Re: [Fwd: Major Shuffle Coming in Election Groups & Scientists]

From: Jim March <jmarch_at_prodigy_dot_net>
Date: Tue Aug 16 2005 - 00:54:59 CDT

Kathy Dopp wrote:

> FYI: Bev Harris somewhat negative remarks on the new NSF-funded center
> that she has dispersed widely across America to election activists.
> She tells us what actions the members must take to avoid an appearance
> of impropriety in her eyes.

"In her eyes"?

Kathy, have you ever heard the term "conflict of interest"?

That's when, for example, somebody with a lobbyist role gains an
inside-gov't gig and keeps the lobbying job.

'Tain't kosher. Period. That's the position David Dill is liable to
find himself in (not a lobbyist himself but he runs a 501(c)(4)
political org with lobbying on the agenda - same thing).

What's even more not kosher is to be connected with somebody creating a
product that the gov't will then have to regulate. That can get the FBI
knocking on your door. Which is why I suspect the OVC board is going to
have to accept Doug Jones' resignation fairly soon.

These sorts of things are going to happen across the whole voting reform
movement due to this newly announces NIS thing. It's NOT a bad thing,
it's no slam whatsoever on the organizations in question, OVC or
otherwise. If anything it's a GOOD thing, it means a huge swath of the
"middle of the road" of the election reform activism community is going
to become "insiders" (or at least have inside access, almost as good).

Kewl.

Mind you...with the amount of money Diebold/ES&S/Sequoia/Hart/SAIC/etc.
have to throw around, be damned glad there will still be "outsiders" to
keep 'em honest!!!

People like...say...Bev...

Jim
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