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The Secret Koch Brothers Tapes...

By Brad Friedman on 3/27/2005 2:57pm PT  

My Thursday interview with Alan Nathan on Battle Line was a hoot. He calls himself a "centrist" because he has some extreme views on both the Right and the Left. Not my idea of a "centrist". And I assure you, he's on the hard Right when it comes to the Election Irregularities of 2004, even while he agrees we need paper trails on E-voting machines. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get a recording of the interview, but Nathan has promised he'd get one to me, and I'll post it when/if I get it.

On Friday, however, I was on Radio Liberty with the charming Dr. Stan Monteith. Wasn't sure what to expect prior to the interview, but it ended up being one of the most enjoyable I've done. Dr. Stan is a REPUBLICAN (a real, live Conservative! Not a fake one!) who gets it in regards to the voting machines and our crumbling democracy in their wake. He's also a delightful fellow...Really enjoyed this one and was surprised to find him bashing the U.S. Government and the Administration far more than I ever do!

Just under 50 minutes (first minute or two was cut off), and you get to hear "God Bless America" played about 8 times in the bargain! Streaming RealPlayer, Windows Media Player, or MP3 Download.

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(Remember, if you don't feed him, he will die.)
By Brad Friedman on 3/26/2005 8:03pm PT  

Tom DeLay may set the news agenda for every broadcast network, cable "news" channel, newspaper and blog in America (certainly the wingnut blogs, but too many of the blogs on the so-called left have also fallen prey to his trick as well), but he doesn't set our news agenda here at BRAD BLOG. He never has, and he never will.

To that end, we've had very little to say about what DeLay might prefer us to talk about over the past week. Instead, we've brought to light a few items that are much more important to the American people (scroll on back if you don't know what we're talking about).

That said, Randi Rhodes' hit a nail or two on the head about DeLay's newly found fascination with defiling the Sanctity of Marriage (remember, married couples are each others guardians).

But it was her producers who hit out of the ballpark with a few recorded opening montages this past week. Here's two of them worth a listen. (Hopefully .MP3 works for everyone, they should be short enough. Let us know if you need other formats.):

...And now back to the stuff that actually matters to you, your children, your grandchildren, and the rest of the (theoretically) free world...

P.S. This is amazing.

P.P.S. So is this. (Thanks, Jaime!)

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Take Action Now!
By Brad Friedman on 3/26/2005 11:57am PT  

The entirely and purposefully misleading 31-page report on Election Problems in Ohio that was produced by the fake "voting rights" group calling themselves the "American Center for Voting Rights" (ACVR) is now serving it's purpose by being propagated on Rightwing blogs and Internet sites who either don't bother to look into something before posting it, or (perhaps more likely) look, but don't care.

You are now needed to counter this dis-info!

A Google search for "American Center for Voting Rights" will produce several sites which are now running this report and which refer to this group as "non-partisan" (which all BRAD BLOG readers should know by now is a scam...See this, this, this and this if you don't already know that!)

One example is this entry from Blogs for Bush.

I've left a comment on that item to counter their purposeful disinfo, though --- as is the case on many Rightwing sites which even bother to take comments, many don't --- the comment will have to be "approved" before it's posted. We'll see if it ever gets "approved".

That said, here is what I posted. Feel free to copy and post it, or anything you like, there and elsewhere. It's important that you guys don't let this disinformation --- from this fake group purposely formed to do exactly this --- get disseminated throughout the Rightwing Echo Chamber! Take Action NOW to Counter their Disinfo!

Your "nonpartisan American Center for Voting Rights" is a GOP front group specifically created (outta nowhere, Talon News-like, just last Thursday) to help disseminate the disinfo that you have dutifully reposted.

Please see:
"New 'Non-Partisan' 'Voting Rights' Org is a Republican Front Group!"
http://www.bradblog.com/archives/00001276.htm

and

"High-Level Republicans from the New 'Non-Partisan' 'American Center for Voting Rights' Explain Themselves..."
http://www.bradblog.com/archives/00001279.htm

and

"Mystery Solved! Location of 'American Center for Voting Rights' Found! Exclusive Photographs!"
http://www.bradblog.com/archives/00001282.htm

Pay attention. If Kerry/Edwards '04 lead attorney and the lead 2004 Communications Director from the DNC got together to create a fake group disseminating disinfo about an election *they* were involved in, would you call them "nonpartisan"?

Would you care if they were conducting "tax-exempt" activities at the expense of tax payers?

Would you care if they testified 3 days after forming as "experts" before a Congressional Hearing and didn't identify themselves as being high level Kerry/Edwards/DNC officials?

If you would care about all of that, then hold your own people to the same high standards. Or you have none yourselves.

Perhaps I also should have added how this fake "Voting Rights" group is an extraordinary insult to all the real voting rights groups and advocates who have put their lives on the line and have been killed in the process of trying to achieve true voting rights in America for centuries.

Perhaps I also should have mentioned the thousands of Americans now putting their lives on the line for true voting rights around the world, and how this ACVR group and their disinfo campaign is an affront to our American troops who are --- right now --- dying for this very cause.

Get to work! Start making some noise out there! I can't save democracy all by myself, ya know! ;-)

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ConyersBlog Asks for your Feedback on Election Reform.
By Brad Friedman on 3/25/2005 3:55pm PT  

The indefatigable John Conyers --- one of America's few true elected freedom fighters --- wants your input on what he can next do to move Election Reform forward. Give him some. He actually listens.

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Please help support BRAD BLOG with a donation...
By Brad Friedman on 3/25/2005 12:30pm PT  

Yes, I hate to ask as always, but as my work continues to build exponentially here, the money does not. Your DONATIONS are just about the only thing that keeps this place rolling. Please feel free to DONATE if you haven't in a while.

No, I still do not have a PO Box set up (for those who don't like PayPal). I do intend to do so, but frankly, it's been the work here that has left me with little time to do anything but investigate, report, take action and talk about it on the radio! Virtually 24/7 these days! (Which also makes it next to impossible to accept unrelated paying gigs as well. But it seems to me this is the most important thing I can do right now.)

So thanking you in advance for any help you can offer.

UPDATE: Due to popular harranging, I've now finally gotten a PO Box set up to allow for snail mail donations by check/money order. Address:

Brad Friedman
7095 Hollywood Blvd., #594
Los Angeles, CA 90028

...Thanks to those of you who've been both patient, and on me about this for a long time. I just hope the new box will be large enough to accept all those checks pouring in at once! ;-)

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Fake GOP Front Groups Run by Guys Named Thor & Dyke Make for Good Radio!
(And they put their money on this story breaking into the Mainstream Media...We'll see...)
By Brad Friedman on 3/25/2005 2:16am PT  

Once again, the fine folks from Air America's Unfiltered program spent a decent chunk of time yesterday morning chatting about some of the latest BRAD BLOG news. Last time we heard about them going on about us, it was about ourClint Curtis/Raymond Lemme story. This time, they picked up on our new friends Thor and Dyke of the American Center for Voting Rights (the phony GOP front group pretending to give a damn about the rights of voters).

Host Rachel Maddow and her guest, Isaac Davey Aaronson (we hope that's how it's spelled!), chat it up for about 10 minutes and have some very nice things to say about The BRAD BLOG in the bargain.

Here's your pick of the litter: Streaming RealPlayer, Windows Media Player, or MP3 Download.

By the way, we'd still be happy to guest on Unfiltered if they'd like the latest skinny from the actual horse's mouth. Feel free again to suggest it to them! Or to Randi Rhodes or to Al Franken or all the rest of 'em!

(Hat tip to the several folks who shouted out to us about it and to AirAmericaPlace.com for making the bulk of AAR's shows available in the archives!)

For more information on the "non-partisan" tax-exempt ACVR 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 http://www.BradBlog.com/ACVR.
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Photos Suggest ACVR Website Developers Most Likely Very Very Tiny Republicans!
Funders for the so-far undocumented 501(c)3 organization and apparent GOP front group still unknown!
By Brad Friedman on 3/24/2005 8:01pm PT  

Thanks to the dilligence and footwork of a few BRAD BLOG readers and foot-soldiers, we are now able to offer an Exclusive photographic look at the location of the mysterious "American Center for Voting Rights" (ACVR)! Or at least a look at the mysterious and unnamed Dallas, TX company who is said by ACVR press spokesman, Jim Dyke, to have developed their website.

After recently reporting that the newly-formed, tax-exempt, "non-partisan", "voters rights" group, calling themselves the ACVR, is apparently little more than a GOP front group run by Dyke (the 2004 Communications Director for the Republican National Committee), Mark F. (Thor) Hearne, II (the National General Counsel for Bush/Cheney '04 Inc.) and others, we sought to learn more about them.

In our exclusive BRAD BLOG interview yesterday with Dyke, the "contact" person for the group --- which suddenly appeared on the Internet last Thursday and was then called to give expert testimony last Monday before a U.S. Congressional House committee on the November Election Irregularties in Ohio --- we had asked Dyke about the location of the ACVR.

The hard-right Republican (responsible, among other things, for posting folks in "Flipper" dolphin costumes at John Kerry events in 2004) instructed us that, though he personally was in Charleston SC, the Dallas TX address on the Internic record for the new group --- the one which shows they just purchased their website domain just last week --- belonged to "the company that designed the website".

Here's the clip from yesterday's interview where we asked about that Dallas TX address on the Internetic record for the AC4VR.com, the group's Internet domain:

JIM DYKE: That's the company that designed the website.

BRAD BLOG: I see. What company is that?

DYKE: I'd have to look into and get back to you.

BB: You don't recall their name?

DYKE: I'll have to check and get back to you on that.

We've yet to hear back from Dyke, but by way of a reminder, here again is the screenshot from the ACVR's Internic registration which has, as of this posting, now been locked from public view:

As you'll note, Dyke himself is listed on that record as both the group's "Administrative" and "Technical" contact at the address of "jim@dykeassociates.com".

Further, this morning a BRAD BLOG commenter noted that the Internic record for the domain name of DykeAssociates.com itself shows that the domain was established by Dyke in December of '04. By this afternoon, however, the information from dykeassociates.com's Internic record has also been made private as the one from AC4VR.com. Here is the information available before it was hidden by the owners from public view:

Registrant:
Jim Dyke
5029 Macomb St
Washington, District of Columbia 20016
United States

Registered through: GoDaddy.com
Domain Name: DYKEASSOCIATES.COM
Created on: 06-Dec-04
Expires on: 06-Dec-06
Last Updated on: 06-Dec-04

Administrative Contact:
Dyke, Jim jim@dykeassociates.com
5029 Macomb St
Washington, District of Columbia 20016
United States
2022443558 Fax ---
Technical Contact:
Dyke, Jim jim@dykeassociates.com
5029 Macomb St
Washington, District of Columbia 20016
United States
2022443558 Fax ---

Domain servers in listed order:
WSC1.JOMAX.NET
WSC2.JOMAX.NET

So if Dyke himself is in South Carolina, and his own company is established as being in Washington D.C., who or what is "the company that designed the website" whom Dyke couldn't remember the name of, and who is described as working out of "8409 Pickwick Lane 299" in Dallas TX?

An intrepid BRAD BLOG reader took a field trip to that address this morning to find out for us and has now sent back Exclusive photographs!

Here now --- for the first time on the Internets --- is an Exclusive BRAD BLOG look at "8409 Pickwick Lane 299", the address for the Dallas, TX company who designed the website for the ACVR or --- perhaps even more likely --- the headquarters for the American Center for Voting Rights itself!...

--- Click here for REST OF STORY!... ---

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Describes Himself as 'Advocate of Voter Rights' But Not as Bush/Cheney '04 General Counsel!
By Brad Friedman on 3/24/2005 4:58pm PT  

Monday's testimony to a U.S. House Committee by Mark F. (Thor) Hearne, the leader of the American Center for Voting Rights (ACVR) --- who also happens to be the National Counsel for Bush/Cheney '04, Inc. --- has just been added to the website of the "non-partisan", tax-exempt, one-week old "Voting Rights" group.

In his testimony, Hearne failed to mention to the U.S. House members, either his connection to Bush/Cheney or his long roots in the Republican party going back to the Reagan Administration. The testimony was given last Monday to the U.S. House Administration Committee at hearings held on the Ohio Election problems. The hearings to which Hearne was invited were held just 3 business days after the ACVR suddenly appeared for the first time on the Internet...or anywhere else that we've been able to find. More on that here.

In Hearne's testimony, as seen via the page posted today on the ACVR's website [UPDATE 2007: the testimony may now be found here in the Interenet archives, since ACVR has deleted their site], he describes himself as a "a longtime advocate of voter rights and an attorney experience in election law". No mention of his long-term pedigree as a high-level GOP operative...

Testimony of Mark F. (Thor) Hearne, II
Committee On Administration
Columbus, Ohio --- April 21, 2005 [ed note: Misdated on the website]
Chairman Ney, Members of the House Administration Committee, thank you for inviting me to testify today.

My name is Thor Hearne. I am a principle in the law firm of Lathrop & Gage and a longtime advocate of voter rights and an attorney experienced in election law. I was appointed a member of the Missouri HAVA advisory committee advising the Missouri Secretary of State on Missouri's implementation of HAVA and suggesting appropriate amendments to Missouri election law.

Today I am here in my capacity as counsel to the American Center for Voting Rights. The ACVR is a non-partisan watchdog ? voting rights legal defense and education center committed to defending the rights of voters and working to increase public confidence in the fairness of the outcome of elections. I am joined in this endeavor by the almost a dozen Ohio lawyers from several of this states' prestigious law firms that have submitted a report detailing concerns that have come to our attention in connection with the Ohio 2004 general election...

The rest of his testimony is available at the ACVR website. [UPDATE 2007: ACVR's website has been removed from the Internet, browse their old site here via the Internet Archives.]

Here again is a photo of Hearne taken a few weeks ago at a Republican National Lawyers Association reception in Ohio:

We've learned more about both the mysterious outta-nowhere election experts at the ACVR and Mr. Hearne's "non-partisan" activities which we hope to report later this evening as we've got to do a couple of radio interviews for the next several hours, beginning in just a few minutes.

So check back shortly, and for now...we'll just say...DEVELOPING...

UPDATE: The ACVR National Headquarters! Uncovered! BRAD BLOG has the exclusive photographs!

For more information on the "non-partisan" tax-exempt ACVR 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 http://www.BradBlog.com/ACVR.
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By Brad Friedman on 3/24/2005 1:13pm PT  

So much crime fighting, so little time. I've fallen desperately behind on posting some of the radio appearances I've done of late. (Along with falling behind on everything else...so my continued apologies for unreplied email, unread comments, and un-everything I wish I had more time in each day for! I'm doing my best however, and will keep chasing to get caught where it's possible.) To make up for the unposted radio spots, here's a collection of some freshly minted ones of which you may choose to listen at your liesure...Or not.

  • 3/23/05: 35 Minutes yesterday on Michelangelo Signorile's Sirius OutQ show. Guest-hosted by our good buddy John Aravosis of AMERICAblog! Good fun this one! Covering just about everything! And, on the usually gay-themed show, John calls me a "heterosexist"! Check it out...Streaming RealPlayer, Windows Media Player, or MP3 Download.
  • 3/23/05: Just over 23 minutes yesterday on Atlanta, Georgia's "Wednesday World Party" on WFRG. On BRAD BLOGGING, Velvet Revolution and Georgia's new return to Jim Crow voter ID laws. Live and local, baby! Streaming RealPlayer, Windows Media Player, or MP3 Download.
  • 3/22/05: 20 minutes from our weekly Tuesday gig with our new buddy, Don Grady of Louisiana Live. Always fun. On the latest BRAD BLOG goings on, Raymond Lemme and more... Streaming RealPlayer, Windows Media Player, or MP3 Download.
  • 3/21/05: 30 easy-goin' minutes from a 3/21/05 interview on Guy Rathbun's KCBX show, "An Evening With..." In this case, it was an evening with yours truly. On VR et al. I think it was a nice interview. Enjoyed it very much. Guy is good. The show won't actually air until 3/30/05, but Guy was kind enough to post the recorded interview on his archives today. So kind, in fact, that I'll let him us to the bandwidth for the MP3 of the interview. ;-)
  • 3/21/05: About 15 minutes last Monday on Lila Garrett's Connect the Dots show on KPFK, Pacifica Radio's Los Angeles affiliate. On Velvet Revolution, and Los Angeles registrar Connie McCormack's fight to keep her best friend --- who sells machines for Diebold in Southern California --- in da money. Streaming RealPlayer, Windows Media Player, or MP3 Download.
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    Um...Sort of.
    By Brad Friedman on 3/23/2005 5:43pm PT  

    Today we attempted to get some more information about the "American Center for Voting Rights" (ACVR), a group who suddenly appeared on the Internet last Thursday. On Monday, they gave testimony to U.S. Congressman Bob Ney's (R-OH) House Administrative Committee during hearings held in Columbus, OH on the 2004 Election mess in the state.

    (Please see this previous BRAD BLOG article for the emerging background on this supposedly "non-partisan" tax-exempt organization which was the only such "Voting Rights" group invited to give testimony at the hearings. And, oh yes, every single name attached to this group so far seems to also be attached to Bush/Cheney '04 Inc. and/or the Republican National Committee and/or the Ohio Republican party.)

    Mark F. (Thor) Hearne, II --- the National General Counsel for Bush/Cheney '04 Inc. --- gave testimony for the group and is listed on the U.S. House Administrative Committee website as simply "National Counsel, American Center for Voting Rights". No mention of his current high-level connections to Bush/Cheney and his long history of working with other powerful Republican officials all the way back to his time working for the Reagan Administration.

    We called him this morning to see if we could ask him a few questions about the ACVR, his involvement as their apparent-organizer and his role as lead contributor for the 31-Page report [PDF] on the Ohio Election produced by the ACVR in time for Monday's hearings.

    Hearne's response, "Not right now...Send me some information about who you're involved with and I'll give you a call back."

    We persisted nonetheless, and asked if he could describe any of the "voter education and outreach" programs which the "About Us" page at the ACVR website describes as one of their activities. Or if he could tell us about any of the "symposiums and conferences" the group claims to be sponsoring as also mentioned on the site.

    His response, "We certainly anticipate those. You keep an eye on our website."

    We pressed on...

    BRAD BLOG: How is it that you guys were invited to testify for a U.S. House Committee hearing after just forming so recently?

    MARK F. (THOR) HEARNE, II: You'd have to ask the [House] committee...

    BB: But to be invited as the only such organization so quickly after being formed? How did that happen?

    HEARNE: I couldn't tell you. We're out here doing what we're doing and we accepted the offer.

    He was, indeed, rather terse in the answers to our attempted questions, and so we wondered why he didn't wish to be more forthcoming about his "non-partisan" group.

    "Sounds to me like your coming from the Left," he told us.

    We informed him that --- though we think didn't think any of our questions were particularly partisan or Left-like --- he might well say that we are indeed coming from the Left. Nonetheless, we consider free and fair elections to be a non-partisan issue. As his website claims to be a non-partisan organization, we figured he wouldn't mind answering some questions about it.

    Mr. Hearne told us to "Email me some information on who you are and I'll get back to you."

    We have done so and look forward to his call and a report here on his answers to some of our many concerns.

    Next we tried a call to Jim Dyke who is listed as the "contact" in a press release issued Monday by AVCR.

    Dyke, we have subsequently learned, also happened to have been the Communications Director for the Republican National Committee during the 2004 Election.

    Perhaps he would be more open with us about this nascient group and their seemingly newfound concern for "Voting Rights" in America. Indeed, Dyke was much more willing than was Hearne to speak at length with us...

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    By Brad Friedman on 3/23/2005 3:33pm PT  

    If you had any questions about what sort of fellow Ohio Secretary of State (and Co-Chair for Ohio's Bush/Cheney '04 campaign) J. Kenneth Blackwell is give a quick listen to this 4-minute audio report on yesterday's hearings from Ohio Public Radio featuring some of the heated exchanges between His Arrogance Mr. Blackwell, and some the questioners.

    (See our previous report explaining this rare appearance by Blackwell who has, until now, snubbed all such hearings at which he was called to testify and refused to answer a single question about the 2004 Election which he was designated to oversee as "fair and impartial" arbiter.)

    Additionally, we received this report from a congressional staffer who was inside the hearing room in Columbus on Monday:

    In a complete abrogation of protocol, he refused to shake the hands of a fellow witness, Ohio Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones.

    When Miss Tubbs Jones called him out on it, Blackwell explained that he wanted to see "how she acted" before he was willing to shake her hands. As if she was the one responsible for the voting rip-off and long lines in Ohio.

    Because of his stonewalling during the question period, Tubbs Jones was forced to declare that Blackwell would have to "haul butt" if he wouldn't respond to his questions.

    When called to task concerning the absurd paper weight requirements, he left the explanation for a staffer, and than left and made an obnoxious salute gesture toward the Democrats on the panel Ranking Member Millender McDonald and Tubbs Jones.

    (Hat tip to BRAD BLOG commenter, "MelissaB", for the link to the audio report!)

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    DeLay and Ethically Challenged Cronies Feel the Heat...
    By Brad Friedman on 3/23/2005 10:19am PT  

    We remember an episode of COPS some year ago when a perp was hiding beneath an overturned kiddie pool. When the police lifted the pool, the perp didn't move. We remember having the feeling he must have been thinking, "I'm invisible, I'm invisible. Please God make me be invisible."

    It looks like Republican House Majority Whip, Tom Delay, and his co-conspirators at the National Republican Congressional Committee are trying a similar tactic.

    (BTW, it didn't work for the perp on COPS either.)

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    6-Day Old Tax-Exempt Group Run by High Level GOP Operatives!
    (GOPUSA/Talon News, Anyone?)
    By Brad Friedman on 3/22/2005 7:01pm PT  

    Republicans seem to have a new found interest in the Electoral Reform movement. An article today from the extremist rightwing web publication WorldNetDaily attacks Sen. Hillary Clinton's election reform bill with quotes from several critics, but none from either Clinton or other supporters of the bill.

    In Ohio, state Republican legislators are attempting to raise the cost for candidates seeking a recount after an election. While in Georgia, Republican legislators are trying to pass laws requiring voters to produce Photo ID at the polls.

    And yesterday, Ohio Republican Congressman, Bob Ney, chairman of the U.S. House Administrative Committee held hearings in Columbus on the massive reported problems during the 2004 Presidential Election in the Buckeye state.

    Perhaps something is suddenly causing Republicans to try and get on the offensive when it comes to the drumbeat of Election Reform now surging across America.

    But it's a brand-spanking new, outta-nowhere, just-in-time-for-yesterday's-hearings, Talon News-like "Voting Rights" organization that has caught our eye for the moment.

    As reported here earlier today, the U.S. House Administrative Committee hearings yesterday in Columbus featured testimony from St. Louis attorney, Mark F. (Thor) Hearne, II of the "non-partisan" American Center for Voting Rights (ACVR).

    According to Internic records, the ACVR was established on the web just last Thursday and early investigation into this group would seem to indicate that it is little more than a front group for Republican operatives with little or no interest in actual "Voting Rights" at all.

    While Hearne is listed as a witness for yesterday's hearings on the U.S. Committee for House Administration website as "National Counsel, American Center for Voting Rights", there is no mention of his affiliation or extensive work for Bush/Cheney '00, '04 and other Republicans.

    Hearne, a former Reagan Administration official, is the National Election Counsel to Bush-Cheney '04 Inc. and was Missouri counsel to Bush-Cheney ?00 Inc. As well, he was General Counsel to Republican Missouri Governor Blunt.

    He is pictured, at a March 5, 2005 Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA) reception in Ohio, at the bottom of this article. The RNLA is an off-shoot of the national Republican Party.

    But Hearne is not the only high-level Republican operative working for the tax-exempt "non-partisan" 501(c)3 organization...

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    Director of 4-Day Old Group Called as Expert Witness along with Blackwell in U.S. House Hearings Yesterday.
    By Brad Friedman on 3/22/2005 12:50pm PT  

    Yesterday, in Columbus, OH, the U.S. House Committee on House Administration held a hearing on the mess otherwise known as the 2004 Presidential Election in Ohio.

    Unlike the previous hearings last December in Columbus run by Democratic members of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, this committeee, led by Ohio Republican Congressman Bob Ney was given a hearing room in Ohio's State Capitol building. (The Judiciary Committee member's hearings last year had been originally scheduled to take place in the statehouse, until "someone" decided they were not welcome there. But we digress.)

    Ney has been a big supporter of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), and has shown an interest on the CHA website in doing everything possible to leave the flawed Help America Vote Act (HAVA), hastily passed in the wake of the 2000 election debacle, in place and unchanged so that things like mandatory paper ballots with every vote cast cannot be amended to the law. HAVA sets asides millions of federal dollars for the purchase of new electronic voting machines from a few select private companies.

    Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell, tasked with running a free and fair election in the Buckeye state last November --even while he was tasked with being the OH Co-Chair for the Bush/Cheney Re-Elect Committee --- finally decided to show up and take some questions yesterday.

    As well, a Republican operative by the name of Mark F. (Thor) Hearne was also called as a "Witness" to discuss Election Reform issues despite fronting an organization, the so-called "American Center for Voting Rights" which suddenly appeared out of nowhere on the web just last Thursday.

    Last month, Blackwell had succeeding in displeasing even his theoretical Ohio Republican ally, Ney, by refusing to attend the committee's first such hearings in D.C. Even though Blackwell was already in town.

    Yesterday, however, he finally showed up...

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    By Brad Friedman on 3/21/2005 7:01pm PT  

    From today's Doonesbury, in which Roland Hedley has replaced Jeff Gannon in the White House press corps...

    ...And also from today's paper...

    Zeitgeist, anyone?

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