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Open Thread - 'What went wrong in Ohio?' 2004 Edition

Last week, attorneys filed a new brief in the King Lincoln Bronzeville v. Blackwell case alleging adverse effect on their clients' civil rights by the official conduct of the 2004 presidential election, in Ohio.

The 259 page filing (3.5 megabyte PDF @ Moritz Election Law) includes several items of interest to ePluribus Media researchers whose membership are expressly recognized after reporting the first evidence placing Ohio's vote count in the networks of the Republican IT service provider, SMARTech Corp, during 2004 and 2006 elections. 

Jumping Florida Election Night Results Servers ...

[Updated to repair typos and grammar on 11/05/10, luaptifer]

It's become something of a tradition around here, at ePluribusMedia, to find outsourced election services on election night. 

I'll tell you that I'd be angry if I found that the machines reporting the counting of my votes jumped from one computer to another with no explanation.  That's just me, I know how much of a black box is any sort of computer.

And that's exactly what we found in Florida, again, this year.

UPDATED: Cliff Arnebeck on Ohio Racketeering Complaint Against Karl Rove and the Chamber of Commerce

Current Update: Ohio Chamber reneges on commitment to produce names of contributors


At today's hearing at the Ohio Elections Commission, Bradley Smith, former chairman of the Federal Elections Commission, serving as counsel to Partnership for Ohio's Future, stated that all anyone had to do was ask for their list of contributors--and Cliff did not ask.  TV 10 and a film maker videoed the hearing, and a court reporter recorded it as well.
 
After the hearing I asked and was assured by Linda Woggon in the presence of Brad Smith that the she would send the information to me.  I served subpoenas for the information when I did not receive anything.  Brad then called me and said that they would have the material by 2:00 pm, or 3:00 at the latest.  At 3:30 a delivery person arrived at my office with a motion to quash our subpoenas.
 
The Chamber has returned to a policy of secrecy after four election cycles in which it published the names of its contributors to influence candidate elections.
 
Cliff Arnebeck

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Election Watchdog Group Offers $20,000 Reward

Reward: Calls On All Computer Scientists, IT Specialists And Hackers To Monitor 2010 Election Tabulators For Illegal Manipulations

Ilene Proctor PR
(310) 858-6643

Washington, DC -- Today, the election watchdog group ProtectOurElections.org announced a $20,000 reward for any computer scientist, IT specialist or hacker who can provide definitive evidence that vote tabulation results in the 2010 midterm elections were manipulated in such a way that the results changed the legitimate winner running for federal office. The information must result in an arrest and conviction. The announcement is posted on the ProtectOurElections.org website and includes a reward poster.

Past Pieces and Random Reminders: Re-recapping the US Attorneys, Voter Fraud and More

Just for kicks and giggles, here's some past pieces that came up when searching on the term "Prosecutor Purge" using the ePluribus Media search function:

Criminal Coverup: DoJ Report Implicates White House Involvement In Prosecutor Purge

... Implicates White House : E-Mails Hint at Involvement in Prosecutor Firings, Officials Say by Carrie Johnson, Washington Post Staff ... week on an in-house investigation into the 2006 political purge of federal prosecutors during President Bush's second term all but

commentary - GreyHawk - 10/01/2008 - 13:11 - 0 comments - 0 attachments

Fourth Of July Reflections

... Oil company execs ...actively participated Prosecutor Purge in the enforcement of these laws...illegal even under German law. ...

commentary - GreyHawk - 07/05/2008 - 13:04 - 1 comment - 0 attachments

Of Lawyers, Guns and Money: GOP DOJ Guts Justice for All [REPOST from 2007]

... the Inspector General (IG) or a special prosecutor has been enlisted. One bright and promising exception to this ... Times examined Gonzales’ record beyond the U.S. Attorney purge and the FBI’s Patriot Act violations: – Gonzales “repeatedly ...

commentary
- GreyHawk - 06/24/2008 - 22:23 - 1 comment - 0 attachments

Has anything been resolved yet on that? No? ...maybe it's time folks started thinking back, and pushing for a bit more housecleaning so that we can address the problems facing our nation without past impediments cropping up to slow our progress. 

Bad sign? Pick to head USDOJ's Legal Policy a lobbyist for Chamber's Institute for Legal Reform?

If I've learned anything in a decade, it's that hundreds of millions of dollars spent by the single biggest lobbying entity --the US Chamber of Commerce-- over the same time, has an effect on the regulation and law under which the rest of us have to live.

The Chamber's Institute for Legal Reform was born against the backdrop of a Republican revolution that had been purchased by industry and their lobbying activities have especially favored those interests most averse to the tide of litigation that had begun to accomplish the objective of holding big business responsible for the civil damages left on the path of profitability.

The Chamber of Commerce ILR was delivered by C-section in time to take up the fight against US Government plans to sue Big Tobacco for recovery of medical costs after the Multi-State Agreement with most state Attorneys General left the Federal government recovering nothing at the end of 1998. 

So when I heard that President Obama is likely to nominate Mark Gitenstein for the top post of the Office of Legal Policy in a Department of Justice only beginning to think about depoliticizing itself, my reflexes were jerky, to say the least.

GOP Technology Powerhouse eMerges Behind Firewalls on the Hill

[Notice to Readers - 1/11/2009: Please check back soon for an update.  - luaptifer]

The world of Republican government IT solutions is changing as dramatically as the Party itself. 

The November 2008 rout of Republicans followed eight years of ever-expanding mismanagement of the Bush White House.   Few would have imagined the global magnitude of its fallout but trendsetters at two very competent top-tier GOP tech companies led the political technology market's new wave of consolidation by merging GovTech Solutions, L.L.C. (Richfield, Ohio) and GSL Solutions, Inc. (Tampa, Florida) just a month earlier. 

Already powerful among the GOP's network insiders, GovTech visionary Mike Connell was ready to rule when the newly minted HillTop Content Management System (CMS) would "create a dominating force on Capitol Hill".   But a horrible year for Republicans turned into Connell family tragedy when HillTop lost its architect and the GOP's Internet pioneer in a December 19 aviation accident.

Subject: Re "Jeb Bush for President", reality and doubt

Dear George H. W. Bush (affectionately, '41'),

Regarding

FOXNews - Sunday, January 04, 2009: The first President Bush said he would like to see his other son, Jeb, become president one day, but if now's not the time he'd be an "outstanding senator."

...During an interview on "FOX News Sunday," the nation's 41st president said Jeb, the former governor of Florida, is "as qualified and as able as anyone I know in the political scene" to be president.

Absolutely, 41, absolutely! But first I hope you can be patient enough to help America address a couple of niggling doubts.

Thanks George, I expect nothing less than that you'll be gracious in response.  

First, there is the question of feasibility: Is it realistic to consider a campaign for Jeb without Bush dynasty guru and information technology master, the late Mike Connell, managing the electrons?

Sure, Karl Rove's still around but he's so direct-mail, while Connell was the man who translated Karl's knowledge into the Information Age.  Are you considering this factor?

Ohio Attorneys Seek Protection for Mike Connell and his Family against Alleged Threats from Karl Rove

[UPDATE2: 1/8/2009 - repaired letter formatting - luaptifer]

[UPDATE1: 12/21/2008 - added link to newer compilation of background links - luaptifer; originally posted 2008-07-24 13:18:54 -0500]]

Sources close to the Ohio Corrupt Practices Act/RICO claim sent us a copy of the following letter that asks Attorney General Mukasey for protection for Michael Connell and his family who have been allegedly threatened by Karl Rove. Rove is believed to be the strategic mastermind behind the Bush 2004 re-election campaign and the possible Ohio election improprieties. The alleged threats appear to be the result of the re-opening, through the Ohio Corrupt Practices Act/RICO claim, of the stalled investigation into the 2004 Ohio Elections.

Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2008 13:50:55 EDT

Subject: Report of Rove threats against witness Michael Connell



Dear Attorney General Mukasey:

We have been confidentially informed by a source we believe to be credible that Karl Rove has threatened Michael Connell, a principal witness we have identified in our King Lincoln case in federal court in Columbus, Ohio, that if he does not agree to "take the fall" for election fraud in Ohio, his wife Heather will be prosecuted for supposed lobby law violations. This appears to be in response to our designation of Rove as the principal perpetrator in the Ohio Corrupt Practices Act/RICO claim with respect to which we issued document hold notices last Thursday to you and to the US Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform.

See: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=6189 and http://www.archive.org/details/ElectionFraudInOhioCourtCase.

I have informed court chambers and am in the process of informing the Ohio Attorney General's and US Attorney's offices in Columbus for the purpose, among other things, of seeking protection for Mr. Connell and his family from this reported attempt to intimidate a witness.

Concurrently herewith, I am informing Mr. Conyers and Mr. Kucinich in connection with their Congressional oversight responsibilities related to these matters.

Because of the serious engagement in this matter that began in 2000 of the Ohio Statehouse Press Corps, 60 Minutes, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, C-Span and Jim VandeHei, and the public's right to know of gross attempts to subvert the rule of law, I am forwarding this information to them, as well.

Cliff Arnebeck, Attorney

614-224-8771

Cell 614-361-9434

cc: Robert Fitrakis, Esq. Henry Eckhart, Esq

 

For background information, below the fold are the links GreyHawk and others have amassed or the one-page list of previous work linked directly:

CURRENT MIKE CONNELL STORIES

Jan. 18, 2009 - More than two years of reference to the late Michael Connell and his GOP network insiders is found in a single-page list to be kept current for related stories throughout ePluribusMedia:



 Mike Connell: A Trail of Questions 

 At the End of the Road 


Submit tips to tips@epluribusmedia.org

 

[UPDATE: 12/23/08 - added link to previous article list.]

[UPDATE: 01/18/09 - revised reference to previous article list.]

Mike Connell: A Trail of Questions At the End of the Road

[ed. - bumped on preliminary NTSB report - luaptifer]

The crash of Michael Connell's single-engine Piper last Friday leaves a somber Christmas season ahead for his wife and four children and ends the career of an information technology pioneer.  Connell's expertise drove the Republican Party onto the infotech highway of the Internet era in time to seat the most famous of his three Bush clients in the country's top office.

His death should mark the beginning of a thorough examination of his political role inside the technology infrastructures that elected and that supported an Administration so widely recognized for politicizing the machine of Federal governance and justice.   

For the Bush dynasty's RNC, Connell embodied a paraphrase of his favorite place -- he ~was~ the cutting-edge, not just at it.  His partnership with the Party and its most powerful operatives (now known as DCI Group among other names) gave its political and corporate leaders the Internet edition of mass communication 'astroturfing' tools by which to engineer the consent of the public.

Accidents Happen: Mike Connell, 45, Dies In Ohio Plane Crash

By GreyHawk and Luaptifer, ePluribus Media

Mike Connell, 45, died in a plane crash in Ohio last night.

You may recognize his name -- he was the president of New Media Communications and GovTech Solutions whose one-side-of-the-aisle clients he serviced on both sides of the government firewall.  In concert with SmartTech Corp. and former Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell (now aspiring to the national GOP Chair), his concurrent architecture of Ohio elections and GeorgeWBush.com moved ePluribusMedia researchers on Election Night 2006 to place Connell's companies on the blurry map of outsourced political governance. 

ePluribusMedia has been reporting on Mr. Connell and some of his various and sundry contracts and activities for a while now.  One of the most recent stories can be found here:

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

Make the jump for a more complete list.

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.

Any oversight by Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight - www.ofheo.gov?

Bumped. -- GH Originally posted 2008-09-07 13:11:07 -0500.

Now that taxpayers are about to pick up the tab on another megabillion dollar problem of the Bush Administration, I have some questions. Note: this commentary began its life just moments ago as a comment on Taxpayers picking up the tab again

--- Ever since I've known of this office, I've wondered if they have actually done any oversight of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

What do they do? And how'd Mike Connell get the job of running their website back in 1999? Does George W. Bush get some sort of inside information from this arrangement?

Open Thread -- "Trust, but verify" Voting Edition


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"Trust, but verify."

        -- Ronald Reagan1
          40th US President

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As each election cycle approaches, more and more articles about alleged voter fraud, voter caging, vote manipulation and voter intimidation begin to come out.

Sometimes, they are simply examples of fear-mongering used to attempt to move the public in one direction or another with regard to Voter Identification laws.

Sometimes, they appear to be conspiracy theories by nutcases.

And sometimes, they turn out to be grounded in reality.

In all cases, you never know what you'll find unless you first look at the facts -- and sometimes getting to those facts takes Herculean efforts.

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"Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything."

        -- Josef Stalin (1879-1953)
          Georgian Soviet politician

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Why?

Over the fold, some quotes, some reflections, some news about ongoing developments over at the Velvet Revolution and a list of related stories.

This is an Open Thread.

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