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Man Accused Of Iowa Sec. Of State ID Theft [former Obama staffer]
KCCI ^ | January 20, 2012 | AP

Posted on 01/21/2012 10:58:19 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

DES MOINES, Iowa -- A Des Moines man has been arrested after police say he used, or tried to use, the identity of Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz in a scheme to falsely implicate Schultz in perceived unethical behavior in office.

Zachary Edwards was arrested Friday and charged with identity theft.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety issued a news release saying Schultz's office discovered the scheme on June 24, 2011 and notified authorities.

(Excerpt) Read more at kcci.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Iowa
KEYWORDS: dirtytricks; identitytheft; iowa; iowasos; linkstrategies; soros; zacharyedwards; zachedwards
More at FR Red State thread:

Former Obama staffer arrested in Iowa Secretary of State identity theft investigation...former Obama ’08 staffer – one Zach Edwards, formerly with the 2008 Obama campaign in Iowa and currently up until the arrest working for Link Strategies*, a company affiliated with Sen. Tom Harken (D, IA) – has been arrested for identity theft. The Iowa Department of Public Safety puts it fairly succinctly: “According to the Criminal Complaint, on June 24, 2011, Edwards fraudulently used, or attempted to use, the identity of Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz and/or Secretary Schultz’s brother, Thomas Schultz, with the intent to obtain a benefit, in an alleged scheme to falsely implicate Secretary Schultz in perceived illegal or unethical behavior while in office.” In other words: Edwards is accused of trying to pretend to be Schultz in order to get Schultz in trouble. The crime is listed as an ‘Aggravated Misdemeanor,’ but if convicted Edwards could face jail time.

Matt Schultz is a Republican, in case anybody needed to have that spelled out; he was one of the many, many people who helped kick George Soros’ Secretary of State Project in the teeth in 2010. The SoS Project is, of course, an ongoing campaign by Democrats to control the election process in individual states by controlling the Secretary of State position, which is usually the office that oversees elections: and Iowa was definitely on its radar in 2010. Losing that state hurt, particularly since Schultz both opposes Election Day voter registration and supports photo IDs for voting**: two policies that seem to infuriate Democrats all out of proportion to the importance that those people publicly ascribe to either. So it’s not surprising that some poor, misguided individual might have decided to target the Secretary of State in this fashion.".....

1 posted on 01/21/2012 10:58:26 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Imagine the trouble this guy might be in if he was a republican.


2 posted on 01/21/2012 11:00:34 AM PST by Baynative (The penalty for not participating in politics is you will be governed by your inferiors.)
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To: Baynative

This is BIG and it’s being ignored.


3 posted on 01/21/2012 11:02:45 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Baynative

Captain Renault, pick up the white phone.

This used to be called “dirty tricks”, one of the things that got a bill of impeachment passed against Nixon.


4 posted on 01/21/2012 11:08:40 AM PST by popdonnelly (Socialism isn't going to work this time, either.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

You always come up with the most interesting articles, thanks for this one.

I had forgotten about the Secretary of State project. Is that what happened in New Hampshire?

I’m going to have to watch for this in WA State. The Republican SoS is resigning and I am sure that this will be a hotly contested race.


5 posted on 01/21/2012 11:09:50 AM PST by Eva
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To: Eva
More:


6 posted on 01/21/2012 11:14:13 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

hmmmmm...

now just why do you suppose an Obama Associate would want to steal the secretary of state Identification?


7 posted on 01/21/2012 11:21:36 AM PST by Mr. K (Physically unable to profreed <--- oops, see?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Outrageous!


8 posted on 01/21/2012 11:29:11 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

He looks like a typical Democrat operative, though he is missing the self-satisfied smile.

I have to think that some of these operatives are working on their own, without any real direction from the party officials. It’s difficult to believe that party officials would be that stupid and corrupt at the same time.


9 posted on 01/21/2012 11:31:45 AM PST by Eva
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To: Eva

Click on the picture.


10 posted on 01/21/2012 11:37:31 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Nice photo. Love the orange jump suit. This is what happens when genes mutate to a lethal form. I suggest the electric chair but then I’m a guy who likes to inflict maximum pain and suffering on criminals.


11 posted on 01/21/2012 11:38:19 AM PST by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
...police say he used, or tried to use, the identity of Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz in a scheme to falsely implicate Schultz in perceived unethical behavior in office.

This is the kind of behind-the-scenes stuff the Nazis were doing in Austria before the Anschluss.

12 posted on 01/21/2012 11:53:38 AM PST by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

That’s just so incredible, it looks like the corruption goes right to the top.

This is a statement from the LinkStrategy web site:

Strength: Our strength is a deep-rooted connection to state and federal government combined with a thorough knowledge of the issues confronting both Iowa businesses and members of the government.

Goal: LinkStrategies uses polling, research and, most importantly, creativity to develop a press plan and articulate a message that breaks through the clutter.


They certainly were creative, can’t deny that.


13 posted on 01/21/2012 11:54:04 AM PST by Eva
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“This is BIG and it’s being ignored.”

File this under news you won’t EVER be seeing on NBC/MSNBC/CNN/ABC/CBS...

AND THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING

This is going to be the nastiest, most corrupt election of our lifetimes. I hope all of you are ready for it. We are going to have to FIGHT THIS, by getting involved. Sitting safely behind your keyboard sipping coffee is no longer an option.


14 posted on 01/21/2012 11:54:20 AM PST by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

It looks like this isn’t the first time that Jeff Links and LinkStrategy have been involved in an attempt at illegal election manipulation.

From a WA Post article on Jeff Links:

Link’s career has not been without some pitfalls. During Sen. Harkin’s 2002 campaign, Link was forced to resign as campaign manager after it was revealed that a junior campaign aide had secretly taped a strategy session for then-Rep. Greg Ganske, the GOP Senate nominee. No charges were brought in the case, and Harkin went on to a comfortable 10-point victory.


15 posted on 01/21/2012 12:06:19 PM PST by Eva
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To: Eva

Busy fellow that Links..

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2012/01/not-just-a-democrat-dirty-trick-but-a-crime.php

“The LINK Strategies web site says that Jeff Link “served as a media consultant to the Obama for President Campaign, coordinating branding, all paid media and polling in 25 states, including seven battleground states (VA, NC, FL, CO, NM, NV, MT)….”


16 posted on 01/21/2012 12:12:10 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"The LINK Strategies web site says that Jeff Link “served as a media consultant to the Obama for President Campaign, coordinating branding, all paid media and polling in 25 states, including seven battleground states (VA, NC, FL, CO, NM, NV, MT)….”

Wow! Not some low-ranking volunteer, this was one of Obama's big players!

17 posted on 01/21/2012 12:35:19 PM PST by cookcounty (Newt 2012: ---> Because he got it DONE.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I just came across another tidbit, while researching this Office of New Media.

It seems that Obama has appointed another former associate of Mitt Romney to his administration. The new administrator of the Office of Management and Budget, worked at Baine Capital.


18 posted on 01/21/2012 12:48:27 PM PST by Eva
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To: cookcounty

http://www.dps.state.ia.us/commis/pib/Releases/2012/01-20-2012_EdwardsArrest.htm


19 posted on 01/21/2012 12:57:32 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Eva

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/288820/report-former-obama-campaign-staffer-arrested-identity-theft-alleged-scam-frame-iowas-

Starting to make the rounds.


20 posted on 01/21/2012 12:58:39 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

bfl


21 posted on 01/21/2012 1:26:05 PM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Obama’s....

1. Uncle is an illegal alien

2. Aunt is an illegal alien

3. Ex-staffer is an Identity theif

Gosh, I WONDER if this Prez would order the export of machine-guns to drug dealers with the intent of undermining the 2nd Amendment, you know...?

Gosh I really WONDER.

Is there ANY LIMIT to the amount of stuff you can get away with, if you’re black..?

WOW.


22 posted on 01/21/2012 8:23:27 PM PST by gaijin
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Imagine it’s 1942, we’re in Europe and he’s wearing all black with silver pips. Are you happy to see him?


23 posted on 01/21/2012 8:39:35 PM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Eva; Cincinatus' Wife

WHY is the Republican SOS resigning? This is a most intriguing question.


24 posted on 01/30/2012 6:27:51 AM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: 1010RD
We in Iowa have been most curious as to WHY is Republican Matt Whitaker representing this RAT crook. My tin foil hat is telling me this is evidence that higher ups in the RAT party put Edwards up to doing this deed. (It remains to be seen exactly why, and how, they were trying to frame Schultz).

The problem for the RATS is that the caper went bad, which left Edwards holding the bag.

The very day Edwards was arrested, Link fired him, which means the RATS have abandoned Edwards.

Edwards was infuriated those who put him up to this abandoned him, so in an attempt to extract revenge, and to save his own hide, he decided to spill the beans on the whole crooked bunch and in the process called Republicans who assigned Whitaker to take the case.

I know this is really tightening up my tin foil hat, but the scenario makes perfect sense. We'll see what happens.

25 posted on 01/30/2012 6:42:57 AM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma

Ahhhhhhhhh......You are a wise CGG.


26 posted on 01/30/2012 6:46:02 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma

I didn’t hear that he was resigning. I heard that some GOP officials have asked him to resign because of some controversy concerning the ballots and a decision that he made. It’s a silly dispute. It looks like another case of a GOP Charlie Foxtrot, to me.


27 posted on 01/30/2012 8:07:20 AM PST by Eva
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To: Eva

Thanks for setting me straight. This case here in Iowa is most intriguing. These Democrats are desperate to get rid of Schultz.


28 posted on 01/30/2012 8:13:44 AM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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