Skip to comments.Cochran Campaign Manager Busted in Illegal Vote Buying Operation
Posted on 06/30/2014 6:34:36 PM PDT by ViennaconEdited on 06/30/2014 6:57:17 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
A black reverend stiffed by the Cochran campaign has exposed an alleged criminal conspiracy by Cochran staffers to commit massive voter fraud ahead of Tuesday's controversial U.S. Senate Republican runoff election in Mississippi.
Reverend Stevie Fielder, associate pastor at historic First Union Missionary Baptist Church and former official at Meridian's redevelopment agency, says he delivered "hundreds or even thousands," of blacks to the polls after being offer money and being assured by a Cochran campaign operative that Chris McDaniel was a racist. "They [the Cochran campaign] told me to offer blacks fifteen dollars each and to vote for Thad."
It is illegal under several provisions of Mississippi law and federal law for campaign officials to bribe voters with cash and punishable up to five years in jail. (MS Code 97-13-1; MS Code 97-13-3 (2013) (Federal Code 18 U.S.C. 597, U.S.C. 1973i(c)) Voter fraud schemes are not unusual for Mississippi. In 1999 Mississippi's attorney general reported massive voter fraud allegations throughout the Palmetto state. In 2011, a Mississippi NAACP leader was sent to prison for voter fraud, according to the Daily Caller.
It would seem that laws were broken here, too. At the direction of the Cochran campaign, Reverend Fielder went "door to door, different places, mostly impoverished neighborhoods, to the housing authorities and stuff like that," telling fellow blacks that McDaniel was a racist and promising them $15 per vote. "They sold me on the fact that he was a racist and that the right thing to do was to keep him out of office," Fielder says.
Text messages released to Got News and a recorded interview with Reverend Fielder confirmed that Saleem Baird, a staffer with the Cochran campaign and current legislative aide to U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, and Cochran campaign manager, Kirk Sims, were involved in a $15 per vote cash bribery scheme to target members of the black community.
"They said they needed black votes," said the Reverend Fielder on the phone. He says Baird told him to put "give the fifteen dollars in each envelope to people as they go in and vote. You know, not right outside of the polling place but he would actually recruit people with the $15 dollars and they would go in and vote." Fielder said he received thousands of dollars in envelopes from Baird and distributed them accordingly. Fielder also says he went to the campaign office on another occasion to pick up $300 in cash and was among a room full of people who were doing the same thing he was.
Excerpt, read more at gotnews.com
THESE PICTURES SHOW THEM ENGAGING IN FRAUD! VOTE BUYING!
McDaniel needs to file charges now
Is this a reliable report?
Cochran needs to resign immediately.
You have the images of the reverend and his phone right there. This is evidence of vote buying. At this point, it doesn’t matter how many votes were illegitimate. McDaniel must demand the election be overthrown due to systemic fraud perpetrated by Cochran’s campaign team in the form of vote buying
But we have to vote GOP no matter what right? Well this is ‘what’ so methinks some people haZ a problem right now.
No surprise that voter fraud occurred in MS. We all know that. What is surprising is that people are coming forward with proof.
I posted in an earlier thread, before this news broke that this would not
end well for Cochran, the Barbour clan and any MS politician or GOP
official who supported Cochran.
Looks like the beginning of the end has begun for this bunch.
Anybody interested in letting the Republican National Committee know what you think about this matter: http://www.gop.com/contact-us/
Have at it.
This seems like watertight evidence. I mean, the pictures are right there. I really hope Johnson is in contact with McDaniel. This evidence is enough to overturn the result.
I have NO doubt this had to go on to get the job done and fast. Money had to be flying in the black community.
Butttttt, this particular phone photo shows no ID for us to verify. Bet the authorities and McDaniels attorneys can trace the numbers and will surely be confirming all of this, if it’s true.
This is hilarious. How dare the man think he can get away with not payin’ a brutha.
Lessor of two evils, Norm. Lessor of two evils.
The black reverend seems ready to go before a court if he will show the texts. I really want to know why charges have not been filed yet. We were told today was the day
I’ve sent a link to Drudge, but he has been awol on this story
Overturn the result?
That is the least of the GOPe’s and MS hacks worries.
Jail time may coming to many, and I don’t mean just blacks.
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Remember the names of the people pushing it. Because it’s them that will stab us all in the back when the whole fraud comes crashing down.
They are delusional perverts who get their kicks from being dumped on.
More likely, they will use the Clinton excuse...everybody does it.
what a rip-off, cheapo white man
This sounds fishy. I’m withholding judgement.
Democrats can’t win this fair and square, so they have every incentive to sow dissension in GOP ranks and the public at large so that so many people get turned off by the whole thing that Childers wins by default.
What advantage does this “Reverend” have in implicating himself in the vote buying?
What can you tell us about Charles Johnson?
He says he had a change of heart when he looked at what McDaniel actually stood for. He’s voted Republican in the past. I don’t care what the circumstances or motivations are. If it can force a second election, I’m for it.
Cochran has ZERO support from me
What is not said is how much this preacher was promised to pass out
the $15 for votes.
What was his cut?
Make it hurt!
Hopefully this is not Charles Johnson from Little Green Footballs.
Good question. He complains because his illegal payment didn’t come in.
On a related topic:
It was clear this sort of thing was going on and it’s good that it is getting out.
Very good question. All things have gone days dark, my friend. Breitbart.com, maybe? McDaniels has good attorneys, I pray.
Pretty sure he is from Fresno.
He works or worked for The Daily Caller
Cheapo RINOs and cheap, pathetic black voters in this case.
What kind of person would take a measly $15 for their vote?
I would rather sell my blood for $15 then sell my vote.
Everyone involved in this crime should NEVER be allowed to vote for anything.
Can all the blacks get immunity if they rat out Cochran and Barbour?
He is an intense brilliant investigative reporter and is close to the McDaniel campaign.
He is uncovering some good stuff.
He traveled with the Tea Party Express Bus Tour at primary time and also was with the group for the recall mini tour.
A tree fell in the woods. I am not sure if this will make a sound. Busted? We’ll see.
Thad made the mistake. It’s one thing to buy a hooker. It’s another to buy the a hooker that’s a mistress to your political enemy.
Did he expect loyalty?
Did he expect them to keep it a secret?
He teed up a scandal and delivered it right to his opposition in November all so he could defeat his opposition in June. Even if he did win he’s just justified a Democratic controlled senate expelling him for fraud.
Corruption aside, is this mad simply too dumb/senile to be involved in politics on either side?
Jesse Jackson was out applauding those who voted. Wonder if he will take it back.
GOPe STANK. Time to clean out our house first... simply outrageous if proven true.
Sent this to Drudge. Conservative media has to push this video
I dont believe Thad was behind this for a minute.
But hard to believe Haley would be so damn dumb.
Maybe the problem is who Haley hired to the dirty work.
Did they think no one from the opposing side would save Text messages????????????????
> Cochran needs to resign immediately.
DemocRATs NEVER resign. It doesn’t how heinous their crime, they just continue like nothing happened.