Many Questions, Legal and Otherwise, Still Unanswered Concerning the Mysteriously-Funded 'Non-Partisan' GOP Front Group
By Brad Friedman on 8/26/2007, 12:04pm PT  

Blogged by Brad from Kansas (which has nothing the matter with it, btw)...

Last Thursday, did an excellent job of collecting and collating "our story up until now" of Thor Hearne's vote-suppression GOP front group, "American Center for Voting Rights" (ACVR). Sentido's thorough coverage includes well-sourced references, links, collections of information and historical reporting on the rise and fall of the ACVR scam that has slowly occurred since The BRAD BLOG originally broke the story of Rove's buddy Hearne --- the national general counsel for Bush/Cheney '04 Inc. --- and his mysteriously funded "non-partisan" anti-democracy campaign.

The latest story details the GOP front-group's appearance, the background of their known key players, up through their recent attempts to scrub all references to themselves across the Internets in the wake of their revealed connections to the U.S. Attorney Purge. Here's a few sample grafs which tie the ACVR's disingenuous propaganda efforts to their interest in distracting from real investigations of Ohio 2004 and of the democracy-imperiling dangers of electronic voting...

The irony of the defunct 'voting rights' pressure group is that it appears to have used many of the fraudulent tactics it falsely accused people in poor or underprivileged areas of using: concealing past activities, assuming false identities, providing false information and seeking to manipulate both the electoral process and the laws that govern it.

A telling contradiction in the ACVR's methods is the discrepancy between its apparent institutional obsession with spurious allegations of ballot fraud and its lack of aggressive pursuit of solution to correct the well-documented and openly demonstrable security flaws in electronic voting technologies.

Indeed, BRAD BLOG readers will remember that Thor's ACVR first appeared back in March of 2005 in the only official Congressional hearings on problems in the Ohio 2004 Presidential Election. The hearings, led by the now-jailed Ohio Rep. Bob Ney and his House Admin Committee, did a fine job of obscuring the scent away from the very real, and now infamously well-documented, suppression of voters, gaming of paper ballots and various electronic voting, tabulating and rigged-recounting shenanigans carried out by Republicans during the '04 Election.

We're glad to see others continue to pursue the matter in which Thor and his cretinous kinsmen are still legally exposed to their eyeballs. If real justice ever returns to the Dept. of Justice, perhaps a legitimate legal investigation will at sometime take place and Thor, Rove and the rest of the criminals involved will finally face the long jail time that they deserve for their attempts to undo democracy in America.

For more information on the "non-partisan" tax-exempt ACVR "Voter Fraud" scam and the snakeoil salesmen who invented it, Bush/Cheney '04 National General Counsel Mark F. "Thor" Hearne and RNC Communications Director Jim Dyke, please see BRAD BLOG's full Special Coverage of the "American Center for Voting Rights" at
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