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flyarm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-26-06 05:43 PM
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207. CHOICEPOINT BOUGHT DBT ONLINE
DBT ONLINE HAD THE CONTRACT WITH THE STATE OF FLA for $4million TO PURGE VOTERS IN 2000 ELECTION

then in 2000
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9800E6DD...

COMPANY NEWS; CHOICEPOINT AGREES TO BUY DBT ONLINE FOR $423 MILLION

Published: February 15, 2000
ChoicePoint Inc., a provider of information to the insurance industry, agreed to buy DBT Online Inc. for about $423 million in stock to add DBT's online public-record services to its offerings. DBT Online shareholders will receive 0.525 share of ChoicePoint stock for every DBT share. ChoicePoint, which is based in Alpharetta, Ga., said the purchase of DBT would add civil public-record information to its offerings. DBT is based in Boca Raton, Fla.



http://www.thenation.com/doc/20010205/palast/2

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In November 1998 the Republican-controlled office of the secretary of state handed the task to the single bidder, Database Technologies, now the DBT Online unit of ChoicePoint Inc. of Atlanta, into which it merged last year.
The elections unit within the secretary of state's office immediately launched a felon manhunt with a zeal and carelessness that worried local elections professionals. The Nation has obtained an internal Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections memo, dated August 1998, which warns Mortham's office that it had wrongly removed eligible voters in a botched rush "to capriciously take names off the rolls." However, to avoid a public row, the supervisors agreed to keep their misgivings within the confines of the bureaucracies in the belief that "entering a public fight with would be counterproductive."



That November Jeb Bush had an unexpectedly easy walk to the governor's mansion, an election victory attributed, ironically, to his endorsement by black Democratic politicians feuding with their party



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A ChoicePoint DBT spokesman said, and the Florida Department of Elections confirms, that Harris's office approved the selection of states from which to obtain records for the felon scrub. As to why the department included states that restore voting rights, Janet Modrow, Florida's liaison to ChoicePoint DBT, bounced the question to Harris's legal staff. That office has not returned repeated calls.


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