangled up at the very end, he was scared. And there was some unprofessional things done.

    INTERVIEWER: At what point do they make the recommendation about who to vote for? Like how do they know who’s going to vote for who when they walk into the polling place?

    FIELDER:: Well I mean you know, they a lot of time ain’t nobody with em, but you just gave ‘em 15 dollars, and telling them “hey, this is the guy to vote,” it looks like to me by the numbers that they did pretty much did what they were supposed to do. You know, So I don’t think I think for 15 dollars that for us to go on in there, if somebody wanted help, they got help, but pretty much people went in and did what they said they was gonna do.

    INTERVIEWER: Who tells them who to vote for?

    FIELDER: Well I think whoever they give the money to. If it gave me, if it was me had the thousands of dollars at a time 20 or 15 dollars at a person, so I go out and get these people, and hey, I’m doing what I’m told. You know the camp say this, and I realized that’s a ____ of mind. They just used a mean tactic. I remember years ago, in government they used to talk about a dollar a vote in the old days, years ago, they would have a thing already made out. But they want to make sure that, I don’t know how they put the price at 15 dollars, but ah it worked. And and all I know is he sent me you know that text among others to make sure that uh this how we do it, and this is how you pick it up. And he just give me the envelopes, and they go on, and that’s what’s in the envelope, 15 dollars, and all that, as you see it said all names addresses and all, I think they assumed ah, they’re not worried about that, they just had the envelope, just a plain white envelope.
    Ok, that is a pretty detailed picture that was painted by the Reverend. His motives are clearly suspect, but it sounds like he knows what he is talking about when it comes to vote buying schemes.

    Now we get to the naming of names.
    INTERVIEWER: And so you would give him the names and addresses?

    FIELDER: That’s what they was wantin. And I gave em supplied em yeah one time to this guy here.

    INTERVIEWER: Saleem?

    FIELDER: Uh huh. And he was high up in there. A guy high up into the thing.

    INTERVIEWER: So saleem worked for thad Cochran?


    INTERVIEWER: And what’s saleem’s last name? do you know?


    INTERVIEWER: Saleem Baird

    FIELDER: Yeah. [shows me text again]

    INTERVIEWER: Saleem O. Baird. OK. Um. So um, and they would give you the envelopes, and who would drive around and pick ‘em up at the addresses, you would do that?

    FIELDER: Well, like I said now, I wanted you to come and let you see I had what we needed, and I know it would help you, but now I think it’s you all, you know it’s Chris’s turn, now that I done showed you that I got something that would help, and I know it would help you, I’m not stupid.
    The Reverend balked on verbal confirmation of Saleem Baird as the Cochran staffer who facilitated the vote buying scheme, but if the text he referenced, featured at the GotNews site, is validated, that changes the game in many ways.
    Reverend Fielder goes on to mention that he is on a timetable to sell this information because the Cochran camp wants to meet with him and delete all of the evidence from his phone.
    They want me to erase everything, and they want to pay me, you know he called last night two three times, and they want to try to get together this evening and all of this, but I had talked to you all, I live up to my word. If it’s nothing that you all want to do with it, fine, I’ll just deal with em and be through. But if you all, I’m still giving you the chance, because I called you. And and and it’s gonna look bad, a guy helping the tea party, but I don’t care cuz the bottom line it was there’s some wrong that’s done. And ah if he’s, willing to ah, you know negotiate with me, I’m fine with helping him get his seat, cuz he I mean, he he was defeated by black people that was allegedly, I’ll say at this point until we deal, paid.

    Now if you can see where that would help you fine, if you don’t? Just tell me now.

    Well I mean, you know I told you, I brought some information to the table. And he don’t have a big window, cuz I know at 5, I’m supposed to meet ah, them, some of em was claiming from out of town some kind of way. I don’t know a johnny barbour, some barbour guy, you know em?
    The interview then ends with a series of appeals from the Reverend to get paid.

    Saleem Omar Baird is/was a staffer for Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker. You may remember Saleem Baird from an incident in 2011 which involved a strip club and the legislative aide being put on leave.

    As implied in the interview, and confirmed by the text messages, Baird now works for the Cochran campaign and allegedly participated in a vote buying scheme to secure victory in the Mississippi.

    As I said at the beginning, these allegations are no joke. Under MS Code § 23-15-561 (2013)which is a subsection of the Article on the Conduct of Elections, it is unlawful for both the Cochran campaign or outside supporters to “publicly or privately put up or in any way offer any prize, cash award or other item of value to be raffled, drawn for, played for or contested for in order to encourage persons to vote or to refrain from voting in any election.”
    Is doesn’t take a genius to figure out that $15 in an envelope with a flier telling you who to vote for might fit into the definitions laid out in MS Code § 23-15-561 (2013).

    The statute goes on to note a fine of $5000 and a prescription for candidates found guilty of engaging in any of the above schemes.
    (3) Any candidate who shall violate the provisions of subsection (1) of this section shall, upon conviction thereof, in addition to the fine prescribed above, be punished by:
    (a) Disqualification as a candidate in the race for the elective office; or
    (b) Removal from the elective office, if the offender has been elected thereto.

    As more information comes to light, Thad Cochran, heck, the entire Mississippi, might want to look into who the best lawyers are, both elections and criminal.

    Full audio:
    Transcript: Reverend Fielder Transcript

    After the story broke here on RedState and on, Charles C. Johnson and I joined Thomas LaDuke for a special episode of the Snark Factor and to discuss these latest allegations of vote buying. You can listen here.
    Last edited by Newmexican; 07-01-2014 at 12:30 PM.

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