Thursday, May 11, 2006

Election Woes- ES&S Lobbiest Donated to Daniels Campaign

This blog has documented some of the election woes that have come to this state as a result of our new electronic voting machines being unready. It has been reported that many counties are begining early voting with paper ballots, and in at least one case (Greene County) no Republican ballots were available for voters when early voting began. The Secretary of States office simply did not send them the ballots!

Many have questioned why Secretary of State Daniels chose ES&S as the firm to provide the voting machines when another firm was getting most of the business nationwide. Don't get me wrong, both firms sell good equipment, but the other firm is developing a reputation as the best- and their stuff comes on time, with training support.

Some have speculated that lobby guru Andy Crawford is responsible. While Mr. Crawford is a big influence both at the Secretary of States office and at the ABC board (the board has gotten very big-alcohol friendly), our sources remind us that ES&S once took the more direct apporach.

In 2002, ES&S contributed through their lobby firm, between $700 and $1,000 to the Charlie Daniels for Secretary of State Campaign. If they gave that amount through the lobbiest, there is no telling how much money Mr. Crawford has been able to move into the Daniels campaign through executives of the company and other individuals.

Just as it is inappropriate for AG Bebee to take contributions from the utility firms he is supposed to be regulating, it is also inappropriate for the Secretary of State to take contributions from 1) the firm that is over-budget renovating the Capitol dome, and 2) the firm that is behind in delivering our new voting machines.

There is a pattern in both offices of taking contributions from people that the state does business with. While the legislative branch is controlled by the same party, they are unlikey to perform rigourous oversite. We need divided government so that they are fighting each other rather than colluding to defraud us.


Anonymous Mark M said...

establishment media article on some of the problems this firm is having...

10:13 AM, May 11, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you have evidence that ES&S gave money to Charlie Daniels?

10:30 AM, May 11, 2006  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Excuse me, I do want to make a correction, it was done through a lobbiest.

a lobbyist for ES&S donated $712.50 to CD's campaign for SOS in 2002 against Janet Huckabee:§ion=News&storyid=136981 .

10:46 AM, May 11, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You preach it, brother. Preach it.

11:20 AM, May 11, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That same lobbyist has donated to Charlie Daniels las THREE campaigns.

11:32 AM, May 11, 2006  
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11:39 AM, May 11, 2006  
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