BlogCall8 with Brad Friedman of BradBlog.com
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On March 17th, the American Center for Voting Rights (ACVR) appeared from nowhere - just like Jeff Gannon and Talon News in 2003. Four days later, on March 21st, they were the ONLY "Voting Rights" group to testify in a U.S. House Committee hearing on Election 2004, and the problems that occurred specifically in OH.
As The BRAD BLOG (http://www.BradBlog.com) discovered shortly thereafter, the ACVR is a phony "non-partisan" group created by Jim Dyke, the Communications Director for the RNC and Mark F. (Thor) Hearne, the lead National Counsel for Bush/Cheney '04 Inc.
Aside from abusing the 501(c)3 tax-exempt corporate status which requires "non-partisan" activity, this group never mentioned their affiliation with Bush/Cheney/RNC in their congressional testimony.
Further, they were instrumental in the secret creation of the Baker/Carter Election Reform Commission which was announced on March 24th at 2pm, only to be lauded 24 minutes later by the ACVR. True voting rights and election reform groups had no idea about the creation of this commission, and were not invited to participate!
The ACVR was invited to participate, along with voting machine company representatives, and others, like Co-Chair James A. Baker III, the Bush Family loyalist who led the federal court fight to throw out 175,000 Florida votes that were never counted - resulting in a partisan 5-4 Supreme Court decision that appointed George Bush as President in 2000.
The fix is clearly in with ACVR, the phony GOP Front Group and the whitewash is underway with the Baker/Cart Commission.
Special BRAD BLOG Coverage of ACVR is at: http://www.BradBlog.com/ACVR.htm
Date: Tuesday April 19, 2005 at 1 p.m. ET
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