SunShine 2012/08/29 04:21:54

TAMPA, Fla. – A radical group funded by billionaire George Soros that has a history of biased research is primarily behind a national campaign to paint voter ID laws as racist.

The voter ID data collected by the group, the Brennan Center for Justice, has been called into question by experts and has been contradicted by other credible studies. Yet the center’s information is cited widely by news media and even members of the Obama administration.

Besides receiving a reported $7.4 million from Soros’ Open Society Institute since 2000, the Brennan Center was also the recipient of grants from the Joyce Foundation from 2000 to 2003. President Obama served on the Joyce board from 1994 through 2002.

The Brennan Center is located at New York University School of Law. Its primary focus is so-called voting rights and creating a “living constitution” as well as pushing for a “living wage.”

In November 2006, the Brennan Center issued “Citizens Without Proof,” an extensive report that claimed voter ID policies will disfranchise millions of minority, elderly and low-income voters because those voting blocs are less likely to possess documentation than the general population.

The report is routinely cited by news media and activists seeking to prove voter ID is racist. Just yesterday, MSNBC featured two segments citing the Brennan Center information as evidence the GOP is attempting to block minorities from voting by pushing ID laws.

Articles this week by the Huffington Post, Bloomberg News and the Baltimore Sun also cited the Brennan research.

The National Center for Public Policy Research notes that in its report on voter ID measures, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, or NAACP, “relied heavily” on Brennan Center’s work.

Also last month, Politifact used the Brennan Center’s 2006 report to support Attorney General Eric Holder’s claim that 25 percent of African-Americans lack government-issued photo ID.

GroupSnoop.org, a website run by the National Center for Public Policy Research, recently posted a new profile of the Brennan Center that documents how its voter ID information is highly questionable and may be based on biased data.

In August 2011, Hans A. von Spakovsky and Alex Ingram of the Heritage Foundation critiqued the Brennan report, finding it is “both dubious in its methodology and results and suspect in its sweeping conclusions.”

According to the Heritage Foundation report, the Brennan Center used biased questioning to obtain their desired result concerning minority voters – a result that is actually contradicted by footnotes buried in the Brennan report itself.

“By eschewing many of the traditional scientific methods of data collection and analysis, the authors of the Brennan Center study appear to have pursued results that advance a particular political agenda rather than the truth about voter identification,” write Von Spakovsky and Ingram.

Heritage points out that the Brennan Center’s report was based entirely on one survey of only 987 “voting age American citizens.” However the report contained no information on how the survey determined whether a respondent was actually an American citizen.

Heritage found the Brennan survey used the responses of the 987 individuals to estimate the number of Americans without valid documentation based on the 2000 Census calculations of citizen voting-age population. Those Census figures, noted Heritage, “contain millions of U.S. residents who are ineligible to vote, thus contributing to the study’s overestimation of voters without a government-issued identification.”

Heritage charged the survey questions used in the Brennan Center’s report “are also suspect and appear to be designed to bolster the report’s biased findings.”

Brennan, for example, did not ask respondents whether they had government-issued IDs, but instead asked whether respondents had “readily available identification.”

“By asking whether such ID could be found ‘quickly’ or shown ‘tomorrow,’ the study seems to be trying to elicit a particular response: that those surveyed do not have ID,” noted Heritage.

The Brennan study is undermined by some of its own footnotes.

One footnote states that “[t]he survey did not yield statistically significant results for differential rates of possession of citizenship documents by race, age, or other identified demographic factors.” That footnote appears to contradict the very premise of the Brennan report.

Another footnote relates that 135 respondents “indicated that they had both a U.S. birth certificate and U.S. naturalization papers. This most likely indicates confusion on the part of the respondents.” In other words, Heritage notes, nearly 14 percent of the respondents provided contradictory answers.

The Brennan study further did not ask any of its participants whether they had student or tribal ID cards even though in some states like Arizona and Georgia, such cards are acceptable for the purpose of voting.

Heritage cited numerous studies that directly contradict the Brennan report, studied not widely cited by the news media in the voter ID debate.

Such studies include:

  • An American University survey in Maryland, Indiana, and Mississippi found that less than one-half of 1 percent of registered voters lacked a government-issued ID. Therefore, the study correctly concluded that “a photo ID as a requirement of voting does not appear to be a serious problem in any of the states.”

  • A 2006 survey of more than 36,000 voters found that only “23 people in the entire sample—less than one-tenth of one percent of reported voters” were unable to vote because of an ID requirement.”

Brennan has a history of questionable research.

His center was at the heart of a national scandal in 2002 after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the McCain-Feingold campaign-finance act. The attorneys defending McCain-Feingold had reportedly based key portions of their case on research provided by the Brennan Center – research, Discover the Networks notes, that may have been “deliberately faked,” according to Weekly Standard editor David Tell.

Tell quoted Brennan Center political scientist Jonathan Krasno admitting in his funding proposal to the Pew Charitable Trusts that the purpose of his group’s proposed study on campaign finance was for partisan political reasons.

Wrote Tell: “‘Issue Advocacy: Amassing the Case for Reform,’ dated February 19, 1999, explained that `[t]he purpose of our acquiring the data set is not simply to advance knowledge for its own sake, but to fuel a continuous multi-faceted campaign to propel campaign reform forward.’ Dispassionate academic inquiry was so alien to the spirit of the thing that Brennan promised to suspend its work midstream, pre-publication, if the numbers turned out wrong. `Whether we proceed to phase two will depend on the judgment of whether the data provide a sufficiently powerful boost to the reform movement.’”

Tell claimed Brennan researchers “deliberately faked” their results.

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  • kaZappoo 2012/08/30 03:57:18
    OF COURSE /////nothing new here ....he's also in the alluminatti / builderburg group ,, and others VERY underground !


    so either way soetoro will reign as the future marxist leader !

    or he'll orchestrate an even to declare M/L in Oct.

    it's been predicted !

    well see !
  • Red Branch 2012/08/30 03:24:55
    Red Branch
    Thanks, I hadn't thought about it, but it is no surprise.
  • keeper 2012/08/29 17:06:35
    This should come as no surprise. It is nin Soros's best interest to keep his puppet, BHO, in office.
  • Seonag 2012/08/29 15:45:08
    This doesn't surprise me at all. It fits the entire agenda!
  • DavE 2012/08/29 15:14:20
    Slap the Alinsky nihilists down, now and in November.
  • GINGERBREAD 2012/08/29 15:12:37
    These people are so afraid to debate the real problems in this country, that they will put on any and every "RED HERRING" they can to change the subject. Hey, all you liberals, socialists and communinists, "IT'S THE ECONOMY, STUPID"
  • tommyg - POTL- PWCM-JLA 2012/08/29 14:54:19
    tommyg - POTL- PWCM-JLA
    I'm not surprised at all.
  • Allbiz - PWCM - JLA 2012/08/29 14:49:53
    Allbiz - PWCM - JLA
    Why am I not surprised.
  • mk, Smartass Oracle 2012/08/29 14:45:14
  • Karen E 2012/08/29 14:32:34
    Karen E
    the puppet master has many strings.
  • Sheila 2012/08/29 14:16:30
    I was listening to Sean Hannity talk to a democrat governor a couple of weeks ago. They were talking about the "disenfrachismment" of minorities that voter ID laws would cause. The gov made a point that Sean TOTALLY MISSED HIS CHANCE WITH.
    He said voting is a RIGHT given to us by the constitution and therefor CAN NOT have laws passed to regualte that right.
    I said "Uhhhh...... Ok then, on THAT NOTE, we were also constitutionally guaranteed the right to BEAR ARMS, but we regulate that from COAST TO COAST".

    The WHOLE ISSUE should not even be an issue since over 70% of ALL americans WANT voter ID laws.
  • Informed Voter 2012/08/29 09:03:37
    Informed Voter
    Not a surprise. This is expected from the DNC's Professor Moriarty!
  • Walt 2012/08/29 06:48:54
    When a non-issue is artificially turned into an issue, I automatically believe there is someone pushing an agenda behind the scenes.

    For voters to be required to show who they are at the polls in order to prevent voter fraud is only common sense. It was never logical for anyone to oppose it, certainly not on the grounds that it was "racist." (That's just stupid.)
  • Rodney 2012/08/29 06:22:51
    As long as they continue to present the obviously fraudulent information they have been, they lose. The fact that the Mediocre Media passes it on as fact only aids in discrediting them.
  • Fashionable60s 2012/08/29 04:57:57
    He is the pretend owner of the Democratic party.
  • Red Branch Fashion... 2012/08/30 03:26:40
    Red Branch
    I would say that there is more reality in that than you know.
  • kaZappoo Red Branch 2012/08/30 04:00:32
    and owns the co. contracted to tally the ballots in spain ....FYI !!
  • Kane Fernau 2012/08/29 04:42:02
    Kane Fernau
    George Soros is the head of the democrat snake
  • Phyl *In God i Trust* 2012/08/29 04:37:07
    Phyl *In God i Trust*
    The sayingis The bigger they are the harder they fall. We have to win in Nov.
  • Tee Quake 2012/08/29 04:32:06
    Tee Quake
    I have believed all along that Soros is Obama's guardian angel from hell and that Obama does Soros' bidding and is handsomely taken care of because of it. Can I prove it? No. And even if I could no one would hear about it because Soros and his ilk control the MSM and use it to shape public opinion. Their end game is Bush One's NWO with the old family billionaires fully ensconced and running the world from their respective too big to fail banks; spending their days thinking of ways to gain even more money and power and not giving a damn about anybody else, least of all peasants like you and me living-out our pathetic little lives to do our master's bidding.
  • SunShine Tee Quake 2012/08/29 04:36:52
    If you have ever studied Cloward Piven you would find Soros right in the mix of things..
  • kaZappoo SunShine 2012/08/30 04:01:43
    well it was known soros funded 80% of soetoro in 08
  • RTHTGakaRoland 2012/08/29 04:31:08
  • SunShine RTHTGak... 2012/08/29 04:36:06
    love the graphic..

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