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Ellipsis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-31-08 09:09 PM
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BREAKING: Judge Compels Deposition from GOP 'IT Guru' Mike Connell in OH '04 Election Case (X)
Edited on Fri Oct-31-08 09:41 PM by btmlndfrmr
BREAKING: Federal Judge Compels GOP 'IT Guru' Mike Connell To Give Deposition in Ohio '04 Election Case
Contentious Hearing Today Results in Order For Republican 'High-Tech Forrest Gump' to Testify Under Oath on Monday
Appearance to Answer Questions on 2004 Election Scheduled Just 24 Hours Prior to Election 2006...

The Republican IT guru, recently described as a "high tech Forrest Gump" for his proclivity to be "at the scene" of so many troubling elections since 2000, and even at the heart of the "lost" White House email scandal, has been ordered by a federal judge to appear for an under-oath deposition next Monday in Ohio.

The BRAD BLOG has learned that Mike Connell, the Republican IT guru whose company, SmarTech Inc. created Ohio's 2004 election results computer network appeared in federal court today, as compelled, and has been ordered to appear for his deposition on Monday, November 3, just 24 hours before Election Day 2008.

Today's court order came after a contentious hearing, at which Connell was present. The hearing was part of a long-standing voting rights violations lawsuit, King Lincoln v. Blackwell, as previously covered by The BRAD BLOG and by Velvet Revolution's Election Protection Strike Force here and here.


Many Thanks Steven Heller and Brad

Please rec the original post not this one ... but you can kick it if you like, heh!
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texpatriot2004 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-31-08 09:11 PM
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1. The timing of the deposition is quite uncanny. nm
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Ellipsis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-31-08 09:18 PM
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2. Ain't it?
I'm so unbelievably happy for Ohio and everyone who has persevered trying to get out the information on what happened in 04 in Ohio.

Damn! This is wonderful news.
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jimshoes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-31-08 09:45 PM
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3. Lets shake some of those skeletons loose
from that closet of Mike's. And at the first "I don't recall", slap him with contempt and 60 days in jail. See if that won't jog his memory a little.
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1776Forever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-31-08 10:16 PM
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4. Interesting: GovTech Solutions - Woman-owned small business from Akron... Yeah right! Read on......
Edited on Fri Oct-31-08 10:31 PM by 1776Forever

GovTech Solutions
From SourceWatch

GovTech Solutions is a " woman-owned, small business that specializes in Web site design, programming solutions in .NET and MS SQL databases." It provides "services to federal, state, and local government agencies and offices" and is listed on the federal General Services Administration and Ohio State Term Schedules, its website states.

Mike Connell told Inside Business magazine in 2000 "that his company" New Media Communications, Inc. "dealt 'in a very niche market.' But the family business found a new niche when his wife Heather formed GovTech Solutions to pursue government accounts rather than political business," Chris Landers wrote for in a Center for Public Integrity profile.

"Heather Connell is majority stockholder in GovTech Solutions, and until September 2001, the DCI Group was a minority stockholder. While it is identified as a woman-owned business in the federal procurement database, Connell says his wife's company never sought formal certification as such, nor has it received set-aside government contracts," Landers wrote.

Connell told Landers that "he and his wife formed two companies because the two markets are different: New Media helps to advocate political positions, while GovTech's work provides a nonpartisan way for an office to communicate with all constituents."

"In some cases," Landers wrote, "New Media and GovTech Solutions have had contracts with the same clients. New Media might design a campaign Web site for a candidate who, once elected, would contract with GovTech to design a federally funded official site. At least four of the seven New Media clients who won House races in 2004 also used GovTech as the designer for their congressional sites."

In 2004, "New Media provided Web design services for the re-election campaign of George W. Bush, three senators and seven House members, in addition to the Republican National Committee. In all, the company took in $1.2 million for its work on the 2004 campaigns.

"By 2004, GovTech had served as Web designer for the official, federally funded Web pages of 37 members of Congress. And the following year, according to House financial statements, GovTech received more than $144,000 in business from 21 Republican House members and Republican-led committees," Landers wrote.

AND then there is a partner:

Thomas J. Synhorst, a partner in Feather Larson & Synhorst DCI and chairman of DCI Group, is a "well-known Republican strategist." Synhorst originally founded DCI Companies, Inc. in 1988. He "has worked extensively with political and corporate clients on strategic message development and delivery."<1> He has been referred to as the "Johhny Appleseed" of astroturf.

After the 2000 presidential election, Synhorst and Tony Feather created the Washington DC-based DCI Group with other well connected Republican lobbyists and political insiders. DCI Group considers itself a full service "grassroots" consulting firm. The group has been involved with the creation of several front groups for the Bush administration and telecommunications, pharmaceutical and computer industries.

Synhorst worked for both the 1988 and 1996 Presidential campaigns of Bob Dole. He's credited with engineering Dole's victory in the 1988 Iowa presidential caucuses. An Iowan, Synhorst had served as Sen. Charles E. Grassley's aide in the 1980s before working on Dole's campaign. In 1996, Dole's campaign employeed Synhorst's Kansas-based company Direct Connect, Inc. for campaign telemarketing. Synhorst also was affiiliated with the Mission, Kansas based Synhorst & Schraad, Inc., which was listed in Campaign & Elections Political Pages as providing telephone and direct contact services. The Kansas City Star reported in 1996 that Keith Schraad was a founder of Direct Connect.

He aslo worked on George Walker Bush's Texas gubernatorial campaign, as well as campaigns for Governor Mike Huckabee (AR), Congressman Johnny Isakson (GA), and The Republican Party of Florida, Republican Party of Iowa, and Republican Party of Arizona.<3> He was an advisor to Bush/Cheney 2000 and worked with Senator Elizabeth Dole to launch her 2002 campaign.<4>

The Associated Press reported in June 2001 that Synhorst "has been linked to South Carolina 'push polls' in the 2000 Republican primary that attacked candidate John McCain as 'a cheat, a liar and a fraud,' according to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee."

Joshua Micah Marshall wrote in July 2000: "DCI is the creation of Tom Synhorst, a Republican political operative and onetime field coordinator for the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, who first made a name for himself by helping Bob Dole pull off an upset victory over George Bush in the 1988 Iowa caucuses. In subsequent years, Synhorst remained close to Dole, but he found his real niche in phone bank work. DCI, as well as a cluster of allied companies in which Synhorst also holds an interest, has worked for the tobacco industry for most of the 1990s. In 1998, when Congress was poised to sign off on a comprehensive tobacco settlement, the industry retained both DCI and Direct Impact to engineer a coordinated campaign of grass-roots opposition to the bill. In 1999, in the wake of the Columbine school shootings, the NRA paid out more than $300,000 to DCI and another phone bank operator, Optima Direct, to rev up opposition to renewed efforts to regulate firearms."

Marshall also reports that Synhorst has often been link to Ralph Reed. And the two were suspected of running push polls against Steve Forbes' 1996 presidential campaign in Iowa.

Snyhorst has ten limited liability corporations registered in the State of Arizona under his name. They include:

* TSE Enterprises, LLC
* DCI Properties, LLC
* DCI Group, LLC
* DCIG Holdings, LLC
* FYI Messaging, LLC
* Goodsijn, LLC
* Autocall, LLC
* DCI Companies, Inc.

During the 2004 election cycle, DCI Group, FLS-DCI and FYI Messaging took in $17 million from the Bush campaigna and the Republican Party according to FEC data released on October 30, 2004 and posted on the Center for Responsive Politics website. [[Progress for American, a 527 committees associated with the DCI Group, spent $2.62 million on services provide by FYI Messaging, TSE Enterprises, and DCI Group. In other words, of the $28.8 million PFA spent on the Bush-Cheney '04 campaign nearly 10 percent ended up with Synhorst's affliated LLCs.
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