Saturday, October 20, 2012

Finally the voter registration fraud the Republicans have been warning us about is discovered to exist. Wait, which party was caught red handed? Update!

Courtesy of Salon:

A man originally reported to have been working for the Republican Party of Virginia was arrested by the Rockingham County, Va., Sheriff’s Office on Thursday and charged with attempting to destroy voter registration forms by tossing them into a dumpster behind a shopping center in Harrisonburg, Va. 

“Prosecutors charged him with four counts of destruction of voter registration applications, eight counts of failing to disclose voter registration applications and one count of obstruction of justice,” according to a report late Thursday afternoon from TPM’s Ryan Reilly. More charges could be forthcoming, according to officials. 

But there is more to the story, as evidence emerges to document that it ties into a still-expanding nationwide GOP Voter Registration Fraud Scandal that the BRAD BLOG first began reporting in late September, after we’d learned that the Republican Party of Florida had turned in more than 100 allegedly fraudulent and otherwise suspect voter registration forms in Palm Beach County. The story has continued to widen ever since, to a dozen Florida counties and several other states, now including Virginia, and even to the upper-echelons of the Republican Party itself. 

The man arrested today was 23-year-old Colin Small of Phoenixville, Pa. As it turns out, he does not only work for the Virginia Republican Party. According to an online profile, he appears to be working for the Republican National Committee and, prior to that, served as an Intern for Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

Joseph Tanfani at the Los Angeles Times is reporting that Small was “working as a supervisor as part of a registration operation in eight swing states financed by the Republican National Committee.”

That the Republican party is  responsible for the very acts that they accuse of others of doing, should not come as a surprise to ANY of us. Especially since the party has engaged in aggressive acts of voter fraud or voter suppression for over twelve years now. And in many places far longer.

In Alaska this is simply the status quo, and we have been the victim of tossed ballots, suddenly appearing absentee ballots, and voter machine vote switching for decades now. With no change in sight.

In my experience it has always been that while the Republican party is pointing to the left and saying "Look, those people are cheating!", over on the right they have been cheating all along.

I think that we are way overdue for both campaign finance reform and tougher fair election laws to be passed in this country.  But I am not holding my breath because it is clear to me that the Republicans simply do NOT want to compete on a level playing field.

Let's face it, without their mountains of money, and ability to game the system, they would have to actually run on their antiquated policies. And how can they possibly win in any place but the deep South with those?

P.S. By the way while we are on the subject of corrupt voting machines, guess whose son (Yes the same son who wants to "take a swing" at our President.) owns the ones Ohio is using?

Update: Here is a petition requesting that Eric holder to investigate Tagg's connection to the voting machines. I signed it and I think so should we all.


  1. Blue Girl Liz6:45 AM

    Fox News will be all over this in 3..2..1...zzzz

    Oh, look over thee! Michele Obama broke debate rules and was seen (not heard) clapping after her husband essentially called out Mitt Romney as being a liar!
    Oh, the inhumanity!

  2. Anonymous7:01 AM


  3. Anonymous7:12 AM

    I've been thinking about this since the story broke. Talk about a self-fulfilling prophecy...

    But it's not only that. Think of the message the GOP and Fox has been promoting since 2008 -- that people who are not "supposed" to vote are voting, thereby committing "voter fraud". So, of course voter ID laws are needed, even if they disenfranchise thousands of voters (especially those who typically vote democrat).

    Now, suppose people weren't buying that? What to do... what to do...

    How about tossing legitimate voter registrations in the trash, and when these dozens or hundreds of people show up to vote -- well, what do you know? Suddenly all these ineligible voters are trying to vote and OMG! they're democrats.

    As much as Fox was all over ACORN, I expect this news to get just as much coverage. (yeah, right)

  4. These little twits are all over the place. During the Bush/Kerry election, a friend in Las Vegas was an election official. I’m not sure if “Dave” was clearly identified as a Democrat, but a man came up to him, stated he’d voted earlier but was unable to finish the ballot, and wanted to vote again. He was quite insistent.

    “Dave” is large, and the twit was removed. It’s thought he was trying to pull an O’Keefe-style sting.

    Stay vigilant.

  5. After seeing Mitter Shitter's absolutely chilling anger-bubbling-under-the surface photo the other day and then one of his sons' icy glare shortly after. . .this kid looks like he actually belongs IN the Rombot family.

    1. "Sometimes that shark he looks right into ya. Right into your eyes. And, you know, the thing about a shark... he's got lifeless eyes. Black eyes. Like a doll's eyes. When he comes at ya, doesn't seem to be living..."

      ---Capt'n Quint in Jaws (Robert Shaw in movie)

    2. ...Except for his near-skinhead haircut...

      On second thought, there isn't much difference between the entitled-privilege attitude of the Romney clan, and the entitled-bigotry attitude of skinheads.

  6. Anonymous7:44 AM

    No wonder GOP paranoidly accuses of voter fraud = because that's what they themselves have been doing for years and years. And now Tagg Romney owns voter machines? Clearly the Romneys & corporate supporters are planning on stealing the election just in case they can't buy it!

    Tagg Romney Invested in Ohio Electronic Voting Machines

    Romney family buys voting machines through Bain Capital investment

    Anyone care to guess when this will hit the major news outlets?

  7. Anonymous7:48 AM

    Electronic voting machines are antique and should be nationally outlawed. They can be hacked. In my state we vote by paper and my ballot is mailed to me and all other registered voters. In the privacy of my own home and at my leisure I fill out the ballot and mail it back in with my personal signature. 1 ballot per each registered voter. This is how it should be done in EVERY STATE!

    1. Anonymous9:52 AM

      How hard is it to lose the ballots that come in by mail? Or miscount them?

    2. Anonymous5:22 PM

      My husband and I filled out our Ballots this morning here in Colorado and gave them to our mail carrier. Two votes for Obama

  8. I hope that whoever is investigating this finds call detail info for frequent contacts between Mister Small and Karl Rove and/or Ali Akbar. That might be step #1 in getting Citizens United reversed. Better to start BEFORE election is stolen.

    WI, FL, IA, PA, VA, OH, MI are considered to be swing states or "in play" by the GOP echo chamber. ALL of these are critical states in the Electoral College and ALL have Republican Governors. IMO, the only way this election is won by Romney/Ryan is if it is stolen outright.

    By the way, MI is a slam dunk for Obama (IMO) and probably a diversion by the GOP strategically to have their bagger-bloggers claim it is now in play. PA should be safe as well, although to a slightly lesser degree.

    Be vigilant and vote. Do what you can to get others to the polls. A high turnout is critical.

  9. Dis Gusted8:04 AM

    the Romney's don't just own the Ohio voting machines. They also own the machines in TX, OK, HI and CO.

    if they can't win legally, they will cheat to win

  10. Anonymous8:06 AM

    Democratic Money Pours Into ‘Super PACs’

    Three leading Democratic “super PACs” raised more money in September than in any other month this election cycle, officials said, underscoring the growing willingness of wealthy Democrats to bankroll groups whose existence they had long opposed.

    Priorities USA Action, the group backing President Obama, will report raising $15.2 million in September, thanks in part to aggressive fund-raising by party leaders like former President Bill Clinton and Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago. The group has already reserved millions of dollars in advertising for the closing weeks of the campaign.

    Majority PAC, which supports Senate Democrats, raised $10.4 million in September and has brought in an additional $9.7 million through mid-October, officials announced on Friday, a period during which the party’s chances of holding a majority in the chamber appeared to be improving. House Majority PAC, the Congressional Democrats’ super PAC arm, raised $5.9 million, a figure the group said it was on pace to double this month.

  11. My mother and I had a conversation two days ago about voter fraud.I told her Republicans are so paranoid about it,and accuse us Democrats of doing it.And yet,the low percentage of actual voter fraud always seems to come from the Republican side.I told her that they accuse us of doing it,because it's what they are guilty of doing for years.Here's another case in point of my very statement.Surprised and shocked? Not for a second. On a lighter and prouder note,I am going to go and meet Sandra Fluke at our local Dem. Headquarters today in Carson City.Can't wait:)

  12. Spin and Damage Control Already in High Gear

    1. Anita Winecooler8:15 PM

      LOL I just googled "Tagg Romney voting machines" and it came up with about 1,300,000 results in 0.8 seconds.

      I can see the Obama Ad already!

  13. Anonymous8:14 AM

    Republicans are Engaging in a Concerted Illegal Effort to Hijack the Election

  14. Anonymous8:16 AM

    More Problems for Romney

    One reason the Benghazi controversy has always seemed so bogus to me is that I’ve never bought the core premise, which is that the administration had any clear political reason or advantage to gain by claiming the attack was tied to the video as opposed to a pre-planned assault. (Here’s our look at how Benghazi evolved into a GOP talking point.) In addition to a great number of hacks peddling this idea, some people I respect a great deal seem to credit the idea too. But again, it doesn’t add up to me.

    However that may be, the factual premise itself now seems to be coming apart. In this morning’s Washington Post, David Ignatius comes forward with new evidence suggesting that Susan Rice’s now notorious claims about the centrality of the video were pretty much verbatim from CIA talking points prepared that day for administration officials.

  15. Anonymous8:21 AM

    Chris Hayes Reveals Emails From ASG CEO Urging Employees To Contribute To Romney

  16. Not.because of the obvious, but those eyes don't lie and if you dig further this "boy" has his hands entrenched in white supremacy. I'd bet money on it.

    1. Anonymous11:26 AM

      I see it too.
      There is something about the skinhead overall "look" that never goes away. This kid has neo-nazi written all over him.
      I agree with you that some investigating will reveal his ties in the coming days.

  17. Sharon8:22 AM

    I have been following this story too..and it is scarey, we all know they are capable of the highest levels of deceit. Let's remember how Kerry really was Ohio, and HBO did an excellent documentary about the Diebolt scandal. Look how Fox is pimping the is like they are clearing the way for a Robme win to seem reasonable. I so wish the government owned the software and every state used the same machines. The GOP of today is full of traitors, starting with Karl Rove...that Crossroads GPS is tax exempt, a social entity...bullshit. Cut the head of the snake off...that SOB should be in prison. Don't think for a second they wouldn't rig the votes in Ohio...just remember those evil eyes!!!

  18. Anonymous8:23 AM

    This week on the War on Voting: Ohio gets weekend voting hours, man busted for tossing registrations

  19. Anonymous8:30 AM

    Isn't it interesting that Canadian media outlets are covering the story, but media in our own country isn't. Time to turn up the heat on our media!

    1. Anonymous9:18 AM

      I noticed that too. The tweets are starting to go viral on the GOP-Taggert Romney voting frauds as I refresh the pages and watch them grow. Also the facebook likes are growing by the thousands. There is no way the American media will be able to ignore this!

  20. Anonymous8:33 AM

    I am seriously worried that they are going to steal this election. I sure hope the Justice Dept. is looking into this and this does need to be all over the nightly news and every other news program on the broadcast networks, 'cause you know it won't be covered elsewhere except on MSNBC and maybe CNN. Election machines should be government owned and operated and they all should have a certifiable paper trail. I'm going to send a message to the White House about this when I get home from work. They're probably aware of this, but if they hear from enough of us concerned citizens...
    M from MD

  21. Anonymous8:38 AM


    Palin’s Father Had To Be Held Back From Assaulting Her Detractors

    "First off, her father pegged her as a liar for saying in her book that she didn’t take the eyeballs of the moose (I kid you not) her Dad handed her when they went hunting together before school. “I handed them to her and in her book she said that she didn’t take ‘em. But I saw her take ‘em,” Daddy Chuck said."

    1. Anita Winecooler8:20 PM

      Ha Ha Ha! Creepy Chucky Junior had to hold back Creepy Chucky Senior? I know some teenagers that can take them both down single handedly, and they're girls!

  22. Paul - Minnesota8:44 AM

    I'm really pissed that the USA Taliban (GOP/same tea) majority in the Minnesota legislature have two constitutional amendments. Besides the one re: marriage, the other is Photo ID required for future voting.

    As usual, It's Okay If Your A Republican (IOKIYAR), the USA Taliban doesn't go after criminal activity in their own GOP/same tea ranks re: voting or voter registration crimes.

    Nah, they go after fictional scenarios where the reality of voter fraud has odds where one would win really big money in Powerball or Mega Millions than find actual cases of voter fraud.

    Thanks for nothing Minnesota branch of the USA Taliban. Making government more restrictive. The GOP/same tea is not the party of Lincoln no matter how much they pretend they're about freedom, equality, much for everyone. They are now the new slave masters of the right, which isn't correct, yet is wrongly righteous.

    1. WakeUpAmerica9:05 AM

      Right. While the Rethuglicans are screaming about big government, they are expanding laws to restrict our rights. Asshole hypocrites.

  23. Anonymous8:55 AM

    A new family from Texas just moved into our neighborhood.

    Another neighbor down the street has an Obama/Biden sign in their front yard.

    The new family from Texas told my kids that in 2008 the dad, daughter and daughter's boyfriend cruised around their area, stole Obama/Biden signs, and lit them on fire. The dad is a financial planner....would love to see him get caught.

    Stay classy, Republicans.

    1. Anonymous10:36 AM

      What is it about the conservative make-up that makes them such little thugs. I get a little ill when I see Romney signs -- I live in Chi-town, though, so I don't see lots of them -- but I would never, ever, ever do such a thing.

      true story though -- I walk by this house every weekend with an Obama sign in it that was all crooked and pointed down and stuff -- I had to fight the urge, big TIME, to walk onto that lawn, pick up the sign and straighten it out. I felt like it would be...creepy....was I right?

    2. Anonymous5:24 PM

      I was walking in my neighborhood yesterday and saw an Obama sign the wind had nearly ripped out of the ground. I, too, had to fight the urge to straighten it. Great minds...

  24. Anonymous8:56 AM

    Sign petition to Attorney General Eric Holder: Investigate Tagg Romney owning voting machines in OHIO.... at

  25. Anonymous9:02 AM

    Another petition:

  26. WakeUpAmerica9:04 AM

    This is absolutely no surprise. I am most concerned about the machines. There have been so many issues with the machines that I'm surprised someone hasn't gotten a court order to ban them.

    1. Anonymous9:15 AM

      Ditto. And which swing states are using Diebolds?
      And how much of Diebold is controlled by Bain Capital?

  27. Anonymous9:12 AM

    For those that are interested in following this story, local blog Not Larry Sobato was the first to report on this crime. Brad Blog links to it.

    Other new local info can be found or is linked to there. The most recent post has a link to two pictures of Colin Small posted by the local Harrisonburg GOP. Here is what it says.

    "UPDATE: Blue Virginia finds a picture of Colin on the Harrisonburg GOP twitter account, where it notes he was going out on behalf of "Virginia Victory"."

    The first picture has Colin Small's team in their Harrisonburg GOP office. The second has Colin Small in the GOP office talking to Ken Cuccinelli who just happens to be the Attorney General of Virginia. Cuccinelli has announced that he is running for Governor of Virginia in 2013. Maybe he was just checking up on the throw out the Democratic vote efforts?

    Go here

    and click through to see the pictures which will be on Rachael Maddow on Monday.

  28. Anonymous10:10 AM

    Bill Maher's show last night -- he and Goldie Taylor were on fire!!

    Just got the chance to watch it now. WOWSER!!!!

    Goldie let the two Rethugs have it about the voter suppression & voter fraud. Loved it when she said she wore the uniform & served! Also when she said her mother was screwed by Marriott and Romney as her mother lost her pension having worked for Marriott for decades. The two Rethugs continued to spew their support for Romney which is a fraud in itself as none of this mouthpieces ever knew Romney nor his Bain record. They're just spewing the talking points and talking louder. Goldie was having no part of it -- neither was Maher.


  29. Anonymous10:32 AM

    Ugh, he looks like he's in Hitler Youth.

    1. Anonymous11:38 AM

      wonder if he's related to that other fuk_tard schaeffer cox ?

  30. Anonymous11:55 AM

    Hey, Gryph, check out the story of HuffPo.

    One of the false registrations the Teabaggers in Florida came up with was for a woman who died BEFORE the registration card was requested!

  31. Anonymous12:28 PM

    Remember.........the "secret" meeting happened the night of President Obama's election. I voted today, doesn't mean the electoral college will echo my opinion. $$$$$$$$

  32. Anonymous5:59 PM

    This guy looks like every "guns-and-religion" nut in my neck of the Pennsylvania woods.

  33. This is the message I sent via the White House contact page:

    Dear Sir,
    Surely you and your team have seen the reports that have come out regarding Tagg Romney's company owning the voting machines in states such as Ohio...I cannot begin to express how much that alarms me and others like me. We remember the skullduggery that went on in Ohio when Kerry challenged Bush for the Presidency. And already we have seen reports of Republican/Conservative operatives meddling with voter registration: getting rid of Democrats' registrations and other such alarming conduct. They will stop at nothing to steal this election it would appear. Our voting system must be protected and a clear record of each vote kept: a paper trail in order to keep Conservatives from stealing elections. Voting machines must be infallible if they are used at all and must be kept under government control rather than corporate (usually Republican) control. Right now we have a recipe not only for disaster, but for a coup.
    Maria Aragon

  34. Anita Winecooler8:48 PM

    I live about a half hour from Phoenixville in Chester County, PA, and I'm not surprised he's from there. Chester and Bucks County were traditionally Republican strongholds until Obama got elected. Glad they caught this twerp and hope he sings like a canary and divulges his "buddies".

  35. Anonymous10:06 PM

    Petition signed, sealed & delivered. Will it do any good? I sincerely hope & pray it will or else our country is doomed.

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