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Dems Charged For Fake Tea Party Filings

From Michigan’s Oakland Press:

Two charged with election fraud for fake Tea Party filings

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Of The Oakland Press

Two former Oakland County Democratic Party workers face felony charges from a six-month grand jury investigation into allegations of election fraud.

Jason Bauer, the former political director for the county party, and Mike McGuinness, the former county party chairman, arraigned Wednesday in Oakland County Circuit Court before Judge James Alexander.

They were each charged with three counts of uttering and publishing and perjury, while Bauer also faces three counts of a violation of the Michigan Notary Act. The charges range from 1-year misdemeanors to a 15-year felonies.

Something tells us that if such a crime had been perpetuated by Republican operatives against the Democrats, it would get more than just the barest of local coverage.

McGuinness and Bauer were given a $25,000 personal bond. Their next court date was scheduled before Alexander at 11 a.m. April 15.

The charges were released during an afternoon news conference by Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard and Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper.

Judge Edward Sosnick was the one-man grand juror impaneled six months ago to investigate the allegations against the pair.

Sosnick was asked to investigate allegations of election fraud, perjury, forgery, obstruction of justice and violation of the Michigan Notary Act leveled at the end of August by Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and then-Oakland County Clerk Ruth Johnson.

Patterson and the other county officials asked for a grand jury to look at filings made by Oakland County candidates for The Tea Party group where signatures didn’t match their voter registration cards and after one candidate protested he hadn’t filed to run and was living out of state.

They also linked the filings to Oakland County Democratic Party employee Jason Bauer, who notarized several candidate filings. Bauer later resigned his position, as did Oakland County Democratic Party Chairman Mike McGuinness.

The Tea Party group’s bid for political party status was subsequently denied in a split vote by state canvassers, and appeals to the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Michigan Supreme Court were also rejected.

In other words, these two Democrat Party officials "notarized" candidates to run for a bogus Tea Party in Michigan, without some of the supposed candidates even knowing about it.

Of course having a phony Tea Party candidate on the ballot would have helped the Democrat candidates’ chances.

In the grand jury warrant handed down by Sosnick, McGuiness and Bauer are accused of fraudulently entering Aaron William Tyler as a Tea Party candidate for District 2 County Commission in July.

After learning he had been entered as a candidate, Tyler sent a letter to then-Oakland County Clerk Ruth Johnson in August stating he hadn’t filled out paperwork to appear on the county commission ballot.

That alleged act resulted in a charge of uttering and publishing.

You have got to love archaic law terms.

McGuiness and Bauer are also accused of making a false affidavit or swearing falsely while under oath for the purpose of qualifying Tyler as a candidate for office, resulting in a charge of perjury.

A third charge of notary public violation was also handed down by a grand juror, who determined there was just cause to charge the men after hearing testimony.

Because the grand juror is still sitting, Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard and Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper were unable to release many of the details about the case or the investigation during a press conference…

A total of 23 people statewide have been part of an investigation into the filings, which Bouchard said were concocted by someone in Lansing.

Eight of those people were based in Oakland County, and at least four of the Oakland County cases have proven to be fraudulent…

The act of filing as a Tea Party candidate under false pretenses was not illegal in itself, Bouchard said.

“Creating a false party is not election fraud,” he said. “It may not be ethical, but it’s still legal. Some folks were fraudulently placed on the ballot without their participation — that’s the criminal side.”

And you can bet it happened in many more places than just in Oakland County, Michigan. And that it will be even more widespread in 2012.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, March 17th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Dems Charged For Fake Tea Party Filings”

  1. proreason says:

    multiply it by 100, at least, to understand what really happened

    • JohnMG says:

      I particularly liked the tag on there that…..“Creating a false party is not election fraud,”.

      If that isn’t an invitation for others to duplicate the act, I don’t know what would be. And next time, all the guilty partys will have to do is find a friendly judge, who will then refuse to prosecute. Sort of like the New Black Panthers thing in Philly.

  2. tranquil.night says:

    If the political circumstances were reversed, not only would it be the headlines until the Tea Party was discredited, with every Democrat in Washington seething on TV about the subversion of Democracy, the Republicans would be right besides them denouncing us.

  3. MichaelT says:

    Is ‘arraign’ no longer a transitive verb? Perhaps they arraigned themselves to make it easy for the court.

  4. Astravogel says:

    Sloppy, as usual. At least the
    folks in the graveyards are still
    ‘residing’ locally.

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