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WI GOP State Senator not "willing to defend them anymore... There is no massive voter fraud."

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Per The Cap Times, WI GOP State Senator Dale Schultz was on on The Devil’s Advocates radio show discussing voter suppression, specifically bills that cut back on early voting. Schultz's own party, the party o' dirty tricks, has been doing whatever it can to make voting harder, because when turnout is high, it usually translates into Democratic wins.

So of course, rather than fighting for victories in the good old fashioned, all-American, patriotic, apple pie honest way, Republicans resort to cheating, because they know they'd never win by approaching elections, you know, fairly.

Democracy, schmemocracy. Endlessly long, discouraging lines rule!

This isn't the first time WI GOP State Senator Dale Schultz has bucked his own party. See: GOP State Sen. Dale Schultz Slams Walker, Calls Union-Busting "Classic Overreach". Now he's expressing his disdain and distaste for the way they're obstructing Wisconsinites from voting.

Schultz:

“I began this session thinking that there was some lack of faith in our voting process and we maybe needed to address it. But I have come to the conclusion that this is far less noble...

"We are not encouraging voting, we are not making voting easier in any way shape or form by these bills...

"I don't see how you can claim to be improving things by actually reducing hours... but maybe this is Never Never Land, who knows?

"It’s just, I think, sad when a political party — my political party — has so lost faith in its ideas that it’s pouring all of its energy into election mechanics. And again, I’m a guy who understands and appreciates what we should be doing in order to make sure every vote counts, every vote is legitimate. But that fact is, it ought to be abundantly clear to everybody in this state that there is no massive voter fraud.

"The only thing that we do have in this state is we have long lines of people who want to vote. And it seems to me that we should be doing everything we can to make it easier, to help these people get their votes counted. And that we should be pitching as political parties our ideas for improving things in the future, rather than mucking around in the mechanics and making it more confrontational at our voting sites and trying to suppress the vote...

“I am not willing to defend them [his colleagues] anymore. I’m just not and I’m embarrassed by this...

"[Voter suppression is] plain wrong...

"It is all predicated on some belief there is a massive fraud or irregularities, something my colleagues have been hot on the trail of for three years and have failed miserably at demonstrating.”

And that concludes another episode of "Republicans eating their own."

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VIDEO-- Republican consultant: Voter ID laws, long lines "help our side."

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Former Florida GOP leaders, including Charlie Crist, recently said that voter suppression was the reason for new state election laws.

In fact, former Florida Republican Party chairman Jim Greer came right out and said that state Republicans tried to suppress the black vote and called his fellow GOPers “whack-a-do, right-wing crazies.”

Via HuffPo, Republican campaign consultant Scott Tranter was on a panel hosted by the Pew Center and came right out and said this:

"A lot of us are campaign officials -- or campaign professionals -- and we want to do everything we can to help our side. Sometimes we think that's voter ID, sometimes we think that's longer lines -- whatever it may be."

Or as those on the right would put it, "How dare you accuse us of voter suppression! You're just imagining things."

Good grief, what more do voters need? This party is admitting out loud what bottom feeders they are. They've told Americans over and over again that they'll lie, cheat, and steal in order to win, because they sure can't on their policy positions. So dirty tricks it is then.

However, per Reuters, things may very well change. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a speech in Boston that U.S. election officials should register eligible voters automatically and take steps to reduce the same long lines that the GOP claims to relish.

Just do it already.

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Former Florida GOP leaders: Voter suppression was reason for new election law

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Welcome to Flori-duh.

In a previous post, Eleventh-hour GOP voter suppression could swing Ohio. And in Florida, more long lines: “Let us vote! Let us vote!”, there was this from Florida:

This is America, not a third-world country,” said Myrna Peralta, who waited in line with her 4-year-old grandson for nearly two hours before being turned away. “They should have been prepared.”

Florida Governor Rick Scott did everything he could to remove people from the rolls by purging voters. That lovely gesture resulted in several lawsuits against his administration. Early voting days were also cut, from fourteen to eight, which severely reduced voter registration by organizations like the League of Women Voters. One guess who was disproportionately affected. Hint: Minority voters.

In fact, former Florida Republican Party chairman Jim Greer came right out and said that Florida Republicans tried to suppress the black vote. He called his fellow GOPers “whack-a-do, right-wing crazies."

Greer has been accused of stealing a couple of hundred thou from the Republican party using a phony campaign fundraising operation. But the Palm Beach Post is reporting that he is suing them right back, saying GOP leaders knew what he was doing and voiced no objection, plus this:

A new Florida law that contributed to long voter lines and caused some to abandon voting altogether was intentionally designed by Florida GOP staff and consultants to inhibit Democratic voters, former GOP officials and current GOP consultants have told The Palm Beach Post.

Republican leaders said in proposing the law that it was meant to save money and fight voter fraud. But a former GOP chairman and former Gov. Charlie Crist, both of whom have been ousted from the party, now say that fraud concerns were advanced only as subterfuge for the law’s main purpose: GOP victory.

Then-Governor Charlie Crist had extended early voting hours by executive order because of the long lines during the 2008 presidential election. He says he told GOP consultants and staffers that he would veto any proposed legislative changes that would reduce early voting.

That was then.

“The people that worked in Tallahassee felt that early voting was bad, ” Crist said. “And I heard about it after I signed the executive order expanding it. I heard from Republicans around the state who were bold enough to share it with me that, ‘You just gave the election to Barack Obama.’

And then Rick Scott got his grubby hands on Florida, and we saw how that turned out. Of course now he's batting his angelic eyes and asking Secretary of State Ken Detzner to check into all those nasty November election issues. Imagine that.

Here's more from Greer:

There is absolutely nothing with their absolute obsession with retaining power that they wouldn’t do — changing the election laws to reduce early voting, to keep organizations like the League of Women Voters from registering people, going after the Supreme Court justices."

But there's also something Floridians can do: Vote the bums out.

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CA Tea Party group spent thousands on Scott Walker ads in recall election, but didn't comply with state election law

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Here is a press release from The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) asking the Elections Board to investigate a tea party group that supported Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

This is important because it could also affect the November elections.

By the way, Lisa Graves is awesome:

“Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama” Spent Tens of Thousands of Dollars on Ads Backing Walker in the Recall Election, But Did Not Comply with State Election Law

The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) has filed a complaint requesting that Wisconsin’s elections board investigate a Tea Party-affiliated group from California that spent tens of thousands of dollars on ads supporting Governor Scott Walker in the June 5 recall election, but did not register as a political committee in the state or report its funding and spending, as required by Wisconsin election law.

The complaint, filed today with Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board (GAB), identifies at least four ads run on Wisconsin television by the California-based Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama (CDBO) that clearly met the definition of “communications for a political purpose” under Wisconsin law. Any group spending over $25 on communications for a political purpose must register as a political committee and disclose its funding and spending to the public. CDBO reported to the Federal Election Commission that it spent tens of thousands of dollars on ads in Wisconsin this spring, but has not filed required disclosures with the state detailing how much it spent on ads supporting Walker, or where that money came from. CDBO also made national fundraising appeals expressly asking for donations to air pro-Walker ads on Wisconsin television.

“The Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama is one of the secretive groups headquartered out-of-state that spent heavily on political ads in Wisconsin’s recall election without fully disclosing to the people of Wisconsin how much they spent or who bankrolls this Tea Party-affiliated group,” said Lisa Graves, CMD’s Executive Director and former Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Policy at the U.S. Department of Justice. “We ask the GAB to expedite its investigation of CDBO, which also bought ads last summer in connection with the state Senate recall elections, without full disclosures to the people of Wisconsin, and may run more ads about state candidates in the months leading to the November elections.

Added Brendan Fischer, CMD’s Law Fellow: “We are asking the GAB to protect the integrity of Wisconsin elections and the transparency requirements in state law by holding this California group accountable for what appear to be multiple violations of Wisconsin's election statutes.

The Center for Media and Democracy’s complaint can be viewed here, and the supporting exhibits can be viewed here.

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VIDEO- Exposed: Christine O'Donnell Using Campaign Funds to Pay Rent

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About a week ago, I posted a CNN video that suggested (strongly) that Christine O'Donnell might have violated election laws.

Now Brave New Films has produced another one that adds a little more information:


http://bit.ly/crH2MT Sign the Letter to call for an investigation into Christine O'Donnell's abuse of campaign funds. There is strong evidence that O'Donnell has been living off her campaign funds and has submitted false reports to the Federal Elections Commission. These practices are illegal! We must stand united in supporting leaders who abide by the law, not break it.

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VIDEO: Dems launch first ad targeting Christine O'Donnell

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Christine O'Donnell spends money she doesn't have, hired employees she doesn't pay, stiffed businesses, and didn't pay her taxes. One former employee said she was "completely financially irresponsible."

In another video, CNN reports on whether O'Donnell might have violated election laws.

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CNN VIDEO: Christine O'Donnell "might have violated election laws"

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Via CREW:


Christine O'Donnell's former financial advisor: "She would withdraw money for mileage... she didn't own a car at the time."

She used campaign money to go bowling and pay rent.

And yet her Tea Bagger groupies are defending her. Watch the video.

Next week, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) will ask the Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss to open a criminal investigation into Christine O'Donnell's abuse of campaign funds. We'll also ask the Federal Election Commission to look into the matter. It seems pretty clear to us that she has been using her campaign money to finance her personal life, which is flat-out illegal.

Please follow the link to sign a petition encouraging U. S. Attorney David Weiss to fully investigate.

For an O'Donnellapedia of jaw-dropping quotes from the candidate who swears she will never beat around the bush, go here.

H/t: Shondi99

UPDATE: O'Donnell's mother on campaign payroll

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