Wednesday, October 20, 2010

I Won't Back Down wikipedia
Use in political campaigns
George W. Bush used "I Won't Back Down" at campaign events during the 2000 presidential race but was compelled to stop using the song after receiving a cease and desist letter from Petty's publisher. Petty did not want the use of his song to be construed as an endorsement of candidate Bush. Jim Webb used the song for his successful bid for one of Virginia's U.S. Senate seats in 2006, as did Hillary Clinton during the 2008 Democratic presidential primary campaign. The song was also used at campaign events for Congressman Ron Paul of Texas during the 2008 Republican presidential primary campaign, as well as for events for his Campaign for Liberty.

Papantonio & RFK, Jr. On Voter Caging in 2010 video

caging list scandal youtube w/Tim Griffin

Who's funding the Tea Party
EXCERPT:Who’s funding the Tea Party?
August 25th, 2010 by Rhiannon Bowman in Biz, News
The Tea Party is no grassroots organization, neither are a long list of other innocent-sounding organizations funded either directly or indirectly by David and Charles Koch (pronounced “coke” not “cock”) and their company, Koch Industries, which is one of the largest privately owned companies in the world. As you can imagine, it’s a business that made their family one of the richest in human history.

Lifelong Libertarians whose father admired Mussolini, set up oil refineries for Stalin’s U.S.S.R. and publicly denounced the Civil Rights Movement, they’ve declared war against progressive policies of all kinds. And, they’ve funded their ideological “war” through over $100 million in donations to right-wing organizations, think tanks, academics and politicians — though, it’s difficult to know, for sure, how much they’ve given thanks to laws that protect donations to non-profit organizations. In fact, their tentacles are so intertwined with Washington’s top conservative policymakers that the brothers, and all of the interests they fund, are collectively known as the “Kochtopus.”

Bushs new US attorney a criminal 2004
But the Committee missed a big one: Timothy Griffin, Karl Rove's assistant, the President's pick as US Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas. Griffin, according to BBC Television, was the hidden hand behind a scheme to wipe out the voting rights of 70,000 citizens prior to the 2004 election.

Key voters on Griffin's hit list: Black soldiers and homeless men and women. Nice guy, eh? Naughty or nice, however, is not the issue. Targeting voters where race is a factor is a felony crime under the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

In October 2004, our investigations team at BBC Newsnight received a series of astonishing emails from Mr. Griffin, then Research Director for the Republican National Committee. He didn't mean to send them to us. They were highly confidential memos meant only for RNC honchos.

RFK Rove and Roves brain should be in jail not in office
This is one of the emails subpoenaed by Congress but supposedly "lost" by Rove's office. Palast obtained 500 of these, fifty with 'caging' lists attached.

'Caging' lists are "absolutely illegal" under the Voting Rights Act, noted Kennedy on his Air America program, Ring of Fire. The 1965 law makes it a felony crime to challenge voters when race is a factor in the targeting. African-American voters comprised the bulk of the 70,000 voters 'caged' in a single state, Florida.

Palast wrote in his book, "Here's how the scheme worked. The Bush campaign mailed out letters," particularly targeting African-American soldiers sent overseas. When the letters sent to the home addresses of the soldiers came back "undeliverable" because the servicemen were in Baghdad or elsewhere, the Republican Party would, "challenge the voter's registration and thereby prevent their absentee ballots being counted."

The Republicans successfully challenged "at least one million" votes of minority voters in the 2004 election.

Caging (voter suppression)wikipedia
Voter caging is a method of challenging the registration status of voters to potentially prevent them from voting in an election. It refers to the practice of sending direct mail to addressees on the voter rolls, compiling a list of addressees from which the mail is returned undelivered, and using that list to purge or challenge voters’ registrations on the grounds that the voters do not legally reside at registered addresses. This typically results in the voters' having their votes discarded or submitted through the use of provisional ballots requiring further registration confirmation.[1]

While this practice is considered legal in many states and is in some cases engaged in by the state's registrar of voters, it has been challenged in the courts and in some cases where it appeared to have a racial component it has been declared illegal under the Voting Rights Act. For example in the 2008 US Election, Terri Lynn Land, the Secretary of State of Michigan, was found to be purging thousands of voters from voting rolls based on Voter ID cards being returned as undeliverable.[2] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) took the Secretary of State to court over the purges. Judge Stephen J. Murphy ruled the purge illegal under the National Voting Rights Act (NVRA) of 1993 and directed Land to reinstate affected voters. (See full ruling here).

The argument that Vote Caging should be illegal is that it could disenfranchise qualified voters simply because of the high possibility that data errors in the mailing list and voters' changing addresses could result in undelivered mail, rather than any problem with their qualifications. The fact that the mailings used to cage voters have had 'do not forward' printed on them resulted in disproportionately disfranchising of students away at college, citizens who move often, and soldiers overseas. In addition, targeting certain neighborhoods with a history of voting for one political party while not targeting areas dominated by the opposing party may lead to a racial component in the disqualifications which raises a serious legal issue under the Voting Rights Act.

No comments:

Post a Comment