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Dirty Pool, As Usual

2008 Election Fraud: 4 Dems Charged In Indiana



Felony charges related to election fraud have touched the 2008 race for the highest office in the land.

Prosecutors in South Bend, Ind., filed charges Monday against four St. Joseph County Democratic officials and deputies as part of a multiple-felony case involving the alleged forging of Democratic presidential primary petitions in the 2008 election, which put then-candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on the Indiana ballot.

The officials are accused of taking part in a scheme to fake signatures and names on the primary petitions needed to run for president. Court papers say the plan was hatched by local Democratic Party officials inside the local party headquarters.

Among those charged is the former long-time chairman of the St. Joseph County Democratic Party, Butch Morgan, who allegedly ordered the forgeries. He was forced to resign when the allegations were first made public last October, even though his lawyer, Shaw Friedman, told Fox News at the time that Morgan did not do anything wrong.

The St. Joseph County Board of Voter Registration’s Democratic board member, Pam Brunette, Board of Voter Registration worker Beverly Shelton and Democratic volunteer and former board worker Dustin Blythe also face charges.

According to affidavits, St. Joseph County Voter Registration Office worker Lucas Burkett told investigators that he was part of the plan that started in January 2008 “to forge signatures on presidential candidate petitions instead of collecting actual signatures from citizens.”

I guess the ACORN doesn’t fall far from the tree.

The case raises the possibility that the president’s campaign and that of Clinton’s, could have been legally challenged in Indiana if the alleged forgeries were discovered during the race.

Under state law, presidential candidates need to qualify with 500 signatures from each of Indiana’s nine congressional districts. Indiana elections officials say that in St. Joseph County, which is the 2nd Congressional District, the Obama campaign qualified with 534 signatures; Clinton’s camp had 704.

But the signatures, which were certified by the elections board, were never challenged. If the number of legitimate signatures for Obama or Clinton fell below the legal requirement of 500, they could have been bounced from the state ballot. Reports have previously put the number of phony signatures for both candidates at about 150, but state investigators plucked names from the petitions at random and cited only 20 individual alleged forgeries as part of their case. They say their investigation of the petitions continues.

In other words, if either the Republicans, or the government employees tasked with validating such petitions, had been doing their job, Obama may not have been on the ballot in Indiana. Indiana has 11 electoral votes. And news like this makes me wonder two things: 1) what the hell took you so damn long, you should have been on this in 2007; 2) how many other states got faked out as well?  Hmm, I wonder if there is a simple DrewSolution here? How about the petition board folks make a few hundred calls at random to those petitioners? And if even 1% deny signing, the whole thing gets dumped. Invalidated. And the party has to do it all over again, but this time they need 10 times as many signatures. And twice as many get checked. And no, the filing deadline date doesn’t move an hour. Get it right, on time, or get out of town.


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Democrat Campaign Treasurer Guilty of Embezzlement



SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Democratic campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee pleaded guilty Friday to cheating her clients out of at least $7 million, admitting fault in what officials are calling the largest campaign embezzlement case ever prosecuted.

The longtime bookkeeper for hundreds of political committees entered guilty pleas to five counts of mail fraud. Prosecutors are expected to seek 11 to 14 years in prison time under sentencing guidelines.

Federal prosecutors say the veteran campaign treasurer routinely misappropriated money from the accounts she managed for at least 50 clients, including Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Reps. Linda and Loretta Sanchez, Assemblyman Jose Solorio and Board of Equalization Member Jerome Horton. While the plea agreement pegs the losses at $7 million or more, prosecutors say they expect the total to rise to $9 million to $10 million.

“I recently read a newspaper article which referred to Kinde Durkee as the Bernie Madoff of campaign treasurers, and that may be an apt characterization,” U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner said at a news conference, comparing Durkee’s crimes to a Ponzi scheme.

The plea agreement closes a criminal investigation of what was a decade-long theft of campaign funds from local, state and federal candidates, powerful Democratic political organizations and various nonprofits.

There is a certain schadenfreude listening to crooks cry about crime. The robbers robbed. The thieves stolen from. Makes me gleefully wonder if Norman Hsu sits in his prison cell, wondering if it was all worth it. 


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