And here are some of the guys involved in making it happen.
Warning, this is messy. Those who have read my previous investigations will definitely have a leg up on this. But it’s about stealth operatives and voter suppression schemes going back to the 1990s, so strap in.
John Fund signing+selling 2008 revision of his 2004 book at 2009 Sammies
The news today, that a fellow named Nathan Sproul — who has a checkered past in voter registration, shall we say? — had created an astroturf/fictitious business name organization in June that was fired this week by the Republican National Committee and the Florida Republican Party forces me to revisit an old riff I’m almost tired of talking about. But it must, needs, be said. Let’s start with the LA Times:
RNC cuts ties with voter-drive firm accused of fraud
The founder of Strategic Allied Consulting says he formed the company at the Republican National Committee’s request to distance the party from earlier allegations.
By Joseph Tanfani, Melanie Mason and Matea Gold, Washington Bureau
September 28, 2012
WASHINGTON — The Republican National Committee has abruptly dropped ties to a firm running a major get-out-the-vote effort in seven swing states after Florida prosecutors started an investigation into possible fraud in voter registration forms.
Working through state parties, the RNC has sent more than $3.1 million this year to Strategic Allied Consulting, a company formed in June by Nathan Sproul, an Arizona political consultant. Sproul has operated other firms that have been accused in the past of improprieties designed to help Republican candidates, including dumping registration forms filled out by Democrats. None of those allegations have led to criminal charges.
Strategic Allied Consulting was hired to do voter registration drives in Florida, Virginia, Colorado, North Carolina and Nevada, and had been planning get-out-the-vote drives in Ohio and Wisconsin, according to Sproul. Lincoln Strategy Group, another Sproul company, was paid about $70,000 by Mitt Romney’s campaign during the primaries to gather signatures.
In Florida’s Palm Beach County, election officials turned over 106 forms to prosecutors after discovering forgeries and other problems. Officials in other counties are now reviewing voter registration forms turned in by the state GOP.
Sproul said he created Strategic Allied Consulting at the RNC’s request because the party wanted to avoid being publicly linked to the past allegations. The firm was set up at a Virginia address, and Sproul does not show up on the corporate paperwork.
“In order to be able to do the job that the state parties were hiring us to do, the [RNC] asked us to do it with a different company’s name, so as to not be a distraction from the false information put out in the Internet,” Sproul said….
Got that? “Sproul said he created Strategic Allied Consulting at the RNC’s request because the party wanted to avoid being publicly linked to the past allegations”
In other words, they knew he was shady and the operation was shady, but, rather than avoid the appearance of impropriety, if not ACTUAL impropriety, they asked him to create a NEW fictitious business name, and, with their tacit blessing, he made sure his corporation filings didn’t show his name on any organizational documents.
So, my little suggestion that there is a massive, coordinated campaign to manipulate this election’s results in EVERY POSSIBLE way, seems slightly less wacko today than yesterday. And, frankly, not at all a surprise. However, this is a crime and a criminal conspiracy at least as big as Watergate and involving the same set of urgencies:
How can we win, when we can’t win fair and square? How can we steal this election?
No WONDER the Right has started a drumbeat about the “inaccuracy” of polling. The only way this can work is if a) they can keep the election close and b) if they can point to the wide disparity between “actual” results and exit polling and pre-election polling. Considering who the master of the LAST disputed election was, and who has been given up to a billion dollars (and perhaps more) in stealth money to assure the outcome of THIS election is (Karl Rove), a revisitation of that election is in order. This is from the article that Robert F. Kennedy wrote for Rolling Stone in 2006:
Republicans derided anyone who expressed doubts about Bush’s victory as nut cases in ”tinfoil hats,” while the national media, with few exceptions, did little to question the validity of the election. The Washington Post immediately dismissed allegations of fraud as ”conspiracy theories,” and The New York Times declared that ”there is no evidence of vote theft or errors on a large scale.”
But despite the media blackout, indications continued to emerge that something deeply troubling had taken place in 2004. Nearly half of the 6 million American voters living abroad never received their ballots — or received them too late to vote — after the Pentagon unaccountably shut down a state-of-the-art Web site used to file overseas registrations. A consulting firm called Sproul & Associates, which was hired by the Republican National Committee to register voters in six battleground states, (was discovered shredding Democratic registrations. In New Mexico, which was decided by 5,988 votes, malfunctioning machines mysteriously failed to properly register a presidential vote on more than 20,000 ballots. Nationwide, according to the federal commission charged with implementing election reforms, as many as 1 million ballots were spoiled by faulty voting equipment — roughly one for every 100 cast.
The first indication that something was gravely amiss on November 2nd, 2004, was the inexplicable discrepancies between exit polls and actual vote counts. Polls in thirty states weren’t just off the mark — they deviated to an extent that cannot be accounted for by their margin of error ….
Ah, Mr. Sproul, no? A coincidence, no? An attempt to rig the election, no? Actually, in inductive logic land, YES.
And I’ve covered the dawning of the “voter fraud” campaign — which has proceeded without any actual evidence for several years — starting with the ever-pliant and compliant John Fund, and tracks everywhichaway. Here’s from “Things go Badder with Koch”
Michelle Malkin and John Fund at the 2009 Sammies
Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the Citizens Club for Sam Adams in Charge of Growth Alliance, Wisconsin.
I realize that I’ve jumbled three separate groups into one long unwieldy name, but it’s accurate when you realize that it’s all the same people in all the same groups.
Let me show you pictorially what I mean:
Michelle Malkin, Paul Jacob, Joe The Plumber, Sammies, 2009
Here’s deadly alien arachnid life form Michelle Malkin, Citizens in ChargePresident (for life, self-appointed) Paul Jacob and Joe the Wurtzelbacher Not-Licensed-as-a-Plumber from 2009′s “Sammies” Awards put on by the Sam Adams Alliance, and its President/CEO/Chairman (for life, self-appointed) Eric O’Keefe, who happens to be a founding member of both Citizens In Charge, and the Club for Growth, not to mention Club for Growth, Wisconsin.
There’s a whole lot more there.
iv. Bill Maher Claims To Be Smart Guy, Gets PWNed Again by John Fund
John Fund has been carrying Koch water for longer than Stephen Moore. Longer even that John Stossel, I believe.
He is also a legendary dick. His dickishness extends long ago and far away, a salient example of which being, after the complaints about disenfranchisement and wholesale denial of the voting franchise to Americans in the 2000 and 2004 elections, he wrote a book about “Fraudulent voters” and how a (non-existent) class of persons were illegally voting in American elections, the classic bait and switch. It wasn’t about fraudulently displacing thousands and hundreds of thousands of voters from the rolls. It was about (if proven, which is dubious) DOZENS of illegal voter registrations in a few states.
Meaningless piffle, but it’s all a part of this dickish game of rhetorical Greco-Roman Wrestling.
Have you ever WATCHED Olympic Greco-Roman Wrestling?
And so on and so forth. The point is that John Fund’s 2004 book, unselfconsciously entitled “Stealing Elections” marks the beginning of the “voter fraud” laws in dozens of states that now attempt to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands –if not millions of voters — in response to Fund’s phony “threat” and ALEC’s legislative legerdemain.*
[* ALEC is also linked to the Kochs. Citizens United just allowed them to continue to spend their stealth cash without all the false front/astroturf gymnastics they've had to rely on in the past.]
You might also recall that Fund’s book was the satanic mirror response of the Right to the questions about ballot manipulation that Bobby Kennedy Jr. was writing about in Rolling Stone. You know: when the left has a point, the right creates an evil doppelgänger. When FAIR showed up, Brent Bozell created the “Media Research Center.” When Media Matters showed up, Bozell created the sub-blog “Newsbusters.” Speaking of MediaMatters, though, read this:
As Media Matters for America documented when Stealing Elections was first published in 2004, the book contains several distortions and half-truths that undermine Fund’s claim that Democrats “figure prominently in the vast majority of examples of election fraud described in this book.” As Media Matters documented, Fund misrepresented sources he purported to cite and made thinly sourced allegations that were contradicted by contemporaneous news accounts.
And this, from the beginning of the same piece:
SEPTEMBER 30, 2008 5:55 PM EDT ››› SIMON MALOYIn the revised version of his book Stealing Elections, John Fund claims that the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now “runs something called ‘Camp Obama,’ which trains campaign volunteers in the same tactics that Obama honed as a community organizer.” In the “Notes” section of the book, Fund attributes this assertion to a Chicago Sun-Times article, but the article does not link “Camp Obama” to ACORN — indeed, it does not mention ACORN at all. Moreover, “Camp Obama” reportedly was established and run by the Obama campaign.
On Page 61 of the “revised and updated” version of his book Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy, Wall Street Journal columnist John Fund claims that the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) “runs something called ‘Camp Obama,’ which trains campaign volunteers in the same tactics that [Sen. Barack] Obama honed as a community organizer.” In the “Notes” section of the book, Fund attributes this assertion to a September 4, 2007, Chicago Sun-Times article. However, the Sun-Times article Fund cites does not link “Camp Obama” to ACORN — indeed, it does not mention ACORN at all. Moreover, other news reports have indicated that “Camp Obama” was established and run by the Obama campaign.
And leave us not forget the keynote speaker of THIS year’s Sammies:
Original Caption: Andrew Breitbart
delivers the Sammies keynote address.
Breitbart, you might recall, is the fellow who published and backed James “Pimp” O’Keefe’s* little ACORN sting with edited and distorted video footage that, while shown to be fraudulent, still succeeded in bankrupting and destroying ACORN — who registered lots of voters who tended to vote the Democratic ticket.
[* Many readers have asked if James O'Keefe is related to Eric O'Keefe and after a lot of digging, I can't say that he is. I can't say that he ISN'T either, but someone else will have to find that. Kurt O'Keefe in Michigan, who has worked on many of the petition drives that the Howard Rich/Eric O'Keefe/Paul Jacob gang has proposed over the years, IS Eric's brother, in case you wondered from "Who Is Behind Wisconsin Club For Growth?" at the SourceWatch line "Relationship to Kurt O’Keefe, petitioner of Michigan TABOR is unknown." I answered the question a few weeks after the Sourcewatch page was cribbed from my blog.]
And, meantime, the RNC hires the same guy accused of registration shredding, et al, after telling him to create another false front?
“so as to not be a distraction from the false information put out in the Internet,” Sproul said …
The attempt to rig the game is on, and unless we become vigilant, our votes, no matter how passionately cast, no matter how tortuously we labor to bring physical voters to the physical polls, WON’T MEAN A THING.
(Although, in a landslide election, the Richie Riches may learn, to their chagrin, that they just wasted BILLIONS of dollars, and nothing hurts a gazillionaire worse than thinking he’s thrown good money away with nothing to show for it. It’s like phantom-limb syndrome: they feel that lost money throbbing painfully every time they spend any money and think: I could have spent all that cash on THIS and have had something to show for it. A variation on the punishment of King Tantalus.)
Read the pieces cited. There’s a lot more. But the first mention of “voter fraud” I have in my files is this, from 2006, as it became the excuse for a number of Howie Rich backed candidates† in the November election:
We keep hearing “libertarian” attached to Rich’s name, although he is not, strictly speaking, a Libertarian (upper case as in movement or party) or a libertarian — lower case, as in believer in personal freedom and sovereignty.
Otherwise, why meddle in a third of the states of the union, and attack judges in Missouri, and a host of other politicians that Howie doesn’t like? And why back imbeciles like Karen Floyd?
Ahhhh. You might ask how I, not a South Carolinian, can say such a horrible thing about this fine Republican woman lawyer when she’s been so “noble” and “honorable” in her concession? I’ll tell you why, but first, a heaping dollop of post-electoral “nobility”:
The Post and Courier story [Charleston, SC] says:
… [Karen] Floyd refused to admit defeat immediately. She instead took time to investigate alleged instances of voter fraud and debate her next move.
She said she decided not to pursue a legal challenge because she wasn’t sure whether she’d be successful …
Then, John Fund of the Wall Street Journal starts rewriting his book, which goes into a new edition in 2008.
The irony being that very little was done about voter caging, registration purges, “black box” voting or investigating the suspicious 2004 election, but A SHITLOAD ended up being done in the past couple of years about John Fund’s fake “voter fraud.”
But, back to Sproul for a moment. Karoli at Crooks and Liars reported on April 29, 2010:
From December 2009 through March 2010, the California Republican Party paid Grassroots Outreach, LLC nearly $675,000 for “voter registration services”.
Who is Grassroots Outreach, LLC?
The California Corporations database indicates that Grassroots Outreach, LLC: established in California on June 11, 2008 via a third-party registration agent, C T Corporation System. C T Corporation System is also the agent for legal process. The registered address is 1232 Q St., Sacramento, CA 95811. The third-party registrant leaves the true ownership in question, but follow along with me anyway.
Nathan Sproul, a Republican political operative with a long and storied history of voter suppression and voter fraud accusations, has an Arizona company called Sproul Grassroots Mobilization, LLC. The mailing address is 80 E Rio Salado Pkwy #814, Tempe, AZ.
On June 18, 2009 the Golden State Voter Registration Project paid $50,000 to Grassroots Outreach, LLC. The address on the check was 80 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Suite 814, Tempe, AZ 85281, and the stated purpose for the payment was “voter registration services.” The reported mailing address is Nathan Sproul’s office, and the registered address for Sproul Grassroots Mobilization, LLC. (More on the Golden State Voter Registration Project donors and expenses here.)
March 10, 1998.--Ordered to be printed INVESTIGATION OF ILLEGAL OR IMPROPER ACTIVITIES IN CONNECTION WITH 1996 FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGNS--VOLUME 5 105th Congress Rept. 105-167 SENATE 2d Session Vol. 5 _______________________________________________________________________ INVESTIGATION OF ILLEGAL OR IMPROPER ACTIVITIES IN CONNECTION WITH 1996 FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGNS __________ FINAL REPORT of the COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS UNITED STATES SENATE together with ADDITIONAL AND MINORITY VIEWS Volume 5 of 6
Nathan Sproul is basically running a “mole” campaign within the Arizona Republican Party:
In addition to supporting candidates, in at least one state caucus meeting at the 1995 Road to Victory conference, Coalition members surreptitiously engaged in political activities. Arizona [Christian] Coalition Field Director Nathan Sproul reportedly urged attendees at the Arizona Caucus meeting to become precinct committee chairs in the Republican Party, but cautioned them not to disclose to anyone that the Coalition was behind the effort. Sproul advised the attendees that the Coalition needed precinct committee chairs to elect delegates to the Republican National Convention….
And, to fill in some of the gaps between 1996 and 2009 and 2012, we have this:
On February 11, 2012, a former [the current Republican Attorney General of Arizona] Horne campaign volunteer and lawyer from the attorney general’s Tuscon office named Don Dybus filed a complaint with Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett alleging that Horne violated a state campaign laws during his election campaign for attorney general back in 2010. The FBI was charged with investigating the complaint, which contends that Horne flouted the state’s law prohibiting coordination between campaigns and independent expenditure committees, and accuses Horne of making a felonious deal with campaign supporter Kathleen Winn, promising her a post-election job in exchange for her alleged services as a coordinator of several of these cited illicit arrangements.
In his complaint, Dybus said Horne collaborated with manager Nathan Sproul of the firm Lincoln Strategy, independent committee Business Leaders for Arizona, and Winn, who was the committee’s Chairwoman, to arrange a $115,000 contribution to Business Leaders for Arizona from Horne’s brother-in-law in Santa Monica, California. Dybus also accuses Lincoln Strategy of facilitating a $350,000 contribution to the independent committee from the Republican State Leadership Committee in Virginia. The independent committee implicated by Dybus reportedly spent roughly $500,000 on a series of advertisements smearing Horne’s general election opponent Felecia Rotellini (D), whom Horne narrowly defeated in November 2011.
And so on and so forth. I told you it’d be messy. For more amazing coincidental stuff, take a look at the footnote, which also has a little connection between Scott Rasmussen (of Rasmussen Polling) and our Sammies and Howies.
† FOOTNOTE: From the INVESTIGATION OF ILLEGAL OR IMPROPER ACTIVITIES IN CONNECTION WITH 1996 FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGNS, FINAL REPORT of the COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS, UNITED STATES SENATE we have this on Howard Rich and the Koch Brothers, which would have saved me a lot of time back in 2006:
term-limits groups as fronts for gop donors
Since the 1980s, several political activists have called for limits on the number of terms that elected officials can serve in office. Some of the individuals and groups who favor term limits are nonpartisan. Others, however, use the term-limits issue as a partisan weapon, despite claiming to be nonpartisan organizations. Two groups in this category are U.S. Term Limits and an affiliated organization called Americans for Limited Terms.
These groups were not subjects of the Commitee’s [sic] investigation. They are mentioned here because the Committee learned that they may have been backed by conservative donors who financed groups that were investigated by the Committee. If these organizations conducted partisan political activity, even while claiming to be nonpartisan, tax-exempt groups, they served as ways for GOP donors to support Republican candidates without adhering to the disclosure requirements or contribution limits of the federal election laws. In such cases, the donors and the term-limits groups exploited the “issue advocacy” loophole in order to circumvent the election laws and the groups themselves may have violated their tax-exempt status. (U.S. Term Limits and Americans for Limited Terms are both tax- exempt, “social welfare” organizations, under section 501(c)(4) of the tax code.)
U.S. Term Limits, which was founded in 1992,18 asks federal candidates to sign a pledge promising that they will vote to limit House members to three two-year terms, and Senate members to two six-year terms.19 Americans for Limited Terms, which was established in 1994, conducts purported “issue advocacy” campaigns targeted at candidates who refuse to sign the U.S. Term Limits pledge. There are other links between the two organizations: They share a website on the Internet20 and they use the same advertising agency.21 Moreover, a number of activists have been connected to both groups: ALT’s founders include Howard Rich,22 the president of USTL,23 and Paul Farago, a former USTL board member.24 Although Americans for Limited Terms claims to be nonpartisan, most of its targets are Democratic candidates.
During the 1994 election, according to the Wall Street Journal, ALT waged a “$1.3 million mail and media campaign aimed primarily at Democrats. In only a handful of cases–Maryland and Rhode Island, for example–are Republican incumbents targeted.” Nearly one fourth of that money–$300,000–was spent attacking Speaker Tom Foley.25 In their book Dirty Little Secrets, Larry Sabato and Glenn Simpson noted that “ALT focused mainly on Democrats, despite the fact that many Republicans running were term limits opponents.” 26 In their view, “It would be difficult to construe ALT’s activities as anything other than direct campaign expenditures.” 27 In 1996, according to the Kansas City Star, ALT spent $1.8 million “in campaigns in Wisconsin, Texas, Illinois, North Carolina, Virginia, New Hampshire and Kansas, aiding chiefly Republicans.” 28 Americans for Limited Terms does not identify any of its financial backers.29
U.S. Term Limits reveals some of its larger donors, but does not provide complete information.30 Despite the secrecy of these organizations, some information about their donors and fundraisers has emerged in the press, and it comes as no surprise that many of them are leading contributors to Republican candidates. In November 1994, the Wall Street Journal reported that ALT and other term-limits organizations have received funding from individuals who also gave to GOPAC, the “leadership PAC” of House Speaker Newt Gingrich.31 For example, ALT donors Fred Sacher and K. Tucker Anderson had given more than $350,000 to GOPAC.32 Sacher, a California businessman, has been a major donor to conservative causes over the years. Anderson, a portfolio manager in New York, gave “tens of thousands of dollars” to GOPAC, according to the Journal.
33 Both term-limits groups may have ties to oil executives Charles and David Koch who, as noted in earlier chapters of the Minority Report, are likely to have financed Triad and Coalition for Our Children’s Future. U.S. Term Limits is a successor organization to Citizens for Congressional Reform, a term-limits group that was funded by the Koch brothers.34 When CCR’s ties to the Kochs were publicized in the early 1990s, the organization disbanded and its assets–including its mailing list–were acquired by USTL.35 Several key figures in these pro-GOP term- limits groups have ties to the Cato Institute, a Libertarian think tank that has received millions of dollars from the Koch brothers over the years.
Howard Rich, the president of USTL and a co- founder of ALT, served on Cato’s board of directors.36 (Rich is also a friend of Charles Koch.37)
Ed Crane, Cato’s president, has served on USTL’s board.38
K. Tucker Anderson, a major donor to ALT, has served on Cato’s board. 39
U.S. Term Limits has denied that the organization received any money from the Kochs, according to a September 1996 press report.40 Because Americans for Limited Terms refuses to disclose its donors, this leaves open the possibility that the Kochs provided funding to ALT. Although it is not possible to identify the financial backers of Americans for Limited Terms, its extensive involvement in political campaigns demonstrates how easy it is for donors to assist the candidates of their choice by contributing to “nonpartisan” organizations involved in purported “issue advocacy” activities.
Scott Rasmussen (of Rasmussen Polling) was big in the 1995″Term Limits” movement, along with Howie Rich, and reprinted him extensively — at least until summer 2011 in Rasmussen Reports, the polling company’s webpage/blog):
Term Limits Leadership Council
Birth: January 1, 1995
Death: Still in operation
Chaired by Scott W. Rasmussen, Executive Director of the North Carolina Term Limits Coalition and a founder of ESPN.
Group consists of the leaders of term limit advocacy groups in 44 states*
(* David Hess, “Gingrich Would Fight 3-Term Idea,” Charlotte Observer, 12 January 1995.)
Or take a look at this from The Baltimore Sun:
Backers of term limits vow to seek amendment SUPREME COURT
May 23, 1995 By Karen Hosler
Washington Bureau of The Sun
Dismayed by yesterday’s Supreme Court decision barring state-imposed limits on congressional terms, supporters of the limits vowed to step up pressure on a reluctant Congress to pass a constitutional amendment instead.
“The time for political games in Congress is over,” said Paul Jacob, executive director of U.S. Term Limits, an advocacy group. “Those not supporting term limits and those playing games in Congress will find voters waiting for them in 1996.”
“Today’s ruling makes it more important for people who favor term limits to increase the size of our new Republican majority next November,” said House Majority Leader Dick Armey of Texas.
Scott Rasmussen, chairman of the Term Limits Leadership Council, also predicted that the issue would play a prominent role in the presidential campaign next year.
Gingrich backs 12-year term limit proposal
January 12, 1995
By Knight-Ridder News Service
U.S. Term Limits, a lobbying group, cited a survey by the Luntz Research Cos. indicating that of those voters favoring term limits, 82 percent want six years and only 14 percent favor 12 years. Overall, some three out of four Americans want some form of term limits, according to recent polls.
Ross Perot’s United We Stand, America is backing a 12-year cutoff. But Scott Rasmussen, chairman of the Term Limits Leadership Council, composed of 44 state organizations, said his allies mostly favored the six-year limit.
So, it’s funny how all these operatives keep moving back to the same sources. You see, Eric O’Keefe, who put on the “Sammies” for John Fund to sign his Stealing Elections Book back in 2009 has been a president (and claims to have founded) of US Term Limits* which seems to have evolved into Americans for Limited Government, thence to the “Sam Adams Alliance” (thus, the “Sammies”) in precisely the same manner the RNC asked Nathan Sproul to create yet ANOTHER front group to run his voter fraud/voter registration/voter outreach operation under. The same people, different hats.
[* From his website: "Eric O’Keefe is chairman and CEO of Sam Adams Alliance (SAM)... Eric was a founding board member of U.S. Term Limits ... residing in rural Wisconsin with his wife Leslie Graves.... In the early 1990s Eric began U.S. Term Limits. "]
[Oh, and take a look at "Term Limits Leadership Council v. Clark" (1997) from Ballotpedia, run by Eric O'Keefe's wife Leslie Graves via her Lucy Burns Institute, but was originally sponsored by Paul Jacob's Citizens in Charge Foundation and then Eric O'Keefe's Sam Adams Alliance, as noted on their webpage.
And guess what Eric Odom (who founded the first tea party page when he was new media director for Eric O'Keefe's Sam Adams Alliance) sent out yesterday?
POLLGATE Scandal Rocks Media
If you've been watching the polls lately you probably notice a narrative creeping in that Mitt Romney is losing grip and Obama is likely to win come November. In fact, a poll out within the last 24 hours shows Romney getting crushed in Ohio by 10%! If that number is correct then Romney might as well pack up and go home, right?
Only problem is... that number is not correct. Not at all. Yes, a good portion of polls we're seeing over the past week or two are badly skewed to favor Obama. Of course, polls have often been skewed during previous elections. Now, however, we're seeing polls skewed to epic levels....
From 'Things Go Badder With Koch' (24 FEBRUARY 2011):
Same people, same issue, a gazillion fictitious business names, or Also Known As’es [a/k/a s]. I tracked how Paul Jacob and Eric O’Keefe sit together on the Citizens in Charge Board (as CIC co-underwrote the MacIver Institute survey in 2010 in Wisconsin) in February 20′s “Water, Tea or Koch?“) no need to rehash it here.
But look at this year’s Sammies (From the Sam Adams Alliance blog):
Jeepers! Isn’t that the same John Fund who …
Yeah. Evidently he makes it every year for a nice honorarium and a chance to sell his crappy books.
So, yeah, the stealth money is out and it’s all about voter suppression and dirty tricks, and you’d better be paying attention, else we’ll never get an honest vote again.