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Koch-bankrolled Americans for Prosperity attempt to suppress votes in Wisconsin

repost from iflizwerequeen

Now that it looks like the Koch brothers will lose control of Wisconsin in the recall of Republican officials and thus their planned eventual takeover of the utilities in that state via a free gift from Scott Walker and his maniacal bunch of Republican thugs, Americans for Prosperity (AFP) (the Koch front group that has bankrolled the Tea Party movement) is so desperate that it looks like they have committed voter suppression.

Several sources on the Internet including the Huffington Post and Politico report that the AFP are sending absentee ballot application forms out to Democratic voters with incorrect information on it.  The form instructs voters to mail the application back to the wrong address.

copy of that absentee ballot that was sent out by Americans for Prosperity was obtained by Politico.


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Lesson learned: Any information that you receive from Americans for Prosperity should be thrown in the trash.  I’ve been reporting on that group for three years.  They are horrible.  They may as well be named “The Koch Brothers Advertising Agency.”

This group was captured on video high-fiving one another and laughing when the news was announced that the USA lost the bid for the Olympics–a win that would have immediately infused about $4 billion into our economy and resulted in the immediate hiring of at least 4,000 workers.  These people are not for the prosperity of all Americans–just that of the Koch Brothers and other billionaires and millionaires.  They are despicable kochroaches.

Phillips has a long career as a conservative operative

Timothy R. (Tim) Phillips is the president of Americans for Prosperity and the Americans for Prosperity Foundation. He became president in 2006. He was formerly Vice President of Century Strategies, a political and corporate consulting firm. Tim Phillips is in fact Right-Wing Operative. Before replacing Koch Industries lobbyist Nancy Pfotenhauer as president of Americans for Prosperity, Timothy R. Phillips had a long career as a conservative operative. In 1992, Phillips managed Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s (R-VA) first Congressional campaign and served as his chief of staff for four years. [Source: WIKI]   Note from Liz:  Goodlatte was the jackass who led the reading of the Constitution on the House floor–a Republican grandstander who wastes taxpayer’s time and money.

Connections with Ralph Reed and sleazy ad campaigns

In 1997, Phillips co-founded public relations firm Century Strategies with Ralph Reed . There, Phillips oversaw “direct mail, telemarketing, coalition building and strategic services” for the 2000 and 2004 Bush for President campaigns, and specialized in “grasstops” operations to establish fake grassroots organizations. Among their “triumphs” was the 2002 smear campaign of Max Cleland. Tim Phillips was behind the 2002 TV ad for Saxby Chambliss that falsely portrayed his opponent Max Cleland a Vietnam vet with no legs and one arm as “not having the courage to lead.”

Connections to Jack Abramoff and Abuse of Chinese Workers
In 1998, now disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff hired Phillips’ firm to pressure members of Congress to vote against legislation that would have made the U.S. commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands subject to federal wage and worker safety laws.

A federal report “found that Chinese women were subject to forced abortions and that women and children were subject to forced prostitution in the local sex-tourism industry.”Nonetheless, Phillips sent out mailers claiming Chinese workers “are exposed to the teachings of Jesus Christ” while on the islands, and many “are converted to the Christian faith and return to China with Bibles in hand.” The mailers then encouraged the recipients to contact lawmakers and ask them to oppose the Marianas labor reform legislation.

The Marianas stealth lobbying effort was not the only time Phillips worked with Abramoff. Reed and Phillips conspired to generate conservative Christian outrage towards gambling at Indian casinos in a cynical plot to encourage those same tribes to hire Abramoff to lobby on their behalf. While Phillips and Reed postured to be motivated by anti-gambling Christian values, the pair are alleged to  have helped launder lobbying money from an Abramoff Internet gambling client called eLottery.

Connections with Right-Wing “Progress Party” in Norway
The LA Times reported that Anders Behring Breivik, detained in the deadly Oslo bombing and shooting that has left 92 dead, has links to Norway’s anti-government political group the Progress Party. Tim Phillips spoke spoke at a Progress Party event in 2010, according to an article published in the Norweigen paper Aftenposten on April 24th, 2010 as reported by Alternet.

Addendum: Please note that this is not the first time that Republicans in Wisconsin have tried to suppress the vote.  In October of 2008 the Green Bay Press Gazette reported that the Republican Party attempted to have all 60,000 voters in the heavily Democratic city of Milwaukee who had registered since 1/1/2006 deleted from the voter rolls. The requests were rejected by the Milwaukee Election Commission with Republican commissioner Bob Spindell voting in favor of deletion.

Expect more of the same in 2012.  Wisconsin bears close monitoring by those who care about preserving what shred of Democracy we have left.


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