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In Virginia, Newt's campaign paid for phony signatures -- GOP voter fraud in action!!!

Let's ask Newt this question about the voter fraud conducted by his campaign in Virginia: What did you know and when did you know it?

We hired somebody who turned in false signatures. We turned in 11,100 – we needed 10,000 – 1,500 of them were by one guy who frankly committed fraud.
Got that?? "We hired somebody who . . . committed fraud."

So, Newt, when did you realize that fraud was involved? Before or after you handed the fraudsters their cash? After all, the back of every petition form you submitted includes this statement:

...I understand that falsely signing this affidavit is a felony punishable by a maximum fine up to $2,500 and/or imprisonment up to ten years...
Surely you or your staff verified that the person(s) you hired signed each and every form submitted?

You didn't by any chance submit unsigned forms???

Would paying for unsigned forms still be a "fraud" or is that just a simple con job?

Shaun Kenney, a blogger and member of the Republican Party of Virginia, reported on his page that:
...2,000 signatures do not have addresses on them… meaning that they cannot be verified...
Got that? 2,000 SIGNATURES WERE PHONY!!!!

The deadline for submitting petition forms was 5:00pm on Thursday, Dec 22.

On Tuesday, Dec 20, Alexander Burns reported on Politico that the Gingrich campaign had sent his minions an email looking for someone who wanted to pick up some "quick cash" by submitting 2,000 or more petition signatures:

Because the deadline is coming up so quickly, we've got a pretty good budget to work with. We can offer $1 per signature, with a $50 bonus for every 100 signatures (in other words, if you get 100 signatures, you get $150, if you get 300 signatures, you get $450, if you get 1,000 signatures, you get $1,500).

In addition, if you can put together a crew to get signatures, they can get paid the same amount, and you can get a $1,000 bonus for every 2,000 signatures your crew collects.
In other words, the Gingrich campaign told it's minions that they're short of signatures and are willing, at the very last minute, to pay anyone that's willing to step forward, $4,000 to generate 2,000 signatures. Not that someone would copy 2,000 names out of the Richmond, VA, phone book or something like that . . .

On Sunday, Dec 25, the NY Times reported:

Newt Gingrich declared confidently the other day that he would get his name on the ballot for the Republican presidential primary in Virginia. In fact, he said he already had the requisite 10,000 signatures and an additional 2,000 to 3,000 for safety’s sake and would probably collect even more.
But that turned out not to be the case.

In fact, at the deadline Gingrich submitted only 11,050 signatures. So Newt, what happened to the 2,000 to 3,000 extras you claimed you had?

So who's the fraudster here? The person that generates the bogus signatures? Or the ethically-challenged person that boasts that they can gather 2,000 to 3,000 legitimate signatures at the last minute even though there are no plans for any sort of large rallies, or major public appearances, or even book-signings?

Finally, let's point out the obvious: In 31 states, Republicans are introducing legislation they say is aimed at preventing "voter fraud" by implementing various stringent forms of voter registration and identification -- in spite of the fact that attorneys general in every state say that voter fraud is extremely rare. Meanwhile, in Virginia, we have a Republican presidential candidate committing voter fraud openly, and, bragging about it.

Would you like to pay the same tax rate as Mitt?

How would you like to pay federal income taxes at the same rate as Mitt?

If a family of four, making $100,000 a year, paid taxes at Mitt's rate, they'd pay $5,500 per year LESS than they do now.

But, you say, Mitt has a LOT of money -- he's very wealthy -- why does he pay federal income taxes at a special low rate??

Good question. Here's the answer.

The rate derives from something called "carried interest." It's a perfectly legal loophole that ought not to be. It gives partners at private equity firms and hedge funds a tax break from higher rates on income they collect from their part in hammering out corporate buy-outs and other deals. Instead of the top 35 percent the wealthiest Americans pay on income from their salaries and, say, on interest from their money market accounts, the carried interest rate is 15 percent.

Romney co-founded such an equity group in 1984, Bain Capital. Its business? Find struggling companies, break them up and sell the parts. The damage? Thousands of laid-off employees. The human toll, and toll to communities can be large, and the profits to the principals in these enterprises are immense. When Romney left Bain in 1999, he got a 10-year deal by which he continued to draw income from previous deals -- income taxed at 15 percent.

Naturally, Romney thinks this kind of a tax break is good for America (and Americans like himself), and you can bet a month's pay he will work to keep it that way if he winds up in the Oval Office. An incentive, don'cha know. Spurs job creation. Boosts investments that keep the country going. Riiiiiight.

Meanwhile, Yale political science Prof. Jacob S. Hacker, co-author of Winner-Take-All Politics thinks otherwise:

“The idea that private equity managers and hedge fund managers should pay 15 percent, when in fact they’re just getting a cut from the pool of capital under management—it’s completely egregious,’’ Hacker said.

“There’s very little risk that’s being borne by these people,’’ Hacker said. “It’s a big subsidy for a certain kind of financial management.’’

Here's where it really gets interesting: Go to this link, follow the directions, and calculate how much you would save if you paid taxes at the same rate as Mitt.