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Republican Ken Blackwell: Too Many Coincidences with Diebold for Comfort

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According to an article by Mark Niquette, it was reported on the front page of the Columbus Dispatch this morning, April 4, 2006, that Republican Candidate for Ohio Governor, Ken Blackwell, currently serving as Ohio Secretary of State, disclosed that he’d sold his 178 shares of Diebold Stock only yesterday.

Diebold sells voting machines, folks.

Now, in my opinion, there are some coincidences that I’ve noticed over the last year and a half of reading the papers and watching the local news that I need to point out:

Coincidence CEO of Diebold, Walden O’Dell, hosted a $1000 a plate dinner to benefit Republican Bush’s 2004 reelection campaign. The invitations asked each attendee to donate or raise up to $10,000 each for the State GOP. Some of that money eventually will fall back out of the GOP’s pockets and into Blackwell’s campaign fund for his gubernatorial election campaign.

Coincidence As Republican Ohio Secretary of State, Blackwell recommended Diebold as the company to tabulate the 2004 Ohio election results

Coincidence Ken Blackwell qualified Diebold as one of three companies eligible to sell voting machines to Ohio for the 2004 elections

Coincidence Ken Blackwell was co-chairman of George Bush’s Republican 2004 Ohio Campaign.

Coincidence This just happens to be the deadline for filing financial statements for the Ohio May primaries. This is also the first reporting period since Republican Gov. Bob Taft and four former members of his administration were convicted of various crimes last year. And before you start screaming bias, The Dispatch has a track record of supporting most Republican candidates and their issues.

Coincidence Republican Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell filed a directive in January of 2005 stating that he’d closed a “best in the nation” deal for Diebold voting machines, resulting in a lawsuit filed by rival venders and several Ohio counties.

Coincidence The Director of Franklin County Board of Elections is quoted as saying that former Diebold contractor Pasquale Gallina has bragged of donating $50,000 to Republican Ken Blackwell’s “political interests”. And while Blackwell denies that, oddly enough, Diebold said they were unaware of Gallina’s activites, coming just short of confirming it.

Coincidence Leading up to the 2004 elections, Republican Ohio Secretary of State Blackwell was accused of providing only 1 or 2 voting machines in areas most likely to fall to John Kerry, causing well-documented and publicized long and discouraging polling lines However, he assigned as many as 6 or more machines in lightly-populated rural areas where Bush was more likely to get votes.

I know what conclusions I’d draw from this, but they’re only my opinion

Outraged, and foaming-at-the-mouth insults to follow from the right.

About Jet Gardner

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  • Dave Nalle

    My article which looks at Blackwell is coming along slowly, but it has little or nothing to do with this issue, which I think is basically irrelevant.


  • Nancy

    Jet, comment #43: fell out of my chair laughing at that one!

  • Jet in Columbus

    Thanks Nancy #51, As you can see it’s still working! It must be like the sign of the cross is to vampires or something.

  • Jet in Columbus

    Oh good, I like feeling irrelevant

  • Dave Nalle

    It’s not that you’re irrelevant, so much as that the thesis of this article is irrelevant to what I’m writing about. But that’s okay.


  • Jet in Columbus

    The questions about this man’s character are very relevant, so I just asssumed it was me.

    Paranoid; aren’t I?

  • Jet in Columbus

    Okay, now that I’m coming down from my pain medications, let me try a rewrite on my comment #53 again.

    Thanks Nancy for your comment #52 Regarding my comment #43, which i tried to answer on Comment 53.

    That picture works really well, doesn’t it? I put it up there just to torture Dave Nalle with it, and it’s working against Arch the conman like a crucifix against a vampire!

    On my next article, I’m going to see if I can find one with Bill Maher on it, or John Kerry, or maybe even Al Gore!!

    ha ha

  • Jet in Columbus

    Oh Daaaaaaave. I think Aunt Mollie’s still waiting for you to “whitewash” ole Kenny! What’s taking so long?

  • zkar24

    Blackwell’s race is the last thing he needs to worry about. He is part of one of the most corrupt political parties we’ve seen in a long time. Owning $10,000 in stock wasn’t what got him influence at Diebold it was the fact that he owned stock and is the Secretary of State. What disturbs me most about this whole thing is that the CEO of Diebold is such a strong supporter of the republican party. He may have made those statements as a private citizen but the next day he went back to work for the company that made the voting machines.

  • Jet in Columbus

    zkar24: Very true, and the most frustrating thing of all is that we can only sit and watch, and have no real power to do anything about it.

    Thanks for your contribution

  • Jet in Columbus

    Well, It looks like Ken Blackwell won the primary for governor… now will Jim Petro stand behind him after such a dirty campaign?

  • Chelsea Snyder

    As a technical citizen of Ohio (in that my insurance is still on my parents because I “still live with them,” according to the insurance company), I’m going to go out on a limb and say I will be really surprised if a Republican is elected governor. With all this bullhonky about Tom Noe and Taft & Co.’s role in the whole disaster, I think a LOT of Ohio is getting fed up with Buckeye Conservatives. I forget right off hand what the ratio is, but Ohio isn’t an extremely red state. It’s more of a chartreuse, if I do say so. (I don’t know what color chartreuse is, but it is fun to say.)

    So there you have it. I wouldn’t put it past Ohio to elect a Democrat as governor.

    Back to sobbing silently as I study for finals …

  • Jet in Columbus

    Dear Chelsea:62, You’re right, but the problem is that Ohio is a huge college state, especially around Cleveland, Kent, Akron and Columbus. College students, being more educated, tend to be more liberal. The problem is they tend not to vote during November, and most of them live out of state, leaving us with the “old guard”.

    For instance, though our Capital Columbus is considered one of the bastians of Republicanism, the students usually get involved with local politics, thus we have a Democratic Mayor because they go out and campaign for him.

    Good luck with your finals…

    If you’re at Ohio State, and this is your first year, beware of the Afro-American Campus celebration. The students are great, the celebration is great, but nonstudent trouble makers from the hood selling drugs always spoil things by starting fights and campus turns into a police state for a mile in all directions.

  • Jet in Columbus

    Can someone explain why nonstudent with a dash between non and student is considered a banned word??? Try it, type a hyphen with no spaces between non and student and hit Preview????

  • Chelsea Snyder

    Jet — Trust me, I know all about the Ohio college life. I went to an Ohio state college (not OSU) for two years and transferred to Purdue here in Indiana — my social life at the Ohio school was great (sorority life, ahhh…) but my education sucked. I couldn’t be happier here in Indiana. I’m sure I’ll regret that statement five years from now.

    Anywho, I think you’re wrong about college-age indifference toward politics, and it seems like you contradict yourself, stating that we don’t vote, but then demonstrating the Dem. mayor in Ohio because of the college votes. On both college campuses I have been on, I have seen a lot of political activism for both sides and every party in between. One of my good friends is actually an opposition researcher for a congressional candidate. I don’t think “my” generation (that is, college students) should be underestimated. There is strength in numbers, and like Howard Beale says in Network (best movie ever), “First you gotta get mad.”

    (And PS, I live out of state but vote in Ohio. Indiana’s voting system sucks and it requires voters to declare Republican or Democrat, and I refuse to label myself. Glad to be an independent in Ohio.)

  • Jet in Columbus

    No no, Chelsea, I meant that they CAMPAIGN for the mayor because he effects them most in the hear and now and local, but don’t really turn out here for national elections… either that or they go home to vote.

    Anyway, we’ve got Blackwell to deal with. Unfortunately the dirt’s coming out on him now, instead of in November, and voters have a short memory.


  • Jet in Columbus

    Chelsea, Dave Nalle said he’d been planning to do an article on Blackwell and to be fair, I’d like to see the other side of the argument, especially since there’s now a chance he could wind up Ohio’s next governor.

  • gonzo marx

    yer gonzo on the job…Update on the bullshit surrounding thye Diebold machines…

    i’ve said it here, and on other threads about the machines, but to follow will be two nice links from experts with even MORE technical evidence that they are not only pieces of shit machines we should not trust to something as important as our Votes…

    but that their systems are deeply flawed…so deep, that it is close to impossible to not think that the security holes are not on purpose….no engineer or even technician who has seen the schematics ot software woudl be unAware of the flaws, or how to exploit them….they are THAT blatant…


    there’s plenty more…check Google news, tech section…

    woe is U.S.


  • Jet in Columbus

    Gonzo #68 The sinister part of this is that Blackwell’s office has been advertising that one of the beneifts of his being Secretary of State is that more and more precincts are going over to Electronic Voting machines.

    Why do I suddenly fear that the Ohio Governor’s race in November is a forgone coclusion?

  • Jet in Columbus


    Rather that reword it or give my opinion of it, I’ll just give it to you straight from the Columubs Dispatch…Bold and italics are mine

    GOP hopes to ditch TEL to benefit Blackwell

    Saturday, May 13, 2006

    Jim Siegel and Mark Niquette

    Republican lawmakers are exploring ways to make a measure limiting government spending disappear from the November ballot while allowing J. Kenneth Blackwell to save face on the signature proposal of his gubernatorial campaign.
    Although Blackwell continues to insist the state needs a constitutional amendment to restrict government spending, he will consider other options that achieve the same objective, spokesman Carlo LoParo said yesterday.
    “He’s willing to listen to discussion from legislative leaders regarding other vehicles that will accomplish controlling government spending so Ohio can control taxes and create jobs,” he said.

    The proposed Tax and Expenditure Limitation, or TEL, amendment would restrict state and local government spending increases to 3.5 percent per year or the combined rate of inflation plus population growth, whichever is greater.
    It has been heavily criticized by an array of state and local elected officials, university presidents and educators who say its poor wording could have a devastating effect, particularly on local governments.

    Amid growing grass-roots opposition, Republicans also fear the amendment could hurt Blackwell’s chances of defeating Democrat Ted Strickland in November.
    GOP legislative leaders are discussing a way to give the four-member committee that submitted TEL amendment petitions the power to rescind the issue, even though Blackwell, the Ohio secretary of state, already has certified it for the November ballot.

    Senate President Bill M. Harris said he’s unsure how they would do that, but lawyers are investigating.
    “At this point, if there is a way we can find to help remove the TEL from the ballot, I think we ought to do that,” the Ashland Republican said.
    “That’s one of the discussions — what can you provide that would take that off of the ballot and give the secretary of state satisfaction that it was done the right way.”

    Some argue that the issue committee, which includes close Blackwell supporters such as Akron millionaire and school-choice leader David Brennan, already has the power to pull the amendment. But other election-law experts disagree.

    Blackwell’s opposition to removing the amendment from the ballot without an alternative that accomplishes the same objectives could pave the way for a GOP bill to limit state government spending. Such a measure would force Democrats to go on the record and vote for or against a spending limitation — vote that could be used against them in fall legislative campaignsa.
    Sen. Jeff Jacobson, R-Vandalia, who has unsuccessfully tried to push spending limitations in the past, said he has submitted ideas for an alternative TEL plan that could be passed into law instead of being put into the constitution.

    A future legislature could change a law much more easily than a constitutional amendment.
    But not all Republicans see the need to pass a spending restriction.

    “If the TEL comes off the ballot, I question the need for an alternative to replace it,” said Rep. Larry L. Flowers, R-Canal Winchester. “The people need to hold their elected officials responsible for spending.”

    House Speaker Jon A. Husted, R-Kettering, repeatedly has said there is a chance the amendment would not be on the ballot.
    Scott Borgemenke, his chief of staff, said the House is still trying to figure out what options are available, and what is even possible. He said it will be difficult to accomplish anything before lawmakers head back home in two weeks, though they might return for a few days in early August.
    I have found that more people have an opinion than have facts to back up that opinion,” Borgemenke said.
    Meanwhile, a legal effort continues to challenge enough of the petition signatures to knock the issue off the ballot. A hearing on that matter is set for June 9.
    But if that effort succeeds, Citizens for Tax Reform still would have 10 days to collect additional signatures to place the issue back on the ballot.

  • Jet in Columbus

    Gonzo, I checked out your links-thanks for providing them. A real eye-opener folks!

  • Jet in Columbus

    I wonder if Blackwell somehow manipulated the results in Ohio, not to effect the outcome, but to make Ohio appear more important of a state than it really is, and could the Secretary of State in Florida have done the same thing?

    Just make the results look “Too close to call” long enough for all the other states to come in, and then release the “tie breaker”?


    Solus mei sententia

  • Jet in Columbus

    ArchBingBat asked if the only thing I write about has to do with sexual orientation, Hmmmmmmmm?

  • Jet in Columbus

    ATTENTION all authors on this site. This article has been reproduced on another site word for word without my name on it, retitled and with Forrest from Oregon on it. See pings one and two

    Anyone who might know how to get in touch with whoever’s in charge of BlogCritics or can give advice post here.

    I’ve tried but their site is now down for maintance right after I read the article.

    Thank you

  • Dave Nalle

    Interesting, Jet. Looks like the site’s been taken offline.


  • Jet in Columbus

    Can someone explain to me what the hell a ping is? I’ve heard from Lisa and she was helpful, but it seems as the site went down as soon as I read the Ping and saw the article wasn’t attibuted to me.

    I’ve also clicked on the “contact us” with no results. I was hoping one of us was a member there too, and had a backdoor e-mail address I could send to the editors…

  • Jet in Columbus

    The Plagarist was caught…
    Hi Jet,

    Thanks for writing in, and I am very sorry that one of our members re-posted your article in its’ entirety, without permission.

    (He did post a link to your entry at the end of his post, however we are not condoning his actions, and posting copyrighted

    content without express permission from the author/copyright holder is a violation of our Terms/Code of Conduct.)

    We have removed both posts in question, and this user has been issued a Terms of Use violation warning. I am very sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

    If you have any additional questions at all, please feel free to reply to this message.


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  • gonzo marx

    just for Jet….more on the Diebold machines

    after a year of study, it had been found these things are even easier to hack than had been thought

    it can be done anytime the machine is running, using only the infra-red “beaming” mode of networking with a fucking Palm Pilot

    so much for “cost savings”…there is NO need for such a receiver inthese machines, especially when it makes them completely vulnerable to anyone walking by with a Palm Pilot has the details of the study…impeccabel credentials for the scientists..and unarguable results

    just sharing


  • Jet in Columbus

    Thanks Gonzo-the following should raise the hair on the back of your neck-from Florida’s The Ledger…

    Nothing To Worry About?
    Several state legislators filed bills this year — to no avail — to require that touchscreen voting machines have the capability of producing a paper record of votes cast.

    “If I can get a receipt when I drive through an ATM to fill up my car with gas, there’s no reason I shouldn’t be able to get one when I vote,” argued Sen. Rod Smith, D-Gainesville, who also happens to be running for governor.

    All of the “paper trail” bills introduced this session died in committee. Florida lawmakers apparently consider touch-screen voting machines tamper-proof.

    Somebody ought to tell that to officials in Pennsylvania, California, Iowa and other states that are facing imminent primary elections. Computer scientists say there are security flaws in the popular Diebold Election System touch-screen machines that make them vulnerable to the introduction of software that could distort the results.

    “It’s one of the most severe security flaws ever discovered in a voting system,” Michael J. Shamos, computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, told The New York Times recently. Added Douglas W. Jones, another computer science professor, at the University of Iowa, “This is the barn door being wide open, while people were arguing over the lock on the front door.”

    Concerns about the integrity of touch screens have been around for a while. But this latest discovery of security problems in Diebold machines comes at the beginning of a busy primary election season. And although Diebold — which calls the problem a “theoretical security vulnerability” -promises to make corrections, some state primaries will occur before machines can be fixed. Indeed, Pennsylvania’s primary has already been held. Florida’s is three months away.

    Not to worry, though. Diebold officials say the “theoretical security vulnerability” only exists because voting machines were intentionally designed to allow easy updating by elections officials.

    “For there to be a problem here, you’re basically assuming a premise where you have some evil and nefarious elections officials who would sneak in and introduce a piece of software,” Diebold’s spokesman David Bear told the Times. “I don’t believe these evil elections people exist.”

    A corrupt public official? Who ever heard of such a thing?

    Small wonder the Florida Legislature couldn’t be bothered to mandate paper trails in this state’s touch-screen voting machines.

    Why, the likelihood of nefarious elections officials scheming to rig an election in the Sunshine State is probably smaller than the chances of Florida being struck by a hurricane again this year

    By the way Ken Blackwell, Ohio’s secretary of state in charge of elections is running for Govenor of Ohio…

    Thanks again Gonzo!


  • Jet in Columbus

    Ohio papers from The right wing Columbus Dispatch to the Cleveland Plain dealer are backing Strictland over Blackwell for Ohio Governor!

    Not that that matters since Blackwell already has the poll results from Diebold…

  • Nancy

    Huccome nobody has started a lawsuit to force Blackwell to resign from one or the other citing conflict? Where’s the ACLU, or isn’t this one of their preferred issues, they only defend pedophiles?

  • Jet in Columbus

    Well Nancy, he claims he sold his stock in Diebold, but I suspect as do other Ohioans that it’s in a blind accouht somewhere being held for him though not in his name.

    Every major newspaper and tv station is backing democrate Strickland-as are the polls. If Blackwell wins it’s the most clearcut case for voting fraud there is, considering his connections to Diebold and the Repbulican party.

  • Jet in Columbus
  • Jet in Columbus

    After Foley, after Frist trying to buy Alaska for $100 a voter, after Abrahmoff, after big oil trying to say they won’t hurt ANWAR then revealing their leaking corroded pipelines…

    After Jeb in Florida trying to keep drilling from happening in the western gulf so his beaches won’t get messed up.

    After Hastert still denying knowing about Foley 5 or more years after he was told.

    After Tom DeLay of Texas and Ney of Ohio…

    The only surprise will be Ken Blackwell’s Diebold screwing up and NOT giving the GOP a landslide vidtory in Congress.

    …but of course that’s only my opinion!


  • Jet in Columbus
  • Jet in Columbus
  • Jet in Columbus

    In New York, the NRCC ran an ad accusing Democratic House candidate Michael Arcuri, a district attorney, of using taxpayer dollars for phone sex. “Hi, sexy,” a dancing woman purrs. “You’ve reached the live, one-on-one fantasy line.” It turns out that one of Arcuri’s aides had tried to call the state Division of Criminal Justice, which had a number that was almost identical to a porn line. The misdial cost taxpayers $1.25.

    * In Ohio, GOP gubernatorial candidate Kenneth Blackwell, trailing by more than 20 points in polls, has accused front-running Democratic Rep. Ted Strickland of protecting a former aide convicted in 1994 on a misdemeanor indecency charge. Blackwell’s campaign also is warning voters through suggestive “push polls” that Strickland failed to support a resolution condemning sex between adults and children; Strickland, a psychiatrist, objected to a line suggesting that sexually abused children could not have healthy relationships when they grew up.

    * The Republican Party of Wisconsin distributed a mailing linking Democratic House candidate Steve Kagen to a convicted serial killer and child rapist. The supposed connection: The “bloodthirsty” attorney for the killer had also done legal work for Kagen.

    * In the week’s most controversial ad, the Republican National Committee slammed Rep. Harold Ford, D-Tenn., for attending a Playboy-sponsored Super Bowl party. In the ad, a scantily clad white actress winks as she reminisces about good times with Ford, who is black. That ad has been pulled, but the RNC has a new one claiming that Ford “wants to give the abortion pill to schoolchildren.”

    For the rest of this article click anywhere in the colored section.

  • ronnie woods

    i’m going to vote for him
    stpo hating on ken O.K.

  • Jet in Columbus

    Sorry Ronnie, but I provide only my opinion here and nothing more, it’s your responsibility to form your own and vote accordingly.

    There are too many coincodences and too many people who believe that Bush’s chairman for his reelection, and Secretary of State in charge of elections stole the 2004 election for him to become the governor of Ohio.


    …but of course that’s only my opinion!