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VR Calls on John McCain to Fire Michael Connell for Covering Up for Karl Rove in Federal Election Manipulation Lawsuit

 

20 Dec 2008 Update: Mike Connell killed in plane crash. Michael Connell, 45, died when his single-engine Piper Saratoga struck a flagpole and crashed into the front lawn of vacant Ohio house. See the Akron Beacon Journal for more up-to-the-minute information. -- GH


Mike Connell, president and CEO of New Media Communications. Photo by Ken Love/Akron Beacon Journal, (c)2008, used with belated permission.

Velvet Revolution today issued a press release (pdf format) calling for Republican candidate John McCain to fire computer expert Michael Connell from his campaign for covering up alleged election manipulations of Karl Rove and others.

 

Mr. Connell, the GOP’s top computer expert, was subpoenaed based on a September 19th court order to testify under oath in an Ohio federal lawsuit looking into serious allegations that Mr. Rove has directed a strategy to illegally manipulate elections through the use of computer technology.

Rather than cooperate in the investigation, Mr. Connell hired attorneys close to the Bush/Cheney Administration and refused to appear for the deposition arguing client (GOP) confidentiality. Those attorneys have said that they will do everything possible to keep Mr. Connell from testifying before the November general election. Mr. Connell’s refusal to comply with a federal subpoena looking into credible evidence that the upcoming presidential election will be manipulated is at odds with John McCain’s promise to run a clean campaign.

Another GOP cyber security expert, Stephen Spoonamore, has stated that Mr. Connell has vast experience and knowledge of the GOP computer networks at issue in the federal lawsuit. Mr. Connell has admitted to Mr. Spoonamore that in his zeal to 'save the unborn' he may have helped others who have compromised elections.” Cliff Arnebeck, the Ohio election attorney who issued the subpoena, said Friday that he is aggressively moving to enforce the subpoena.

“Mr. Connell has information about how the votes are tabulated in key states in the upcoming election. In order to ensure that the election is fair and accurate, Mr. Connell needs to testify under oath and pursuant to a lawful subpoena about how these votes are tabulated, whether the tabulation will be compromised and whether anyone has directed him to compromise those tabulations.”

According to federal filings, Mr. Connell is working for John McCain to help him win the election. VR believes that until Mr. Connell testifies under oath about his apparent knowledge of election manipulations, he should not be working for Mr. McCain. If he does, the McCain campaign will appear to be in league with Mr. Connell to cover up criminal conduct and engaging in election tampering. This will call into question the results of the November election and again cast a shadow over our election process.

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someday

there needs to be Accountability again --

what ever happened to "checks and balances"?

what ever happened to the "fourth estate"?

apparently the pursuit of money and power DOES corrupt
the best of intentions.

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And with massive money in hand

apparently the pursuit of money and power DOES corrupt the best of intentions.

the worst intentions are already empowered by the levers they hold in offices of authority across the land.



"So your party is the only party that can save the country from the mess that your party created?" - attrib. Jon Stewart

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"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations which dare already to challenge our government in a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country." - Thomas Jefferson

McCain vs. Obama Debate

While you're watching the debates tonight, remember just who is running the works for John McCain's campaign:

Mike Connell's Friends of John McCain 2008 (from Connell, Rove, and the GOP Boys, Positioned for McCain?)

As we face the 2008 election, these concerns about the tabulating of votes in 2000 and 2004 may seem so yesterday, but consider the following list of characters who are currently active in John McCain’s campaign and see if there are any of them ring familiar. 15

From June and July Monthly Disbursements by JOHN MCCAIN 2008 INC. (FEC Committee ID #: C00430470)

CAMPAIGN SOLUTIONS - Becki Donatelli; collaborator and partner with Connell in Connell-Donatelli, Inc. aka CD Inc.

CD INC. - partnership with Connell formed directly after Campaign Solutions client, Fair Judiciary, was linked to leaks of 'hacked' Democratic Senate Judiciary Cmte memos.

DOUGLAS DAVENPORT, - DCI Group principal who, with Doug Goodyear, 'stepped down' from McCain's campaign after news of DCI Group lobbying for Burma broke.

DIRECT RESPONSE GROUP - one of the many faces of primarily DCI Group principals with 2005 AZ corporation filings indicating Doug Goodyear, Tom Synhorst, Charles Gately, Christopher Holt and Jack Padovano as then-principals. fka GPS VENTURES

EDONATION.COM - online transaction, Becki Donatelli.

NEW MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS INC - Mike Connell

SMARTECHCORP - Tennessee based Internet services provider for RNC. Hosting services for outsourced Election Night Results reporting system of Connell and Ohio SOS Ken Blackwell in 2004 and 2006. Jeff Averbeck.

YUMA SOLUTIONS INC - Florida company, renamed from Gencom Network following Roy Cales' divestiture of ownership interest. Services provider to Tidewaterinc.com, et al.



"So your party is the only party that can save the country from the mess that your party created?" - attrib. Jon Stewart

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"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations which dare already to challenge our government in a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country." - Thomas Jefferson

Recent work on McCain's Connell + Rove connection

I've been trying to collect and update a set of links to relevant work related to this story in a table here.

It's been my intent to organize it by date and to ensure all the contributions of OhioNewsBureau and the much larger body of other folks' work is included as well.

For example, a new item adds some very substantial information (Will Mike Connell Avoid Testifying on Cyber Rigging?) including Connell's embedding inside the firewalls of the House Judiciary Commmittee and Department of Justice Internets while catering to Rep. Heather Wilson's new needs for email services and the White House needs for email destruction services in the midst of the US Attorneys purges and before that story broke.

Then, the White House Internet director reported a comprehensive makeover of the WH site during that period the USAs scandal was breaking and as he was leaving the WH. David Almacy worked for DCI Group's TechCentralStation, GovTech Solutions, and Connell before he came to the WH.

Lots of work to be done yet but this list and one at RoveCybergate.com, together, probably represent the two largest collections of such work.

Once I get past my current task, maybe I'll attempt to do all of this but hey, don't forget that our Ohio work made it into a film reviewed by Roger Ebert, with a three-stars rating!

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