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Diebold Payment to Greenberg Traurig, Abramoff's Former Firm

In perhaps the biggest scandal of all, the GOP and Jack Abramoff conspired and successfully stole our democracy through extremely corrupt dealings between Jack Abramoff, Greenberg Traurig, Convicted GOP Rep. Bob Ney of OH, the White House and really the entire GOP Congressional Caucus, in order to foist the hackable Diebold voting machines upon an unsuspecting and trusting public.

This biggest scandal of all truly reveals the sad fact that you cant trust Republicans. Period. And no one should ever vote for any Republican ever again, as a protest vote over thisthe biggest American scandal of all times.

Why is it the biggest? Because the Republicans clearly and deliberately stole our democracy. Heres the timeline that shows the criminal patter. Use these facts and links liberally in Letters To The Editor. We need to play up the Abramoff Scandal more than ever now that it INCLUDES DIEBOLD AND VOTE-COUNTING FRAUD.

1990s Republicans and investment equity start several computerized voting machine companies, using proprietary software to hide the source code that actually does the counting. Diebold is centered in Ohio in Bob Neys district, providing many jobs.

2000 Katherine Harris and the GOP take the close election in Florida and force through Bushs stolen even though later tabulations show Gore won if all the votes had been counted. Paper ballots are discredited by the famous hanging chads, setting up the push for computer voting.

2001 Neys Chief of Staff David Distafano turns lobbyist for Diebold and at least one other voting machine company. One of DiStefano's crows about his having "an insider's edge to hard-to-reach political officials."

2002 $3 billion HAVA bill mandating computer voting is passed in the House, shepherded by Ney, Abramoff and Delay, helping Diebold and the other companies write the legislation. Abramoff and Greenberg Traurig also use the HAVA bill to squeeze the Indian Casino Tribes to cough up more bribe money for Republicans and in lobbyist fees, with Abramoff and Ney lying about Sen. Chris Dodd and his help on phony amendment to aid casino gambling in the HAVA bill. Abramoff and Ney e-mails show outright fraud and bribery.

2002 Programmer Clint Curtis testified that he was asked in 2002 by GOP Rep. Tom Feeney to create vote-stealing code for voting machine, which he does. This software seemed to have been used in the 2002 stealing of Sen Max Clelands seat in GA.

2002- Distafano and partner Coffee rewards Ney with $20,000 in campaign contributions, starting in 2002. Abramoff has Indian tribes contribute tens of thousands of dollars to Ney and pay the notorious $100,000 for the St. Andrews golf junket.

2002 Diebold and AccuPoll start paying Distafano and partner Roy Coffee $250,000 in lobbying fees. Diebold starts paying $275,000 in lobbying fees to Greenberg Traurig, Abramoffs firm.

2003 - Ney prevents the mandating of verified paper trails for Diebold and the other companies.

2004 "in 2004 numerous news organizations reported that the RNC spent millions hiring a questionable company called Sproul & Associates to do voter registration. Election and law enforcement officials in multiple states opened investigations into this group upon published reports that that they hired temporary workers to register only Bush supporters, Pro-life supporters and Republicans. Thousands of voter registration applications collected from Democrats by registration workers paid for by Sproul & Associates were reported to have been destroyed in a number of states.- Donna Brazile.

2004 Ney writes Dear Colleague letter against amending HAVA for paper trails. In a clever twist, Ney argued at the time that paper records on such machines would somehow disenfranchise disabled voters, who had been cleverly afforded a special provision in the bill which mandated at least one disabled-accessable device in every voting precinct in the country. That device, of course, would be a paperless touch-screen electronic voting machine, like the ones made by Diebold, which, legislators, vendors and lobbyists would later proffer, were required to meet provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Ney also stops Holts bill to reform HAVA.

June 2004 Diebold payment of $12,500 to Greenberg Traurig, Abramoffs former firm.

November 2004 Massive Election Fraud in Ohio prevents voters from voting and changes counts through software. Kerry loses to Bush.

March 17, 2005 First known use of the American Center for Voting Rights (ACVR} for URL domain registration. This day must have been when Republican operatives Mark F. "Thor" Hearne and Jim Dykefrom the 2004 Bush Cheney campaign--formed this PHONY Institute with an official sounding name.

March 21, 2005 Two business days later, the ACVR GOP bag men testify at the House Administration Committee hearing, really a smokescreen by Chairman Ney, to cover up the stealing of the 2004 Ohio Presidential vote. They cook up imaginary voter fraud epidemic to distract from the real stealing of the 2004 vote in OH by the GOP.

August 8, 2005 Pittsburgh Tribune Editorial on AVCR being a FRAUD:

2005 Bradblog Timeline on phony ACVR GOP front group:

August 2005 In another voting scandal, Noe in Ohio guilty of election violations for 2004 Bush/Cheney campaign.

September 2005 GAO report on HAVA disaster:

September 2006 Ney indicted in Abramoff scandal and for unknown crimes, including perhaps taking illegal $34,000 bribe from casino. Ney to plead guilty and could get 10 years, recommend 27 month sentence.

Sources:, others embedded.


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