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rawstory Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 02:17 PM
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Ohio (Blackwell) Letter Seeks Illegal Contributions
Edited on Sat Jan-08-05 03:00 PM by rawstory
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The state's chief elections officer, accused of mishandling the presidential vote in Ohio, sent a fund-raising letter for his own 2006 gubernatorial campaign that was accompanied by a request for illegal contributions.

A pledge card with the letter from Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell, a Republican who co-chaired the Bush-Cheney election campaign in Ohio, said "corporate & personal checks are welcome."

Corporate donations are illegal in Ohio.

His spokesman, Carlo LoParo, said Saturday that any corporate donations would be returned.

http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=511&u=/ap/200...

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I hope the mods will forgive me for including this, since I know we're not a LBN source, but the context is important: Raw Story actually was the first to produce the letter (and the contribution card) which can be seen here: http://rawstory.rawprint.com/105/blackwell_campaign_let... . Important also is that Blackwell brags about delivering Ohio in the letter.

We gave the letter to the House Judiciary Committee, which included it in their packet to the Senate. The letter was blown up and displayed on the Senate floor by Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) during the two-hour discussion contesting Ohio's electoral votes.

It's amazing to see the AP pick up this letter, but quite usual for them not to credit the source. Update 2: AP says they won't credit us, largely in part because we're not an AP member and the Columbus Dispatch is...Ugh...What else is new.

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nashville_brook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 02:20 PM
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1. ahhhh... you might edit this with a line between the link and your comment
i was amazed at first when i read this and saw raw story credited.
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impeachthescoundrel Donating Member (395 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 02:20 PM
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2. Link isn't working
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rawstory Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 02:21 PM
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3. fixed link, sorry
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impeachthescoundrel Donating Member (395 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 02:36 PM
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9. Thank you rawstory
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merh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 02:21 PM
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4. A Secretary of State that does not know his state laws and that
asks for money in violation of the state laws is the guy that called the election for the weed! Doesn't that tell the world anything?

I hope the State AG has that letter.

Thanks for the post and breaking this story.
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dkofos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 03:14 PM
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18. Now Now
He knows the law.
He just doesn't give a shit.
He is above the law.
HE WILL BE THE NEXT GOV OF OHIO.
He knows its in the bag already
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mia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 02:24 PM
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5. rated it up!
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cosmicdot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 02:30 PM
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6. currently at 1.60 with 33 votes n/m
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drm604 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 02:33 PM
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7. On Yahoo this article currently has an ave. rating of 1.70 with 34 votes.
Edited on Sat Jan-08-05 02:35 PM by drm604
You all know what to do.

On Edit: It's dropping rapidly and is now at 1.50 with 58 votes. Looks like it's being Freeped.
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Florida_Geek Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 02:34 PM
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8. AP link on NY Times
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JoMama49 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 02:36 PM
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10. I just rated this article - it only has a 1.55 rating - we need to
keep rating it up and kick this thread!
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sherilocks Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 05:28 AM
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32. The Washington Post is also running the story
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A59572-20...

Raw Story, great work. Too bad you're not getting the credit due you on this. That stinks.
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Clark2008 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 02:37 PM
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11. I hope you're still here.
I wanted to ask you if it wasn't illegal for Blackwell to use official state stationary to send out letters seeking campaign contributions to begin with.

I don't know the laws in Ohio.
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drm604 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 02:44 PM
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12. Kick
It's headed back up. Keep rating it up!
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 02:48 PM
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14.  what rewards from Washington do you think await him?
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drm604 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 10:57 PM
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28. The Anti-Law Party will give this lawbreaker protection from the law
Edited on Sat Jan-08-05 10:58 PM by drm604
up until the point where protecting him does them more harm than good. Let's hope that point is reached.
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rawstory Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 03:05 PM
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17. It's not official state stationery
It's a mockup. People do that type of shit all the time, or so I understand. So long as it isn't the 'official' stationery. I think that's what they call diluting the law...
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impeachthescoundrel Donating Member (395 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 02:48 PM
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13. It has a
1.87 now. 74 votes.

God I love this!!!!
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TeeYiYi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 02:57 PM
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15. 1.88. nt
TYY
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Demit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 03:02 PM
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16. 1.96 w/131 votes
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Hey Nineteen Donating Member (28 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 03:33 PM
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20. now 1.96 with 181 votes! we're keeping up n/t
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Petrushka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 05:19 PM
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23. 2.6 --- 362 votes (eom)
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 03:30 PM
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19. Thanks for this, rawstory! Gives us
Edited on Sat Jan-08-05 03:30 PM by zidzi
more ammunition to work for the demise of kennyboy blackwell's political demise.

They are so flagrantly blatant in their disregard for the law..I keep waiting for the first shoe to drop!
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Vidar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 03:36 PM
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21. Thanks rawstory. Above the law, it's worked for him so far.
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acmavm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 05:11 PM
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22. The freeps are working overtime. 5:11 p.m. CST:
You have given the news article Ohio Letter Seeks Illegal Contributions a rating of 5.
Its current average rating is 2.56 with 321 vote(s).
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Nothing Without Hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 06:14 PM
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24. You're right - amazing to see MSM pick this up from "tinfoilhatters"
They wouldn't have done it before the Jan 6 Stand. I see this as an encouraging sign -- perhaps the smokescreen is beginning to clear a bit.

The MSM arrogance and condescension about giving credit for this story where it is due is interesting too. The progressive sites of the internet have been portrayed as gathering places where left wing extremist wackos air their varioius "conspiracy theories." Totally without merit, of course. This makes it chancy to then claim one of these "conspiracy theory" sites as a legitimate site for a --* respectful pause here* -- REAL news carrier. Naturally they covered that part up.

But although it must be extremely irritating to see your work credited to another, it's progress that they didn't cover up the story itself. Creeping fog lift? I hope so.
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goforit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 06:38 PM
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25. Ohio?....IMPEACH his ass!!!....It's time to be rabid w/people like this.
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mulethree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 10:35 PM
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26. Hmm and he has LoParo answering campaign inquiries?
Carlo LoParo, director of media and voter services for the Ohio Secretary of State's office

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Laurab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 10:56 PM
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27. 2.95, 453
:kick:
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senegal1 Donating Member (489 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 11:19 PM
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29. 11:19 CST 2.95 with 456 votes
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Hey Nineteen Donating Member (28 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 12:59 AM
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30. 2.95, 460 votes - looks like we're more tenacious than the freepers n/t
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drm604 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 01:56 AM
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31. It seems to have stabilized. Keep rating it up!
Lets hit 5!
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0007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 05:56 AM
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33. This is beyond the pale. Only a hand full of us indeed care
that the criminal justice system is working in favor of everything that is wrong with America.
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athenap Donating Member (136 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 09:19 AM
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34. Here's your meme for the day...
"Republicans are soft on crime."

Go forth. Repeat at will. Cite Blackwell *every single chance you get.*
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IndyOp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 09:28 AM
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35. 2.95 with 480 votes; Sunday 10:28 am
Edited on Sun Jan-09-05 09:32 AM by IndyOp
On edit (addition):

Rawstory: The more good you do in the world -- honest, practical, helping your fellow human beings -- the less credit you will receive. The people who get a lot of credit, most of the time, have to invest a lot of time making sure they get credit.

Still, if we can help you fight to get credit so that more people will take good alternative news sources seriously, let us know! I am bracing for the battle for Free Speech on the Internet -- and the more people who value alternative news sources on the net, the better.

:kick:
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