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(including employees and their families) had contributed at least $300,000 to GOP candidates and party funds since 1998. The company’s CEO, Walden O’Dell, had gone so far in a fund-raising e-mail as to promise to deliver Ohio to Bush in ’04!13 With enemies like that, Kerry could have used a few friends demanding a return to paper ballots. Ohio was where Bush’s “victory” put him over the top in the electoral college. From 12:20 in the morning until around 2 AM, the flow of information in Ohio mysteriously stopped while the vote count switched dramatically to Bush’s side.14 A comfortable 118,000-vote-plus official margin in Ohio then gave him a second term as president. But what really went down? “Officials there purged tens of thousands of eligible voters from the rolls, neglected to process registration cards generated by Democratic voter drives, shortchanged Democratic precincts when they allocated voting machines, and illegally derailed a recount that could have given Kerry the presidency.”15 Lou Harris, who basically invented modern political polling, said: “Ohio was as dirty an election as America has ever seen.”16 The fellow in charge of the vote-counting was Ohio secretary of state J. Kenneth Blackwell, who also happened to be the co-chair of Bush’s reelection committee there. And nobody seemed concerned about a conflict of interest? Back in 2000, Blackwell had been Bush’s “principal electoral system adviser” during the Florida recount, where I guess he took some lessons from Katharine Harris. When Congressman John Conyers looked into what took place in Ohio, his report in January 2005 set forth “massive and unprecedented voter irregularities and anomalies in Ohio. ... caused by intentional misconduct and illegal behavior, much of it involving Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell.” Conyers told RFK Jr. that Blackwell “made Katharine Harris look like a cupcake.”17 Playing devil’s advocate for a minute, I heard from a Democratic friend who worked Ohio that they just didn’t get the people out to vote like they should have. And I think the Democratic Party blew the 2004 election, to the point where it shouldn’t have come down to Ohio. Why did they allow the Republicans to twist things around and make George Bush a war hero, when he was actually a draft-dodger? And then turn Kerry, who fought valiantly in Vietnam, into a coward? I would never have handled it that way. Let’s pull the military records and compare them, find out who was the real guy serving his country. I can’t understand why the Democrats allowed this to take place. But maybe Kerry had played too many games of compromise over his years in

Profile for HAROLD ARROYO, JR.

AMERICAN CONSPIRACIES, LIES AND DECEPTION FROM THE U.S. GOVERNMENT, JESSE VENTURA  

AMERICAN CONSPIRACIES, LIES AND DECEPTION FROM THE U.S. GOVERNMENT, JESSE VENTURA  

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