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Arguments Today: Voting Laws in Kansas and Arizona Violate Federal Law 

My article in June about this: 

Voter Fraud the Justice Department Won’t Investigate

Hans von Spakovsky / June 01, 2014

In a May 17 commencement speech at Morgan State University, Attorney General Eric Holder once again dismissed the problem of voter fraud as being inconsequential. Efforts to curb it, he claimed, are merely attempts to deprive minorities of their right to vote.

It’s not just that Holder personally persists in ignoring the many cases of such fraud that have been documented by historians and journalists. His entire Justice Department studiously ignores evidence of possible fraud and steadfastly refuses to do anything about it. I know this from personal experience.

From 2010 to until 2013, I served on the Fairfax County Electoral Board in Virginia. In August 2011, we notified the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia in Alexandria, as well as the Public Integrity Section of the Criminal Division of the Justice Department (which coordinates election crime prosecutions) in Washington, of possible voter fraud by non-citizens.

In checking with the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, the board had discovered 278 registered voters who, when they got their driver’s license, had told the DMV that they were not U.S. citizens. Before we cancelled any of the seemingly illegal registrations, we gave all of these voters the opportunity to confirm their citizenship. None of them did so. Almost half of them (117) had not only registered to vote, they had in fact voted in state and federal elections.

“Federal Prosecution of Election Offenses,” the handbook written by the DOJ’s Public Integrity Section, notes that falsely claiming to be a citizen on a voter registration form violates three different federal statutes: 42 U.S.C. §1973gg-10(2), 18 U.S.C. §1015(f), and 18 U.S.C. §911. Each of these violations are felonies, subject to imprisonment of up to three or five years, depending on the statute.

As the handbook further explains, actual voting by a non-citizen violates 18 U.S.C. §611 and is a strict liability offense. In other words, it “does not require proof that the offender was aware that citizenship is a prerequisite to voting.” Violations are misdemeanors punishable by up to one year in prison.

The Electoral Board’s letter to the Justice Department seemingly disappeared into a black hole. There were no phone calls, no emails, and no inquiries from the U.S. attorney’s office or from the Public Integrity Section. In comparison to some of the very complex cases that federal prosecutors have to investigate, investigating these cases would have been easy. With copies of the voter registration form and the voting history in hand, prosecutors would then simply have to verify whether or not the individual was a citizen at the time of registration or voting.

But the Justice Department apparently had no interest whatsoever in investigating almost 300 cases of possible felony violations of federal law.

Of course, this illustrates one of the key problems with voter fraud. Even when election officials uncover it, they often find it difficult to interest law enforcement officials in doing anything about it. The prosecutors’ reasons range from political (not wanting to upset members of their own political party who may be targets of an investigation) to giving it a low priority – especially after the election is over. And, frankly, few prosecutors want to get involved in cases that critics might racialize with false claims of vote suppression or voter intimidation.

Regarding Fairfax County, there is no question that Eric Holder’s Justice Department completely ignored evidence of possible voter fraud in a state that has gone back and forth between the Democrat and Republican parties in the past few elections. Known for extremely close elections, it is a state where even a small amount of fraud could make the difference – such as the 2013 attorney general’s race, where Democrat Mark Herring was declared the winner by fewer than 1,000 votes out of 2.2 million cast, or the 2005 attorney general’s race, which was decided by fewer than 400 votes.

But Holder finds all of that to be inconsequential.

Originally distributed by McClatchy-Tribune News Service 

Hans von Spakovsky
Manager, Election Law Reform Initiative and Senior Legal Fellow

The Heritage Foundation


Media Research Center - MSM Censors Soros Connection to Gov Perry Indictment!

Received from Personal Liberty Digest

Media Research Center. America's Media Watchdog

Please take a moment to read this important op-ed by Media Research Center Founder and President L. Brent Bozell, III.


By L. Brent Bozell, III

On January 27, 1998, then First Lady Hillary Clinton – without a shred of credible evidence – infamously claimed during an NBC Today interview with Matt Lauer that a “vast right-wing conspiracy” had been working to destroy her husband “since the day he announced for president.”

Sixteen years later we have tangible, documented proof that a vast left-wing conspiracy is in fact out to destroy conservative presidential hopeful Gov. Rick Perry, and the liberals who run the establishment media are doing everything possible to cover it up.

(Sign our Tell The Truth 2014 petition and tell the liberal media to speak up about the Soros' connection in the Perry indictment.)

The alleged wrongdoing by Gov. Perry is a farce and the indictment a brazen political abuse, denounced by conservatives and liberals, Republicans and Democrats alike. Who is behind this outrage?

According to a Media Research Center analysis, from the moment Perry was indicted on two flimsy counts by a Travis County, Texas grand jury on August 15 through the morning of August 20, the Big Three broadcast networks – ABC, CBS, and NBC – have run 24 stories totaling 38 minutes and 34 seconds across their morning and evening broadcasts. In all that coverage, not one single story mentioned that the group responsible for filing the complaint against Perry in June, Texans for Public Justice (TPJ), is part of a “progressive” coalition that has received $500,000 in funding from prolific left-wing billionaire George Soros.

Imagine for a moment that Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley – another presumed presidential hopeful, but a Democrat – was indicted in similarly obvious political ploy, and the group responsible for that indictment had received a half million dollars from those awful Koch brothers. Every single story on ABC, CBS, and NBC would make that connection while the liberal media machine would rain fire and brimstone across the land, claiming an all-out assault by the “extreme Right” on the sanctity of our electoral system. Forests would be slashed to the ground to print the endless string of liberal columns denouncing the evils of conservative money in politics.

(Do NOT let the liberal media get away with this one! Sign the petition and EXPOSE the Soros connection in the Perry indictment.)

I wasn’t in the least bit surprised to learn the Soros machine’s fingerprints were all over this brazen, partisan ploy. It’s what they do. It’s a clear effort to undermine and circumvent the political process and yet the media refuse to divulge his role. Not one reporter, on any program, could find the time to report this as part of the Perry story – never mind this being its own story? This is deliberate censorship.

Any mention of Soros-funded TPJ is almost as difficult to find. Of the Big Three, only ABC named the organization during Monday’s World News broadcast and made no mention of the Soros connection. Switch to cable, and TPJ remains almost entirely anonymous with the exception of the inevitable positive shout-out from MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow lauding the group for spurring the bogus two-count indictment.

CNN mentioned the group a handful of times, but never made the Soros connection. On Saturday’s New Day, correspondent Peter Hamby referred to TPJ only as “a left-leaning watchdog group.” The next morning Mary Maloney, on the same program, reported the story saying, “The corruption charges stem from a complaint filed by Texans for Public Justice, a public interest group." Later that morning on State of the Union, an infographic stated, “"Texans for Public Justice identifies itself as a non-partisan watchdog group." A second box a moment later clarified, "Some consider Texans for Public Justice to be a left-leaning group." At no point was TPJ’s benefactor mentioned.

The media’s double standard in covering a story such as this misleads and misinforms the very public it claims to serve. In this case, the media have gone beyond mere bias and are complicit in the Soros machine’s scheme to take down a conservative leader.

As always thank you for your support. Please take a minute and consider signing our Tell The Truth petition urging the liberal media to reveal liberal billionaire George Soros' role in Perry's indictment.

The MRC Action Team


Newsmax - Federal Employees Working Full-Time for Their Unions

Hundreds of federal employees are working full-time for their unions rather than the agencies that pay their salaries.

At the IRS, 286 full-time staffers worked exclusively for the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) while collecting federal paychecks in 2012, the latest year for which statistics are available.

The IRS provides not only salaries but also office space and equipment to NTEU agents representing 92,000 IRS workers, the Washington Times reported.

The IRS deputy commissioner calculates that these union workers spent 573,319 hours on NTEU business that year, the equivalent of 286 full-time employees performing only union labor.

Taxpayers also shelled out $687,400 in travel expenses for the union operatives.

"The union naturally wants greater benefits, bigger salaries and more handsome bonuses, so Congress pays the union to do it," the Times reported.

More than 90 percent of NTEU campaign contributions go to Democrats, according to Kenric Ward, a reporter for

And the union's president is Colleen Kelley, an Obama appointee to the Federal Salary Council, which consults with the government on how much to pay federal workers.

"They're not working for taxpayers. Instead, they're working against the agency by bringing grievances and trying to increase the cost to taxpayers through collective bargaining agreements," Nathan Mehrens, president of Americans for Limited Government, told, a project of the nonprofit Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity.

The IRS is not the only federal agency where employees work full time on union business.

At the Department of Veterans Affairs, more than 250 employees are working full time for one of four unions, according to Mehrens' organization.

At the Department of Transportation, 35 employees work exclusively for a union, some receiving annual salaries of more than $170,000.

The Environmental Protection Agency pays more than $1.6 million a year to employees who work full time for their union.

Altogether, "taxpayers spent around $156 million on federal employees who did no federal work at all" in 2012, Mehrens said.

Amy Kremer, former chair of the national Tea Party Express, told Watchdog: "I've always said that no taxpayer money should go to fund any union activity whatsoever, especially partisan politics."


Obama's 4th Branch of Government 

Did you know of these connections to Obama?


ABC News executive producer Ian Cameron is married to Susan Rice, National Security Adviser.

CBS President David Rhodes is the brother of Ben Rhodes, Obama’s Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications.

ABC News correspondent Claire Shipman is married to former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

ABC News and Univision reporter Matthew Jaffe is married to Katie Hogan, Obama’s Deputy Press Secretary.

ABC President Ben Sherwood is the brother of Obama’s Special Adviser, Elizabeth Sherwood.

CNN President Virginia Moseley is married to Hillary Clinton’s former Deputy Secretary, Tom Nides.

Now you can see why the media is so deeply in Obama's pocket.


Newsmax - Activist Dressed as Osama bin Laden Crosses Rio Grande Unimpeded

Monday, 11 Aug 2014 02:14 PM

By John Blosser

Conservative activist James O'Keefe has exposed vulnerabilities along the Mexico-Texas border, by crossing a narrow section of the knee-deep Rio Grande River, dressed as Osama bin Laden.

O'Keefe waded across the border from Mexico into the United States wearing a camouflage military jacket and a mask of Osama bin Laden wearing a white turban, with no U.S. Border Patrol agents in sight.

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