Wait, voter fraud isn’t an issue is it Mr. Holder? This video is remarkable in that it offers obvious proof that voter ID laws are necessary.
In a shocking new video, James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas demonstrates to the Attorney General of the United States, Eric Holder, just why he should be concerned about lack of voter ID laws – by walking into Holder’s voting precinct and showing the world that anyone can obtain Eric Holder’s ballot. Literally.
The video shows a young man entering a Washington, DC polling place at 3401 Nebraska Avenue, NW, on primary day of this year – April 3, 2012 – and giving Holder’s name and address. The poll worker promptly offers the young man Holder’s ballot to vote.
Holder has maintained that voter fraud is not a major problem in the United States, and that voter ID would not curb voter fraud in any case.
Project Veritas has already shown how dead people can vote in New Hampshire, prompting the state senate to pass a voter ID law; they’ve shown celebrities like Tim Tebow and Tom Brady registering to vote in Minnesota, prompting the state legislature to put voter ID on the ballot as a constitutional amendment. Washington DC voting law is a federal jurisdictional area. Will the federal government take up the challenge?
Watch the video…
These days it seems, McGrath is far less concerned about public perception, at one point cracking a joke about his lack of drug-peddling business savvy – a comment that forced him to apologize to the judge.
During his testimony, McGrath stated that he was not convicted of distributing 220 lbs. of pot, but rather, he was involved with less than 10 lbs, or 100 kg. Which led him to deadpan this joke – “I wasn’t too good. Didn’t make much of a profit.” The comment prompted an apology for Judge Pulver. Apparently, making light of a serious crime doesn’t sit well in Pulver’s courtroom.
McGrath’s joke prompted a tweet from the former Mayor of Troy, Harry Tutunjian, who is attending the trial as an observer.
So now a current city councilman can joke about not having made a profit selling drugs? He plead guilty to a federal felony #ballotfraud — Harry4Troy (@Harry4Troy)
Indeed, McGrath did plead guilty to a federal felony. On a blog called Talespin, Record reporter Jim Franco explains:
Well, now we know about the mysterious arrests that have been the subject of a sporadic, if not intense, whisper campaign about Kevin McGrath, D-District 1.
On the stand yesterday, McGrath said he was convicted on federal charges of conspiring to sell pot some 14 years ago. Initially it was said in court there was 100 kilograms involved but today he said it was more like 10 pounds. He also had a criminal mischief conviction thrown in and two drinking related convictions.
Of course, there are those, on both sides of the aisle, who are asking the rhetorical question of how is he fit he is fit to serve on the Council?
It should be noted that McGrath wasn’t simply making a joke about something that happened 14 years ago. On January 31st, Thomas Dickinson testified that “he used to drink and drive and do drugs with McGrath” less than two years ago.
Of course, this entire trial has some wondering how exactly McGrath was able to avoid being charged with new felonies, like his counterparts Ed McDonough and Michael LoPorto, who face a combined one hundred-plus charges in the voter fraud scandal. In a June op-ed, former Democrat Party Chairman, Frank LaPosta, wrote:
Troy City Councilman Kevin McGrath, D-District 1, got the deal of a lifetime revealed in a recently disclosed cooperation agreement with the special prosecutor in the Troy voter fraud investigation. This agreement allows McGrath to avoid criminal prosecution for any wrongdoing on his part in the voter fraud scandal…
The people of District 1 and the city of Troy have a right to know why McGrath was given such favorable treatment to avoid criminal prosecution for acts he may have committed as part of the voter fraud scandal. These acts are very similar to what two individuals did who were in turn indicted by the same grand jury for multiple felony counts of alleged fraud and forgery. McGrath himself benefitted from the voter fraud in 2009 which allowed him to secure the Working Families party line on the ballot.
Details of the immunity agreement came out during yesterday’s testimony when McGrath admitted on the stand that he has gotten favorable treatment, meaning no prison time, for several alleged crimes, including a felony drug conviction.
It should be noted that LaPosta, who was Chairman at the time of the voter fraud scandal, faced no investigation and has maintained that all of this happened on his watch, but unbeknownst to him. One tends to believe his story, as LaPosta had to switch parties over the scandal, eventually running against – and losing – to Kevin McGrath in the Council race. After the fraud, LaPosta was forced out by his own party, for the crime of speaking out against fellow Democrats who had been involved in the voter fraud.
In regards to the favorable agreement which McGrath was privy to, there may be some holes…
The Record reports this morning:
Just as things got underway Wednesday in the trial of two Democrats suspected of being involved in the 2009 Working Families Party ballot fraud scheme, attorney Brian Premo dropped a small bit of information that sent the court into recess.
Premo began reading off several voter registration cards and absentee ballot applications to Councilman Kevin McGrath, D-District 1, during his cross-examination that were collected by McGrath for the several primaries he was involved in on different party lines. By the end of it, he asked what was done with them and McGrath responded he had given them to Board of Elections Commissioner Ed McDonough, Premo’s client who along with former Councilman Michael LoPorto stands charged with more than 100 felonies…
“I believe there are approximately 20 of those applications with documentation of voter registration forms that are forgeries,” Premo said. “There are several that are not even close and 20 that are questionable.”
It was then asked whether McGrath’s cooperation agreement with Trey Smith, the special prosecutor, covers the Independence and the Conservative parties and or if it is constricted to just the Working Families Party.
If the agreement only pertains to the WFP, and Premo is able to prove that McGrath’s forgery attempts crossed into the Independent and Conservative lines, then he may yet face charges.
Democrats in upstate New York seemingly left no stone unturned, no voter they would not swindle, in an attempt to steal past elections.
Via the Times Union:
Testimony from voters in the city ballot-fraud case revealed the tactics politicians and political operatives used and the promises they made to allegedly convince residents to sign over their voting privileges.
By ‘politicians and political operatives’ they mean ‘Democrats and Democrat operatives’. There is after all, no other party on trial here.
Testimony also showed operatives may have targeted immigrants and other people not familiar with the English language or the U.S. election process.
Those witnesses needed a Spanish interpreter just to get through their testimony.
Maritza Berrios said she was not even registered to vote in 2009. Shown an absentee ballot with her signature, she said it was not hers.
Ana Berrios only said she signed something she was asked to sign. She said she really did not know what it was. When asked if she wrote in the required “where you will be on election day” box that she would be on vacation in Cape Cod, she replied — “I don’t even know where that is.”
Johanna Torres said she just did what she was told.
“He said sign here and I did and that was it,” Torres said.
Thus far, eight people have been charged in connection with the ballot fraud investigation, four of which have pleaded guilty, with two currently on trial.
Prior to the start of the fraud trial, special prosecutor, Trey Smith, had promised to expose the seedy underbelly of Democratic politics in the city of Troy, something other Democrats already charged in the case have referred to as ‘normal political tactics.’
This promise is clearly coming to fruition.
The trial involves Democrat Board of Elections Commissioner Ed McDonough, and former Councilman Michael LoPorto, who combined, face over 100 total charges that include second-degree forgery, second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, and second-degree criminal possession.
Smith has claimed that Democrats ‘went for a power grab to ensure that several of its candidates, namely former Councilman John Brown, LoPorto, and former Council President Clement Campana, won the 2009 Working Families Party primary, which would help them win the general election a month later.’
James Gordon, Chairman of the Troy Republican Committee sums it up nicely…
“This was greed, ignorance, lack of ethics, and laziness. Bad people doing bad things.”
Is it possible that evidence against Democrats in Troy, New York,has finally hit rock bottom? When they weren’t paying off college kids with their vote, they were apparently tricking mentally impaired voters into signing absentee ballots, telling them “the city made it easier to vote this year.”
A witness who testified in the upstate New York ballot fraud case explained that she would frequently visit two brothers, both of whom had ‘mental disabilities’.
Three men allegedly paid a visit to the family home of Michele Ziglitt one day. Two of the men were identified as Gary Galuski, and Anthony DeFiglio. Galuski, a city council member who also works for the Board of Elections, was charged with four felony charges that he left blank spaces on absentee ballots so they could be fraudulently filled in at a later time. DeFiglio, is a Democratic Committeeman who pleaded guilty to falsifying business records, and claimed that such rampant forgery was actually a ‘normal political tactic’.
Ziglitt testified that both of her brothers, Joseph Mammone, and Steven, who has since passed away, were asked to sign a ballot by Galuski. Ziglitt thought that she was casting a vote for Galuski, even though he wasn’t even on the ballot that year. The brothers also signed.
Ziglitt then claimed that, “They told me all I had to do was sign that paper and that was it.” The statement continues the same pattern of the many voters who have already testified in the trial, in which they were tricked into signing the form while the rest of the information was filled in by the Democrats themselves
Joseph Mammone then took the stand himseld. He claimed that, “She said sign it and I did. I have no idea what it was.” He was referring to his sister, who had already been convinced to sign the ballot.
Taking advantage of the mentally handicapped. Is that a normal political tactic as well?