Democrats in Voter Fraud Scandal Targeted Recent Stroke Victim Because He Would Have "A Hard Time Getting to the Polls"

November 27, 2012 at 7:30 pm (Ballot Fraud, Dan Brown, Ed McDonough, Nadine Lagace, New York, Terrance Conway, Trey Smith, Troy, Voter Fraud, Working Families Party)

Democrat and local school board member, Ed McDonough is on trial in upstate New York for his alleged role in a voter fraud scheme that has already seen numerous colleagues implicated, of which four have already pled guilty.

One of those colleagues, Dan Brown, brother and former campaign manager for Democrat City Councilman John Brown, received immunity from prosecution in exchange for his testimony.  Monday’s testimony may have revealed new depths to which the Democrats were willing to stoop in order to win elections.

Mind you, we’ve already heard prior testimony that gives insight into just who the Democrats felt were the most vulnerable members of society, those making easy targets for their voter fraud scheme.

For instance:

  • They targeted immigrants who struggled with the English language and had little knowledge of the U.S. election process.
  • They targeted college kids with little money, paying them for their voter registration cards.
  • They targeted people living in low-income housing because there was a sense that poor people were “less likely to ask any questions”.
  • They tricked mentally disabled individuals into signing over their absentee ballots.
Until yesterday, these stood as the worst examples in the upstate New York voter fraud scandal.  Brown’s testimony however revealed that the Democrats were willing to sink to new depths – by targeting a man who had recently suffered a stroke and was undergoing chemotherapy treatments for lung cancer.  Why?  Because “he would have had a hard time getting to the polls”.
Via the Troy Record:

Armed with a clipboard and walk sheet — showing the names, addresses, and other information about the “friendlies” — Brown headed to District 1 with Thomas Aldrich, a WFP operative.

Among those the pair solicited to fill out absentee ballot applications were Nadine Lagace and Terrance Conway, a couple living on Third Avenue. Brown knew they had not been intending to vote because Conway, due to a recent stroke, would have had a hard time getting to the polls.

After convincing Lagace and Conway to sign their absentee ballot applications, Brown set about filling in the excuse field for them, and without their knowledge.

Acting as a voting agent, Brown said he filled in the box indicating “illness” on the application.

Special Prosecutor Trey Smith then showed Lagace a copy of her ballot application which not only had the box for illness indicated, but also stated she would be in Vermont on the day of the primary. He asked her if she had, indeed, been in Vermont on the primary.

“I don’t know how to get to Vermont,” testified Lagace, nor, she said, did she and Conway have the ability to get there as he was undergoing chemotherapy treatments for lung cancer.

The act of having her vote stolen left Lagace scarred, claiming she’ll never vote again.

Voluntarily anyway.

Remember, this was a targeted voter fraud scheme that one Democrat claimed was “commonplace” over multiple decades, “a normal political tactic”, and “an accepted way of winning elections”.

Stroke victim or cancer patients be damned.

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Voter Fraud Retrial For Democratic Elections Commissioner Set For November

August 17, 2012 at 9:00 am (Ballot Fraud, Clement Campana, Edward McDonough, Gary Galuski, Lansingburgh School District, Michael LoPorto, Rensselaer County, Sara Couch, Trial, Voter Fraud, Working Families Party)

Ed McDonough, the Democrat Elections Commissioner in Rensselaer County embroiled in a voter fraud scheme which has seen others of his party either serve time or accept plea deals for their actions, will go back on trial in November, with jury selection beginning on the 13th of that month.

From the Times Union:

In November, Rensselaer County Democratic Elections Commissioner Edward McDonough will stand trial for the second time this year on charges he allegedly forged absentee ballots to help Democrats secure the 2009 Working Families Party primary…

…  McDonough, who faces 38 felony counts of second-degree forgery and 36 felony counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, was first tried alongside former City Councilman Michael LoPorto earlier this year. That highly publicized trial took nine weeks, beginning Jan. 17 and ending in a mistrial with a hung jury March 13.

This trial, and the ensuing ones should provide a plethora of exciting details.  The first combined trial with LoPorto (who has since been acquitted) and McDonough saw accusations of voters being paid for their signatures, accusations of immigrants being targeted, stories of mentally disabled men being used for their ballots, and Democrat councilmen joking about their past felony convictions.

Such is the state of politics in upstate New York.

McDonough’s trial will then likely be followed by the trials of two other Democrats allegedly involved in the scheme.

Former City Council President Clement Campana awaits trial on charges of first-degree falsifying business records and four counts of illegal voting, all felonies, and a count of conspiracy to promote or prevent election, a misdemeanor.

City Councilman Gary Galuski still faces four felony counts of first-degree falsifying business records.

Our original prediction was that the first trial for LoPorto would end up in his acquittal, based on varying witness accounts and a convenient changing of testimony by Working Families Party operative Sara Couch.  McDonough does not have such luxuries, and may well face some level of conviction.

McDonough also currently serves on the school board for the Lansingburgh School District.

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Breaking: Michael LoPorto Found Not Guilty in Ballot Fraud Trial

July 18, 2012 at 3:45 pm (Ballot Fraud, Bob Mirch, Democrats, John Brown, Michael LoPorto, New York, Rensselaer County, Sara Couch, Trey Smith, Troy, Voter Fraud, WFP, Working Families Party)

Former City Councilman Michael Loporto, has been acquitted on all 22 counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, in the upstate New York ballot fraud scandal.  In May, we predicted that this would be the outcome:

“LoPorto was wise in having his trial separated from his colleague (Ed McDonough).  The hard evidence against LoPorto’s knowledge of the scam is limited, and even witness testimony on his side of things was inconsistent.”

When the re-trial got underway, testimony was again inconsistent.  While several people had placed LoPorto at the scene of the ballot forgery, witnesses who testified could not agree on his exact placement.  One witness had placed him in close proximity, about an arm’s length, while another had him a good 20 feet away.

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But the real break for LoPorto came in May, when Working Families Party operative Sara Couch, requested to change her original testimony.  The Troy Record reported:

A key witness in the original trial of Democrats Ed McDonough and Michael LoPorto for their suspected roles in the 2009 Working Families Party ballot fraud scandal seeks to add to her original testimony.

Couch plans to add one statement that wasn’t contained in her initial testimony as well as adding some words LoPorto had said to her after she left a meeting with former City Councilman John Brown which took place at LoPorto’s restaurant. Brown, who was later convicted of a felony charge in connection to the case, tried convincing WFP members present at that meeting to put a press release out blaming the scandal on former city DPW Commissioner Bob Mirch. LoPorto was said to have been in the back cooking and not part of the meeting.

The contrasting statements gave two very different impressions.  In her previous testimony, Couch said that LoPorto had told her, ““I never gave you those ballots”, suggesting a cover-up.  In her revised statements, Couch said LoPorto followed her to her car, gave her a hug and said, “Had I known, I would have never handed you those ballots.”

LoPorto had maintained his innocence throughout the scandal.  His legal team has made a good point throughout, which is this – The prosecutor Trey Smith, seems to have given very favorable deals to Democrats in the scandal who stood to be most readily convicted for their part in the fraud, while actively pursuing those who played a minor or unwitting (in this case) role.

The question is, why?

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Witness: Ballot Fraud Part of New York’s Political Culture

July 12, 2012 at 4:18 pm (Anthony DeFiglio, Anthony Renna, Ballot Fraud, Democrats, James Gordon, Michael LoPorto, New York, Republicans, Robert Martiniano, Troy, Voter Fraud, Working Families Party)

A Democrat candidate for City Council in 2009 took the witness stand today in the ballot fraud trial of former City Councilman, Michael LoPorto.  Robert Martiniano testified that forging absentee ballots is a tradition in upstate New York amongst both parties, but that he had no idea it was occurring to his and LoPorto’s benefit in the Working Families Party primary in 2009.

Forging absentee ballots is a tradition in the Collar City and other upstate cities, but a former Democratic candidate testified Thursday that he didn’t know it was occurring in the 2009 Working Families Party primary.

“It’s was something that was just in the culture for both major political parties,” said Robert Martiniano, who was an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for the City Council’s 2nd District.

Martiniano testified as a prosecution witness in the ballot-fraud trial of former City Councilman Michael LoPorto, whom he identified as a friend.

The fact that anybody could consider stealing somebody’s right to vote as ‘tradition’ notwithstanding, the statement coincides with previous statements made by Anthony Renna and Anthony DeFiglio, two Democrats who were found guilty of forgery and falsifying business records.  In January, the pair told Fox News that “voter fraud is an accepted way of winning elections, and faking absentee ballots was commonplace.”

Republicans at the time denied such accusations.  James Gordon, Chairman of the Troy Republican Committee said, having been a part of the election process for a number of years that he has, “never heard or seen anything resembling these actions.”

He added, “In fact, after the Democrats were caught in 2009 the records at the Board of Elections were searched.  More cases of fraud were found dating back to 2007 or 2008, all attributed to Democrat candidates and operatives.  Nothing from any GOP members.”

It’s unclear how Martiniano could have been aware of the ‘tradition’ of voter fraud – that it was embedded ‘in the culture’ – while simultaneously being unaware that it was used for his and LoPorto’s benefit back in 2009.

LoPorto faces 22 counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument for allegedly handling ballots that he knew had been forged in a Democratic plot to steal the 2009 Working Families Party line for City Council.

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Working Families Party Operative Wants to Change Testimony in Voter Fraud Scandal

May 10, 2012 at 8:05 am (Ballot Fraud, Democrat, Ed McDonough, Judge George Pulver, Karen Scharff, Michael LoPorto, New York, Sara Couch, Voter Fraud, Working Families Party)

The Troy Record calls it ‘augmenting’.  Perhaps she’s just ‘evolving’ like our President.  The rest of us would call it perjury or false testimony.

A key witness in the original trial of Democrats Ed McDonough and Michael LoPorto for their suspected roles in the 2009 Working Families Party ballot fraud scandal seeks to add to her original testimony.

In a letter sent to LoPorto, a former City Councilman and his former defense attorney Michael Feit, Special Prosecutor Trey Smith informs both men and Judge George Pulver that then WFP employee Sara Couch plans to add to the testimony she gave during the two month long trial of LoPorto and McDonough, the Rensselaer County Board of Elections Commissioner, which ended in a mistrial in April.

Couch plans to add one statement that wasn’t contained in her initial testimony as well as adding some words LoPorto had said to her after she left a meeting with former City Councilman John Brown which took place at LoPorto’s restaurant. Brown, who was later convicted of a felony charge in connection to the case, tried convincing WFP members present at that meeting to put a press release out blaming the scandal on former city DPW Commissioner Bob Mirch. LoPorto was said to have been in the back cooking and not part of the meeting.

The statements (new and previous) can be found here.

They certainly do provide a new tone for the conversation with LoPorto, who was wise in having his trial separated from his colleague.  The hard evidence against LoPorto’s knowledge of the scam is limited, and even witness testimony on his side of things was inconsistent.

Couch however, along with WFP operatives James Welch and Thomas Aldrich have some explaining to do.  We have long held the contention that the WFP’s role in this scandal was greater than they or the Democrats would acknowledge.  Couch, Aldrich, and Welch all worked under Karen Scharff, co-chair of the Capital District WFP at the time.  The Capital District WFP controlled the Rensselaer County arm of the WFP during the alleged fraud.

Here again is a rundown of the relationship between the WFP, Scharff, and the controversial organization ACORN, a group known for their voter fraud tactics:

The really troubling matter with Scharff’s WFP is that they’re a stone’s throw away from the influence of the New York Communities for Change – formerly known as ACORN.  At the time that this ballot fraud in Troy was allegedly being carried out, the two organizations had several ties:
  • RedState has demonstrated that the WFP was founded by key members of ACORN, and shares many of its political strategies.
  • The WFP has listed ACORN as an affiliate program directly on their Web site.
  • Roger Stone called the New York Working Families Party “one of ACORN’s most successful projects”.
  • The New York Post analyzed the many shady dealings of the WFP, and its affiliation with ACORN.
As for Scharff, who co-chaired the Capital District Branch and thus oversaw Welch’s county branch, she also shares a history with the uber-corrupt ACORN:
  • Scharff has been involved in health care meetings coordinated by her group, Citizen Action, and ACORN.  A picture of one such event appears on the Times Union blog.
  • Her name appears on a letter of support for ACORN, in which criticism of their work is labeled as ‘mainly partisan’ attacks.
  • An article regarding the power of fusion politics, a tactic used by the WFP, shows Scharff’s activism in the election of Albany District Attorney, David Soares. The article covers the tandem work of the WFP and Citizen Action, along with the strong ties that the WFP has with ACORN. One key element here is the mention of Bertha Lewis who is described as ‘the executive director of ACORN’s New York City chapter’. Lewis also serves as co-chair for the WFP.
  • Another article celebrating the Soares victory appears in the Nation, in which Scharff’s WFP work is mentioned alongside the work of Dan Cantor. Cantor also serves as Executive Director for the WFP, and was national organizer for the ‘New Party’ in the ‘90s, a socialist group with strong ties to ACORN. In fact, the New Ground described the New Party’s ‘biggest asset and biggest liability’ as ACORN.
  • Scharff serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for Working Families, alongside Jon Kest, Director of the New York Association of Community Organization for Reform Now.
There undoubtedly will be more to come on this situation….

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Breaking: Mistrial Declared in New York Voter Fraud Trial

March 13, 2012 at 4:10 pm (Anthony DeFiglio, Anthony Renna, Ballot Fraud, Democrats, Edward McDonough, John Brown, Kevin McGrath, Michael LoPorto, New York, Troy, Voter Fraud, WFP, William McInerney, Working Families Party)

Looks like the circus that is the upstate voter fraud trial will be in town once more.  After repeated declarations from the jury that they were hopelessly deadlocked, and amidst hope that they could come to some sort of partial verdict, Judge Pulver pulled the plug and declared a mistrial, ordering the case retried.  After the jury had been dismissed, supporters of the two defendants, Michael LoPorto and Edward McDonough broke into celebration.  How they could view a temporary reprieve as some sort of victory remains a mystery.

The loser in the case clearly is Troy politics in general, and the Democrat party.  Make no mistake, despite today’s results, several Democrat operatives committed a littany of crimes.

Via the Times Union:

A judge declared a mistrial Tuesday in the ballot fraud case against Rensselaer County Democratic Elections Commissioner Edward McDonough and former City Councilman Michael LoPorto.
Acting state Supreme Court Justice George Pulver dismissed the jury and ordered the case be retried.
The jury began deliberations March 2 and deliberated for approximately 40 hours. For days, jurors said they couldn’t reach a verdict, twice telling the judge they were deadlocked.
“The court concludes that the jury is hopelessly and genuinely deadlocked and that no purpose would be served requiring the jury to continue deliberations,” Pulver wrote in a decision announcing he was declaring a mistrial.
McDonough faced 38 counts of forgery and 36 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument, both felonies.
LoPorto faced 29 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument. Pulver dismissed 13 counts of second-degree forgery against LoPorto.

It remains to be seen how prosecutor Trey Smith will proceed, and which charges he wants to bring against the pair, if any.  For now it seems that the Democrats who have masterminded the voter fraud scheme were all given plea deals, exchanging testimony in this trial for a lone felony charge.  Two other Democrats await their own trials.

From the Troy Record:

Former City Clerk Bill McInerney, former Councilman John Brown and operatives Tony DiFiglio and Tony Renna all pled guilty to a felony each and testified on behalf of Smith.

Charges, including felonies, against two other Democrats, former Council President Clement Campana and Councilman Gary Galuski, remain outstanding.

How these deals were decided upon by Smith is anyone’s guess, but they are questionable to say the least. For instance, defense attorneys during the trial raised the question that Bill McInerney could have faced several hundred felony counts, but only had to plead to one.

Then there is the story of current Troy City Councilman, Kevin McGrath, who received his own immunity agreement.  Details of the that agreement came out during 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.

 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.

So while the McDonough and LoPorto families celebrate, at least 49 voters in Troy have had their vote stolen from them.  Some of them were targeted specifically for their lesser knowledge on election procedures, such as the mentally disabled.  Some of them were targeted for their lesser understanding of language and laws, such as immigrants.  Some were targeted based on their income, such as college students who were actually paid for their vote.

All of them were targeted for one specific reason.  Democrats thought they were infallible, and that theft of an election was a ‘normal political tactic’.

Do they have any reason to think otherwise?

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Top 8 Moments in the New York Voter Fraud Trial

March 8, 2012 at 7:24 pm (Anthony DeFiglio, Anthony Renna, Ballot Fraud, Edward McDonough, John Brown, Kevin McGrath, Michael LoPorto, New York, Troy, Voter Fraud, WFP, William McInerney, Working Families Party)

While the city of Troy, New York, anxiously awaits the jury’s verdict in the upstate voter fraud case, we thought it would be a good time to take a look back at some of the more outrageous, if not flat-out criminal moments of the trial thus far.

The trial involves two Democrats – former City Councilman Michael LoPorto, and Rensselaer County Board of Elections Commissioner Edward McDonough.  The two have been accused of over 100 combined felonies in connection with the alleged defrauding of the 2009 Working Families Party primary.

We chose eight moments, in honor of the eight Democrats who have been indicted in the case.
Anthony Renna, a long-time Democrat operative who has already been found guilty of second-degree forgery, actually had the fortitude to state the following with a straight face:

When asked why he handed ballots to former City Councilman John Brown, Renna said that he didn’t know what Brown’s intentions were and that “I wasn’t involved in any criminal procedures.”

The ballot fraud case in Troy, New York, shifted from a long parade of defrauded voter testimony, and focused on two operatives in the Working Families Party (WFP) Monday  – Thomas Aldrich and James Welch.  

Aldrich testified about his volunteer efforts on behalf of the Democrat party, which included knocking on doors and handing out brochures.  McDonough’s defense attorney, Brian Premo, pointed out that Aldrich’s name is on 13 of the allegedly fraudulent ballots.  Aldrich however, said that “He was not involved in any wrongdoing, and had no reason to believe anything illegal was happening…”

Perhaps more intriguing was the testimony of James Welch, Chairman of the Rensselaer County WFP.  A 2009 report by the Times Union indicates that some of the absentee ballots were returnable either to Democrat or WFP operatives, including Welch and Aldrich.  In a statement at that time, Welch claimed that “my conduct was strictly proper”.

However, on January 26th, State Police Investigator John Ogden testified that Welch was given a cooperation agreement to testify in the case…

… The question is, why would Welch or any member of the WFP need a cooperation agreement to testify?  If they were truly simply ignorant of the process, naive pawns in the voter fraud being schemed by the Democrats, then why wouldn’t their honest testimony be enough?

Worse, Welch seemingly isn’t the only member of the WFP who was ignorant of the voter fraud being perpetrated upon innocent people using their ballot line.  Karen Scharff, co-chair of the Capital District WFP at the time, the branch which controlled Welch’s Rensselaer County arm, had this to say:

“It’s extremely troubling that local Democrats in Troy appear to have committed fraud in an attempt to win a primary fight with Troy Republicans for our ballot line.”

The really troubling matter with Scharff’s WFP is that they’re a stone’s throw away from the influence of the New York Communities for Change – formerly known as ACORN.

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.

The first witness called to testify in the upstate New York ballot fraud case, Jermaine Joseph, provided the expected testimony – ballots were filled out on his behalf, votes were cast across a straight Democrat party line, etc.

But an interesting caveat was also revealed, something Joseph did not provide in his grand jury testimony – He claims he was paid for his troubles.

Via the Times Union:

A former Hudson Valley Community College football player told jurors Wednesday that he was paid $10 to register to vote by a man from Troy City Hall.

Jermaine Joseph was the first witness called to testify at the trial of two Democrats accused of forging absentee ballots to hijack the 2009 Working Families Party primary.

Joseph said that he and his roommate were each given $10 by a man from Troy City Hall after they signed voter registration cards in 2009. He did not identify the man.

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.

Kevin McGrath, who currently sits on the Troy City Council, testified yesterday at the upstate New York voter fraud trial, that he was concerned about running for public office because of his history of substance abuse, and ‘the fact that he is a convicted felon’.

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.

Yesterday brought testimony from the former city clerk who allegedly spearheaded the operation, William McInerney.  The Democrat admitted his own guilt in the forgery case, while implicating others as well.  McInerney testified to preying on people living in public housing saying, “I went to the projects to see if voters would sign the applications and if not I’d forge them.”  McInerney officially pled guilty to forgery back in August…

… Adding insult to injury, McInerney also testified about a drunk driving conviction, had to answer questions about a sexual harassment claim which led to his termination at a job with the New York State Legislature, and having an order of protection issued for stalking his ex-wife.

1)       New York Democrats – Voter Fraud is ‘A Normal Political Tactic’ (01/17/2012)


According to a recent Fox News report, Anthony Renna, a Democrat guilty of second-degree forgery, and Anthony DeFiglio, a Democrat guilty of first-degree falsifying business records, are trying to drag all local politicians, regardless of party affiliation, down with the ship. 

Thus far, eight people have been charged in connection with the ballot fraud investigation, four of which have pleaded guilty.

Reports emerging from the investigation indicate that the Democrats are trying to implicate Republicans of the same conduct they have been charged with.  According to the state police, Renna and DeFiglio both claimed that, “voter fraud is an accepted way of winning elections, and faking absentee ballots was commonplace.”

Renna explained that the process of handing in forged ballots and fake votes ensures that “ballots are voted correctly.”  He adds, “‘Voted correctly’ is a term used for a forged application or ballot.”
DeFiglio added that such fraud is actually “an ongoing scheme and it occurs on both sides of the aisle.  What appears as a huge conspiracy to nonpolitical persons is really a normal political tactic.”

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Former Dem City Clerk Admits to Forging Ballots, And Then Some

February 24, 2012 at 5:32 pm (Ballot Fraud, Democrats, Harry Tutunjian, Kevin McGrath, New York, Troy, Voter Fraud, William McInerney, Working Families Party)

Last week, the voter fraud case in Troy, New York saw embarrassing testimony from a current member of the city Council, Kevin McGrath, who relayed fears of running for public office because of his history of substance abuse, and “the fact that he is a convicted felon”.  More shameful was McGrath’s willingness to make light of his felony conviction, stating that he “didn’t make much of a profit”, a comment that prompted an apology from the judge presiding over the case.

Yesterday brought testimony from the former city clerk who allegedly spearheaded the operation, William McInerney.  The Democrat admitted his own guilt in the forgery case, while implicating others as well.  McInerney testified to preying on people living in public housing saying, “I went to the projects to see if voters would sign the applications and if not I’d forge them.”  McInerney officially pled guilty to forgery back in August.


The admission prompted the former mayor of Troy, Republican Harry Tutunjian, to post a scathing statement on Facebook.  

I sat in on the voter fraud trial today.  I was disgusted to hear the former city clerk admit that he has been forging and voting absentee ballots since at least 2007. What is more disturbing is that he admitted that other council members also forged and voted ballots. They all knew what they were doing. So what did they do when they got caught? They blamed Bob Mirch, they blamed me, and they blamed everyone else.

This gang of admitted and accused criminals made the last two years of my term very difficult. They accused me and members of my administration of criminal acts, bullying, thuggery, you name it. I am not ashamed to say I feel a certain sense of satisfaction in hearing they actually did far worse than what they accused me of. It is a shame that the people of Troy were represented by true criminals that stole the votes of unsuspecting residents for many years.

Bear in mind that eight members of the Democrat party have been indicted, charged, or implicated in the voter fraud scandal. The reference to Mirch coincides with statements from the Democrats in which they tried to collaborate with the Working Families Party to draft a press release which blamed the voter fraud on the former Republican Public Works Commissioner.

Little could Tutunjian have known how prescient his statement would be.  “They actually did far worse” played out in an incredible way during today’s courtroom drama.  Defense attorney Brian Premo at one point suggested that McInerney could have been charged with several hundred felonies, despite having pled to only one.  McInerney was sentenced to 90 days in a Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Department work program to avoid jail time.


Several hundred felonies in exchange for testimony and a 90 day slap on the wrist?

Adding insult to injury, McInerney also testified about a drunk driving conviction, had to answer questions about a sexual harassment claim which led to his termination at a job with the New York State Legislature, and having an order of protection issued for stalking his ex-wife.

From the Times Union:

William McInerney, the former city clerk who spearheaded a scheme to steal votes and cooperated with the prosecution of two other Troy Democrats accused of ballot fraud, admitted he was accused of stalking women.
“An old girlfriend stated something along the lines of that,” McInerney said during questioning by Brian Premo, who represents Edward McDonough, one of the two men on trial for allegedly forging ballots in the 2009 Working Families Party primary.
Premo also asked McInerney about an allegation that he stalked his ex-wife. McInerney admitted an order of protection was filed for the alleged stalking.

In regards to the sexual harassment incident, the Union also reported that:

Premo questioned him about his termination from a job at the state Assembly. Premo suggested McInerny lost the job because he accused a female co-worker of getting a job because she performed a sex act on their boss. Premo noted when a gay male co-worker objected to his remark, McInerny told the man he was upset because the man wasn’t involved with the boss.

It is quite the cast of characters that were running the city of Troy between 2007 and 2011.

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Democrat Councilman Jokes About His Felony Drug Conviction

February 15, 2012 at 5:42 pm (Ballot, Democrats, Drugs, DWI, Ed McDonough, Felony, Frank LaPosta, Harry Tutunjian, Kevin McGrath, Michael LoPorto, New York, Troy, Voter Fraud, WFP, Working Families Party)

Kevin McGrath, who currently sits on the Troy City Council, testified yesterday at the upstate New York voter fraud trial, that he was concerned about running for public office because of his history of substance abuse, and ‘the fact that he is a convicted felon’.

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.

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Breaking: Working Families Party Operatives Testify in Voter Fraud Case

February 6, 2012 at 10:51 pm (ACORN, Ballot Fraud, Corruption, Ed McDonough, James Welch, Karen Scharff, Michael LoPorto, New York, Rensselaer County, Voter Fraud, WFP, Working Families Party)

The ballot fraud case in Troy, New York, shifted from a long parade of defrauded voter testimony, and focused on two operatives in the Working Families Party (WFP) Monday  – Thomas Aldrich and James Welch.  The trial involves two Democrats – former City Councilman Michael LoPorto, and Rensselaer County Board of Elections Commissioner Edward McDonough.  The two have been accused of over 100 combined felonies in connection with the alleged defrauding of the 2009 Working Families Party primary.

Aldrich testified about his volunteer efforts on behalf of the Democrat party, which included knocking on doors and handing out brochures.  McDonough’s defense attorney, Brian Premo, pointed out that Aldrich’s name is on 13 of the allegedly fraudulent ballots.  Aldrich however, said that “He was not involved in any wrongdoing, and had no reason to believe anything illegal was happening…”

Perhaps more intriguing was the testimony of James Welch, Chairman of the Rensselaer County WFP.  A 2009 report by the Times Union indicates that some of the absentee ballots were returnable either to Democrat or WFP operatives, including Welch and Aldrich.  In a statement at that time, Welch claimed that “my conduct was strictly proper”.

However, on January 26th, State Police Investigator John Ogden testified that Welch was given a cooperation agreement to testify in the case.

Despite such lofty status as Chairman of county WFP, Welch apparently had little idea of how the rules involving absentee ballots worked, even though it would impact the integrity of his party’s ballot line.

From the Troy Record:

James Welch, the chair of the county Working Families Party at the time of the primary, rounded out Monday’s testimony. Welch said that on the morning of the primary, John Brown called him to ask if he could put Welch’s name on the “release to” line on five absentee ballot applications. Welch said he didn’t understand what Brown meant, since he wasn’t familiar with the applications, but said that Brown assured him it was a good move because “it would look better” to have a WFP member’s name in that slot instead of a Democrat’s name.

He said he asked Brown if that was allowed, and when Brown assured him it was, he agreed. Brown pled guilty to a felony late last year and is looking at six months behind bars.

John Brown was a former Democrat Councilman.

Welch went on to state that he received a phone call later in the week, in which Brown suggested that “We should get our stories straight.”  Welch responded, “It sounds like you’re asking me to commit perjury in a courtroom setting.”

The question is, why would Welch or any member of the WFP need a cooperation agreement to testify?  If they were truly simply ignorant of the process, naive pawns in the voter fraud being schemed by the Democrats, then why wouldn’t their honest testimony be enough.

Worse, Welch seemingly isn’t the only member of the WFP who was ignorant of the voter fraud being perpetrated upon innocent people using their ballot line.  Karen Scharff, co-chair of the Capital District WFP at the time, the branch which controlled Welch’s Rensselaer County arm, had this to say:

“It’s extremely troubling that local Democrats in Troy appear to have committed fraud in an attempt to win a primary fight with Troy Republicans for our ballot line.”

The really troubling matter with Scharff’s WFP is that they’re a stone’s throw away from the influence of the New York Communities for Change – formerly known as ACORN.  At the time that this ballot fraud in Troy was allegedly being carried out, the two organizations had several ties:

  • RedState has demonstrated that the WFP was founded by key members of ACORN, and shares many of its political strategies.
  • The WFP has listed ACORN as an affiliate program directly on their Web site.
  • Roger Stone called the New York Working Families Party “one of ACORN’s most successful projects”.
  • The New York Post analyzed the many shady dealings of the WFP, and its affiliation with ACORN.
As for Scharff, who co-chaired the Capital District Branch and thus oversaw Welch’s county branch, she also shares a history with the uber-corrupt ACORN:

  • Scharff has been involved in health care meetings coordinated by her group, Citizen Action, and ACORN.  A picture of one such event appears on the Times Union blog.
  • Her name appears on a letter of support for ACORN, in which criticism of their work is labeled as ‘mainly partisan’ attacks.
  • An article regarding the power of fusion politics, a tactic used by the WFP, shows Scharff’s activism in the election of Albany District Attorney, David Soares. The article covers the tandem work of the WFP and Citizen Action, along with the strong ties that the WFP has with ACORN. One key element here is the mention of Bertha Lewis who is described as ‘the executive director of ACORN’s New York City chapter’. Lewis also serves as co-chair for the WFP.
  • Another article celebrating the Soares victory appears in the Nation, in which Scharff’s WFP work is mentioned alongside the work of Dan Cantor. Cantor also serves as Executive Director for the WFP, and was national organizer for the ‘New Party’ in the ‘90s, a socialist group with strong ties to ACORN. In fact, the New Ground described the New Party’s ‘biggest asset and biggest liability’ as ACORN.
  • Scharff serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for Working Families, alongside Jon Kest, Director of the New York Association of Community Organization for Reform Now.
Welch’s testimony is scheduled to continue on Wednesday.

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