Republican Staffers Charged With 36 Counts of Election Fraud

#Justice4Trayvon 629 BLOCKT CONS 2012/09/24 00:41:05
The party of voter ID laws may need to clean up their own house first when it comes to election fraud.

Well well well, no wonder the GOTP be railing about "voter fraud." They figure everyone else is guilty of what they, themselves have perpetrated upon the citizens of these here United States.

It turns out that the Republican Party’s obsession with voter fraud may be yet another case of projection. Four former staffers for resigned House Rep. Thaddeus McCotter have been charged with 36 counts of misdemeanor and felony election fraud. Yesterday one of those staffers, Lorianne O’Brady, pled not guilty to five misdemeanor counts of submitting fraudulent signatures on a ballot petition. O’Brady is the last of the four staffers to be arraigned; the other three, Don Yowchuang, Mary Melissa Turnbull, and Paul Seewald, were arraigned on similar charges on August 10th.

So what happened? It all started last May, when the Michigan Congressman announced that he was considering running for the Republican nomination for president. McCotter, who had served in the US House of Representatives for nine years, officially announced his candidacy in July of 2011, but was unsuccessful due to his relatively unknown status. In September of 2011, McCotter officially withdrew from the race and endorsed Mitt Romney.

For the next part of the story, we have to go back to April of 2011. Prior to running for president, McCotter had not confirmed that he would be running for reelection in his district. He was the only one of Michigan’s 15 representatives who still had yet to announce his intentions for his seat. That May, after McCotter began exploring a presidential run, he confirmed that he would not campaign for his seat in the House. Then in September, McCotter reversed that plan after ending his presidential campaign. McCotter was indeed running for reelection in Michigan’s 11th District.

Fast forward to May 2012. the date to collect signatures to appear on the ballot in Michigan has come and gone. 1,000 signatures are necessary for each candidate, and the McCotter campaign turned in over 2,000. There was just one small problem: most of those signatures were forgeries or photocopies. Only 244 of the signatures – just over 10% of the total number – were actually legitimate signatures.

Michigan’s Secretary of State announced that the McCotter campaign had not gathered 1,000 valid signatures, which McCotter accepted. McCotter then announced that he would still be running for his seat in the August primary, as a write-in candidate. But the discoveries of fraud by the Secretary of State were so egregious that the matter was turned over to Michigan’s state attorney general. The Michigan elections director Chris Thomas called the fake signatures an “unprecedented level of fraud.”

By June, the news of the false signatures had put enough pressure on McCotter, and the Congressman resigned in disgrace. In his resignation statement, McCotter lamented his decreased earnings potential, expressed his concern for the toll the scandal took on his family, and said that he would continue to cooperate in the investigation. He never took responsibility for the incident.

This incident perfectly highlights the dirty little secret about election fraud. Election fraud overwhelmingly happens on the campaign side, not the voter side. It’s far easier – and more rewarding – to cheat while working from within the system than it is to commit in-person voter fraud. The GOP is legislating against cases of voter fraud in which a person would have to give someone else’s name at the correct polling place in order to falsely vote once; meanwhile a Republican Congressman and his staff fabricated 1,756 signatures so that he could run illegally.

And this is the truth about so many Republican policies: rules and regulations are put in place to scapegoat people who aren’t causing problems. In Florida, drug testing welfare recipients showed that less than 3% of those receiving welfare were using drugs illegally, while that discriminatory testing cost the state nearly $120,000. Mitt Romney has evoked the “47% of people [who] pay no income tax,” conveniently ignoring that collecting income tax from all of those households would bring in less than than the president’s Buffett Rule which would slightly raise taxes for the country’s wealthiest. Reagan’s racist welfare queen myth still looms large in the conservative narrative, despite the fact that the Bush-era bailout for corrupt and irresponsible banks cost far more than years of welfare programs.

The cognitive dissonance bordering on willful delusion has become the hallmark of Republican policies and rhetoric. Expecting this heinous fraud to bring the GOP back to reality would be wishful thinking at this point, but at least one corrupt Congressman is now out of a job.

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  • Manster 2012/09/27 14:49:03
    They have some acorns in their closets too? I'm shocked! Shocked,I say!
  • #Justic... Manster 2012/09/27 19:07:35
    #Justice4Trayvon 629 BLOCKT CONS
    That was a good one my friend.
  • Manster #Justic... 2012/09/28 13:54:19
    Thanks, AJ! I'm glad you enjoyed my ironic take on the issue.Plus we can never forget that it was the GOP that made the word "Watergate" synonymous with dirty dealing and corrupt activity.
  • #Justic... Manster 2012/09/29 01:56:58
    #Justice4Trayvon 629 BLOCKT CONS
    They sure did Manster. Watergate was when I learned that politicians were capable of despicable acts.
  • jgh57 2012/09/25 19:15:27
    And we are surprised why?
  • #Justic... jgh57 2012/09/27 14:27:53
    #Justice4Trayvon 629 BLOCKT CONS
    I'm not surprised.
  • Scott 2012/09/24 16:47:10
    Republicans suck hind titty.
  • Glfer65 2012/09/24 15:10:47
    This is why I see failure on both sides of this. Both parties have done anything to get what they want and they have stooped this low. Fact is the GOP really does not know that actual voter fraud is EXTREMELY low in our country and not as widespread as they think.

    They grouped the errors of the volunteers as voter fraud to make it look like it was more. Truth is fraud is less then 1% in our country and fact is people are really honest when it comes to voting.
  • Tom Degan 2012/09/24 06:42:16
  • #Justic... Tom Degan 2012/09/24 12:30:32
    #Justice4Trayvon 629 BLOCKT CONS
    Tom, I could hug you for proclaiming those hard truths. We know how the haters are gonna react. Keep proclaiming them anyways.
  • doc moto 2012/09/24 03:51:31
    doc moto
    More attention to bring the big picture to light; November 2012, make sure all the union thuds and others obey the law and vote and go home...The software and bean counters watched and all the crooks take a day off, so that mean that 85% of those in Chicago are on house arrest and stay home... Funny it was only a few signatories on this one where they find hundreds on them yellow shirt ACORN people! Same as when they exchange prisoners in Israel, 1000 Arabs for One Jew, fair trade, same worth in the arabish/liberal eye!
  • Patriotic 2012/09/24 02:29:51
    It's always the one with the obsession who is doing exactly what he's obsessing about...
  • redhorse29 2012/09/24 02:23:58
    Cool. Now go back and get me a accurate count of democrat lies and fraud.
  • Telly S... redhorse29 2012/09/24 08:32:21
    Telly Samba
    How about you bring it yourself? Or are you too incompetent?
  • Glfer65 redhorse29 2012/09/24 15:08:12
    Cool why don't go look for yourself and see that it is not all just on one side of the aisle.
  • Grace 2012/09/24 02:00:48
    No surprise. The GOP will do anything to be in control of all branches. It scares me.
  • mich52 2012/09/24 01:36:36
  • #Justic... mich52 2012/09/24 01:41:50
    #Justice4Trayvon 629 BLOCKT CONS
    My goodness, what a bunch of low-lifes.
  • mich52 #Justic... 2012/09/24 01:45:36
  • Giantsfan 2012/09/24 01:29:32
    You just gotta love the cons (conservatives) of this world. Hypocrites the lot of them.
  • rdmatheny 2012/09/24 01:25:10
    Election fraud is how Romney got the nomination.

  • #Justic... rdmatheny 2012/09/24 01:30:16
    #Justice4Trayvon 629 BLOCKT CONS
    I heard how bad they did y'all at the RNC. Do you plan on writing in Ron Paul's name on election day (if you don't mind answering)?
  • rdmatheny #Justic... 2012/09/24 01:45:43
    There is a drive going on right now to do so along with a lawsuit to force ALL states to count write-in votes and allow ANY name to submitted even if some states do not allow write ins or have registration dead lines that have passed.
  • #Justic... rdmatheny 2012/09/24 06:28:09
    #Justice4Trayvon 629 BLOCKT CONS
    I wish y'all the best. I can't stand the dirty tricks the ReTHUGnicans are so fond of pulling.
  • rdmatheny #Justic... 2012/09/24 13:00:54
    Well, the Democrats did the same thing at their convention as the Republicans did. So they're no better.
  • meme14 2012/09/24 01:09:35 (edited)
    Oh my..the republican hypocrisy
  • #Justic... meme14 2012/09/24 01:32:47
    #Justice4Trayvon 629 BLOCKT CONS
    Thank you Meme14. I hope you don't mind if I snag that image. They are a bunch of hyporites, that's for sure.
  • meme14 #Justic... 2012/09/24 01:34:58
    No - not at all...glad you liked it...I thought it pretty much illustrated how stoopid they are...lol
  • Che Guevara - Hero 2012/09/24 01:06:19
    Che Guevara - Hero
    Where is all the Tea Party outrage now ? ......Crickets Chirping......
    crickets chirping
  • #Justic... Che Gue... 2012/09/24 01:35:56
    #Justice4Trayvon 629 BLOCKT CONS
    Tell me about it. We didn't hear any backlash in 1968 when Mitt's father, a citizen of Mexico, ran for POTUS.
  • Beccy 2012/09/24 00:45:51
    Doesn't surprise me that the republicans did this in Michigan. I had no respect for them in the first place.
  • #Justic... Beccy 2012/09/24 00:58:18
    #Justice4Trayvon 629 BLOCKT CONS
    Doesn't surprise me either Beccy.
  • wildcat 2012/09/24 00:43:06
    and whom is surprised by this revelation?
  • Lulu's Mom 2012/09/24 00:42:27
    Lulu's Mom
    No big surprise there!
  • #Justic... Lulu's Mom 2012/09/24 00:59:45
    #Justice4Trayvon 629 BLOCKT CONS
    It gives us a look into why they be all gung-ho about voter fraud--GUILTY CONSCIENCE!
  • Lulu's Mom #Justic... 2012/09/24 01:11:01
    Lulu's Mom
    I would say that you are right about that.
  • twocrows #Justic... 2012/09/24 02:07:00
    I can't agree with you in this instance.

    while knowing full well that election fraud is the problem and voter fraud is not, they institute draconian measures to make sure that people who are likely to vote Democratic will be denied the vote while ignoring election fraud. in fact while increasing the likelihood of election fraud by increasing the use of hackable voting machines. who has the capacity to hack them? why, election officials, of course.

    so, it doesn't seem to be a case of guilty conscience. rather it seems to be a case of no conscience.

    so - - - - VOTE ABSENTEE! you get to vote weeks in advance, from the comfort of your own home and with the further comfort of knowing you have a PAPER BALLOT!
  • #Justic... twocrows 2012/09/24 06:31:18
    #Justice4Trayvon 629 BLOCKT CONS
    You are so correct my friend.

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