Breaking: Obama Demands Special Prosecutor Investigate GOP Voter Fraud Activities

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Friday, October 17, 2008 at 3:13 pm

Charging that the FBI probe of ACORN represents an “unholy alliance” between Republican operatives and potentially illegal conduct by law enforcement targeting voter fraud, the Obama campaign demanded Friday that the U.S. special prosecutor looking into the U.S. attorneys scandal investigate the matter.

General counsel Bob Bauer sent a letter to Atty. Gen. Michael Mukasey charging that coordinated “misconduct” by McCain campaign representatives and GOP officials were relevant to the special prosecutor’s work, because the activities may relate to the dismissal of seven U.S. attorneys in late 2006.

The letter requests that the special prosecutor’s inquiry “include a review of any involvement by Justice Dept. and White House officials in supporting the McCain-Palin campaign [and RNC's] systematic development and dissemination of unsupported, spurious allegations of vote fraud.”

To advance the effort, the Obama campaign convened a conference call with national reporters, though Friday afternoon is not a time that campaigns usually push priority messages.

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83 Comments

Addie
Comment posted October 17, 2008 @ 12:42 pm

Great news. I'm so glad that the truth surrounding this issue may finally get attention.


Wayne E
Comment posted October 17, 2008 @ 12:55 pm

You would think our other democrats would be interested into supporting Obama in the republican voting fraud..
Thats right the democrats have not lift a finger to investigate or do anything about the other 2 thief of presidency..
In fact our democrats have been supporting the republicans corporate control and secret electronic voting machines which have been proven to delete and switch votes..
Democrats sound the same as Pelosi on IMPEACHMENT ,,, they keep it off the table…..


Wayne E
Comment posted October 17, 2008 @ 12:56 pm

Where is his democratic support……….


David Cook
Comment posted October 17, 2008 @ 2:18 pm

I think it is great that Obama is fighting back against the trumped up Republican lies about ACORN. I only hope that there will be a serious investigation into the Republicans' theft of the 2008 Presidential election, if it turns out that they do steal it. The DRE voting machines are Republican controlled.


Dave
Comment posted October 17, 2008 @ 2:40 pm

If it does, it won't be on any of the outlets that have been pushing this “vote fraud” issue the loudest, sadly.


Shawn Michel de Montaigne
Comment posted October 17, 2008 @ 2:48 pm

It's great that Obama is fighting back. The efforts at voter suppression by the Republinazis–electronic data tampering, intimidation, violence, fabrications and falsifications–are well known and well documented, particularly during the past eight years and the worst president in the history of this republic, who stole the office twice, largely through voter suppression activities.

The activities are going to get worse–much worse–with McCain. That Obama sees this is a good sign. Let's hope the fix, however, isn't already in. Because a McCain presidency would spell the end of this nation as we know it.


libbyshaw
Comment posted October 17, 2008 @ 2:52 pm

t well past the time that Attorney Gate and voter fraud, voter suppression and voter caging is thoroughly investigated. It is the GOP that is responsible for voter fraud, certainly not ACORN. A special independent Prosecutor should be appointed.

Several years ago Karl Rove and Tom Delay hatched a plan to create a permanent Republican majority. They launched their plan in Texas, hence the gerrymandering here several years ago. Voter suppression is part of their scheme. When W. entered the White House, his AG Gonzales purged the professional staff and replaced it with partisan hacks. Gonzales, doing Rove's bidding, fired the attorneys for their refusal to fabricate cases of voter fraud. In 2000 voter rolls were caged and purged in Florida. Ditto Ohio in 2004 along with Ken Blackwell's blatant and well-documented voter suppression measures.

The GOP's problem with ACORN is that if there is a high voter turn out, they will lose the election.

America, after all is a democratic Republic in which its citizens are guaranteed the right to vote. This right should not be compromised and/or corrupted by unethical politicians.


Dave
Comment posted October 17, 2008 @ 2:59 pm

I'm relieved. If they try to steal it, he'll fight.


colinjames
Comment posted October 17, 2008 @ 3:14 pm

FINALLY! All the skewed CNN/ MSM “reporting”, the 24/7 witchhunt on FOX, and then the statement by McCain about “perpetrating the greatest voter fraud in history” (or whatever) during the last debate, my goodness my HEAD was about to explode. Halleluja someone in the Democratic party grew a pair! Nary a word about electronic voting machines anywhere outside the web- except between Lou Dobb's xenophobia- induced rants- well, the GOP wanted an investigation… let's see where this goes.


colinjames
Comment posted October 17, 2008 @ 3:37 pm

I should add that for all I know, maybe it was a female(s) in the campaign who pushed for this, in which case I hope they didn't grow a pair. This whole affair just adds to the need for an overhaul of the registration/voting system. Oh, and has anyone asked Joe the plumber his feelings on this subject? And where's Ann Coulter voting this year, afterall, she actually DID commit voter fraud in 2004.


Steve
Comment posted October 17, 2008 @ 3:47 pm

The fact is, fraudalent voter forms from ACORN have been CONFIRMED. And the fraudalent forms run into very high numbers. Of course the FBI should investigate that.

Looks like Obama is trying to get the spotlight off himself and his association with ACORN, and turn it somewhere else.

Typical ploy.


Chicago voter
Comment posted October 17, 2008 @ 3:56 pm

I read the comments and am stunned. The Obama campaign is trying to tie the dismissal of seven U.S. attorneys to investigations of ACORN??? First, where on earth can there possibly a connection? Second, instead of acknowledging the pattern of fraudulent registrations by ACORN, the Obama campaign sees this as some grand coordinated attack by the GOP. I'm a Democrat who supported Hillary Clinton in the primary (spare me your vitriol, I am disappointed by the result of the primaries but not bitter). But, this request for an inquiry by the special prosecutor is wholly uncalled for. If the Obama campaign believes that there are “spurious allegations of voter fraud,” prove them wrong – tell the facts (or what you believe are the facts) that prove the GOP is incorrect.

I see a clear and disturbing pattern here – an attempt to limit free speech both at the federal and state level. The Obama campaign requested the Justice Department to undergo a criminal investigation of the American Issues Project when it ran ads highlighting Obama’s ties to Ayers. The Obama campaign further requested Missouri State Officials (City and County Attorneys) to bring criminal libel prosecutions against anyone who made statements against Obama that were “false.” What is going on here??? Where is the respect for the right of freedom of speech??? If you believe someone is lying, tell them they are lying. These threats of criminal prosecutions are for one purpose and one purpose only – to place a clear and lasting chill on the right of freedom of speech.

And, may I remind you that all of these Stalinist assaults on the first amendment by the Obama campaign are occurring BEFORE Senator Obama has any real power. What do you think he will do when he has the power of the presidency behind him?


Kuni
Comment posted October 17, 2008 @ 4:11 pm

What these liars in the Media consistently leave out, is the FACT that ACORN is required by law to turn in every single application they are given.

That’s why ACORN hands in at least two piles of applications; one pile that they have confirmed and a second pile that has the questionable applications; like the ones that have “Mickey Mouse” as the persons name.

The MSM labels that last pile as ‘ACORN hands in fraudulent voter registration forms”

I would not be surprised that if a full investigation were conducted by law enforcement that we will find that the bogus registration applications were handed in by Wingnuts who volunteered to work for ACORN for the sole purpose of doing this.


GalapagoLarry
Comment posted October 17, 2008 @ 4:14 pm

When folks complain that Obama doesn't “strike back” or “stand up” I've been proud that he's kept his cool. Because: This is how and where he should fight, as hard and as long as it takes. Behind the scenes, striking at the heart of hatred and sleaze, the GOP (not the US) Justice Department. Good on this wonderful campaign! I'm sending an extra $50 just to pay a half a lawyer a half an hour (someone just out of college?). The real challenger, however, to the GOP slanders against Ayers and ACORN (and Barak and Michelle) should be the National Democratic Committee, or an honest to goodness independent US Justice Department. Obama should not have to be doing this. But, then, we know the national dems. And the White House's Justice Department.

18 more days!


scully
Comment posted October 17, 2008 @ 4:25 pm

Where's the connection? you ask … Those seven U.S. attorneys (all Republican appointees) were told to investigate ACORN for fraudulent activity. They investigated and were unable to find any fraudulent activity and thus were fired. In the meantime REAL fraud was being perpetrated by GOP in the form of caging lists and vote switching machines. This whole business of vilifying ACORN is a sleight of hand. While the main stream media is distracting the public, the GOP is scrubbing millions of legitimate votes from the rolls.


Carol Bronder
Comment posted October 17, 2008 @ 4:31 pm

Finally. The GOP has been systematically, for decades, been disenfranchising legal votes, Democratic, voters. The instigators of this were the Federalist Society under one Hans von Spakovsky, notably in Fulton County, GA, where he and his associates were ordered to cease and desist in their illegal disenfranchisement activities. Von Spakovsky was nominated by Bush as head of the Federal Elections Commission in 2007, but the Democrats (rightly) rejected him. Von Spakovsky is also the leading figure in the fraudulent ACORN voter fraud charges. Von Spakovsky was the point person for undermining the Civil Rights Division's mandate to protect voting rights. Von Spakovsky attempted to force widespread purging of voter rolls based on a very restrictive reading of election law (which von Spakovsky knew inside and out, since he helped draft the Help America Vote Act). The U.S. Attorneys, starting with David Iglesias in New Mexico, were fired because they refused to investigate bogus voter fraud cases and refused to prosecute Democrats on bogus charges, such as the witchhunt conducted against Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman, whose election was stolen and he became very outspoken about it. Von Spakovsky remains, unfortunately, as a paid consultant (at taxpayers expense), to the new head of the FEC, Donald McGahn, who previously served as the lead lawyer for the House Republicans' campaign committee and handled legal work for former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas). Mr. McGahn was a member of DeLay's legal team, representing DeLay in legal and ethics matters regarding the Jack Abramoff affair at the time when DeLay was indicted on campaign finance violations in Texas and admonished for unethical conduct by the House Ethics Committee.


reality checker
Comment posted October 17, 2008 @ 4:42 pm

Dear “Chicago Voter”. The Obama campaign is right about this. You need to read the longstanding investigative work by Greg Palast (and Senator Robert F Kennedy). The way it works is as follows. The GOP have been removing many millions of legitimate voters from the voter rolls. They did this in 2000 and 2004, but 2008 is on a much much bigger scale. But to justify these removals, they need an excuse.

The excuse is the lie that the USA has a major problem with *registration* fraud. It doesn't. And the proof that it doesn't is that Karl Rove tried to get those US attorneys to prosecute someone – anyone! – for illegal voting. The prosecutors refused – because they investigated the numerous cases that Rove have them and found that the cases were weak / non-existent. There might be a few (not many! just a few!) fake names out there, but there are not people trying to use those fae names to vote. See?

But Rove needed a conviction of someone, so that he could turn it into a media circus and everyone would feel OK about the millions of names being removed from voter rolls nationally. GOP operatives denying ordinary people the right to vote would suddenly become heroes defending democracy. That was the plan.

But it didn't happen. And then he made a mistake. His overreaction in firing the prosecutors – to replace them with sympathetic ones who would run the dodgy prosecutions he needed – backfired terribly.

So step 2 has been to use the very minor ACORN scandal instead. The fact is that ACORN pays its workers according to how many registrations they collect, so a handful of those workers (and this is a big national organisation!) have been making money fraudulently (at ACORN's loss!) by submitting MADE UP people. There is no conspiracy for those made up people to actually vote!! They are just pieces of paper created so some unemployed petty crook can get paid.

In fact, what ACORN does is tries to stop those dodgy registrations, by alerting the authorities to which ones they think are dodgy. But they are required by law to hand every single form in – which is why they hand in two piles – ones they think are OK and ones where they are suspicious of their own workers. This has been a VERY MINOR part of their MAJOR registration drive.

So what Rove is doing is using that very minor scandal (which can't affect the actual vote it's a scandal limited to registration; non-existent people can't claim their right to vote!) to justify the major purge of millions or REAL citizens. He is doing this because Plan A – using the prosecutors to get a conviction – backfired disastrously.

The Obama campaign is connecting these issues correctly – thanks largely to the work of Greg Palast.


Chicago voter
Comment posted October 17, 2008 @ 4:46 pm

I was not aware of that. I did a quick search and found the enclosed wikipedia page on the controversy, referencing a Washington Post article alleging that the dismissals were due to voter fraud complaints.

The special prosecutor is apparently investigating the firings of nine U.S. attorneys.

I ask several questions. First, from a practical matter, what will this accomplish – the election is 18 days away. A special prosecutor cannot possibly act quickly enough. Rather, why can't the Obama campaign publicly call this out – tell the world instead of holding a conference call Friday afternoon that no one is going to listed to anyway.

Second, I am still extremely troubled by the continuous invoking of the authorities when it involves speech/opinion. I do not like the trend I see. If you believe someone is lying – call them a liar and tell them why they're lying. Again, I do not like the Obama campaign involving the Justice Department or State prosecutors. I'd be curious if the McCain campaign did something similar (I'm not saying it makes what the Obama campaign right as a tit-for-tat, but I would equally condemn the McCain campaign if it did that).

As far as the caging lists and vote switching machines, again provide evidence. Both the right and the left are saying that the main stream media is for the other. Clearly some of the media is for the right and some is for the left. Use the media outlet that is for your political persuasion and get your message out.


bjobotts2
Comment posted October 17, 2008 @ 4:59 pm

Nonsense. You are no democrat you are a wingnut or you would already know the answers to all your accusations. ACORN gets these same chages each election and they always turn out to be bogus after investigation . You should already know if you had paid any attention that voter fraud does not exist and never has. 7 convictions in 12 yrs…none tied to ACORN…and all were committed accidentally. If you had read the article you would see these attorney firings were for not bringing bogus charges against ACORN just before elections. Scholzman lost his job at DoJ for doing it in Missouri. McCain/Palin have not directly said Obama is a terrorist but they imply that he is, that he's secretly a Muslim and will destroy America. Obam has told them they are lying and they continue to lie and if you were a dem you would know that. Hell, Palin even denies the ethics violation from her own Alaskan congress in black and white for all to see. She continues to lie about it but gives no press conferences and denies the press to interview her supporters and denies them admittance to fund raisers. You are no democrat because the only way to not know these things is to not want to know. The only “STALINIST ASSAULTS” are coming from McCain/Palin censorship and incitement of violence with the pure propaganda of their campaign lies.-bjobotts


ToddP
Comment posted October 17, 2008 @ 5:09 pm

The voter fraud claim is getting old and to the point of ridiculous. He could at least wait until the actual election.


Chicago voter
Comment posted October 17, 2008 @ 5:33 pm

First off, you need to calm down. Second, I am a Democrat – and I didn't know about the accusations (see my post below in response to Scully).

Just because I don't think exactly like you doesn't mean I'm a wingnut – new term for me – I'm assuming an extreme right wing person.

Tell me how McCain/Palin has implied that he's secretly a Muslim and a terrorist, etc.? I saw on the television that some woman said in a McCain rally that Obama was a terrorist (or something to that effect) and McCain said he was absolutely not and that he respected Obama's accomplishments (or something like that) – McCain even got booed for it.

I know that Palin said that Obama pals around with terrorists – that's not the same thing as being a terrorist (or being called a terrorist) in my mind. I don't know why but Bill Ayers makes me angry – the guy is a terrorist – even he admits it. He's not apologetic at all about what he's done. He tried to create a revolution in the 60s/70s by setting bombs. Given what he's said, I believe he's still trying to start a revolution – just in a different way – using the education system to teach children and teach the future teachers.

Obama “worked” (and I used the term in quotes because it was a loose affiliation) with Bill Ayers on the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. I listened to Milt Rosenburg on WGN 720 AM when he had Stanley Kurtz on. From what I understand, they spent a lot of money and they didn't accomplish anything – that's according to the Challenge's own assessment of the Chicago schools that it did send money to and the schools it didn't. And, from what I also heard, at least some of the money went to Ayers. I don't think it showed good judgment on Obama's part.

My hope is that if McCain is elected, the Democrats will have a fillibuster proof majority in the Senate so that he cannot appoint any Supreme Court Justices to overturn Roe v. Wade. But, that's a calculated risk – I'm aware of that. I simply don't believe that Obama has the experience necessary. And, I cannot tell you how much it sickens me that he is using these Stalinist tactics to silence people – It's worse in my mind to abridge free speech even if the speech is hateful or malicious than the original speech itself.

Bottom line – I don't think McCain is evil. I think he's a decent man. I will vote for him (first time I'm voting for a Republican Presidential Candidate). Again, call me a wingnut, a lug nut, or whatever, but that's the truth. And again, I'm not bitter about Senator Clinton losing – I'm definitely not happy and would have loved to vote for her.

I will say one final thing – I would hope (again this is a hope) that the discourse would not get personal or vindictive. Why can't people disagree without calling someone names or saying that they're evil? I assume you will respond to this post; however I won't be able to respond for a while because I'm heading out for the weekend. If (or when) you do, I ask two things: (1) not calling me a wingnut (I don't appreciate that and it doesn't advance the discourse); and (2) provide evidence of Stalinist assaults by the McCain campaign. As I said earlier, I don't believe it's right for either campaign to do so, but I'd like to know just the same.


Sophia Shufford
Comment posted October 17, 2008 @ 5:38 pm

Seems to me like McCain's tactics keep coming back to bite him! Good call, Obama! This has become really frightening. Why would anyone vote for a man or support a campaign such as this? It's getting ridiculous. I have seen the darkest side of power greed perpetrated by the RNC this year. I am appalled and afraid for the direction that this country is headed. Obama is like a beacon in the darkness and I fear for him, his family, and his supporters. Obama is such a gentleman, he doesn't air out the real nasty things that the Republicans have done against him. Yet, he does bare it with that classy smile and calm demeanor. God bless him because he will need Him as he serve as President of our United States.


Maria
Comment posted October 17, 2008 @ 6:11 pm

The ” Experience argument” is a lousy one! Look what experience has brought us………in the past seven years! With a total breakdown of the United States Constitution!!
With guys like Rummie, Cheney, Wolfowitz etc ( the PaxAmericana) at the wheel! And the 'Guilty through Association” is also a lousy argument. The Keaton Five are at the start of this mortgage crisis. If you wanted to vote conservative, you should have voted Ron Paul but as for now McCain has voted 95% with Bush and Co. Also McCain has fought against transparency for POW families to have access to POW records. What is that all about.??? Sounds like communism to me!!! Don't get me wrong, McCain is a helluvalot better than Bush but again, todays Republican Party ain't Republican or Conservative for that matter. They have lost their compass………….ever since Nixon got into office.

Personally, I would have liked to see Kucinich versus Paul but hey……Americans are known to pass up great opportunities to claim back their constitution.

As for Acorn. Acorn hires people, who get people to register and ALL ballots have to be submitted under the law. Republicans know that a high voter turnout is not good for them because there are way more Dems than Repubs. Why not get hired with Acorn and get the opportunity to legally smear their reputation!

Sorry pal, the Rove tactic has been the brandname of the Republican Party!


John Hanks
Comment posted October 17, 2008 @ 6:15 pm

Zero tolerance for Republican crooks. (Bout time)


marlow
Comment posted October 17, 2008 @ 6:15 pm

“Now many of our Christians have what I call the goo-goo syndrome — good government. They want everybody to vote. I don't want everybody to vote. Elections are not won by a majority of people, they never have been from the beginning of our country and they are not now. As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.”
-Paul Weyrich, Right-wing theocrat, co-founder of the Heritage foundation and Moral (not) Majority, on democracy.
Don't expect hardcore republicans EVER to defend democracy. Expect them to do everything they can to tear it down, cripple it. The DOJ is just another tool they've stolen for that purpose.


Maria
Comment posted October 17, 2008 @ 6:24 pm

Correction……….this is NOT about voter fraud but about voter REGISTRATION fraud.

And again as I pointed out below, Acorn hires people to get others registered. These registration forms HAVE to be submitted by law, fraudulent or not! The real question is……………WHO are these people working for Acorn that collect registration forms that have fraudiulent information on them? They might as well be Republicans who seize the opportunity to smear the name of this organization in a legal way! Republicans know that high voter turnout is bad for them because there are more Dems than Republicans.


AZfederalist
Comment posted October 17, 2008 @ 6:50 pm

Wow, what kind of mental gymnastics are required for this logic? There is investigation into multiple registrations, fraudulent registrations (unless someone here really believes the Cowboy line registered in Nevada and Mickey Mouse in Florida). There are counties in Alabama with more voters registered than eligible voters, yet calling for investigations into this constitutes election fraud?

You people are flippin' amazin'. Unfortunately I suspect a lot of you vote.


makesenseofit
Comment posted October 17, 2008 @ 7:20 pm

The voters who register and the voters who vote are two different things. THe GOP in year 2000 and 2004 prevented legal registrants from voting and had the voting machines rigged to flip and eliminate votes of those who officially were legal and
allowed to vote. Remember the GOP operatives have the advantage over the left in that they were a step ahead and still are with
the cystal ball ethics of voting machines and voting irregularities///


54/y WHITE PATRIOTIC AMERICAN
Comment posted October 17, 2008 @ 7:32 pm

You stated you listened to Kurtz. I say to you Kurtz is a right wing A**hole freak. Everything he states and writes about Ayers, Obama and ACORN is his OPINION and ONLY HIS OPINION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! None of it is fact but a summation of what he thinks might or could be possible IF<IF IF IF IF IF IF IF IF IF some things that he claims might, MIGHT MIGHT be being withheld. He (KURTZ) states over and OVER AGAIN “this is what I THINK WHAT WAS POSSIBLY DONE. This whole scenario has been investigated by SEVERAL attorney generals, countless news organizations and three years now of campaigning. You are a racists disgusting pig that is soOOOO afraid of a black person being President that you rather believe that all these institutions and offices are lying. Don't you see the idiocy in your unfounded FEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Your whole stupid rejection of a Liberal point of view exists because you are TOO SMALL OF A HUMAN BEING, to much a COWARD to admit you made a mistake. That you are wrong. THe whole base of the GOP are a bunch of neandathol throw backs that will not except knowledge or progress. You act NO, absolutely NO different than the animals that destroyed the Twin Towers. You are afraid of healthy change or scientific progress. Now, I know in your TINY TINY MINDS you probably think I called you a terrorist. I did NOT. I said you are so afraid of progress you act like terrorists. You want to pass laws against anyone doing or thinking or saying anything that does not pass YOUR religious standard. Just like the very small minority of Muslims that commit terrorist acts. There were only 3 to 5 thousand extremist fundamental Muslims BEFORE we invaded the innocent (of attacking us) country or IRAQ. That is out of Apr. TWO BILLION MUSLIMS. Now because of your uncontrollable fear and cowardice that number has increased to ??????????????????? YOU DAMN FOOLS. ALL of America will now suffer for your thirst for blood and vengeance!!

“VENGEANCE IS MINE SAYETH THE LORD”

How easy you right wing lug nut fundamentalist Christians forget. What a bunch of hypocrites


Elsje
Comment posted October 17, 2008 @ 7:34 pm

Thank God Obama is demanding this investigation PRIOR to election day! GO OBAMA !!


Elsje
Comment posted October 17, 2008 @ 7:35 pm

Excuse me, but Acorn is reporting suspicious voter registrations themselves!


Elsje
Comment posted October 17, 2008 @ 7:37 pm

Yeah right! We do not need a repeat from the previous election problems. When you see a potential problem you call for an investigation immediately.


Elsje
Comment posted October 17, 2008 @ 7:38 pm

Good point!


jayjay
Comment posted October 17, 2008 @ 7:59 pm

What part of 'required by law to submit all forms received' is too hard to understand?

Do you really WANT the people at ACORN to sift through registrations and decide which should be sent on and which shouldn't? Really?

As it is, THEY are the ones to initially flag the obvious, or even suspected, problem forms.

Also, once again, none of this is vote fraud. No matter how many addresses Mickey Mouse is registered at, the odds of him actually being able to show up at a polling place and cast a vote is rather slim. To be vote fraud, it would have to involve, you know, actual voting.

And the special prosecutor is investigating the firing of attorneys who were ordered to find Mickey Mouse and were shown the door when they looked and found that there was absolutely no there, there.


HOGWASH
Comment posted October 17, 2008 @ 8:14 pm

NO Democrat could vote for McNuts and Putz. You are a fraud or you are, a still REALLY PISSED OFF HILLARY “girl” who ignorantly believes that Obama, somehow cheated Hillary, out of something you and she thinks she deserved, UNCHALLENGED. Well it turns out that Obama has the better temperament and the better people surrounding him. He has made absolutely no mistakes during this campaign. Hillary (whether you believe it or not) made several poor judgements that cost her the nomination. We need the BEST person we can get to hold the office of President of the U.S. Not the one who was thought to be entitled. We are a Democracy not a Theocracy. Please don't vote out of spite or because he's white. Please use your brains and not your emotions. Vote for the party that is for the middle class and the disabled. The President appoints the judges and has complete control of our trade policy. Trade policy directly effects jobs. Look where our jobs have gone under these ROTTEN, ALL FOR THE MEGA RICH, REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTS. USE YOUR HEAD, PLEASE VOTE OUR JOBS BACK!!!!


Clare Maher
Comment posted October 17, 2008 @ 8:19 pm

Don’t worry about Mickey Mouse or ACORN stealing the election. According to an investigative report out today in Rolling Stone magazine, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Greg Palast, after a year-long investigation, reveal a systematic program of “GOP vote tampering” on a massive scale.
- Republican Secretaries of State of swing-state Colorado have quietly purged one in six names from their voter rolls.
- Over several months, the GOP politicos in Colorado stonewalled every attempt by Rolling Stone to get an answer to the massive purge – ten times the average state's rate of removal.
- While Obama dreams of riding to the White House on a wave of new voters, more then 2.7 million have had their registrations REJECTED under new procedures signed into law by George Bush.
Kennedy, a voting rights lawyer, charges this is a resurgence of 'Jim Crow' tactics to wrongly block Black and Hispanic voters.
- A fired US prosecutor levels new charges – accusing leaders of his own party, Republicans, with criminal acts in an attempt to block legal voters as “fraudulent.”
For updates and video reports, go to RollingStone.com


INFORMED VOTER
Comment posted October 17, 2008 @ 8:56 pm

The REpublican Governors and Repulican Secratary's of States have purged, removed, flagged, not counted over 5 MILLION votes and DEMOCRAT voter registration cards within the past 30 days. It is against Federal law to remove anyone from the voters list witin 90 days of the election unless they have moved or they have died. They have removed 20 times the total of these numbers fron the lists. When a federal law is broken you HAVE TO GO TO A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AGENCY to investigate. Do you have any concept of the law? What have you learned in high school? Most of the things that the EFFEN REDUMLICANS try to fight against are basic law and basic CONSTITITIONAL RIGHTS. MY GOD HOW DID THEY BECOME SOOOOOOOOO STUPID. THEY VOTE AGAINST THEIR OWN EFFEN RIGHTS………………………….
http://www.gregpalast.com/section/articles/

http://www.buzzflash.com/


Carol
Comment posted October 17, 2008 @ 9:00 pm

You don't think McCain is evil? Read the article in Rolling Stone about him: The FAKE Maverick. Also read the article Matt Taibbi did about Palin and her associations with the Alaska Independence Party. They are BOTH evil. VERY EVIL.


Carol
Comment posted October 17, 2008 @ 9:04 pm

YOU WANT EVIDENCE? Rolling Stone has an article that details a ONE-YEAR INVESTIGATION by Greg Palast and Bobby Kennedy Jr.. READ IT.


Carol
Comment posted October 17, 2008 @ 9:04 pm

Finally. The GOP has been systematically, for decades, been disenfranchising legal votes, Democratic, voters. The instigators of this were the Federalist Society under one Hans von Spakovsky, notably in Fulton County, GA, where he and his associates were ordered to cease and desist in their illegal disenfranchisement activities. Von Spakovsky was nominated by Bush as head of the Federal Elections Commission in 2007, but the Democrats (rightly) rejected him. Von Spakovsky is also the leading figure in the fraudulent ACORN voter fraud charges. Von Spakovsky was the point person for undermining the Civil Rights Division's mandate to protect voting rights. Von Spakovsky attempted to force widespread purging of voter rolls based on a very restrictive reading of election law (which von Spakovsky knew inside and out, since he helped draft the Help America Vote Act). The U.S. Attorneys, starting with David Iglesias in New Mexico, were fired because they refused to investigate bogus voter fraud cases and refused to prosecute Democrats on bogus charges, such as the witchhunt conducted against Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman, whose election was stolen and he became very outspoken about it. Von Spakovsky remains, unfortunately, as a paid consultant (at taxpayers expense), to the new head of the FEC, Donald McGahn, who previously served as the lead lawyer for the House Republicans' campaign committee and handled legal work for former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas). Mr. McGahn was a member of DeLay's legal team, representing DeLay in legal and ethics matters regarding the Jack Abramoff affair at the time when DeLay was indicted on campaign finance violations in Texas and admonished for unethical conduct by the House Ethics Committee.


Carol
Comment posted October 17, 2008 @ 9:06 pm

WRONG. THERE IS NO VOTER FRAUD. http://www.bradblog.com GO THERE AND READ ALL ABOUT IT!!!!!!!!


Carol
Comment posted October 17, 2008 @ 9:08 pm

HERE: HERE'S THE DIRECT LINK THAT DEBUNKS THE MYTHS ABOUT ACORN FRAUD!

http://www.bradblog.com/?p=6512


PATRIOTIC AMERICA
Comment posted October 17, 2008 @ 9:21 pm

GalapagoLarry I and the other 250 MILLION AMERICANS agree with your post.


Alan8
Comment posted October 17, 2008 @ 9:34 pm

“Vote for the party that is for the middle class and the disabled. The President appoints the judges and has complete control of our trade policy. Trade policy directly effects jobs. Look where our jobs have gone under these ROTTEN, ALL FOR THE MEGA RICH, REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTS. USE YOUR HEAD, PLEASE VOTE OUR JOBS BACK!!!!”

You're pretending Obama and the Democrats are something they're not.

Democrat Bill Clinton saddled us NAFTA and the WTO. Gore was the architect of these agreements. Obama has no intension of withdrawing from these corporate trade policies. (He has made some vague, noncommittal comments about them to get workers concerned for their jobs to vote for him).

Obama and the Democrats have also sided with the insurance and pharmaceutical corporations against the middle class by opposing a single-payer health care system.

The Democrats, like their Republican counterparts, receive THE MAJORITY of their funding from corporate sources. (See http://www.opensecrets.org) That's where their loyalty lies. They only play an opposition party on TV.

Ralph Nader has called for pulling out of these corporate trade agreements that are lowering our standard of living. He's also called for a single-payer health care system.

I'm voting for Ralph Nader.


AMERICAN PATRIOT
Comment posted October 17, 2008 @ 10:13 pm

I agree what you are stating about Bill Clinton and NAFTA and the WTO. I have always stated the Clinton was the best REpublican we have ever had. NAFTA and the WTO were Pappy Bushes policy. “the new world order” But Clinton did back it. It should never had been passed without some protections or garantees for workers and small business. I do feel though because of the finacial meltdown that has occured under the present political atmosphere We the People have a great opportunity to regain our rights and the dignity we deserve. We must undo another terrible law that was signed by Clinton and that was the consolidation of the FCC. We desparately need the fourth estate back. We MUST break up the huge monopolies that own the MSM.


Smeagles
Comment posted October 17, 2008 @ 10:17 pm

I hope more of the disenfranchised voters vote in this election then the racist mobs from the right! Their brains have been compromised by the federalist society types. GOP = Cheat & Smear. N-


blackjack45
Comment posted October 17, 2008 @ 11:35 pm

I have waited a long time to see the DEMOCRATIC party to get a Back bone all that I have to say right now has been posted by the American Patriot and Carol Bonder, read there post and you will see how the REPUBLICANS have Cheated in the past TWO PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS.


greydog
Comment posted October 17, 2008 @ 11:50 pm

It is stunning how no one in the Bush Administration, including the convicted “Scooter” Libby, went to prison for the seemingly infinite number of crimes committed in the last 8 years.


greydog
Comment posted October 17, 2008 @ 11:55 pm

The pissed off “Hillary Girl” is a Repub myth.
We would all be a lot better off if people would throw out their damned TV's.
The news on TV is written and directed by Karl Rove and is utter BS.
Wake up and smell the PROPAGANDA.


bacalove
Comment posted October 18, 2008 @ 2:56 am

The GOP have achieved power through lies, domination and distortion. How they are getting away with those False Robocalls linking an 8 year old Barack Obama to deeds Ayers did over 40 years ago is beyond intelligence and belief! Someone must stop this madness and slippery slope we are on.


SMP
Comment posted October 18, 2008 @ 5:37 am

(quote)I ask several questions. First, from a practical matter, what will this accomplish – the election is 18 days away. A special prosecutor cannot possibly act quickly enough. (unquote)

I guess that is exactly why the Republicans sprang this issue this late – their allegations can't be investigated in time and so cannot be rebutted if the claim turns out to be fraudulent – classic political dirty tricks.

(quote)Rather, why can't the Obama campaign publicly call this out – tell the world instead of holding a conference call Friday afternoon that no one is going to listed to anyway.(unquote).

The reason is that if the data is held and investigated by an independent special prosecutor then all those who are found to be committing voter fraud will find themselves being prosecuted and jailed. This includes those who would also look at fraudulent allegations, voter intimidation and intimidation of those registering voters with the intention of preventing Democratic voters from voting, including law enforcement agencies and vigilante identity checkers on the lookout to block Democratic voters who turn up to vote with only their polling card.

What I find interesting is the fact that Obama is calling for an independent special prosecutor,
while the Republicans are opposing it. You have to wonder who is committing the real voter fraud here.


WDRussell
Comment posted October 18, 2008 @ 6:22 am

ACORN is a media smokescreen to cover up vote supression.


T. J. American Way
Comment posted October 18, 2008 @ 6:29 am

I hope that Obama and his campaign team take the time to talk to Greg Palast and Robert Kennedy, I know they've got some facts to share. I'd like to see some of their research used as evidence by a special prosecutor.


breezi
Comment posted October 18, 2008 @ 7:22 am

There Obama goes again…acting presidential. How in good conscience McCain can attack ACORN is beyond hypocritical, considering the voter tampering, gerrymandering, and election fraud from the elections of 2000, 2004 and 2006. Just think, if we'd had fair elections in any of these years, we wouldn't have the crooks in the White House, we probably wouldn't have had 9/11, and we would not be facing a depression. We can't let Diebold or whatever their new name is steal this election. Care2 has a post today uncovering Republican election fraud, which purportedly changed the party affiliation of some voters who thought they were just signing a petition. Voter purges are going on in other states, most notably Ohio.
TJ, thank you for pointing out Palast and Kennedy. They have some excellent resources.


breezi
Comment posted October 18, 2008 @ 7:27 am

Nope, he can't wait, because we the people cannot allow another stolen election. The voter fraud is real, only it's not being perpetrated by ACORN.


breezi
Comment posted October 18, 2008 @ 7:43 am

Where were you in 2000 or 2004? Both these elections were stolen. Why don't you read Rolling Stone, Greg Palast & Robert Kennedy, Jr.?
Assaults on free speech? How about Bush and his shredding of the entire Constitution? Calling for an investigation is NOT an assault on free speech; it's the only logical thing to do in the light of recent history.


breezi
Comment posted October 18, 2008 @ 7:53 am

What's typical here, Steve, is the dirty tricks by the Republican Party. Show me the confirmation of “very high numbers”. There is nothing wrong with ACORN. Any organization trying to register voters is going to have some number of errors, and you can bet your bottom dollar that some of these “errors” were purposefully made by the party in power. Yes, I agree with you on one point: the FBI should investigate any and all claims of voter fraud, including 2000 and 2004.


breezi
Comment posted October 18, 2008 @ 7:54 am

“Joe the Plumber” is actually the son of the son-in-law of Charles Keating.


Ron Moore
Comment posted October 18, 2008 @ 9:45 am

Once upon a time, I truly admired Senator John McCain.

I never thought my former hero would turn into the biggest sleaze bag politician in American history.

He has become the person he once hated and is far worst and any former politician I have seen in my life and I have been here since 1942..

Ron


Kevin
Comment posted October 18, 2008 @ 4:37 pm

Sounds like someone wants the FBI to stop snooping around. This sounds like a really bad Scooby Doo episode. “And I would have gotten away with it if it weren't for you meddling kids!”


ArmyWife
Comment posted October 18, 2008 @ 5:06 pm

A voice of sanity emerges! If I was just a tad more nuanced, I would probably think the Obamalamadingdongs are just trying to throw up some road blocks into investigating ACORN. And besides, why would any patriotic American disenfranchise Disney Stars and the Dallas Cowboys, for Pete's sake!


jen
Comment posted October 18, 2008 @ 6:01 pm

Wow I am so proud of Obama. Bush stole the last elections and look where it got us. Voters Beware. Right on Obama you are the smartest. Thank God.


oscar
Comment posted October 18, 2008 @ 7:39 pm

the only sleeze bag is you and how you rationalize – commie


oscar
Comment posted October 18, 2008 @ 7:41 pm

Presidential? of some commie nation perhaps but not MY AMERICA
you paranoid uneducated communist


oscar
Comment posted October 18, 2008 @ 7:43 pm

How old was the COMMIE MESSIAH when he served on a board with the terrorist or when he sat in his livingroom to start his political career??? GROW UP AND GET EDUCATED you koolaid drinking commie


oscar
Comment posted October 18, 2008 @ 7:46 pm

its stunning that someone running for POTUS can be frieds with a terrorist be a member of a black militant church and lie through his teeth


oscar
Comment posted October 18, 2008 @ 7:49 pm

ROLLING STONE???????????? Wow there is a beacon of truth in journalism!!!! What about the 70% of soldiers in Iraq who probably won't have their votes counted because of some regulation voted in by the liberals that will cause their ballots being received too late?
THERES CHANGE
LIBERAL=COMMIES


oscar
Comment posted October 18, 2008 @ 7:53 pm

Racists mobs on the right????????
First – this is evidence that the left are the ones who are bringing race into the election
Second – them are fighting words and if you have any gonads you would meet me and I'll display your lack of brains openly – you are a pinhead and a dangerous communist pig


bacalove
Comment posted October 19, 2008 @ 4:36 am

I am sorry you are so Angry and bitter.


Vicki
Comment posted October 19, 2008 @ 3:06 pm

Thanks to the thoroughness of Senator Obama and his campaign and the reality that republicans will do anything to stay in power, the rights of voters must be protected. We already know how devious the Bush regime has been about voter fraud. This is the right approach for Senator Obama to take. Nip the republicans in the bud.


Roger Charlet
Comment posted October 19, 2008 @ 3:31 pm

Republicans have the reputation of being the most devious and dishonest politcal party in the world. It all stems from their greed. The need to not have to pay their fair share of taxes, and they will do anything, and I do mean “ANYTHING” to stay in power. They need to be taught a lesson and I believe that the time for that lesson is upon us.

GO OBAMA


Hulie
Comment posted October 19, 2008 @ 8:08 pm

How odd that Obama would do this if he has little ties to ACORN. Obama lost my vote when he lied during the last debate. I am from Chicago and we all know he is tied to ACORN and not by a little bit. I worked with the non-profits and have old copies of newsletters that show Obama as a trainer for ACORN. Why lie? That I do not understand but he did. Obama says anything to anyone and never answers a question directly. Do we really think he can do all he says he can-and I am sick of him using Bush as the reason to vote for him. McCain is not even liked by most republicans as he does not support Bush most of the time. That comment made by McCain about voting with Bush most of the time was said over five years ago. But Obama does not say that. Run against McCain. Obama is winning because people don't like Bush. I fear we will like Obama even less after he gets done.


Ray
Comment posted October 19, 2008 @ 8:45 pm

Obama is winning because people don't like Bush. I fear we will like Obama even less after he gets done.

I agree but haven't we as a nation reached an alltime low that this would happen? Bush has many faults, but he has done many things that have kept my butt safe. His low rating has been exacerbated out of proportion by a far left media.

Ray


Ray
Comment posted October 19, 2008 @ 8:50 pm

Hey Roger…. That reputation is held by a group (the Demi- Libs) whose opinion is not highly regarded anywhere, So… that pretty well negates your point. . Ha

Ray


lumpy
Comment posted October 20, 2008 @ 12:48 am

I think you are not who you say you are b/c you get angry and write like a black person.


Elliott
Comment posted October 20, 2008 @ 7:47 am

It's about time! The Republicans in Ohio and several other states are trying to return us to the days of the poll tax. I'll bet that plenty of wealthy right-wing suburbanites are going to appoint themselves poll watchers in poor and minority districts again this year, as they've done in recent elections. Unless there are independent poll watchers in those neighborhoods this year, it's likely to get ugly. Rich reactionaries have controlled literally everything in this country for years, and they won't give up their dictatorship of the dollar easily.

Prediction — it could get really ugly this time, not just words. I would advise some of those self-appointed “improvers” of minority and poor voters to go home this year after they vote, and console themselves, maybe with a fine 100-year old Cognac, for their inability to re-impose peonage this year.


sue
Comment posted October 22, 2008 @ 1:43 pm

Has Mukasey reposned yet? This is not getting much news coverage. Why?


Carolann
Comment posted October 25, 2008 @ 6:15 am

No surprise that this possibly could be going on. One only has to read the book, How To Rig An Election. Pass conduct is a good predictor of future behavior.


Carolann
Comment posted October 25, 2008 @ 1:15 pm

No surprise that this possibly could be going on. One only has to read the book, How To Rig An Election. Pass conduct is a good predictor of future behavior.


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