Like a common thief who, when caught red-handed with his hand in the till, calls the cop who caught him a crook, Barack Obama’s campaign has asked the Department of Justice to “look into whether any administration officials have worked in a joint effort with the McCain campaign and the RNC in legitimizing the allegations of vote fraud.” We are somehow reminded of Boss Tweed’s bullyboys and private police force roughing up any New Yorker who dared to point out that he had seen Tweed’s partisans vote twice.
Below is an optical character recognition scan of the relevant portion of Obama campaign counsel Bob Bauer’s letter to the Department of Justice. Not only is Bauer sufficiently audacious to assert, “These [vote fraud] allegations do not mean illegal voting. Nobody really expects thousands of Mickey Mouses or Tony Romos to show up at the poll to vote this fall.” Sure, Bobby, and that guy who is concealing merchandise in his coat doesn’t really intend to carry it out of the store without paying. Why register nonexistent people, dead people, and children to vote unless you plan to have them vote? What stops an ACORN worker from going to multiple polling places to vote under multiple ACORN-fabricated identities? Mickey Mouse might not get past the door, but that seven year-old girl whom ACORN registered as an adult just might.
Furthermore, Bobby, you should remember the old adage about coming into court with clean hands, and you sure don’t want a court (or the Department of Justice) to take official notice of the highly credible allegations against Barack Obama’s own campaign of outright election fraud.
- II. Current Bogus Claims of Vote Fraud and the McCain-Palin Campaign’s Attempts to Involve U.S. Attorneys and the Department of Justice.
History is repeating itself. As Election Day approaches – just as in 2004 and 2006 – Republican Party officials and operatives nationwide, including the candidates themselves, are fomenting specious vote fraud allegations, and there are disturbing indications of official involvement or collusion. What we have seen, each step connecting to and reinforcing the other, are:
A, High level party claims of ”fraud,” including those made by the Republican Presidential and Vice Presidential nominees – including the entirely unsupported assertion by John McCain to a national television audience that vote fraud threatened to tear at the very ”fabric of democracy;”’
B. Republican party officials reinforcing and sensationalizing this message by repeating it at the state and local level and initiating actions in violation of the law to harass voters and impede their exercise of their rights;
C. Republican officeholders calling on the Department of Justice to initiate investigations of these manufactured allegations of ”fraud” – including, remarkably, direct appeals to US Attorneys; and
D. Emerging indications of official Departmental involvement or collusion, as leaks of an investigation have now begun in violation of Departmental policy,
Of course, the timing of the opening of this investigation and leaking of this information is damning, 19 days before the general election – and less than 24 hours after the Republican Presidential nominee announced the advent of fraud so pervasive that it threatened the very ”fabric of democracy”…
’ Voter registration impropriety does not constitute actual vote fraud. Indeed, despite strenuous effort there is not documented evidence of anything but isolated and sporadic instances of voter fraud. See Lipton, In 5-year Egort, Scant Evidence of Voter Fraud, New York Times, April 12, 2007.
’ Senator McCain’s running mate, Governor Sarah Palin, has taken up the claims in similarly hyperbolic and unsupportable forms: ”’In this election, it’s a choice between a candidate who won’t disavow a group committing voter fraud, and a leader who won’t tolerate voter fraud,’ Palin said.” Associated Press, October 16, 2008, available at http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqMSjQBGxUYE4A W6bbOHSUgHkKvipTJwD93RPSOGO.
Right, Bobby, “Voter registration impropriety does not constitute actual vote fraud,” provided that Mickey Mouse, Dick Tracy, Mary Poppins, Jive Turkey, and perhaps a million more registrants with less prominent names are purged from the rolls before Election Day. As long as Obama wants to involve the Department of Justice in accusations that the Republicans are falsely accusing his campaign of election fraud, let’s add some Democrats–Hillary Clinton to be precise.
- RYAN, PHILLIPS, UTRECHT 5. MACKINNON
ATTORNEYS AT LAW
’ Nonlawyer Partner
1133 Connecticut Avenue, N.W. Suite 300 Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 293-1177 Facsimile (202) 293-3411
January 23, 2008
Jill Derby, Chair Nevada State Democratic Party 1210 South Valley View Road Suite 114 Las Vegas, NV 89102
Dear Chair Derby:
I write on behalf of Hillary Clinton for President (”the Committee”) in regard to the January 19, 2008 Nevada Democ-ratic Caucus. The Committee is aware of a letter addressed to you today from the Obama for America campaign requesting an inquiry into the conduct of the caucuses. The Committee shares the Obama campaign’s concern that full participation in the democratic process may have been compromised by the substantial number of irregularities occurring at the caucuses, and we fully support a complete inquiry by the Nevada State Democratic Party (the ”Party”) into all caucus improprieties.
This letter is not intended as a response to the Obama campaign’s letter. However, in the interest of a complete record, and in contrast to the alleged minor procedural problems noted by the Obama campaign, the Committee wishes to bring to your attention information we have received evidencing a premeditated and predesigned plan by the Obama campaign to engage in systematic corruption of the Party’s caucus procedures. Compounding this blatant distortion of the caucus rules was an egregious effort by the Obama campaign to manipulate the voter registration process in its own favor, thereby disenfranchising countless voters. Finally, the Committee has received a vast number of reliable reports of voter suppression and intimidation by the Obama campaign or its allies.
The Committee had 30 phone lines on Saturday to receive calls in its Las Vegas offices. These lines rang continuously from early morning until well after the caucuses concluded with reports from people who were victimized and who observed irregularities. The phone lines were so over-whelmed that many callers resorted to calling individual Committee staff cell phones to report that they could not get through. The Committee also received many similar calls at its national headquarters.
The Committee is confident that any investigation into the conduct of the caucuses will be thorough, fair and in the interest of insuring that future Party caucuses will be as open and democratic as possible.
Systematic Corruption of the Party’s Caucus Procedures
The Committee received substantially similar reports of improprieties of such a number as to leave no conclusion but that the Obama campaign and its allies and supporters engaged in a planned effort to subvert the Party’s caucus procedures to its advantage. For example:
þ Preference cards were premarked for Obama.
þ Clinton supporters were denied preference cards on the basis that none were left, while Obama supporters at the same caucus sites were given preference cards.
þ Caucus chairs obviously supporting Obama:
o Deliberately miscounted votes to favor Senator Obama.
o Deliberately counted unregistered persons as Obama votes.
o Deliberately counted young children as Obama votes.
o Refused to accept preference cards from Clinton supporters who were at the caucus site by noon on the ground that the cards were not filled out fast enough.
o Told Clinton supporters to leave prior to electing delegates.
þ Clinton supporters who arrived late were turned away from the caucus, while late Obama supporters were admitted to the caucus.
Manipulation of the Voter Registration Process
Numerous reports received by the Committee demonstrate a concerted effort on the part of the Obama campaign and its supporters to prevent eligible voters supporting a candidate other than Senator Obama from caucusing. The Obama supporters complained of were acting in positions of authority at the caucus sites. Some of these reports are as follows:
þ Obama supporters wrongly informed Clinton supporters that they were not allowed to participate in the caucus if their names were not on the voter rolls. However, Obama supporters whose names did not appear on the voter rolls were permitted to register at the caucus site.
þ Obama supporters falsely informed Clinton supporters that no registration forms were available for them to register to vote at the caucus site.
þ Obama supporters wrongly told Clinton supporters who were attempting to caucus at the wrong precinct that they could not caucus at that site, while simultaneously permitting Obama supporters at the wrong precinct to participate.
þ Obama supporters were allowed to move to the front of the registration and sign-in line.
Voter Suppression and Intimidation
The Committee received a substantial number of disturbing reports from voters that they had been subject to harassment, intimidation or efforts to prevent them from voting. Some of the most egregious of these complaints are described below:
þ Voters at at-large caucus sites were informed that those sites were for Obama supporters only.
þ Clinton supporters at at-large caucus sites were told that their managers would be watching them while they caucused.
þ Workers were informed that their supervisors kept lists of Clinton and Obama supporters, and were told that they could not caucus unless their name was on the list of Obama supporters.
þ Many Clinton supporters were threatened with employment termination or other discipline if they caucused for Senator Clinton.
þ Workers were required to sign a pledge card to support Obama if they wanted time off to participate in the caucus.
þ Workers at one casino were offered a lavish lunch and permitted to attend and register to vote only if they agree to support Obama.
The complaints summarized above represent only a small sample of the complaints received by the Committee. With respect to each of these complaints and many more, the Committee has the names and phone numbers of those reporting these incidents and the specific precinct numbers where the incidents occurred. Upon request the Committee will share these with the Party with appropriate safeguards to protect these individuals from reprisal. On the whole, these reports show a troubling effort by the Obama campaign and its allies and supporters to advance their own campaign at the expense of the right of all Nevada Democrats to participate in the democratic process in a free, fair and open manner.
Senator Clinton and the Committee are wholly committed to ensuring that every eligible voter has his or her vote cast and counted. There is no place in the American electoral process for the types of voter suppression, intimidation and harassment systematically engaged in by the Obama campaign, its allies and supporters.
Lyn Utrecht Counsel Hillary Clinton for President
We think this letter should join Mr. Baeur’s letter at the Department of Justice just to make sure all the cards are on the table, and that the air is cleared thoroughly before November 4.