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Ask Your Congressman Why The Republican Party is Defending VOTE FRAUD

Despite their statements about the illegality and evils of vote fraud and voter disenfranchisement, the Republican Party is secretly paying the legal bills of a man who has ADMITTED that he worked to prevent Democrats from voting. Call your Congressman and Senators and ask them why this is being allowed? Ask them what is it going to take before Bush and the Neoconvicts are made in to Real Convicts? The longer that they wait, the more likely it is that Bush and co will spring a truly horrendous surprise.
GOP Pays Legal Bills in Vote-Thwart Case
By JOHN SOLOMON, Associated Press Writer Thu Aug 11, 7:58 PM ET
WASHINGTON - The Republican Party says it still has a zero-tolerance policy for tampering with voters even as it pays the legal bills for a former Bush campaign official charged with conspiring to thwart Democrats from voting in New Hampshire.

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James Tobin, the president's 2004 campaign chairman for New England, is charged in New Hampshire federal court with four felonies accusing him of conspiring with a state GOP official and a GOP consultant in Virginia to jam Democratic and labor union get-out-the-vote phone banks in November 2002.

The Republican National Committee already has spent more than $722,000 to provide Tobin, who has pleaded innocent, a team of lawyers from the high-powered Washington law firm of Williams & Connolly. The firm's other clients have included former President Clinton and Sen. Hillary Clinton and former Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros.

Republican Party officials said they don't ordinarily discuss specifics of their legal work, but confirmed to The Associated Press they had agreed to underwrite Tobin's defense because he was a longtime supporter and that he assured them he had committed no crimes.

"Jim is a longtime friend who has served as both an employee and an independent contractor for the RNC," a spokeswoman for the RNC, Tracey Schmitt, said Wednesday. "This support is based on his assurance and our belief that Jim has not engaged in any wrongdoing."

A telephone firm was paid to make repeated hang-up phone calls to overwhelm the phone banks in New Hampshire and prevent them from getting Democratic voters to the polls on Election Day 2002, prosecutors allege. Republican John Sununu won a close race that day to be New Hampshire's newest senator.

At the time, Tobin was the RNC's New England regional director, before moving to President Bush's 2004 re-election campaign.

A top New Hampshire Party official and a GOP consultant already have pleaded guilty and cooperated with prosecutors. Tobin's indictment accuses him of specifically calling the GOP consultant to get a telephone firm to help in the scheme.

"The object of the conspiracy was to deprive inhabitants of New Hampshire and more particularly qualified voters ... of their federally secured right to vote," states the latest indictment issued by a federal grand jury on May 18.

The Republican Party has repeatedly and pointedly disavowed any tactics aimed at keeping citizens from voting since allegations of voter suppression surfaced during the Florida recount in 2000 that tipped the presidential race to Bush.

Earlier this week, RNC chairman Ken Mehlman, the former White House political director, reiterated a "zero-tolerance policy" for any GOP official caught trying to block legitimate votes.

"The position of the Republican National Committee is simple: We will not tolerate fraud; we will not tolerate intimidation; we will not tolerate suppression. No employee, associate or any person representing the Republican Party who engages in these kinds of acts will remain in that position," Mehlman wrote Monday to a group that studied voter suppression tactics.

Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean on Thursday questioned Mehlman's commitment to the policy. "This is just another example of his say one thing, do another strategy. Ken Mehlman tells crowds his party is against voter fraud and intimidation, while in the backrooms he supports Republican officials who engage in these dirty tricks," Dean said.

Dennis Black and Dane Butswinkas, two Williams & Connolly lawyers for Tobin, did not return calls seeking comment. Brian Tucker, a New Hampshire lawyer on the team, declined comment.

Tobin's lawyers have attacked the prosecution, suggesting evidence was improperly introduced to the grand jury, that their client originally had been promised he wouldn't be indicted and that he was improperly charged under one of the statutes.

Tobin stepped down from his Bush-Cheney post a couple of weeks before the November 2004 election after Democrats suggested he was involved in the phone bank scheme. He was charged a month after the election.

Paul Twomey, a volunteer lawyer for New Hampshire Democrats who are pursuing a separate lawsuit involving the phone scheme, said he was surprised the RNC was willing to pay Tobin's legal bills and that it suggested more people may be involved.

The new development "really raises the questions of who are they protecting, how high does this go and who was in on this," Twomey said.

Federal prosecutors have secured testimony from the two convicted conspirators in the scheme directly implicating Tobin.

Charles McGee, the New Hampshire GOP official who pleaded guilty, told prosecutors he informed Tobin of the plan and asked for Tobin's help in finding a vendor who could make the calls that would flood the phone banks.

Allen Raymond, a former colleague of Tobin who operated a Virginia-based telephone services firm, told prosecutors Tobin called him in October 2002, explained the telephone plan and asked Raymond's company to help McGee implement it.

Raymond's lawyer told the court that Tobin made the request for help in his official capacity as the top RNC official for New England and his client believed the RNC had sanctioned the activity.

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On the Net:

The indictment in this is available at:  http://wid.ap.org/documents/tobinindictment.pdf

RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman's recent letter on voter suppression is available at:  http://wid.ap.org/documents/rncletter.pdf

The Republican National Committee:  http://www.rnc.org

The Democrats are worse! 12.Aug.2005 15:32

StevetheGreen

Jesus Christ!

It was John Kerry who stood by like a deer in the headlights and did nothing when vote fraud occured in Ohio!

Then only one Democratic senator (Barbara Boxer) even tried to get an investigation into the documented voter suppression and corruption in several key swing states, while the rest of the Democratic party allowed (yet another) election to be stolen without even a whimper.

How anyone could justify voting for the "lesser of two evils" after the Democrats laid down again, is beyond reason!

Dems are NOT worse!!! Kerry is a Skull-Boner 12.Aug.2005 19:02

ggggggggrrrrrrrrrrrrrroooooooooowwwwwwwwlllllllllll

Just because there's a bunch of NWO elitists embeded in the Dem party doesn't mean they are worse. At least Dems have a John Connolly, Cynthia McKinney, Barb Boxer, etc. Progs need to take control of the Democratic Party the same way Neocons took control of Republicans. Some of us have said for years what was going on, but nobody listened.

Dem sheep are the worst, easily sheared, keep coming back for more 13.Aug.2005 04:57

another green

You're right. The Dems aren't the worst. It's the people who believe they are better than the Republicans, those people who follow them like sheep regardless that the Dems only show in whatever they do that they are only the white shadow of the dark Republican empire--those people are the worst. Didn't we just see CAFTA pass because of the Dems, you desperate religious Dem-worshiping fool?

Use your vote power while you still can. Abandon the Dems, support different parties. A political party that acts like the Dems only achieves a voter base who like sado-maschism or abusive relationships. "Yes, thank you Dem master! Hit me again! I will keep voting for you forever!"

even if you clean up the parties, much more is required 13.Aug.2005 05:00

author

Even if you clean up the parties, the whole framework of the state is wrong for sustainability, and that is what is leading to corruptible parties.

In my opinion, you should work on finding ways to change the state out from under the corrupt parties that keeps them implanted there, instead of attempting to change the corrupt parties and simply expect that that will help.

read 25 pages free, Toward a Bioregional State:
 http://books.iuniverse.com/viewbooks.asp?isbn=0595346146&page=fm1

They should go independent 13.Aug.2005 08:41

Sheepdog

Yes there are a FEW honest, brave reps. Do they have any real guts?