01/3/21

Is Anyone Taking a Long Look at Gab Sterling, Voting Implementation Mgr for Georgia?

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

His job was/is to supervise Georgia’s (new) voting system.

Gabriel Sterling in Georgia gives Trump a Joe McCarthy moment - Los Angeles  Times

So, here are some tips (facts) to consider.

Remember that consent decree where signatures and voter registrations were not to be verified? It is said that this agreement was between Stacey Abrams and Brad Raffensperger. Actually, those two are the conspirators but on the decree itself, neither of them signed the agreement. In fact, the agreement has the inferred signatures of Bruce V. Spiva of Perkins Coie (the law firm that Hillary Clinton and the DNC hired that later hired Fusion GPS) and Vincent R. Russo of Robbins Ross Alloy Belinfante Littlefield, LLC (Office of the Georgia Attorney General, /Counsel for State Defendants).

Vincent Russo:

Vincent has been appointed as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Georgia and regularly represents Georgia officials in voting rights and election litigation. He has also been tapped to represent the Governor and the Secretary of State of Georgia in matters before the Committee on Oversight and Reform in the U.S. House of Representatives, including inquiries by the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis. Prior to joining the Firm, Vincent was the General Counsel for the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office, where he served as the chief legal counsel in the administrations of Brian Kemp and Karen Handel.

Vincent’s practice regularly involves issues at the intersection of law, politics, and public policy. He also has significant experience advising federal and state campaign committees, PACs, and other political organizations, including representing clients in investigations by the Federal Election Commission and the Georgia Government Transparency & Campaign Finance Commission. Vincent served as legal counsel to Georgia Governor Brian Kemp’s campaign committee in 2018. He is the General Counsel for the Georgia Republican Party and has represented the National Republican Congressional Committee in recent election cycles.

Josh Belinfante:

Outside of litigation, Josh has significant experience in campaign finance and election law matters. He represents entities governed by federal and state campaign finance laws, including campaigns and political action committees.  He also has specific experience drafting laws governing Certificate of Need, gaming, the Georgia Lottery, restrictive covenants and non-compete agreements, and eminent domain.

Seems to have the hallmarks of a good ole boy network.

During Sterling’s time on the City Council, the city came under investigation by the Georgia Secretary of State’s office for possible violations in the way it ran an election. In 2016, the council approved the city running its own special election — rather than hiring the county to do it as usual — to fill a council vacancy. The election for the District 3 seat was held the same day as a county primary election, but at a separate polling place that was not within the district.

That confusing situation led to the state investigation about a possible polling place notice violation. But more than four years later, the case remains unheard by the State Election Board for unexplained reasons, a situation a local legislator once called “insane.” The case has dragged on so long that since it began, Sterling has left office, made the Fulton commission run, and joined the office that began the investigation.

Well, not actually all good ole boys, as we have Jordan Fuchs, Deputy Secretary of State.

Fuchs was quoted in a Politico story in 2019 that reported a variety of groups were concerned that “Raffensperger and his staff are pushing ahead with a $150 million plan to switch the state to new voting machines (Dominion Voting Systems) that an array of experts warn would be susceptible to hacking.” That story says that Fuchs “scolded the tea party-aligned group FreedomWorks, which also opposes the machines,” by telling them, among other things, that they did not “fully comprehend the climate of our state, the demands of our communities, or the objectives of this office.”

Another press release reported that Raffensperger had appointed Fuchs to “serve on the Board of Directors for the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC). Fuchs will serve as Georgia’s national representative within the organization’s governing body,” the release said.

“Our office has led the charge to reform Georgia’s elections with common-sense solutions that prioritize efficiency and promote integrity – and our immediate action to join ERIC was a major victory for all of Georgia’s voters,” said Fuchs. “I am honored to represent our state at the national level as we continue to aggressively pursue solutions that ensure a better experience at the polls for our voters and election officials alike.”

What is ERIC? “ERIC is a multistate partnership that uses a sophisticated and secure data-matching tool to improve the accuracy and efficiency of state voter registration systems. Through ERIC, states share voter registration information to improve the integrity of voter lists,” the release says. “The national non-profit uses cross-state data matches to flag voters who may have registered in multiple states, moved out of state, or passed away – alerting election officials so that they can update voter rolls accordingly, consistent with federal and state law.”

ERIC is a multistate partnership that uses a sophisticated and secure data-matching tool to improve the accuracy and efficiency of state voter registration systems. Through ERIC, states share voter registration information to improve the integrity of voter lists. The national non-profit uses cross-state data matches to flag voters who may have registered in multiple states, moved out of state, or passed away – alerting election officials so that they can update voter rolls accordingly, consistent with federal and state law. Exactly, how is that working out?)

“I have no doubt that Deputy Secretary Fuchs will continue to advance the best interest of our state and work with national stakeholders and industry leaders to make elections more secure, accurate, and accessible for every Georgia voter,” said Secretary Raffensperger.

Fuchs has been appointed as an ERIC board member for the 2019-2020 term and will continue to carry out her regular duties as Georgia’s Deputy Secretary of State for the duration.

A 2019 article by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution found that “the Georgia secretary of state’s office acknowledged…that a vendor had improperly redacted a purchasing document detailing security features of the state’s new $107 million voting system.” Fuchs is quoted in that article as saying, “Our new voting system, including new Poll Pads, is our most secure system to date.” The article notes that “the iPads will be provided by a company called KnowInk, which is working with Dominion Voting Systems to install the new voting technology statewide.” More here.

The consent decree is here. 

Now here is where it gets more interesting. The man who oversees Georgia’s voting system, Gabriel Sterling, negotiated a $200,000 per year contract for himself last year, quit his state government job, and has worked as an independent contractor ever since. Under the arrangement, Sterling’s pay increased from his $114,000 government salary since November 2019, when he took on the role of project manager for the purchase and rollout of the state’s new voting equipment. State election officials say as a contractor, the government didn’t have to pay benefits, such as health insurance.

Sterling, a lifelong Republican, even drew praise from Democrats for his comments, and he received flowers and handwritten notes from voters across the country.

But his independent status prompted questions from state legislators and critics who have asked why oversight of the state’s voting machines is being managed outside Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s payroll.

Just a month before the November general election, there was a panel discussion, hosted by Gab Sterling on Georgia voting rights and elections. Really? Yes and imagine the panel roster…..Vasu Abhiraman, an ACLU of Georgia policy counsel; Josh Belinfante, an attorney specializing in election law at the Robbins Law Firm; and Gabriel Sterling, the voting system implementation manager for Georgia Secretary of State and a former member of the Sandy Springs City Council. The discussion, called “Fair Voting: Make It Count,” as part of its “Live Learn Lead” series.

Oh, did you know that Georgia Secretary of State Raffensperger formed an election task force? Yup, the task force met weekly until the end of the year to “further the discussion on the election this Fall and to address the challenges in election administration.” Called, the Safe, Secure, and Accessible Elections task force had bipartisanship and included figures such as Amb. Andrew Young, Georgia state NAACP President Rev. James Woodall, and Carter Center CEO Paige Alexander. And, other members of the task force included Republican former U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, ACLU of Georgia counsel Vasu Abhiraman, Georgia Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Chris Clark, Georgia Tech professor Angelos Keromytis, MIT professor Charles Stewart, Center for Election and Innovation Research Founder and Executive Director David Becker, Jake Evans, the chairman of the Georgia chapter of the Republican National Lawyers Association, Bartow County Elections Supervisor Joseph Kirk, DeKalb County Director of Voter Registration and Elections Erica Hamilton, Cobb County Director of Elections and Registration Janine Eveler, Fulton County Elections Director Rick Barron, Monica Childers of VotingWorks, as well as Sec. Raffensperger and Deputy Secretary of State Jordan Fuchs.

“Our teams are keeping Georgia voters the focal point of all of our elections,” Raffensperger said in a statement. “I am grateful that these leaders, from various professional and ideological backgrounds, are coming together to help meet that goal; not just for this election, or the next, but for elections in years to come. Improving the integrity of our elections and increasing voter confidence in their outcomes is vital.”

Thoughts?

01/3/21

Where are the FBI Reports for the 2020 Election Monitoring?

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

 

As a collection of Republican members of the House and the Senate are formally challenging the electors from the 2020 results, investigations continue by a wide and deep group of legal professionals for many states. The challenges are not just about the presidential results but certainly deal with all down-ballot candidates and measures.

Some audits are complete while others are underway.

Consider all the varieties of voter, ballot, and reporting fraud. In fact, while the state of Georgia is the most contested so far, should there even be a run-off Senate race in the first place?

Meanwhile, no one is challenging the FBI on their assignments and work during the 2020 election cycle. The question is… where are those reports?

Election Crimes

Election crimes threaten the legitimacy of elections and undermine public confidence in our democracy. Election crimes fall into four broad categories:

  • Ballot fraud
  • Campaign finance violations
  • Patronage offenses
  • Civil rights violations, such as voter suppression or voter intimidation

While individual states and localities have the constitutional authority and responsibility to manage elections and have their own election laws, an election crime becomes a federal crime when one or more of the following occurs:

  • A ballot includes one or more federal candidates
  • Election or polling place officials abuse their office
  • The conduct involves false voter registration
  • The crime is motivated by hostility toward minority protected classes
  • The activity violates federal campaign finance law

Examples of federal election crimes include, but are not limited to:

  • Giving false information when registering to vote
  • Voting more than once
  • Changing ballot markings or otherwise tampering with ballots
  • Compensating voters
  • Threatening voters with physical or financial harm
  • Intentionally lying about the time, manner, or place of an election to prevent qualified voters from voting
  • Political fundraising by federal employees
  • Campaign contributions above legal limits
  • Conduit contributions
  • Contributions from foreign or other prohibited sources
  • Use of campaign funds for personal or unauthorized purposes

Distinguishing between legal and criminal conduct is critical for ensuring the integrity of U.S. elections. The following activities are not federal election crimes; however, states have their own election laws. If you are concerned about a possible violation of a state or local election law, contact your local law enforcement.

  • Giving voters rides to the polls or time off to vote
  • Offering voters a stamp to mail a ballot
  • Making false claims about oneself or another candidate
  • Forging or faking nominating petitions
  • Campaigning too close to polling places

The FBI plays an important role in preventing violations of your constitutional rights, including your right to vote. Report any instances of potential election crimes to your local FBI field office as soon as possible.

According to the FBI website:

Election Crimes and Security

Fair elections are the foundation of our democracy, and the FBI is committed to protecting the rights of all Americans to vote.

The U.S. government only works when legal votes are counted and when campaigns follow the law. When the legitimacy of elections is corrupted, our democracy is threatened.

While individual states run elections, the FBI plays an important role in protecting federal interests and preventing violations of your constitutional rights.

An election crime is generally a federal crime if:

    • The ballot includes one or more federal candidates
    • An election or polling place official abuses their office
    • The conduct involves false voter registration
    • The crime intentionally targets minority protected classes
    • The activity violates federal campaign finance law

Protect Your Vote

      • Know when, where, and how you will vote.
      • Seek out election information from trustworthy sources, verify who produced the content, and consider their intent.
      • Report potential election crimes—such as disinformation about the manner, time, or place of voting—to the FBI.
      • If appropriate, make use of in-platform tools offered by social media companies for reporting suspicious posts that appear to be spreading false or inconsistent information about voting and elections.
      • Research individuals and entities to whom you are making political donations.

Voter Suppression

Intentionally deceiving qualified voters to prevent them from voting is voter suppression—and it is a federal crime.

There are many reputable places you can find your polling location and registration information, including eac.gov and usa.gov/how-to-vote. However, not all publicly available voting information is accurate, and some is deliberately designed to deceive you to keep you from voting.

Bad actors use various methods to spread disinformation about voting, such as social media platforms, texting, or peer-to-peer messaging applications on smartphones. They may provide misleading information about the time, manner, or place of voting. This can include inaccurate election dates or false claims about voting qualifications or methods, such as false information suggesting that one may vote by text, which is not allowed in any jurisdiction.

      • For general elections, Election Day is always the first Tuesday after November 1.
      • While there are some exceptions for military overseas using absentee ballots by email or fax, you cannot vote online or by text on Election Day.

Always consider the source of voting information. Ask yourself, “Can I trust this information?” Look for official notices from election offices and verify the information you found is accurate.

Help defend the right to vote by reporting any suspected instances of voter suppression—especially those received through a private communication channel like texting—to your local FBI field office or at tips.fbi.gov.

Stock image depicting a person placing a ballot into a ballot box with an American flag background

Report Election Crime

If you suspect a federal election offense, contact the election crimes coordinator at your local FBI office, or submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov.

01/3/21

Trapper’s Quote Of The Week

By: Trapper Pettit

It seems to me that when the legislative branch is sworn into office and solemnly declare to defend the constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic, that we have a problem, particularly when most of them are domestic enemies.

01/3/21

Defeating the New World Order

By: Cliff Kincaid

The new year is here, and the worst is yet to come. Sorry to sound negative, but we suspect the Republicans will lose the George Senate run-off elections and the Democratic Party will try to consolidate its power while moving America into a New World Order now dubbed the Great Reset. There’s no way out, no turning back. Or is there?

There’s a chance the Republicans will take those two seats but many are wondering what purpose that will serve if it leaves the Senate in the hands of a spineless Mitch McConnell and the presidency in the hands of Beijing. This may be the best alternative for the election riggers. They may figure that a nominally “Republican” Senate, in which people like Mitt Romney and Susan Collins hold sway, will be a lever to keep Trump voters in their place as the GOP rediscovers its Country Club and Chamber of Commerce roots. Such a spectacle could mean Romney, who lost an easily winnable presidential race to Barack Hussein Obama, will become a national media star, capable of making more havoc for the GOP.

Romney will then run again for the presidency in 2024, as Utah-based broadcaster Sam Bushman predicted during an interview on America’s Survival TV.

We are in a predicament. In the famous scene in “Braveheart,” patriot William Wallace rallies the sons of Scotland with a great “Freedom Speech” and his cohorts ask, “Now what do we do?” They go on to defeat the British in that battle but Wallace gets tortured and killed in the end. It’s hard to defeat an empire.

Communism is an empire that grows more powerful by the day. The China virus is their latest means to an end, far more successful than global warming or climate change. It threatens to make America into a satellite of Beijing.

The ruthless global operators on the verge of seizing the White House for China Joe are using a virus that came out of a Chinese lab as the world buries their dead and slides into tyranny. Sadly, even some conservatives debate the nature of the virus, the virus tests, and so forth, without holding the Red Chinese rulers accountable for what they have done. Regardless of how many are dead and from what, the death and suffering are very real. We can’t lose sight of that fact.

Out of the wreckage is supposed to come the New World Order, with China on top and a “post-communist” Russia playing second fiddle. Together, Chinese-Russian nuclear arms can destroy the United States in seconds.

Europe is on track to become an appendage of China, as evidenced by their recently concluded financial investment agreement.

With Trump’s presidency hanging in the balance, the U.S. Congress, both Democrats and Republicans, just overrode a Trump veto of a defense bill that will not save us from China or Russia but does rename U.S. military bases and keeps tens of thousands of American troops deployed in foreign countries. If anybody ever needed any more proof that the Republicans are just as corrupt as the Democrats, this override vote was it. Trump lost in the Senate by an 81-13 vote. The House overrode the veto by a vote of 322-87.

Trump rallies the people in Georgia and then the nation on Wednesday as his supporters mobilize in D.C. for the great counting of the Electoral votes. His options are limited. But some Republican Senators have found their spine, as a growing number are promising to dispute the scheduled congressional election certification.

Trump has more options. “It is an established fact that a sitting American President can simply nullify a fraudulently executed national election and order another valid and observed national election, for the preservation of the Constitution and for the sake of the voters and the nation,” writes columnist Vic Biorseth.

While resisting the idea of a third major political party, Biorseth urges a frontal assault on the corruption in the Democratic and Republican parties, academia, and the churches. And there is time, he maintains.

In the same way the Russian revolution was followed by “several years of internal warfare,” he says the overwhelming majority of the American citizenry who are behind President Trump can be counted on to resist.

Perhaps. But some are demoralized and won’t vote in Georgia because they don’t trust a rigged system that gave the state to China Joe Biden during the early morning hours of November 4th when mysterious ballots were found in suitcases.

One thing we can do is plan for generations ahead, cognizant of the need to maintain records of how America was betrayed and what was lost. We also have to take a fresh look at the past and how we got here.

One lesson is that the “Greatest Generation” of Americans ended up as cannon fodder for the communist revolution since the Nazis were defeated but the communists were permitted to regroup, take Eastern Europe, and wage wars in such places as Korea and Vietnam.  Hundreds of thousands of Americans gave their lives to stop this part of the communist advance and thousands remain in place in South Korea. Meanwhile, the communists seized power on the mainland of China.

This is the danger we face today, as many Americans struggle to understand how the communists waged war so easily within our borders, taking over major institutions, even the churches, as American intelligence agencies staged a coup against Trump.

What do we do? I asked Professor Renato Cristin of Italy that question. He and I are signatories to the call for a Nuremberg of communism, modeled after the trials of Nazi leaders after the war. It was started by the late Soviet dissident Vladimir Bukovsky, who completely understood that the anti-Trump political exercises of Democratic Party politicians over the last several years were, in fact, the work of Russian sympathizers in a grand scheme of disinformation and subversion designed to mask the advance of global communism under China.

We need to begin by urging everybody to join the petition campaign for a tribunal investigating communist crimes, including those committed on American soil.

In addition, Professor Cristin tells me, we also need to look at those places, such as Poland, where a conservative government is in place. “Poland today has a conservative government, authentically anti-communist and of great cultural depth, which is realizing many of your and our ideas, and should be valued as a model for the reorganization of conservatives around the world,” he says. “It is no coincidence that President Trump chose Warsaw, on July 6, 2017, to give his only great speech in Europe — a speech that for theoretical quality and intensity of anti-communism far exceeded the famous one of Kennedy in front of the Berlin Wall. In fact, for the Trump administration, Poland was the best ally in Europe and in the world in general. Here, perhaps relaunching what the Polish government is doing today can be a valid idea as an initial and partial answer to your interesting and important question.”

In his own article on our current global predicament, Cristin asks “why did we not treat communism in the same way as we treated National Socialism (which was the only right thing to do)?” I recommend his article for it outlines a path to take by conservatives in America, Europe, and the rest of the world.

He says, “It is only when the matter is finally settled in all seriousness with no understatements, that communism can become a monster to be feared, a tragedy that must never be allowed to happen again. This may serve the purpose of uniting Europeans against their genuine common enemy (which is, of course, communism, but also the radical Islamism of today). We must make Europeans understand that communism is a virus, a foreign body in the midst of true European traditions and an enemy of Europe’s civilization.”

The Nuremberg crimes tribunal should be publicized around the world. “In the name of millions exterminated in the past, and to safeguard future generations from a recurrence, Nuremberg Trials for Communism must be enacted as soon as possible,” the petition says.

Who will join us?

*Cliff Kincaid is president of America’s Survival, Inc. www.usasurvival.org