Video: Voter-registration fraud in Texas?

posted at 10:01 am on February 19, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Battleground Texas has a mission — to turn the deep-red state of Texas as blue as Austin, a monumental if not quixotic task. Like other activist groups, the progressive organization conducts voter-registration drives, attempting to get like-minded citizens to turn out in force in the next election cycle. Project Veritas did an undercover operation of Battleground Texas and found out that registering voters is just the start of those efforts. According to the video, the group’s leaders cull information from those registration forms and build their database of personal information — which is a direct violation of Texas law:

In an apparent violation of state law, Battleground Texas officials are exploiting legally protected information to turn voters out to the polls as part of the Democratic party’s quest to paint the Lone Star State blue, a new undercover video from James O’Keefe reveals.

The footage shows Battleground Texas volunteer Jennifer Longoria saying the group uses the phone numbers from voter registration forms in later efforts to boost turnout on election day.

Texas Election Code prohibits the use of, or even the copying of, phone numbers provided by individuals registering to vote.

The same Battleground Texas uses this data to make phone calls on behalf of gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, James O’Keefe and Brandon Darby of the newly-launched Breitbart Texas report. It’s not the first time Texas progressives have exploited what was supposed to be private data; PV also exposed Enroll America for doing the same thing.

Now that this has been exposed, will Texas take action against Battleground Texas? Be sure to watch the whole video to see the response from the Secretary of State — and the failure of Battleground Texas to watch out for “O’Keefers.”


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Democrats? Voter fraud? Nooooooooooooo! Say it isn’t so!

Lanceman on February 19, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Just turn ALT loose on them…

OmahaConservative on February 19, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Texas is gonna be blue in a decade anyway. Might as well hasten our national disaster. Then we can get on with the more unpleasant things we’ll have to endure to correct it.

Rational Thought on February 19, 2014 at 10:06 AM

…what do you think went on in the last two elections?
…MSM!…nothing here…move on!

KOOLAID2 on February 19, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Ah, Texas.

Funny how all those Dead Voters seem to show up in Blue voting districts. Why are Democrats so afraid of honest elections?

Del Dolemonte on February 19, 2014 at 10:10 AM

In an apparent violation of state law, Battleground Texas officials are exploiting legally protected information

To the Fascist-Democrats violating the law is a feature, not a bug.

rbj on February 19, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Zimbabwe.

Ukraine.

United States.

What’s the difference?

tetriskid on February 19, 2014 at 10:11 AM

James O’Keefe is clearly the unnamed American Citizen Pharaoh is wanting to Drone.

ConstantineXI on February 19, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Texas is gonna be blue in a decade anyway. Might as well hasten our national disaster. Then we can get on with the more unpleasant things we’ll have to endure to correct it.

Rational Thought on February 19, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Or, or we could keep using the electoral process in the mean time to avoid the horrible prospect of someone getting hurt.

hawkdriver on February 19, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Ah, Texas.

Funny how all those Dead Voters seem to show up in Blue voting districts. Why are Democrats so afraid of honest elections?

Del Dolemonte on February 19, 2014 at 10:10 AM

For the same reason protected classes are afraid of an honest portrayal of their community.

hawkdriver on February 19, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Man this really chaps my hide. I knew these unethical a**hats would come here and cheat to make Texas a Democratic state. This really sucks. They’re going to destroy my home state that I love. I’m really bummed about this. So it begins.

TexasJack on February 19, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Just turn ALT loose on them…

OmahaConservative on February 19, 2014 at 10:05 AM

It would be like the Tasmanian Devil cutting down trees.

Lanceman on February 19, 2014 at 10:18 AM

If amnesty goes through, it won’t take 10 years for Texas to turn blue…and they’ll be pissing water into the Gulf…

ladyingray on February 19, 2014 at 10:18 AM

The footage shows Battleground Texas volunteer Jennifer Longoria saying the group uses the phone numbers from voter registration forms in later efforts to boost turnout on election day.

No where near “voter fraud.” But nice try.

libfreeordie on February 19, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Just following the example set for them on a daily basis by their hero, The One.

Bitter Clinger on February 19, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Cowards, cheaters, Dims.

Bmore on February 19, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Lying, cheating, stealing (votes), stuffing ballot boxes, voter intimidation, depressing the military vote, fraudulent registrations, fighting voter id laws, multiple votes by individuals, illegal aliens voting – the list is endless in the Dems lock-step march to their (designed) dystopic future for us all.

vnvet on February 19, 2014 at 10:22 AM

No where near “voter fraud.” But nice try.

libfreeordie on February 19, 2014 at 10:19 AM

How about CRIMINAL misuse of contact information for partisan DemocRat purposes?

ConstantineXI on February 19, 2014 at 10:23 AM

No where near “voter fraud.” But nice try.

libfreeordie on February 19, 2014 at 10:19 AM

That information could be used to conduct voter fraud. Hence, Ed’s use of the question mark.

Bitter Clinger on February 19, 2014 at 10:23 AM

The footage shows Battleground Texas volunteer Jennifer Longoria saying the group uses the phone numbers from voter registration forms in later efforts to boost turnout on election day.

No where near “voter fraud.” But nice try.

libfreeordie on February 19, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Why are you mortally afraid to even consider the possibility that such fraud exists?

Del Dolemonte on February 19, 2014 at 10:24 AM

2nd that OC along with txmom

cmsinaz on February 19, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Lying, cheating, stealing (votes), stuffing ballot boxes, voter intimidation, depressing the military vote, fraudulent registrations, fighting voter id laws, multiple votes by individuals, illegal aliens voting – the list is endless in the Dems lock-step march to their (designed) dystopic future for us all.

vnvet on February 19, 2014 at 10:22 AM

DemocRats can’t risk elections on voters.

ConstantineXI on February 19, 2014 at 10:25 AM

This really sucks. They’re going to destroy my home state that I love. I’m really bummed about this. So it begins.
TexasJack on February 19, 2014 at 10:15 AM

“Don’t do something, just sit there!”

Akzed on February 19, 2014 at 10:25 AM

BallotPedia:

When people think of vote fraud in Texas what usually comes to mind first is Magical Box 13. As recounted in Robert Caro’s Means of Ascent, in 1948, future president Lyndon Johnson was trailing six days after the election, and seemed certain to lose, when a protégé of George Parr, the “Duke of Duval” and political boss of the heavily Hispanic counties in southern Texas, “discovered” 200 allegedly uncounted ballots in Box 13, in Alice, Texas. These 200 “voters” cast their ballots 198 to 2 for Johnson, putting him over the top. As Caro writes, “the election of course was stolen”

Del Dolemonte on February 19, 2014 at 10:26 AM

No where near “voter fraud.” But nice try.

libfreeorgan on February 19, 2014 at 10:19 AM

…they just haven’t ‘swallowed’ yet!

KOOLAID2 on February 19, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Get a Rope.

ToddPA on February 19, 2014 at 10:27 AM

No where near “voter fraud.” But nice try.

libfreeordie on February 19, 2014 at 10:19 AM

It’s illegal. And it’s being done so they can engage in voter fraud. Same reason the Democrats are so hellbent on blocking voter ID laws.

Doughboy on February 19, 2014 at 10:29 AM

NY Times, February 11, 1990:

A study of Lyndon B. Johnson provides new evidence that the 36th President stole his first election to the United States Senate, in 1948.

The book, ”Means of Ascent,” by Robert A. Caro, is the second volume of a projected four-volume study, ”The Years of Lyndon Johnson.” With a first printing of 250,000 copies, it is to be published on March 15 by Knopf, and excerpts have appeared in The New Yorker.

Mr. Caro maintains that although ballot fraud was common in the late 1940′s in some parts of Texas, the Johnson campaign of 1948 raised it to a new level. Mr. Caro supports his charge with an interview with Luis Salas, an election judge in Jim Wells County who said he acknowledged his role only after all others involved in the theft had died.

-snip-

It has been alleged for years that Johnson captured his Senate seat through fraud, but Mr. Caro goes into great detail to tell how the future President overcame a 20,000-vote deficit to achieve his famous 87-vote victory in the 1948 Democratic runoff primary against a former Governor, Coke Stevenson. A South Texas political boss, George Parr, had manufactured thousands of votes, Mr. Caro found. Johnson died in 1973, Stevenson and Parr in 1975. Mr. Caro says the election showed Johnson’s determination to win at all costs as well as his coolness under fire and his ability to select gifted lieutenants, whom he then manipulated.

”The point is that the 1948 election shed light on Johnson’s character,” Mr. Caro said in an interview. ”People have been saying for 40 years, ‘No one knows what really happened in that election,’ and ‘Everybody does it.’ Neither of those statements is true. I don’t think that this is the only election that was ever stolen, but there was never such brazen thievery.”

Del Dolemonte on February 19, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Why are you mortally afraid to even consider the possibility that such fraud exists?

Del Dolemonte on February 19, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Because that’s what it’s been told think?

bigmacdaddy on February 19, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Unexpectedly…

workingclass artist on February 19, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Why are you mortally afraid to even consider the possibility that such fraud exists?

Del Dolemonte on February 19, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Because that’s what it’s been told think?

bigmacdaddy on February 19, 2014 at 10:30 AM

If the Election Fraud is perpetrated by a Republican, it did happen.

But if a Democrat is accused of the exact same thing, it never happened.

Del Dolemonte on February 19, 2014 at 10:33 AM

This really hits home. I hate these fraudsters for trying to destroy my state. I wish their HQ would burn down with them in it.

juliesa on February 19, 2014 at 10:33 AM

But if a Democrat is accused of the exact same thing, it never happened.

Del Dolemonte on February 19, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Silly, silly man.

Only Republicans can commit election fraud because shut up.

/moonbat

bigmacdaddy on February 19, 2014 at 10:35 AM

No where near “voter fraud.” But nice try.

libfreeordie on February 19, 2014 at 10:19 AM

How about being ILLEGAL? Jerkoff!

FOWG1 on February 19, 2014 at 10:36 AM


Texas Election Code prohibits the use of, or even the copying of, phone numbers provided by individuals registering to vote… the group’s leaders cull information from those registration forms and build their database of personal information — which is a direct violation of Texas law:

No where near “voter fraud.” But nice try. libfreeordie on February 19, 2014 at 10:19 AM

It’s fraudulent use of the records, genius. To obtain the records one must give a reason other than “I want to use them to help ammoral communists to win.”

Akzed on February 19, 2014 at 10:37 AM

No where near “voter fraud.” But nice try.

libfreeordie on February 19, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Get bent, libfree. It’s still illegal. If they think they can get away with this, what else do they think they can get away with?

Voter registration drives are not partisan voter-contact drives. But what do you care as long as you achieve your ends? Oh wait, you would only care if this were a Republican outfit.

Jeff Weimer on February 19, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Democrats? Voter fraud? Nooooooooooooo! Say it isn’t so!

Lanceman on February 19, 2014 at 10:02 AM

.
Okay . . . . .

IT AIN’T SO . . . . . it’s Republicans disguised as Democrats, trying to “frame” Democrats for voter fraud.

.
You just know that eventually some Democrats are going to use this defense, when they’re caught.

listens2glenn on February 19, 2014 at 10:38 AM

How about being ILLEGAL? Jerkoff!

FOWG1 on February 19, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Laws only matter if you are part of a class that needs to persecuted.

We are close to no longer being equal under the law.

Democrats can openly break laws because they know there will never be any punishment.

tetriskid on February 19, 2014 at 10:38 AM

The marxists have their apparatus in place everywhere. We know they engage in voter fraud. They won’t have to micro-manage every race to keep the senate.

crankyoldlady on February 19, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Liberals lie and cheat continuously as our Dear Leader has proven time and time again.
Search “Landslide Lyndon”
Precinct 13 Duval County changed the world!

Privatize It on February 19, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Man this really chaps my hide. I knew these unethical a**hats would come here and cheat to make Texas a Democratic state. This really sucks. They’re going to destroy my home state that I love. I’m really bummed about this. So it begins.

TexasJack on February 19, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Not if I have anything to do about it!

Question: How do I volunteer to become an “O’Keefer”? I live in the Fort Worth area and would love to expose these btards!

neyney on February 19, 2014 at 10:40 AM

@Akzed

Point taken. I’m curious to know what you would do. This isn’t in my district, I guess I can see if this org. is in my district. I’m not just a whiner. I’m willing to fight, just not sure how yet. Maybe I become the next O’Keefe for West Texas. HA!

TexasJack on February 19, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Just turn ALT loose on them…

OmahaConservative on February 19, 2014 at 10:05 AM

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It would be like the Tasmanian Devil cutting down trees.

Lanceman on February 19, 2014 at 10:18 AM

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This would totally work, but y’all better re-check the ‘Geneva Convention’ before you carry this out.

listens2glenn on February 19, 2014 at 10:41 AM

This really hits home. I hate these fraudsters for trying to destroy my state. I wish their HQ would burn down with them in it.

juliesa on February 19, 2014 at 10:33 AM

For sure.

I did early voting yesterday and the woman in the booth next to me had to ask the poll worker what the word “repeal” meant. It was the ballot amendment which asked whether or not Texas should repeal Obamacare. With voters like that, Battleground Texas has a downhill battle to win over the state.

cdrt on February 19, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Laws only matter if you are part of a class that needs to persecuted.

We are close to no longer being equal under the law.

Democrats can openly break laws because they know there will never be any punishment.

tetriskid on February 19, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Nah, they only matter when the Democrats want to make Republicans fix their screw-ups for them.

Jeff Weimer on February 19, 2014 at 10:41 AM

No where near “voter fraud.” But nice try.

libfreeordie on February 19, 2014 at 10:19 AM

But still illegal , you nitwit.

HughJass on February 19, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Man this really chaps my hide. I knew these unethical a**hats would come here and cheat to make Texas a Democratic state. This really sucks. They’re going to destroy my home state that I love. I’m really bummed about this. So it begins.

TexasJack on February 19, 2014 at 10:15 AM

So we (conservatives) punch back twice as hard…

Liberal Fascist Moonbats want my native state…

Come & Take It!

workingclass artist on February 19, 2014 at 10:42 AM

I read O’Keef’s book and was surprised at how good a read it was. The guy is pretty intense, a smartass, and not afraid of the Left at all. His lack of fear is pretty impressive if you know what he has been through. The guy has made some pretty powerful enemies by exposing some pretty crazy stuff.

Mord on February 19, 2014 at 10:43 AM

No where near “voter fraud.” But nice try.

libfreeordie on February 19, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Amended:

“Video: Liberal group in Texas engages in illegal vote-related activity, leftists across the nation blame Dubya.”

Bishop on February 19, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Dog bites man.

corona79 on February 19, 2014 at 10:48 AM

That’s what all these computer programs like Obamacare are really all about: data mining. Obamacare would probably be a success if they had let the carriers administer the thing.

Erick Schmidt will put it all together in his new progressive company and…that’s all, folks.

PattyJ on February 19, 2014 at 10:50 AM

http://www.truethevote.org

RNLA tracks voter fraud…

http://thereplawyer.blogspot.com

workingclass artist on February 19, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Texas is gonna be blue in a decade anyway. Might as well hasten our national disaster. Then we can get on with the more unpleasant things we’ll have to endure to correct it.
Rational Thought on February 19, 2014 at 10:06 AM

So you’re saying we shouldn’t “die on this hill”? That tactic has done wonders for congressional republicans so far, hasn’t it.

rihar on February 19, 2014 at 10:53 AM

libfreeordie on February 19, 2014 at 10:19 AM

F*cking moron.

Midas on February 19, 2014 at 10:54 AM

I don’t know, it seems a little uneven, the “investigation” projects.

Conservatives have Project Veritas, thank God for O’Keefe and the Keefers.

The liberals have the IRS doing their investigations of conservatives.

right2bright on February 19, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Liberals lie and cheat continuously as our Dear Leader has proven time and time again.
Search “Landslide Lyndon”
Precinct 13 Duval County changed the world!

Privatize It on February 19, 2014 at 10:39 AM

And it continues. There’s a big vote buying scandal in the Dem-run RGV right now. Although it’s been going for years, it’s just becoming a story now. When Abbott mentioned it the other day, the only reaction from leftists was how dare he mention that Dems are breaking election law?

I was raised in Texas, in a Democrat family when TX was run by Democrats. The old school Dems used to BRAG about fraud.

Democrats cheat in elections. They always have and they always will. It’s who they are. Since the GOP took over TX, the level of fraud was much reduced, but in the Democrat areas of the state the tradition lives on. I really don’t want to see these lying job-destroyers take my state back to the bad old days.

juliesa on February 19, 2014 at 11:00 AM

No where near “voter fraud.” But nice try.

libfreeordie on February 19, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Illegally using voter registration, isn’t voter fraud?

Such is the liberal mind, but thanks for posting it keeps reminding us that stupidity drives the liberal mind.

And the problem with that is, one can compete with competence, with intellect, but how do you compete with someone so stupid?

You just can’t compete with stupidity…and that is why the liberals have an edge.

You can say 1 plus 1 is 2, but a liberal will say it’s 3, and stand by it, all you can do is shake your head.

Thanks libfreeordie, keep posting you are f’in brilliant…

right2bright on February 19, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Lying cheaters like libfreeordie can DIAF. They’re trying to bring to Texas the same destruction they’ve wreaked on the US as a whole.

juliesa on February 19, 2014 at 11:05 AM

“Battleground Texas is an organization dedicated to turning Texas blue—that is, making it a Democratic state, as it was years ago when the Democratic Party was focused on other issues, and known for robust national defense and a respect for cultural issues such as gun rights. The same state that elected Rick Perry as governor and Ted Cruz as senator could be transformed into a place where someone like Wendy Davis, who is staunchly anti-gun, pro-abortion, and a devoted supporter of Obamacare seeking to expand government-run healthcare, is setting the agenda.

An essential part of building the apparatus to make this happen is the extension of no-holds-barred data collection. In elections, knowledge is power. Every person cares about many issues to one degree or another. If you have enough information on each potential voter, you can micro-target each person by sending direct communications that frame the election only on those matters where a voter might support one candidate, even if the opposing candidate better represents that person on most of the issues that are important to him or her.

As Longoria is quoted on the video, “That data collection is the key.” This information gives them a clear picture of who their voters are, and where they are. Once you know that, you can turn out those people to the polls. Elections are decided by a relatively small number of people. If you can target those people and motivate them, you can flip the outcome of an election and move Texas—or any state—in a completely different direction from what the majority of the citizens actually prefer.
I
f you look at the data dump that they’re getting through various sources, it can add up to a game-changer.

Texas is a big prize. It’s the second largest state. It has a ton of money. But it also has a huge non-white population. Democrats understand that if they can advance a racially-divisive agenda in Texas, and scuttle a conservative Republican-driven agenda that empowers minorities, then they hope over a period of years to turn Texas blue.

Texas also carries a block of electoral votes that no conservative can win the White House without. If
Texas loses its grounding as a bastion of limited government and respect for the Constitution, no Republican could win the presidency unless and until there would be some major realignment of America’s political parties.
National Democrats also look at Wendy Davis as someone who can help move their brand nationally.

Just as Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton billed themselves as centrists—then governed from the left while in office—Davis could obscure her committed devotion to liberal causes and cast herself as a cultural Southerner. She could be effective at peeling off blocks of various groups by feeding false narratives like the deceptive idea of a War on Women to help left-wing national candidates.
Look at what liberal activists and ultra-wealthy donors have done in Colorado. This was a state that was booming under policies that empowered individuals, focused on families, and respected individual rights. Now massive expansions of government, rapid legalizing of drugs, and an outright war on religious liberty and the Second Amendment right to bear arms is what you see imposed statewide, even though countless citizens across the state oppose such measures. The change happened in less than a decade, as a direct result of an extremely well-funded effort that gathered information and targeted small pockets of the population, just like we’re seeing in Texas.

This story also sees the resurrection of the disgraced and disgraceful organization once known as ACORN. Breitbart News’ original blockbuster story when this media outlet was launched was with stunning reports of lawless and corrupt activity with this organization, mobilized around the principles of Saul Alinsky. And now Wade Rathke—the founder of ACORN himself—shows up in this Project Veritas videotape, portrayed as allegedly being at the center of the effort to fundamentally change the Lone Star State.

Also consider the disturbing tie to Obamacare in this video. Operatives from ACORN are now found nationwide in these pseudo-voter-registration outfits and in Obamacare sign-up groups. It purports to quote Clarence Landry from Enroll America, which is a group dedicated to signing as many people as possible into the federal government takeover of healthcare called Obamacare. Landry adds, “Battleground Texas, we network with them, we work with them.” He concludes by saying, “this is the same brainchild with Enroll America.”

This is deeply disturbing. Personal health information is among the most sensitive and potentially-embarrassing information that exists about a person. It can be terribly damaging and open a person up to extortion. You want healthcare to be as far removed from electoral politics as possible; you do not want those signing people into a national healthcare apparatus to be networking and working with an outfit of nothing-off-limits political operators whose admitted goal is to change the outcome of elections.

You saw this overall approach with the Obama campaign two years ago. As one of countless examples, they did it with Obamaphones, they targeted low-information voters who were likely to be dependent on government to turn them out, and used the information they gained from the phone registration to target those voters. And—like with Obamacare—the Obamaphone program was not a supporter-funded organizational effort, it was a taxpayer-funded government program, one designed and run by Obama political operatives.

Barack Obama’s strategy in 2012 was not a major turnout of voters. It was instead to target different issues in different states to change the composition of the electorate that actually shows up at the polls on Election Day. And it worked.

That’s why these leftist organizers are willing to push the limits in Texas, and some will even cross the line if they think they can get away with it. They see it as a state that has such strategic value for the national Democratic Party liberal agenda that they will win it at any cost. If they do, all Americans may pay a price.

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Texas/2014/02/19/Why-Are-Dems-Willing-To-Stretch-Texas-Law-In-Election

Breitbart opened a news bureau in Texas.

workingclass artist on February 19, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Let’s throw Battleground Texas volunteers in jail.

Ronnie Earle would approve… If he wasn’t supporting them.

applebutter on February 19, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Texas is enforcing it’s Voter ID law. This is one reason why the DNC will cheat…

“Republican Party of Texas Chairman, Steve Munisteri, has long been telling Republican clubs and organizations across the state that Hispanics in Texas are more ‘Republican’ than national trends. Recent polling from Gallup now backs that statement.

Hispanics have become increasingly Republican since 2008, according to the Gallup poll. Last year the number of Texas Hispanics that preferred the GOP was 27% as opposed to 21% from other states. This represents the largest gap in six years.

In an interview with Breitbart News, Von Ormy Mayor Art Martinez de Vara attributed the difference to generations of Texas’ cultural traditions that cross racial lines. “I was not surprised,” Mayor Martinez de Vara explained after reviewing the polling data.
“Analysts often make the mistake of lumping all Hispanics together and that simply doesn’t work.”

Mayor Martinez de Vara, an avid Texas historian, said Texas Hispanics are more attuned with Texas cultures. “Tejanos and other indigenous cultures blended with immigrants to Texas from the United States in the early 1800s and developed a common sense of independence. Today, that frontier independence translates into a distrust of government, a desire for less government, a respect for firearms and strong family values.”

Mayor Martinez de Vara has been spreading not only the words of these principles, but has been applying them locally where his town boasts a Hispanic super-majority population that elected a Republican-majority city council. The council has regularly reduced taxes for its residents according to Mayor Martinez de Vara.

The Huffington Post was quick to respond with an article warning that, “Democrats hoping for Texas to turn purple might want to take a look at this poll.”

Mayor Martinez de Vara explained, “The Hispanic population of Texas has a higher percentage of Hispanics who have been in the United States for generations. They tend to vote more than Hispanics in other states where there is a higher immigrant population. Our mission now, as Republicans, is to continue to demonstrate how our party’s values match up more closely with those in the Hispanic community – especially in south Texas where people have voted for Democrats historically. The Democratic Party of today is much different than it was twenty years ago…”

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Texas/2014/02/16/Gallup-Texas-Hispanics-More-Republican-than-Hispanics-from-Other-States

workingclass artist on February 19, 2014 at 11:15 AM

No where near “voter fraud.” But nice try.

libfreeordie on February 19, 2014 at 10:19 AM

But requiring ID to vote is racist and suppresses the minority vote right?

gwelf on February 19, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Battleground Texas has an uphill fight. Texas is the go-to destination for people escaping slave states. My neighbors from California are among the more conservative people I know.

It’s like trying to get immigrants from the Soviet Union to picket for communism. Ain’t gonna happen.

applebutter on February 19, 2014 at 11:19 AM

So you’re saying we shouldn’t “die on this hill”? That tactic has done wonders for congressional republicans so far, hasn’t it.

rihar on February 19, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Sure, go ahead and fight. But it’s a lost cause. The demographics are so hard against that state, and it’ll only get worse.

Rational Thought on February 19, 2014 at 11:21 AM

But if a Democrat is accused of the exact same thing, it never happened.

Del Dolemonte on February 19, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Silly, silly man.

Only Republicans can commit election fraud because shut up.

/moonbat

bigmacdaddy on February 19, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Not a Republican in this case in Ohio! July, 2013:

A former Ohio poll worker on Wednesday was sentenced to five years in prison for voting illegally on behalf of other people, including a comatose relative.

Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Robert Ruehlman handed down the sentence to Melowese Richardson, 58, of Madisonville, two months after she pleaded no contest to four counts of illegal voting and subsequently was found guilty.

As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors dropped four other charges; Richardson had faced up to 12 years in prison if she had been convicted of all eight original charges.

Richardson, in fact, admitted to voting at least twice (by absentee ballot and at the polls) in a local TV news interview, and also cast absentee ballots on behalf of several other people; she was one of 19 people investigated by the local county board of elections for suspected voter fraud. Robinson previously said she would fight the charges to defend Obama’s “right to sit as president of the United States.”

Del Dolemonte on February 19, 2014 at 11:22 AM

The footage shows Battleground Texas volunteer Jennifer Longoria saying the group uses the phone numbers from voter registration forms in later efforts to boost turnout on election day.

No where near “voter fraud.” But nice try.

libfreeordie on February 19, 2014 at 10:19 AM

I guess we should trust the leftist group to stop at this particular level of illegality. After all, out and out voter fraud is illegal. Oh, so is this.

applebutter on February 19, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Sure, go ahead and fight. But it’s a lost cause. The demographics are so hard against that state, and it’ll only get worse.

Rational Thought on February 19, 2014 at 11:21 AM

I suspect you don’t live in Texas.

applebutter on February 19, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Battleground Texas has an uphill fight. Texas is the go-to destination for people escaping slave states. My neighbors from California are among the more conservative people I know.

It’s like trying to get immigrants from the Soviet Union to picket for communism. Ain’t gonna happen.

applebutter on February 19, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Unforunately…Texas is getting too many liberals as well.

Most of em’ once their heads clear and they enjoy more money from their paychecks tend to shift right towards at least the center.

Hopefully your new California neighbors don’t engage in the popular pastime of trying to turn Texas into environmentally strangulating regulatory hell.

workingclass artist on February 19, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Why the question mark after the headline?

Where you have donks — in any number — you have vote fraud. That’s not a query, but a fact.

Spurius Ligustinus on February 19, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Sure, go ahead and fight. But it’s a lost cause. The demographics are so hard against that state, and it’ll only get worse.

Rational Thought on February 19, 2014 at 11:21 AM

See linked article upthread about those demographics…

workingclass artist on February 19, 2014 at 11:30 AM

I think in the end, Battleground Texas will find it had been screwed over by Latino activists. How, you say? I will answer in two sentences.

Only 51% of “Hispanics” are registered to vote, per Gallup. When you limit your sample to Hispanics born in the US, the percentage registered to vote goes up to 76%. That’s 25 points more, just by taking steps to exclude from the sample people you are not sure are actual eligible citizens. Do you think LULAC and the like, when taking polls regarding the Hispanic vote and its potential, take any kind of steps to exclude ineligible illegal aliens from the sample they measure?

The Left’s hope in Texas is based on gigging up the Hispanic vote for the Dems. But trying to go for 6-8 percent more won’t do as much good as 20 percent more.

Sekhmet on February 19, 2014 at 11:35 AM

I still don’t understand–maybe a leftist can ‘enlighten’ me–the issue with requiring an I.D. to vote. Strikes me as one of the silliest non-issue issues in governance. If you can’t even identify yourself, why should your vote be counted? If one does attempt to enlighten, please delete sanctimony from your reply.

dAnconia_Copper on February 19, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Sure, go ahead and fight. But it’s a lost cause. The demographics are so hard against that state, and it’ll only get worse.
Rational Thought on February 19, 2014 at 11:21 AM

if its a lost cause for the GOP why do dems feel the need to cheat?

DanMan on February 19, 2014 at 11:40 AM

TexasJack on February 19, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Don’t assume it isn’t happening in your district. Assume that it is.

crankyoldlady on February 19, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Unforunately…Texas is getting too many liberals as well.

Most of em’ once their heads clear and they enjoy more money from their paychecks tend to shift right towards at least the center.

Hopefully your new California neighbors don’t engage in the popular pastime of trying to turn Texas into environmentally strangulating regulatory hell.

workingclass artist on February 19, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Most of ‘em, in my experience, had their heads cleared by the regulatory hells they left in other states.

As for bringing that hell on us? I believe the desire for fewer regulations to be a foundational principle of conservatism.

applebutter on February 19, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Not a Republican in this case in Ohio! July, 2013:

Del Dolemonte on February 19, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Oh…well that’s not fraud fraud.

bigmacdaddy on February 19, 2014 at 11:42 AM

if its a lost cause for the GOP why do dems feel the need to cheat?

DanMan on February 19, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Are you familiar with the story of the turtle and the scorpion?

bigmacdaddy on February 19, 2014 at 11:44 AM

We have to fight these people on every front because they are everywhere. I’m not a conspiracy theory fan. I’m always the one to debunk these things. But in this case I have been paying attention for 50 years and I have seen what is going on in the real world not in liberal fantasy land.

crankyoldlady on February 19, 2014 at 11:47 AM

juliesa on February 19, 2014 at 10:33 AM

I would pay to watch/hear that.
THAT is how much I loathe those people.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 19, 2014 at 11:58 AM

The footage shows Battleground Texas volunteer Jennifer Longoria saying the group uses the phone numbers from voter registration forms in later efforts to boost turnout on election day.

No where near “voter fraud.” But nice try.

libfreeordie on February 19, 2014 at 10:19 AM

True.

For a regular American, this is fraud.

For you, this is candy-store stuff.

itsspideyman on February 19, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Maybe we should start calling these investigative reports “Okeefer Madness”. Way to go James, and those of you who dismiss this activity on the part of Battleground Texas can mark this as the day you sold your integrity (and your children’s freedom).

theoldprofessor on February 19, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Well going after foot soldiers like Jen Longoria isn’t going to cut it. You have to go up the chain of command…to the carpetbaggers who have infiltrated Texas. These are the ones you have to go after. They train and organize the Jen Longorias. They are the ones issuing marching orders. This is where you go to cut the head off.

Red Creek on February 19, 2014 at 1:33 PM

TexasJack on February 19, 2014 at 10:41 AM

I can’t watch the video but do I understand that the Texas Attorney General isn’t interested in prosecuting? I’d become the world’s biggest nag about that.

Cindy Munford on February 19, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Time for another small donation to Project Veritas!

petefrt on February 19, 2014 at 1:47 PM

I can’t watch the video but do I understand that the Texas Attorney General isn’t interested in prosecuting? I’d become the world’s biggest nag about that.

Cindy Munford on February 19, 2014 at 1:44 PM

What the what?!?

Midas on February 19, 2014 at 2:28 PM

I work at a casino in SW Louisiana, I’m not going to mention which one. Every weekday night at 10 a bus or buses would arrive from Houston, TX. The only people who would come to a casino at 10 pm on a big Monday are the chronically unemployed and they showed why when they got here. The bus trip was free, but the only money they had to gamble with was a $10 coupon we gave them when they arrived. They were the most entitled, whiny, shabby, stubborn, stupid people i have ever encountered. They would demand the $10 in ones, hardly spend any of it, complain that the barmaids weren’t serving them (you have to gamble to get free drinks), panhandle, silvermine, and when the money ran out, they’d hide in a corner and sleep until the bus went back to Houston at about 6 am. The casino would avoid overtime by allowing employees to go home early, but if you were about to leave and that bus showed up, they had to be taken care of. A fellow employee accused them of being CRACKHEADS, and it was probably true, who would use a graduation gown as a winter coat? When they started costing the casino money and being trouble for the local police we started tightening the screws. You had to pay $10 to get on the bus, but we’d give you a bigger coupon when you got here. To get the coupon, you had to have a Players Club Card and to get that, you’d have to have….wait for it…DL, State ID, Military ID, Passport, or Green Card, you know, the stuff you don’t have to have to *vote* in CA. Eventually we eliminated the paper coupon and made the whole thing digital. POOF, there went that bus load of welfare cases. I’ll buy you a steak dinner at our steak house for every person on that bus that was NOT one of Shelia Jackson Lee’s constituents. Note i didn’t say “voter”, i can’t prove who they voted for but there’s a reason Rep. Lee and Co. keep trying to shoot down True The Vote.

hurricane567 on February 19, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Texas is gonna be blue in a decade anyway. Might as well hasten our national disaster. Then we can get on with the more unpleasant things we’ll have to endure to correct it.

Rational Thought on February 19, 2014 at 10:06 AM

You’re ignorant and naive to think that a “revolutionary correction” you seem to be ready to embrace will lead to patriotic constitutional conservatives rebuilding the nation. When “it” happens, neither you nor I will have any control over which group, good or evil, will come out on top and rebuild this country in their ideology.

Either fight for individual liberty and freedom to your last breath, or join the other side. Stop being a traitorous spectator.

UnstChem on February 19, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Dems are against EVERY reasonable proposal to make our voting system fair (the real kind, not the social justice kind) and equitable.

I wonder why that is (he said, rhetorically)?

Whenever there is wholesale fraud, it is to the advantage of the liberal, not the conservative.

I wonder why that is (he said, rhetorically)?

Isn’t it amazing that with all the media power amassed on the liberal side of the equation, there is no equivalent organization that is as revealing as Project Veritas? All the lefties have is lies and projection to make their case for conservative voter “fraud”, which, admittedly, they do quite well.

I wonder why that is (he said, rhetorically)?

The list goes on. Blue dyed thumbs anyone?

DimsdalePiranha on February 19, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Sure, go ahead and fight. But it’s a lost cause. The demographics are so hard against that state, and it’ll only get worse.

Rational Thought on February 19, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Your concern is duly noted.

Do you live in Texas? Romney won here by 16 points in 2012. A weak R candidate against an incumbent D who took nearly all of the black vote, and Romney still won by well over a million votes.

That’s an enormous number of votes for Dems to shift. It’s nothing like Colorado which had comparatively tiny margins. Dem cheating helps but it only gets them so far.

Missy on February 19, 2014 at 3:13 PM

“….the group uses the phone numbers from voter registration forms in later efforts to boost turnout on election day.”

So does the WH. They gave my information from a WH tour request to Obama for America. I was contacted by phone and email to go door to door before the 2012 election.

Jason58 on February 19, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Texas will not turn blue or purple. It just can’t happen. Maybe I have too much faith in my fellow Texans, but we are a stubborn, ornery people. And I don’t claim Sheila Jackson Lee or that Bernice woman. I think they fell out of the mother ship (or more likely, pushed.)

jazzuscounty on February 19, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Texas is gonna be blue in a decade anyway. Might as well hasten our national disaster. Then we can get on with the more unpleasant things we’ll have to endure to correct it.

Rational Thought on February 19, 2014 at 10:06 AM

If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without blood shed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.

Winston Churchill

Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.
Winston Churchill

Solaratov on February 19, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Texas will not turn blue or purple. It just can’t happen. Maybe I have too much faith in my fellow Texans, but we are a stubborn, ornery people. And I don’t claim Sheila Jackson Lee or that Bernice woman. I think they fell out of the mother ship (or more likely, pushed.)

jazzuscounty on February 19, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Lee is from NY…That explains a lot.

Eddie Bernice Johnson is from Waco…There’s no explanation for her except she’s an idiot & a crook aka as a democrat.

workingclass artist on February 19, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Texas is gonna be blue in a decade anyway. Might as well hasten our national disaster. Then we can get on with the more unpleasant things we’ll have to endure to correct it.

Rational Thought on February 19, 2014 at 10:06 AM

If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without blood shed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.

Winston Churchill

Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.
Winston Churchill

Solaratov on February 19, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Great Churchill quotes…Here’s another…

If you’re going through hell, keep going.

Winston Churchill

workingclass artist on February 19, 2014 at 5:29 PM

No where near “voter fraud.” But nice try.

libfreeordie on February 19, 2014 at 10:19 AM

True.

For a regular American, this is fraud.

For you, this is candy-store stuff.

itsspideyman on February 19, 2014 at 12:05 PM

I’ll take the legal opinion of an actual lawyer over that of a teaching assistant any day.

(Lawyer) John Hinderaker at Power Line:

Project Veritas infiltrated Battleground Texas and caught the Democratic Party activists red-handed, violating Texas law by retaining telephone numbers of voters they register, so they can call them during the campaign to turn them out for Davis. The Democrats’ illegal conduct couldn’t be clearer in this video

Hinderaker concludes:

It will be interesting to see what legal action against Battleground Texas is forthcoming. Also, I have a feeling O’Keefe may not have finished with Battleground Texas yet.

Del Dolemonte on February 19, 2014 at 6:21 PM

I’m not sure it’s a violation, if this is the statute which was supposedly violated. It’s only a violation if the registrar does this–not a third party.

“Sec. 13.004. RECORDING AND DISCLOSURE OF CERTAIN INFORMATION BY REGISTRAR. (a) The registrar may not transcribe, copy, or otherwise record a telephone number furnished on a registration application.”

jim56 on February 19, 2014 at 6:55 PM

“Registrar” in the law seems to refer to a government official, not an agent or a deputy registrar:

(a) A person desiring to register to vote must submit an application to the registrar of the county in which the person resides. Except as provided by Subsection (e), an application must be submitted by personal delivery or by mail.

It looks like this is not illegal.

jim56 on February 19, 2014 at 7:01 PM

While saying it had received no complaint against the Democratic group Battleground Texas, the office of Texas Secretary of State Nandita Berry suggested Wednesday that the group’s voter registration practices might rise to a “potential level of offense” of state election law. ……

Whether Battleground did anything wrong in the process comes down to how the law is interpreted. Section 13.004 of the Texas Election Code says, in part, that county registration officials may not “transcribe, copy or otherwise record a telephone number furnished on a registration application.”

According to Berry spokesman Jeff Hillery, the “volunteer deputy registrars” who sign up voters for groups like Battleground Texas are subject to the same criminal liability that applies to county officials. A violation of that statute is considered misdemeanor “official misconduct” and is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000, jail time of up to six months or both, the law says. Hillery said phone numbers on voter registration applications are treated as confidential information.

From the Texas Tribune.

CWchangedhisNicagain on February 19, 2014 at 9:34 PM

See the law here.

http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/EL/htm/EL.13.htm

CWchangedhisNicagain on February 19, 2014 at 9:56 PM

If James O’Keefe keeps this up, he’ll surely die of “natural causes” before you know it.

The Rogue Tomato on February 19, 2014 at 9:56 PM

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