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2. Let's not forget that Steven Hertzberg worked for the Dept of Defense:
IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THERE WAS A EFFORT BY THE GOP TO PUSH FALSE GROUPS/CLAIMS ABOUT VOTER FRAUD TO MAKE THE PUBLIC THINK THAT WAS THE ISSUE RATHER THAN THEIR EFFORTS OF DISENFRANCHISEMENT/DIRTY TRICKS, SUPPRESSION AND VOTE FLIPPING TO WIN PAST ELECTIONS. IF WE FORGET THEN WE WILL ALLOW HISTORY TO REPEAT ITSELF:


"Hertzberg, the project director of Election Science Institute (ESI), received a contract in 2005 from the Franklin County commissioners to monitor and certify new voting machines. Hertzberg's website is dedicated to disputing any scientific claims of election fraud in Ohio. Oddly, Hertzberg's biography posted at the ESI website shows he has no advanced degrees in political science, only a bachelor of science in aerospace engineering from Purdue University. As Hertzberg explains it, he "spent the first several years of his career as a civilian within the U.S. Department of Defense" also " . . . serving as a Project Manager and Test Director for highly visible military development programs. . . ."

Hertzberg launched an organization called Vote Watch in 2002 before renaming it Election Science Institute in 2005. Recent ESI publications seek to discredit real social scientists with Ph.D.s who claim there was election fraud."

AND THAT THE * Admin AT THE TIME PUSHED FORWARD MANY FALSE VOTER RIGHTS PEOPLE:

"Fake Voting Rights Groups Tied to the White House

In March 2005, Congressman Bob Ney held a U.S. House Administrative hearing at the Ohio Statehouse where a general counsel for the brand new voting rights group, the American Center for Voting Rights (ACVR), told the congressional committee that the voting problems in Ohio were the result of the NAACP paying people with crack in order to entice them to register to vote. ACVR's general counsel, Mark F. "Thor" Hearne, turned out to be the former national general counsel for Bush-Cheney '04, Inc., with no history of working in a voting rights organization. Hearne relied on a lawsuit filed against the NAACP in Wood County, Ohio, "alleging fraudulent voter registration under the Ohio Corrupt Practices Act."

Hearne wrote a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice in March 2005 claiming there was "substantial evidence to suggest potential criminal wrongdoing by organizations such as Americans Coming Together ("ACT"), ACORN and the NAACP -- Project Vote."

http://www.onlinejournal.com/artman/publish/article_376...

Long-time TPMmuckraker readers might remember Hearne, who previously went from being a top lawyer for President Bush's 2004 reelection campaign to creating the American Center for Voting Rights. That was the bogus "voting-rights" group that, as election-law expert Rick Hasen has written, was created in 2006 to "give 'think tank' academic cachet to the unproven idea that voter fraud is a major problem in elections," in order to "support the passage of onerous voter-identification laws that depress turnout among the poor, minorities, and the elderly--groups more likely to vote Democratic."

ACVR was an integral part of the broader GOP scheme to restrict voting rights which lay behind much of the U.S. attorney firings scandal. For instance, Hearne reportedly complained to the White House and top DOJ officials about the lack of commitment to voter fraud issue shown by Todd Graves, then the U.S. attorney for western Missouri. Graves was fired not long after.

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http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/04/gop_v...
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