Democratic plot to rig MI elections prompts nine felony charges

posted at 10:55 am on March 17, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

If you can’t beat ’em … fake ’em out? Two Democratic Party leaders in Michigan face nine felony counts after prosecutors allege that they forged documents to put fake Tea Party candidates on the ballot. Unlike other schemes where Democrats allegedly recruited candidates to run on ersatz Tea Party organization identities, these “candidates” had no idea they were on the ballot at all, some of them only discovering it after receiving delinquency notices on filings. Fox News in Detroit reports that the grand jury is still probing the matter and that there may be more indictments coming:

Two Charged in Tea Party Election Fraud: MyFoxDETROIT.com

Two former leaders of the Oakland County Democratic Party are facing a total of nine felonies for allegedly forging election paperwork to get fake Tea Party candidates on November’s ballot. …

Former Oakland County Democratic Chair Mike McGuinness and former Democratic Operations Director Jason Bauer face up to 14 years in prison if convicted.

“Some of the people didn’t even know they were on the ballot till they began receiving delinquency notices of filings that were required as a candidate,” said Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard.

The sheriff says 23 statewide races had questionable Tea Party candidates on the ballot and the investigation may go beyond Oakland County.

The charges involve forgery, fraud, and perjury. The prosecution alleges that the two signed candidacy materials under false pretenses, forms which require people to acknowledge that they are under oath to provide truthful and accurate information. If they signed the forms themselves under the names of people who didn’t know what the two Democrats were doing, those charges should be easy to prove in court. The two will face years in prison.

The question will be whether this was part of a larger operation to dilute the ballot to help Democrats, a scheme that failed anyway. If McGuiness and Bauer end up facing the long end of a 14-year sentence, they may be highly motivated to tell prosecutors about any wider plans in Michigan to defraud voters. Fox notes that the grand jury continues to probe this even after the indictments against the two Oakland County Democratic Party leaders, which might mean more indictments will be forthcoming. We will definitely keep an eye out for further developments.


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Wow, they are actually going after Democrats in Detroit?

Socmodfiscon on March 17, 2011 at 11:00 AM

It is kind of shocking. At least they aren’t black democrats this time. Yeah, I went there.

SouthernGent on March 17, 2011 at 12:16 PM

samuelrylander on March 17, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Look on the bright side, imagine how many unsuspecting Leftist read the story because of the headline. Surprise!!!!!

Cindy Munford on March 17, 2011 at 12:17 PM

White guys in ties = evil

/

mankai on March 17, 2011 at 12:17 PM

SouthernGent on March 17, 2011 at 12:16 PM

But you were nervous.

Cindy Munford on March 17, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Look on the bright side, imagine how many unsuspecting Leftist read the story because of the headline. Surprise!!!!!

Cindy Munford on March 17, 2011 at 12:17 PM

I had that thought too… they probably lit up when they read the headline, only to be gravely disappointed… but it’s the casual reader that might just file it away as “Tea Party shenanigans.”

mankai on March 17, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Don’t these guys know that election fraud never fed one hungry chile?

Akzed on March 17, 2011 at 11:50 AM

How do you feed a hungry chile?

AverageJoe on March 17, 2011 at 12:23 PM

“THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE!!!”

(repeat x100)

Bruce MacMahon on March 17, 2011 at 12:24 PM

What?

Like Republicans don’t send their kids to the “government schools”?

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 17, 2011 at 12:16 PM

No, doc, I went to public schools. I just happened to be smarter than those that were indoctrinated.
By and large, the less intelligent you are, the more likely you are to vote democrat.
By and large, if you smoke cigarettes or ingest drugs, the more likely you are to vote democrat.
By and large, the more tattoos, piercings and the like that you have on your body, the more likely you are to vote democrat.
I could go on.

Lanceman on March 17, 2011 at 12:25 PM

The two will face years in prison.

Good. Well deserved. I can’t wait to hear who else they will rat out in their plea bargain. Better stock up on popcorn.

iurockhead on March 17, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Of course, the left-leaning Detroit Fox affiliate could not run this story without the usual misleading headline, making it appear as though the TEA party is to blame for the fraud.

UltimateBob on March 17, 2011 at 12:48 PM

Wow, they are actually going after Democrats in Detroit?

Socmodfiscon on March 17, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Yeah, no kidding. I was looking for some selective law enforcement.

Mirimichi on March 17, 2011 at 12:49 PM

No, doc, I went to public schools. I just happened to be smarter than those that were indoctrinated.
By and large, the less intelligent you are, the more likely you are to vote democrat.
By and large, if you smoke cigarettes or ingest drugs, the more likely you are to vote democrat.
By and large, the more tattoos, piercings and the like that you have on your body, the more likely you are to vote democrat.
I could go on.

Lanceman on March 17, 2011 at 12:25 PM

We’ve all been indoctrinated along the line…that just goes with the territory (living in a society) unless you were raised by wolves in the Rockies.

From the Corporatists we get, “Buy this and be sexy/successful/popular!” and so on and no dearth of rip-offs and screwing of the consumer.

From the Left we get a perversion of Christianity that says we must be our brother’s keeper, and of course massive guilt for being successful while other societies screwed around and blew opportunities to advance. So then we somehow become responsible for helping the same societies our ancestors got the hell out of in the first place because they were so screwed up.

As for being “smarter” or more “intelligent” time will tell. From what I see the Leftists have been steadily taking over this country. They control most of the media (including film, art, TV, radio save political talk shows). Progressives tend to send their kids to college to major in programs that move them into the social science arenas, law, the media and politics.

Conservative children tend to go into the blue collar sectors or engineering.

To think they’re dumb because we don’t agree with them hasn’t worked very well for us, has it now?

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 17, 2011 at 12:53 PM

It’s just business as usual, move along.

MJZZZ on March 17, 2011 at 12:55 PM

Two Charged in Tea Party Election Fraud: MyFoxDETROIT.com

We can’t even get accurate headlines on Fox!

The headline implies that the Tea Party committed the election fraud, when it was Democratic Party leaders who registered people without their knowledge, as Tea Party candidates on the ballot.

The real headline should be…

Two Democratic Party Leaders charged with Election Fraud.

dominigan on March 17, 2011 at 1:09 PM

By and large, if you smoke cigarettes or ingest drugs, the more likely you are to vote democrat.

Lanceman on March 17, 2011 at 12:25 PM

As a smoker I object to this generalization. I can never ever be a democrat. Party of Stupid is preferred to the party of evil.

antisocial on March 17, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Oddly enough, not one comment from Ernesto, Grow Fins, crr6 or Sesqueidiot on this topic.

angryed on March 17, 2011 at 1:16 PM

My mother was an election worker in Oakland Co last fall (sweet retired english teacher with a thing for proper grammar and a CC license).

She told me that her neighbor of 30 years came in to vote and learned he wasn’t registered. She investigated and learned that he had “moved” to a vacant lot in Port Huron. Where he voted. Before polls opened so he could be back home to vote when the polls DID open.

Nope, nothing to see there.

Daisy_WI on March 17, 2011 at 1:16 PM

We can’t even get accurate headlines on Fox!

dominigan on March 17, 2011 at 1:09 PM

This is a local FOX affiliate out of Detroit. The local affiliates are nothing like FOX News Channel.

You should see FOX29 in Philadelphia sometime, you’d think you were watching MSNBC.

UltimateBob on March 17, 2011 at 1:16 PM

Maybe when Nancy Pelosi said the Tea Party was Astroturf, she knew more than we thought. : ))

Angry Dumbo on March 17, 2011 at 1:23 PM

angryed on March 17, 2011 at 1:16 PM

Our trolls are very selective.

Cindy Munford on March 17, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Oddly enough, not one comment from Ernesto, Grow Fins, crr6 or Sesqueidiot on this topic.

angryed on March 17, 2011 at 1:16 PM

Grow Fins got the boot…finally.

Asher on March 17, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Gay politician arraigned in tea party ballot scandal

http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=46049

I only note this, because you know that if either of these guys was an endorsed “Christian Coalition” candidate at any point, that fact would have made it into the story.

I’m not suggesting that being gay makes one more prone to voter fraud… just being a Democrat does that.

mankai on March 17, 2011 at 1:44 PM

The only place outside of MI that isn’t right-leaning that is covering this is Salon.

Even worse for these two guys: the county prosecutor is a Democrat, so there will be no arguing that this is a partisan hit job.

The News-Messenger reports that Bauer has been involved in C-grade rat-f*cking before:

Bauer was suspended from his job a year earlier, when interns working for him submitted fake letters to Republicans on the Oakland County commission, urging them to support a plan by Democrats to provide more health insurance for poor residents. The letters were purportedly from a West Bloomfield mother and a retired GM worker who didn’t have insurance. Several party members said Bauer should have been fired.

http://www.salon.com/news/politics/2010_elections/?story=/politics/war_room/2011/03/17/dems_tea_party_charges

mankai on March 17, 2011 at 1:49 PM

Why am I not surprized. This is SOP for the-end-justifies-the-means Democrats.

infidel4life on March 17, 2011 at 2:04 PM

Where I live, Republican phone bank people calling to remind voters with absentee ballots to vote in 2010 often had a surprised voter on the other end of the line. The voter would insist that he hadn’t applied for, or gotten, an absentee ballot. All the party workers could do was strongly suggest that the person check with the county clerk because a ballot had been issued in his name.

Perhaps these people had forgotten that they applied. Or perhaps someone was using their name.

secant on March 17, 2011 at 2:20 PM

Wow, they put democrats in jail for that?

Who knew?

perries on March 17, 2011 at 2:25 PM

Oddly enough, not one comment from Ernesto, Grow Fins, crr6 or Sesqueidiot on this topic.

angryed on March 17, 2011 at 1:16 PM

Here. I’ll do a stand-in until someone shows up.

“This is a minor thing and happens all the time … especially with the RNC. Typical of you wing-nuts to tar all liberals because of the dedicated actions of two obviously committed and passionate men. They were just trying to counterbalance the rash of fake coffee party progressives that the RNC was putting on the ballot.”

Rod on March 17, 2011 at 2:32 PM

Where I live …

Perhaps these people had forgotten that they applied. Or perhaps someone was using their name.

secant on March 17, 2011 at 2:20 PM

And where to you live? Chicago?

Rod on March 17, 2011 at 2:36 PM

If McGuiness and Bauer end up facing the long end of a 14-year sentence, they may be highly motivated to tell prosecutors about any wider plans in Michigan to defraud voters.

State wide? I’m betting this goes beyond Michigans borders. Beyond the bordering states of Michigans borders. Heck…I’d even bet it goes nationwide, and all trails lead to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

capejasmine on March 17, 2011 at 2:36 PM

Perhaps these people had forgotten that they applied. Or perhaps someone was using their name.

secant on March 17, 2011 at 2:20 PM

Yeah that’s it. That’s EXACTLY what happened! ROFLMAO

capejasmine on March 17, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Oddly enough, not one comment from Ernesto, Grow Fins, crr6 or Sesqueidiot on this topic.

angryed on March 17, 2011 at 1:16 PM

Fins finally blew a few days aho and has left the building.

The others haven’t received their Talking Points from Soros yet.

Del Dolemonte on March 17, 2011 at 2:41 PM

You should see FOX29 in Philadelphia sometime, you’d think you were watching MSNBC.

UltimateBob on March 17, 2011 at 1:16 PM

Every time OReally? or Whorealdo comes on Faux I think I’m watching MSNBC so I turn the channel

dhunter on March 17, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Two Democratic Party leaders in Michigan face nine felony counts after prosecutors allege that they forged documents to put fake Tea Party candidates on the ballot.

Just lighten up, we were all young once too.

This was obviously a prank that just went a little too far.

/s

roy_batty on March 17, 2011 at 3:09 PM

roy_batty on March 17, 2011 at 3:09 PM

LMAO!!!!

The sad part is…I’m sure any liberal judge would buy that excuse.

capejasmine on March 17, 2011 at 3:19 PM

If this has happened in Chicago rather than Detroit, those guys would be hiired by the WH.

Carl on March 17, 2011 at 3:24 PM

They haven’t been convicted. So there’s no there, there. Especially if they make a deal and plead to a lesser charge, that’s solid proof that there’s no election fraud. As someone claiming to attend a top-rated law school, you must accept my opinion as fact.

/crr6

malclave on March 17, 2011 at 3:40 PM

As a smoker I object to this generalization. I can never ever be a democrat. Party of Stupid is preferred to the party of evil.

antisocial on March 17, 2011 at 1:15 PM

‘Scuse me, antisocial, but what are you, a ‘rat? As in democRAT?
I put two qualifiers in each sentence AND even embiggened one of them. By and large AND more likely.

I smoke cigarettes too.

Lanceman on March 17, 2011 at 4:24 PM

If this has happened in Chicago rather than Detroit, those guys would be hiired by the WH.

Carl on March 17, 2011 at 3:24 PM

Wait.

runawayyyy on March 17, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Frankly, in a very democratic stronghold area, I am very surprised they are prosecuting this crime, rather than bury it.

karenhasfreedom on March 17, 2011 at 4:47 PM

Here in Southern AZ the Democrat party sent out fliers to presumeably conservative voters stating that the REAL conservative running against Giffords was the Libertarian candidate and not the Republican Jesse Kelly. As a result, the votes the Libertarian candidate received made the difference in the election. If the numbskulls who fell for this ploy had voted for Jesse Kelly instead, Giffords would have lost the election. It was a disgraceful black mark on the Democrat party (and a dirty trick), but little was made of it in the left leaning press.

paraff on March 17, 2011 at 7:25 PM

Democrats committing election fraud. Next you’ll tell me storks don’t bring babies.

Slowburn on March 17, 2011 at 10:18 PM

This is Oakland County, I live there-it is not Detroit which is in Wayne County.
Does my heart good to see these two Dems get caught! Now lets go after voter fraud too in Oakland county-

Bullhead on March 17, 2011 at 10:27 PM