Holder elevates al-Qaeda lawyer to top Justice Department post

By  via The Examiner

In a semi-stealth promotion, a major Barack Obama fundraiser  who served as a defense lawyer for a convicted al-Qaeda terrorist is  scheduled to become the third-highest ranking Department of Justice executive,  according to a March 1 report from an “inside the Beltway” watchdog group.

California-based attorney Tony West was named Assistant Attorney General  for the Civil Division, making him the No. 3 man at the Justice Department,  according to Judicial Watch.

“This is a disturbing turn of events when a lawyer is given such a sensitive  position based on his ability to raise campaign funds for a politician. Here you  have a man linked to a terrorist group who is now a top Justice Department  official. It smacks of corruption,” said political strategist and attorney  Michael Baker in an interview with the Law  Enforcement Examiner.

“West fits the Justice Department hierarchy quite nicely. This is a DOJ  that’s more concerned with the treatment of terrorists by U.S. authorities than  with the killing of Americans by terrorists. He’s more interested in prosecuting  police officers who arrest illegal aliens than he is in prosecuting illegal  aliens who kill, rape and rob American citizens. It’s the most politicized DOJ  in my lifetime,” said Baker.

West assisted candidate Obama in raising tens of millions of dollars as  a co-chairman for Senator Obama’s presidential campaign, notes Judicial Watch, a  group known for its successful investigations and prosecutions  of government corruption and abuse.

In 2009 West was appointed to help run the DOJ’s civil division which represents  the government, Congress and presidential cabinet officers and handles cases  dealing with significant policy issues.

In a statement announcing the promotion this  week, Attorney General Eric Holder says West has served the department with “professionalism, integrity and dedication.” Holder also mentions West’s work  before coming to the DOJ a few years ago, including a stint as a Special  Assistant Attorney General in California and a lengthier career at a large San  Francisco law firm.

“During his time as Assistant Attorney General, West has bolstered the Civil  Division’s affirmative civil enforcement efforts in areas such as health care  fraud, procurement fraud and mortgage fraud.   Since January 2009, the  Civil Division has used the False Claims Act to recover over $8.8 billion in  taxpayer money lost to fraud and abuse – the largest three-year total in the  Department’s history,” stated Holder.

Conveniently omitted from the press release is that West represented  convicted al Qaeda terrorist John Walker Lindh, who is serving a 20-year  prison sentence, according to Judicial Watch’s blog.

Lindh — or Jihad Johnny — was captured in Afghanistan in 2001 while  fighting against the U.S.-backed Northern Alliance as a member of the Taliban  army. He actually pleaded guilty to aiding the Taliban and carrying explosives  while fighting U.S. troops in the region, according to case records.

“Holder also knows a thing or two about defending terrorists. After all, he  was a senior partner in a prestigious Washington D.C. law firm (Covington &  Burling) that represented more than a dozen Yemeni terrorists held at the U.S.  military prison in Guantanamo Bay Cuba,” according to the JW blog.

While Holder was a senior partner the firm employed a number of radical  attorneys to provide the Islamic extremists with thousands of hours of free  legal representation, according to a report by Michelle Malkin.

Another highlight in Holder’s resume is that he orchestrated Bill Clinton’s  shameful last-minute pardons, including that of a fugitive financier and a pair  of jailed domestic terrorists. In fact, shortly after the pardon scandal, Holder  predicted that his public career was over, said the JW blogger.

“Anyone living in New York City in the 1970s remembers the rash of bombings  at banks, financial institutions and government buildings by the Puerto Rican  terrorist group the FALN,”  Baker told the Law Enforcement Examiner.

“The Clinton administration gave these terrorists full pardons in order to  garner the Latino vote for Hillary Clinton during her run for the New  York senate seat,” Baker said.

Under his  leadership the DOJ has been embroiled in a number of high-profile  scandals, including a gun-running operation (Fast and Furious) in which weapons  were sold to Mexican drug cartels. One was later used to murder a federal agent.  Judicial Watch has sued the DOJ to obtain records involving the  operation.

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How Incompetence and Malfeasance Infect the Voting Process

By Janet  Levy via Family Security Matters

Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department, a recent book by J. Christian Adams, provides shocking evidence of DOJ racial bias toward minorities and the failure to apply federal law in a race-neutral fashion.  A five-year DOJ Voting Rights Section veteran, Adams cites his firsthand experience with officials who sought to promote a radical racialist agenda and who knowingly violated the National Voting Rights Act (NVRA).  Adams sounds an alarm, arguing that the values and actions pursued by the DOJ jeopardize our constitutional republic and endanger America’s core principles of government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

Violations of the voting process depicted in Adams’ book are manifold and include incompetence, fraud, partisanship, and intimidation or thuggery.  These rampant and pervasive problems warrant serious interventions to curb abuses of a right Americans hold sacrosanct.  Fortunately, citizens’ groups are becoming more involved in elections and have recognized the need to do more to protect the rights of the electorate under the law.

Incompetence

Problems with elections begin with poorly trained poll workers.  The quality of training varies from district to district, which can significantly impact election integrity.  Myriad government regulations and complicated logistical procedures create confusion among well-meaning poll workers as these people attempt to manage election operations.  Incompetence can include poll workers improperly turning away legitimate voters or inadvertently admitting illegitimate voters.  In states where voter IDs are not required or permitted, determining who is a legitimate voter can be a daunting if not impossible task.

Other problems include failure to properly administer provisional ballots, which are used when questions arise about a voter’s eligibility, and failure to provide adequate instruction to voters requiring assistance.  Handling of spoiled ballots is also a source of errors, with remedies left to individual districts, counties, and states.

Further, no methodology exists in Maryland, and perhaps other states, to update voter rolls when residents sell their homes, move, or change residences, according to Cathy Kelleher, president of Election Integrity Maryland, a nonprofit grassroots organization dedicated to cleaning up voting rolls and training volunteers to be poll watchers.  Although voters may submit a form, it may or may not be used to make the necessary changes, says Kelleher.  She cites examples of multiple families listed as residing and voting at one address.  She has found cases in which registered voters’ addresses were actually an open field or a parking lot, in which property demolitions were not taken into account, and in which voter lists contained the names of deceased persons who formerly resided at a local nursing home.

Fraud

Voter fraud is widespread and has played a critical role in many close races.  Abuses include registering more than once and voting multiple times; forced “assistance” of voters; suppression of the military vote; voting by felons, non-citizens, and the underaged; and voting using names of deceased voters or fictional people — including cartoon characters and dogs.

In the case of the voter registration group ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) — renamed AHCOA (Affordable Housing Centers of America) — and its affiliate, Project Vote, federal investigators found misappropriated funds from a federal grant; registration of nearly 12,000 non-citizens in Colorado alone; a report from Philadelphia officials of over 8,000 improper voter registrations; and several thousand fraudulent registrations in Indiana, with names and addresses pulled from telephone books and forged signatures.

Although FBI investigative reports delineate serious allegations of corruption and voter registration fraud by ACORN, the Obama administration in 2009 shut down a criminal investigation of the group without filing criminal charges.  The Obama administration claimed that ACORN broke no laws and had merely engaged in “questionable hiring and training practices.”  In the 1990s, Obama worked for ACORN, procuring funding, training its leaders, and representing the organization in court.

In 2011, Judicial Watch traced additional federal money from the Obama administration to ACORN spinoffs, despite laws prohibiting funding to ACORN.  Judicial Watch also reported that “70 ACORN employees in 12 states have been convicted of voter registration fraud” and that “of the 1.3 million registrations Project Vote/ACORN submitted in the 2008 election cycle, more than one third were invalid.”  ACORN/Project Vote activists have been caught or accused of destroying Republican registrations and filing duplicate registrations or registrations for deceased or fictional people.

Presently, Project Vote is actively registering recipients of public assistance programs such as food stamps, welfare, and unemployment and is threatening lawsuits under the NVRA.  This is occurring at the same time as the Obama administration has doubled taxpayer spending on food stamps and is offering $75,000 grants to organizations to increase program participation.  The historic levels of food stamp usage — one out of every seven Americans — the effort by the Obama administration to increase usage, and the drive to register aid recipients provide perfect conditions for voter registration fraud, especially since Project Vote opposes fraud protections in voter registration and elections in several states.  According to Judicial Watch, the percentage of invalid voter registrations from Colorado public assistance agencies alone was four times the national average.

Partisanship

The League of Women Voters (LWV), with 140,000 members nationwide and chapters in every state, describes itself as a nonpartisan group that encourages citizen participation in the political process.  However, the LWV takes a stand on many political issues and attempts to influence policy through advocacy and lobbying.  The LWV, funded in part by George Soros, supports many leftist causes such as expansion of the welfare state; disarmament; radical environmentalism; unrestricted taxpayer access to abortion on demand; motor-voter registration, which legitimizes voting by illegal aliens; elimination of the electoral college; an increased role for the United Nations; gun control; socialized health care; and increased taxes, among other issues.

Yet the LWV prints voter guides, holds registration drives, conducts debates, and administers voter opinion polls, all supposedly objective and nonpartisan.  In certain districts across the country, they contract with local boards of elections to perform troubleshooting at the polls, survey voting locations, evaluate the training of poll workers, and conduct post-election debriefings.  Far from being impartial, the LWV’s opinion polls are generally skewed in favor of the organization’s point of view and often agitate for a preferred response.  As for their allegedly nonpartisan voter guides, the LWV has been accused of inferring bias there as well.

Thuggery

During the 2008 election, the New Black Panthers intimidated white voters with racial epithets and threats of violence.  YouTube videos showed two uniformed Panthers, one brandishing a billy club and shouting, “You’re about to be ruled by the black man, Cracker” to approaching white voters.  Following the incident, the Bush administration filed criminal charges against three Panthers for violating the NVRA.  All charges were later dismissed by Obama’s DOJ.  Adams, the DOJ Voting Section attorney who had brought the case, resigned shortly thereafter for the “corrupt nature of the dismissal of the case” and testified before the U.S. Civil Rights Commission that the Obama DOJ had instructed attorneys in the civil rights division to ignore cases involving black defendants and white victims.

In November of 2010, at multiple polling places in Houston, Panthers in paramilitary attire entered voting locations for discussions with election officials.  It was reported that white poll watchers were either denied admittance or ejected from the facilities.

Meanwhile, the Occupy movement has plans to create an Occupy the Election faction to build momentum for the idea that electronic voting machines cannot be trusted.  They will make vociferous demands that all votes be hand-counted.  Concern has arisen that the group will wreak havoc in precincts, block the voting process, and negatively effect voter turnout.

Secretaries of State
In all but three states, the Secretary of State (SOS) serves as the chief election officer, who certifies candidates and election results.  In 35 states, this is an elected position; in 12 states, the governor appoints the SOS.  SOS responsibilities include conducting the election, enforcing election rules, determining precinct locations, establishing Election Day procedures, and allocating and ensuring the security of voting machines.  Additionally, secretaries of state purge voter rolls and register new voters.  In other words, they decide who can vote, how they will vote, and which ballots are counted.  The SOS serves a vital role in ensuring the legitimacy of each election, weeding out fraud and prohibiting voter intimidation or coercion.

In 2006, George Soros, multi-billionaire funder of left-wing causes and one of the most powerful political forces in the world, founded a tax-exempt Section 527 political group with other leftists known as the Secretary of State Project (SOSP).  The sole objective was to elect progressive Democrats as secretaries of state in battleground states.  The SOSP succeeded in 11 out of 18 races, including the key states of Ohio, Nevada, Iowa, New Mexico, and Minnesota, thus placing partisan officials in charge of elections.

Conveniently, Section 527 organizations are not subject to the scrutiny of the Federal Election Commission.  Therefore, no upper limit exists on contributions, nor do any restrictions exist on who can contribute.

In subsequent elections, the SOSP’s impact was evident.  In the Norm Coleman/Al Franken congressional race in Minnesota, a handpicked Soros acolyte decided the close race.  Ballots were mysteriously found in an election judge’s car, close to 400 convicted felons cast votes, and suspicious voting machine irregularities occurred.  In Ohio, the secretary of state elected through the SOSP efforts invalidated one million absentee-ballot applications issued by John McCain’s presidential campaign.

What is Being Done?

Grassroots groups have entered the fray to address this serious threat to our constitutional republic and this undermining of the power of the people to determine representative leadership.  The most extensive and prominent organization of this type is the Houston-based True the Vote (TTV).  TTV was founded in 2009 by Catherine Engelbrecht, who says that “True the Vote was founded to provide a coordinated program through which American citizens can participate in the support of free and fair elections.”

Engelbrecht recognized the need to remedy problems in the voting process.  With TTV leadership, she has identified opportunities for intervention: monitoring voter registration and validating its legitimacy, verifying voter-roll accuracy, ensuring that citizens know their rights, and improving competence through proper training of poll workers.  TTV began to track and chronicle their observations and chart pervasive problems in order to improve the process and spearhead election law changes.  The organization has uncovered gross incompetence, massive fraud, blatant lack of checks and balances on absentee ballots, and other serious impediments to a free and fair election process.

True the Vote has succeeded in expanding its reach to include citizen-led voter integrity projects in 32 states and has spawned other organizations such as Election Integrity Maryland.

Electoral malfeasance, whether due to incompetent poll workers, fraud, veiled partisanship, thuggery, or anything else that undermines the legitimacy of elections, ultimately undermines the legitimacy of our government and the faith citizens have in their ability to achieve true collective representation.  If dedicated grassroots groups like True the Vote and Election Integrity Maryland can achieve success in spurring the re-evaluation and revamping of the electoral process, we can regain confidence that our elections are free and fair.

FamilySecurityMatters.org Contributor Janet Levy, MBA, MSW, is an activist, world traveler, and freelance journalist who has contributed to American Thinker, Pajamas Media, Full Disclosure Network, FrontPage Magazine, Family Security Matters and other publications. She blogs at www.womenagainstshariah.com.

Holder plots to stop states from enforcing “Voter ID” laws, says legal group

By , Law Enforcement Examiner via The Examiner

In the midst of a contentious GOP presidential race, the threat of a government shutdown and continued fears of another economic downturn, Attorney General Eric Holder’s latest politically-driven mission has garnered very little attention: Holder promises to use the Justice Department to conduct a  nationwide  examination of voting laws enacted by states — with special concern about laws that require voters to show identification in order to participate in an election, according to a report by a Beltway watchdog group.

The Attorney General, in a speech, stated that “all citizens should be automatically registered to vote” and is critical of voter ID laws passed in Arizona, Texas and other states.  In fact, Holder has put the wheels in motion for a series of DOJ federal lawsuits against states that attempt to require photo identification before a person is allowed to vote.

A Washington, DC-based group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption revealed that it obtained records detailing communications between the Obama Department of Justice and Estelle Rogers, a former ACORN attorney currently serving as Director of Advocacy for the ACORN-connected organization Project Vote.

The successful non-profit, public-interest organization — Judicial Watch — is investigating the DOJ’s partnering with Project Vote on a national campaign to use the National Voting Rights Act (NVRA) to register more individuals on public assistance, widely considered a key voting demographic for the Obama 2012 campaign.

In the past, President Obama worked for Project Vote as a trainer and organizer. According to the records obtained by Judicial Watch through its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed on August 19, 2011, “civil rights groups” discussed Section 7 of National Voting Rights Act, which requires states to offer voter registration services at all public assistance agencies.
The groups included Project Vote, the American Association of People with Disabilities, Demos, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the Brennan Center for Justice, the Fair Elections Legal Network, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Legal Defense Fund, and Paralyzed Veterans of America.

On March 29, 2011, Estelle Rogers and the “voting rights groups” that met with Associate Attorney General Thomas Perrelli on March 17, 2011, providing recommendations for strengthening “compliance with the NVRA. The recommendations stated “we are grateful that you have invited us to continue this dialogue on the Department’s [DOJ's] role in providing guidance to states, and we would be happy to supply any additional information you need.”

The records also detail an effort by Rogers to secure jobs for three individual applicants for positions with Civil Rights Division’s Voting Section, the department within the DOJ responsible for enforcing the National Voting Rights Act:

* ” In a February 23, 2010 email to Chief of the DOJ’s Voting Section, Rogers wrote, “I want to heartily recommend two candidates to you. [NAMES REDACTED]” In an April 20, 2010, email, Rogers stated, “I look forward to continuing to work with you, Chris. And please let me know if you need any more feedback regarding hires.”

* ” In a December 7, 2010 email, Rogers wrote, “I’d still love to talk for real, but in the meantime, the main reason I called is that you have an applicant for the [REDACTED] position [REDACTED] qualifies her beautifully for your position, and I hope you will give her every consideration. [REDACTED] So she would be a great fit, and I recommend her without reservation. Please let me know if I can tell you more. And give me a call if you possibly can.”

* In a July 13, 2010, email to Herren and DOJ political appointee Julie Fernandes, Rogers references NVRA litigation and she informs Herren that she will be bringing Niyati Shah to a meeting at the DOJ. Shah “will be working on a lot of the litigation we’ll be telling you about,” Rogers writes. Rogers also indicated Nicole Kovite Zeitler, director of Project Vote’s public agency registration project, would also attend the meeting.

As reported by The American Spectator’s Matthew Vadum, Zeitler “manages Project Vote’s efforts to advocate for enforcement of Section 7 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 through technical assistance and litigation across the country,” according to her bio on Project Vote’s website.

As Director of Advocacy for Project Vote, Estelle Rogers — a former attorney for ACORN, which was besieged with charges of corruption and fraud before declaring bankruptcy in November 2010 — is a primary contact person on policy matters at Project Vote on both state and federal levels and has been actively involved in voter registration issues. By threatening lawsuits under Section 7 of the NVRA, Project Vote has aggressively sought to force election officials in various states to increase the registration of people receiving public assistance.

On June 20, 2011, Rogers and the ACLU co-wrote a letter to the DOJ, asking the department to block Florida’s new election integrity law (H.B. 1355). Florida has since withdrawn its application to the DOJ for “preclearance” of the law, and has taken its case to court instead.

On August 4, 2011, Judicial Watch obtained documents from the Colorado Department of State showing that ACORN and Project Vote successfully pressured Colorado officials into implementing new policies for increasing the registration of public assistance recipients during the 2008 and 2010 election seasons.

Following the policy changes, the percentage of invalid voter registration forms from Colorado public assistance agencies was four times the national average. Project Vote also sought a “legislative fix” to allow people without a driver’s license or state identification to register to vote online.

In addition to pursuing public agency registration cases in Missouri, Ohio, Indiana, Georgia, and New Mexico, Project Vote and the NAACP filed a lawsuit on April 19, 2011, against the State of Louisiana alleging violations of the NVRA. Less than three months later, on July 12, the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division/Voting Section sued Louisiana on the same grounds, claiming that “Louisiana officials have not routinely offered voter registration forms, assistance and services to the state’s eligible citizens who apply, recertify or provide a change address for public assistance or disability services.”

The DOJ also sued the State of Rhode Island on March 11, 2011, alleging violations of the NVRA. The lawsuit led to policy changes intended to increase the number of voter registration applications processed by “public assistance and disability service officers.” These two lawsuits, filed within five months of each other, are the first such lawsuits filed by the DOJ since 2007.

Project Vote and the “community organization” ACORN have both been linked to massive voter registration fraud. A total of 70 ACORN employees in 12 states have been convicted of voter registration fraud. And as documented in a July 2009 report by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, of the 1.3 million registrations Project Vote/ACORN submitted in the 2008 election cycle, more than one-third were invalid.

Moreover, Project Vote’s “Field Director,” Amy Busefink, who handled the online registration campaign for Colorado, entered an Alford plea to two gross misdemeanor counts of conspiracy to commit the crime of compensation for registration of voters in Nevada while working for ACORN. (An Alford plea is a guilty plea, where the defendant does not admit the act or assert innocence, but admits that sufficient evidence exists with which the prosecution could likely convince a judge or jury to find the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.)

 

“It is an affront to the rule of law and a threat to the integrity of our elections that the ACORN-front Project Vote is coordinating with the Holder Department of Justice on voting law,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

“Now we know why the Holder DOJ never bothered to fully investigate voter registration fraud by Project Vote/ACORN – because Project Vote and the Department of Justice seem to have implemented a joint litigation strategy in the run up to the 2012 elections,” said Fitton.

Special thanks to Jill Farrell, director of public affairs for Judicial Watch” for her valuable input and assistance with this story.

Probe reveals Obama, Holder, ACORN connection to voting “enforcement”

By , Law Enforcement Examiner in The Examiner

“Where law ends, tyranny begins.” - President James Monroe

This week, a leading public-interest organization that investigates and fights government corruption, announced that it has received additional documents about meetings held between Estelle Rogers, Director of Advocacy for the ACORN-affiliated organization Project Vote, and officials from both the Obama White House and the Attorney General Eric Holder’s Department of Justice (DOJ).

Of particular interest is the use of the Justice Department to stop the individual states from passing legislation — of defeating already passed laws — that requires voter identification.

The group many insiders call Obama’s worst nightmare — Judicial Watch — is investigating the extent to which Project Vote, which once employed Barack Obama as an organizer in Chicago, has been working with the Obama administration to use voter registration laws to register greater numbers of low-income voters, widely considered to be an important voting demographic for the Obama presidential campaign.
“This voting block is considered vital to the Obama campaign’s strategy of pitting the poor against the rich, the unsuccessful against the successful, and the Saul Alinsky plan for increasing anti-capitalism sentiment,” claims political strategist Mike Baker.

The additional documents, provided in response to a FOIA lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch on August 19, 2011, detail email communications between Rogers and high ranking officials from the Obama White House and DOJ. The following are highlights from the records:

  • On April 27, 2009, Estelle Rogers wrote to Deputy Assistant Attorney General Sam Hirsh regarding an upcoming meeting on April 30, 2009. In addition to Rogers and Hirsh, other  attendees included: Nicole Kovite, Director of Public Agency Project for Project Vote; Spencer Overton, Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Policy; and two officials from the Obama White House: Celia Muñoz, then-Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and recently promoted to Director of the Domestic Policy Council; and Tino Cuellar, Special Assistant to the President for Justice and Regulatory Policy.

In her email, Rogers references documents she forwarded in preparation for the upcoming meeting on the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), to which Hirsch replies that he looks forward to “reading these materials” and to “seeing everyone on Thursday.”

  • On February 23, 2011, Rogers wrote to Associate Deputy Attorney General Robert Weiner, asking him to “make some headway with Attorney General [Eric] Holder in enforcing Section 7 of the NVRA.” The email notes that the DOJ had not yet filed any Section 7 lawsuits, which Rogers dubbed “deeply disappointing.”  The first such DOJ lawsuit (against Rhode Island) was filed on March 18, 2011, less than one month later. Of particular note, is Rogers’ comment that “We have received oral assurances from [Assistant Attorney General Thomas] Perez on several occasions that enforcement action was imminent,” suggesting that Rogers was privy to internal discussions inside the DOJ regarding pending legal action.
  • On March 29, 2011, Rogers wrote to Associate Attorney General [Thomas] Perrelli, urging him to review and “make improvements” to a document she was sending following another meeting held on March 17, 2011 between Project Vote and the DOJ on Section 7 compliance with the NRVA.  Accompanying the document was a previous letter she had sent to the Civil Rights Division plus “additional comments on the Q and A.”

On December 14, 2011, Judicial Watch released a separate batch of documents which also detail the partnership between the Obama DOJ and Project Vote.

As Director of Advocacy for Project Vote, Estelle Rogers ‒- a former attorney for ACORN, which was besieged with charges of corruption before declaring bankruptcy in November 2010 ‒- is a primary contact person on policy matters at Project Vote on both state and federal levels and has been actively involved in voter registration issues. Using the threat of a lawsuit under the NVRA, Project Vote has aggressively sought to manipulate voter registration laws in various states to increase the registration of people receiving public assistance.

On August 4, 2011, Judicial Watch released documents obtained from the Colorado Department of State showing that ACORN and Project Vote successfully pressured Colorado officials into implementing new policies for increasing the registration of public assistance recipients during the 2008 and 2010 election seasons.

Following the policy changes, the percentage of invalid voter registration forms from Colorado public assistance agencies was four times the national average. Project Vote also sought a “legislative fix” to allow people without a driver’s license or state identification to register to vote online.

In addition to pursuing public agency registration cases in Missouri, Ohio, Indiana, Georgia and New Mexico, Project Vote and the NAACP filed a lawsuit on April 19, 2011, against the State of Louisiana alleging violations of the NVRA. Less than three months later, on July 12, the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division/Voting Section sued Louisiana on the same grounds, claiming that “Louisiana officials have not routinely offered voter registration forms, assistance and services to the state’s eligible citizens who apply, re-certify or provide a change address for public assistance or disability services.”

The DOJ’s March 11, 2011, lawsuit against Rhode Island led to policy changes intended to increase the number of voter registration applications processed by “public assistance and disability service officers.” These two lawsuits, filed within five months of each other, are the first such lawsuits filed by the DOJ since 2007.

Project Vote and ACORN have both been linked to massive voter registration fraud. A total of 70 ACORN employees in 12 states have been convicted of voter registration fraud. And as documented in a July 2009 report by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, of the 1.3 million registrations Project Vote/ACORN submitted in the 2008 election cycle, more than one-third were invalid.

“These documents raise fundamental questions about the politicization of the Justice Department under Eric Holder and demonstrate that the ACORN-connected Project Vote is throwing its weight around the Justice Department and driving the agency’s voting rights agenda. And evidently the Obama White House is now directly implicated in this growing scandal,” said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch.

“It is now clear that Project Vote and the Obama/Holder Justice Department are conspiring to file Justice Department lawsuits to help re-elect Barack Obama. This collusion between Project Vote and the Obama administration is a significant threat to the integrity of the 2012 elections. To have Project Vote involved in the Justice voting rights enforcement is like having the Mafia run the FBI,” Fitton said.

“This latest progressive strategy for ‘stuffing the ballot boxes’ brings to mind the old adage: When a government robs Peter to pay Paul, they can always count on Paul’s support” said Baker, who is also an attorney.

“But so too, President James Monroe said: Where law ends, tyranny begins,” Baker added.

Special thanks to Jill Farrell, director of public affairs at Judicial Watch, for her help and support.

Documents reveal cost of Obama attempt to bring Olympics to Chicago

By Jim Kouri

An organization that investigates and fights government corruption announced this week that it obtained records detailing costs associated with a trip made by President and Mrs. Obama and key members of the administration to Copenhagen, Denmark, for the expressed purpose of securing the 2016 Olympics for the city of Chicago.

Expenses for the two-week trip appear to have far exceeded $467,175, in light of the fact that costs associated with the aircrafts ‒ two Boeing 747s and several Air Force cargo planes – have not been made available.

According to the records obtained from the Obama Department of Defense (DOD), President and Mrs. Obama; Secretary Ray LaHood; Secretary Arne Duncan; Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President Valarie Jarrett; and representatives of the White House Office of Olympic, Paralympic, and Youth Sport visited Copenhagen from September 21 through October 3 in an effort to convince members of the International Olympics Committee (IOC) to select Chicago as the location for the 2016 Olympics.

Among the itemized costs associated with the Olympics trip (totaling $467,175):

*  $235,659         Hotel rental for seven “offices” plus transportation and  communications. 
*  $33,044           Cost of extra day in hotel (October 3, 2009).
*  $129,276         Travel vouchers for hotel, mileage, reimbursed expenses, and
$69,196           Flight costs for press.

President Obama tapped Valarie Jarrett to serve as his “Olympics Czar” and lead the effort to secure the Olympics for Chicago despite her personal and business ties to Chicago, which included a stint working for Mayor Daley.  Jarrett’s work on the Olympics bid would have violated Obama’s own Executive Order against engaging in lobbying activities prior to his administration.

However, then-“Ethics Czar” Norm Eisen granted Jarrett an “ethics waver” from the president’s highly-touted ethics pledge so Jarrett could run the push for the Chicago Olympics bid.  The waiver exempted Jarrett from the restrictions of President Obama’s own ethics pledge, even though she had personally led the bid before entering the White House.

Judicial Watch obtained the documents pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request submitted to the DOD on October 5, 2009.  FOIA law required the DOD to respond within 20 days.  However, the DOD took 26 months to release the records.  In September 2009, Judicial Watch submitted an open records request with Chicago Mayor Richard Daley’s to obtain records related to the Olympics bid, and the mayor’s office has failed to respond.  Therefore, Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit against the mayor’s office on November 10, 2009, seeking those records.

“Barack and Michelle Obama wasted taxpayer dollars on a junket that seemed designed for one purpose – to take care of their Chicago cronies who stood to gain financially from the Olympics racket,” says Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The fact that Valerie Jarrett needed an ‘ethics waiver’ to lead this failed bid to bring the Olympics to Chicago tells you almost all you need to know about the scandalous nature of this trip.”

Special thanks to Jill Sutherland Farrell, director of public affairs at Judicial Watch, for her continued help and material.