Democrat Electoral Strategy: Be the Ones Who Count the Votes

Joseph Stalin, one of the Founding Fathers of progressivism, famously said,

“The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.”

His ideological heir George Soros and other limousine Leninists have taken this lesson to heart.

A small tax-exempt political group with ties to wealthy liberals like billionaire financier George Soros has quietly helped elect 11 reform-minded progressive Democrats as secretaries of state to oversee the election process in battleground states and keep Republican “political operatives from deciding who can vote and how those votes are counted.”

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Known as the Secretary of State Project (SOSP), the organization was formed by liberal activists in 2006 to put Democrats in charge of state election offices, where key decisions often are made in close races on which ballots are counted and which are not.

The group’s website said it wants to stop Republicans from “manipulating” election results.

As Ann Coulter has astutely observed, Democrats always announce what they are up to by accusing their opponents of doing it.

So much for John McLame’s unconstitutional campaign finance reform taking the dirty money out of politics.

Named after Section 527 of the Internal Revenue Code, so-called 527 political groups — such as SOSP — have no upper limit on contributions and no restrictions on who may contribute in seeking to influence the selection, nomination, election, appointment or defeat of candidates to federal, state or local public office. They generally are not regulated by the Federal Election Commission (FEC), creating a soft-money loophole.

While FEC regulations limit individual donations to a maximum of $2,500 per candidate and $5,000 to a PAC, a number of 527 groups have poured tens of millions of unregulated dollars into various political efforts.

Shoveling money into secretary of state races gives Soros and other well-heeled authoritarians maximum bang for the buck:

“Supporting secretary of state candidates [devoted to helping left-wing candidates take office by any means necessary] is one of the most cost-efficient ways progressives can ensure they have a fair chance of winning elections,” SOSP said on its website, adding that “a relatively small influx of money — often as little as $30,000 to $50,000 — can change the outcome of a race.”

Minnesota’s Mark Ritchie, communist-affiliated beneficiary of largesse from Soros and SOSP, shows us how it works.

Helping to elect Mr. Ritchie in 2006 and 2010, Democrats had one of their own making key decisions when the extremely close U.S. Senate race between incumbent Norm Coleman, a Republican, and his challenger, former comedian Al Franken, went to a recount in 2008.

As readers will recall, snatching victory from Norm Coleman and handing it to the obnoxious professional clown Al Franken stank to high heaven.

Franken was put in office by Ritchie, and Ritchie by George Soros & friends.

Republican Mary Kiffmeyer, who lost to Mr. Ritchie in 2006, said SOSP’s involvement contributed to her defeat.

“They absolutely had an effect,” said Ms. Kiffmeyer, now a GOP state representative. She said she was leading by 17 percentage points the week before the election, when SOSP and its allies spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on targeted television ads and mailings. She said she had no time or money to respond to the last-minute attack ads…

Ms. Kiffmeyer said she was limited to raising no more than $500 from an individual and spending just $250,000, but the SOSP had no such limits.

At least this clarifies why Democrats supported campaign finance reform. The more rules there are, the easier they are for the bad guys to exploit.

Look who will be counting our votes.

On tips from JWWright, G. Fox, and Bob Roberts. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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