posted on Sep, 30 2012 @ 09:13 PM
Vote Counting Firm Tied to Romney
From the Free Press:
Vote counting company tied to Romney
by Gerry Bello & Bob Fitrakis
September 27, 2012
Several Tanker trucks full of political ink have been spilled on Mitt Romney's tenure as a vulture capitalist at Bain Capital. A more important
story, however, is the fact that Bain alumni, now raising big money as Romney bundlers are also in the electronic voting machine business. This
appears to be a repeat of the the infamous former CEO of Diebold Wally O’Dell, who raised money for Bush while his company supplied voting machines
and election management software in the 2004 election.
In all 234 counties of Texas, the entire states of Hawaii and Oklahoma, half of Washington and Colorado, and certain counties in swing state Ohio,
votes will be cast on eSlate and ePollbook machines made by Hart Intercivic. Hart Intercivic machines have famously failed in Tarrant County (Ft.
Worth), adding 10,000 non-existent votes. The EVEREST study, commissioned by the Ohio secretary of state in 2007, found serious security flaws with
Hart Intercivic products.
Looking beyond the well-documented Google choking laundry list of apparent fraud, failure and seeming corruption that is associated with Hart
Intercivic, an ongoing Free Press investigation turned its attention to the key question of who owns the voting machine companies. The majority of the
directors of Hart come from the private equity firm H.I.G. Capital. H.I.G. has been heavily invested in Hart Intercivic since July 2011, just in time
for the current presidential election cycle. But who is H.I.G Capital?
The article refers to the "Everest Study", commissioned by Ohio in 2007, which I have linked below:
The Free Press authors devoted themselves to who owns the voting machine companies, in particular Hart Intercivic - which was rated "poorly" in the
H.I.G. Capital employees have given $338,000 to Mitt Romney's campaign. That amounts to over $1500 per employee. Bain Capital, Mitt's former
company, by comparison, only gave him $268,000. H.I.G. is the 11th largest donor to the Romney Campaign.
The majority of the directors of Hart come from the private equity firm H.I.G. Capital. H.I.G. has been heavily invested in Hart Intercivic since
July 2011, just in time for the current presidential election cycle. But who is H.I.G Capital?
Of the 49 partners and directors[...] eleven of these men, including H.I.G. Founder Tony Tamer, were formerly employed at Bain and Company, and two of
those men, John P. Bolduc and Douglas Berman are Romney bundlers along with former Bain and H.I.G. manager Brian Shortsleeve.
Additionally, four of these men were formerly employed at Booz Allen Hamilton. Bush family friendly Carlyle group is an owner of Booz Allen which also
made voting machines for the United States military. Booz Allen was also the key subcontractor for the controversial PioneerGroundbreaker program, an
NSA data mining operation that gathered information on American citizens until it was shut down and replaced with even more invasive successor
programs like MATRIX and Total Information Awareness.
Hart Intercivic and it's directors from H.I.G. Capital have donated substantially
(over $330,000) to Romney, AND are in the business of
counting the votes for the next election.
This is 2004 with Diebold all over again, where Diebold CEO Walden O'Dell said in a private letter to Bush top fundraisers that Diebold is "committed
to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year." A scheme was then revealed involving Michael Connell and Karl Rove in which
election results were routed to a private server before being forwarded to the states Secretary office for proper tabulating.
The Free Press has an ongoing series of articles looking at who and what owns the vote-counting companies. There previous installment looked at
, a Spanish-based firm counting 25% of US election results, that has every
appearance of being a front company involved with the intelligence community.
This cozy relationship between Hart Intercivic/H.I.G Capital and Romney bears a much closer examination. With all the media hoopla made over
voter-registration fraud or in-person voting fraud, very little attention is being paid to the far more serious threat of tampering and altering of
election results via electronic voting.
edit on 30-9-2012 by Blackmarketeer because: (no reason given)