Nader Highlights Anti-Democratic Dirty Tricks' Ties to KERRY and McAuliffe
Democrats are guilty of anti democratic actions
Nader Highlights Anti-Democratic Dirty Tricks' Ties to Kerry and McAuliffe
Corporate Democrats Working With Corporate Republicans to Stop Anti-Corporate Power Nader-Camejo
Nader: žThese Anti-Democratic Actions Go to the Top of the Party and Their Presidential CandidateÓ
Washington, DC: The independent campaign of Ralph Nader and Peter Miguel Camejo showed that Senator John Kerry and Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe are directly responsible for the anti-democratic dirty tricks attempting to keep Nader/Camejo off the ballot.
The Nader/Camejo campaign has repeatedly written Kerry and McAuliffe describing the dirty tricks and urging both to stop before the campaign was involved in a mini-Watergate scandal. Over two months ago Mr. McAuliffe and his spokesmen admitted encouraging efforts to keep Nader/Camejo off the ballot in žclose states.Ó But now we know the DNC and the Kerry campaign that controls it are directly involved in this lawyer layered rancid drive.
At a press conference in Washington, DC, the campaign played a tape of sworn testimony by the head of the Democratic Party in Maine, Dorothy Malanson, in which she admits that the Democratic National Committee is paying for her time, the lawyers, and other expenses related to the challenge to keep Nader off the ballotůand that this is a national campaign.
The campaign also provided pay records of Judy E. Reardon showing more than $64,000 in payments to her from March 15th, 2003 to July 30th, 2004 (the last date on which reports are available) from the Kerry campaign. In 2003 Reardon was hired as the deputy national director for the Kerry campaign in Northern New England and has been described as a senior advisor to the campaign. The Nader/Camejo campaign provided reporters with an email between Judy Reardon and attorney Marty Van Oot concerning the lawsuit in New Hampshire. This links the Kerry campaign with the so-called žindependentÓ Ballot Project (officially known as Focus on Ballot Qualification, Inc.) which is litigating the New Hampshire case.
Members of the so-called independent 527, United Progressives for Victory and the Ballot Project, met with Democrats at the Democratic Convention in Boston. A press report in the Hartford Courant indicated they met to strategize about how to keep Nader-Camejo off the ballot (Janice Darcy, žAnti-Nader Forces Coordinate Strategy,Ó July 27th, 2004). The Seattle Times recently reported on the arguments that polling showed were most effective against Nader and on how the žindependentÓ groups were raising money at the Democratic Convention (David Postman, žNader Foes Seek Funding from Democratic Donors, July 28th, 2004). The Santa Fe New Mexican has reported how the 527's met with the New Mexico delegation to discuss how to keep Nader off the ballot in New Mexico (Steve Terrell, žFears of Nader Keep Dems on Offensive,Ó July 29th, 2004).
This coordination appears to be illegal and should be investigated by the Federal Elections Commission and the media.
The Nader/Camejo campaign also demonstrated how the anti-Nader effort involves not only Democratic donations, but also donations from Republicans as well as law firms that donate primarily to the Republican Party and candidates. For example:
In Ohio, the lawfirm of Kirkland and Ellis, whose most famous partner was Republican Ken Starr of Clinton impeachment fame, represents major corporate interests. Among them are: Dow Corning (breast implant litigation), Brown and Williamson Tobacco (smoking cases brought by state attorney generals), and General Motors (product defect cases against victims of serious injuries). (See the Kirkland & Ellis LLP web site) In Ohio Kirkland is supplying at least two full-time lawyers working to keep Nader/Camejo off the ballot. These lawyers have subpoened virtually every person who collected signatures for Nader/Camejo. In the presidential campaign the firm's PAC has given to George W. Bush's re-electionů$5,000. They did not play both sides of the fence, giving $0 to John Kerry. These abusive subpoenas were quashed by the Ohio Attorney General on behalf of the Secretary of State.
In Pennsylvania, Reed Smith law firm devoted hundreds of high-priced attorney-hours to keep Nader off the ballot in Pennsylvania. Reed Smith žis counsel to 29 of the top 30 United States banks; 26 of the Fortune e-50 companies; 9 of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies; and 50 of the world's leading drug and device manufacturers (www.reedsmith.com).Ó In legal backgrounders and publications available on its web site, Reed Smith defends the advertising business against attempts to restrict product placement and against broader limits on commercialization of tawdry entertainment directed at young children. It explicitly identifies Ralph Nader as a proponent of these standards. The Reed Smith PAC contributes primarily to Republican campaign efforts.
Toby Moffett, a corporate Democrat who works at the primarily Republican Livingston Group, heads United Progressives for Victory and the Ballot Project. Moffett is a former Vice President of Monsanto, and his lobbying firm represents military contractors, telecom giants, the Cayman Islands, De La Rue (who printed IraqŪs currency for the US puppet government), oil companies, asbestos companies, and industry trade associations. The lead partner in the law firm, Robert Livingston, was scheduled to replace Newt Gingrich as the Republican Speaker of the Houseůuntil a scandal ended his political career.
The National Lobbying Group, the lobbying arm of Oldaker, Biden and Belair (whose principle William Oldaker, a long-term Democratic operative), set up Focus on Ballot Qualifcations, Inc. His firm represents major corporate interests, including Delta Air Lines, which is seeking corporate welfare to shore up its losses, and Equifax a major repository of credit information.
According to reports filed with the Internal Revenue Service, another anti-Nader group, the National Progress Fund, received one of its largest donations ($25,000) from Robert Savoie, president of the Louisiana-based firm Science and Engineering Associates. A month before his donation to the National Progress Fund, Savoie handed over $25,000 to the Republican National Committee.
While the Democrats are primarily behind the challenge to Nader/Camejo, corporate Republican operatives are working on the effort as well. This combination of corporate Democrats with corporate Republicans against Ralph Nader and Peter Miguel Camejo, the anti-corporate crime and power candidates, highlights how the corporate political duopoly is working to strengthen its choke-hold on the political system and force voters to vote for one of their candidates or not vote at all.
All this is just the tip of the iceberg. The rest of the iceberg, under the surface, is for the media to investigate and uncover, should it think that these types of harassment and dirty tricks against more voices and choices for the American people are newsworthy.
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