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Wisconsin recall supporters outed an anonymous Facebook group called Operation Burn Notice on Tuesday as a coordinated effort designed to destroy petitions signed to force Gov. Scott Walker and other Wisconsin Republicans out of office.
Scot Ross, executive director of One Wisconsin Now, denounced the anonymous group, in a Madison press conference.
"We cannot allow democracy to be threatened by those who would illegally destroy recall petitions with valid signatures on them," Ross said. "We intend to keep the public informed about its rights during the signature gathering process and alert those who would engage in illegal conduct that they do so at their own peril."
A group of self-identified conservatives say they plan to sabotage the effort to recall Wisconsin GOP Gov. Scott Walker, which begins on Tuesday, by burning and shredding recall petitions they've collected and misleading Wisconsinites about the recall process.
These plans, discussed in Facebook posts that were first reported by the blog PolitiScoop, entail posing as recall supporters and gathering signatures, only to later destroy the petitions. They also include telling Wisconsinites that they can only sign one recall petition (which is false—they can sign different petitions as long as they each correspond to a different organization) and directing signature collectors to the homes of registered sex offenders. (Requests for comment were sent to each of the Facebook posters who allowed messages from other users.)
In one post, Will R. Jenkins says, "I'll be able to destroy 15-20K signatures." If things go well, he adds, he might even "be able to destroy upwards of 15-20% of the entire collected ballots in the state of Wisconsin"
Original story: Residents who signed legitimate recall petitions may never have them counted by the Government Accountability Board.
A Caledonia resident, who asked not to have his name used, told Caledonia Patch that he and at least two other people in Racine are collecting signatures to recall Scott Walker, but have no intention of turning them into the GAB. Instead, they want people to think they've signed the petition, but not actually have their signatures count.
They are doing this to sabotage the recall effort, the resident said.
“The Democrats put this out there and they made some mistakes,” the man said. “If you go to their Facebook page, you can download the petition from right there. I’m sure they are counting how many are being downloaded, but just because they are printed, don’t mean they’ll be used … It’s not illegal to collect them and not turn them in.”
Madison -- The kick off campaign to recall embattled governor Scott Walker kicks off in just four days and with that date approaching, the tea party has plans of its own. Politiscoop has received several screen shots of tea party and right wing activists planning to pass themselves off as those circulating petitions to recall the governor.
You can see from the articles photo that Walker and "Wynns aka Leppered" had their photo taken together and that there was a fundraiser the group attended "Grazing with the Elephants" among other examples of ties to the GOP. Notably in attendance was Rebecca Kleefisch and Scott Fitzgerald, Alberta Darling and the list goes on.
Today we have new information that again brings another member from this group into the fold with ties to the Walker/ GOP machine. In the first article we mentioned a "Charles Atlas Shrugging" as it turns out, Shrugging’s real name is "Charles Brey" (As see in the above Photo with Rebecca Kleefisch).
If we go back in time to when the protests filled the capitol, you might remember the Tea Party planning to have a flash-mob to "Clean-up" the trash. That was another facebook "Event" much like the "Shred the petitions" event, however this time Charles Brey (Shrugging) appeared on "Fox and Friends" (video shown in middle of the blog) to boast about it. As it turned out, there was nothing for them to pick up and they immediately cancelled the event. This group was associated with the Crystal Lake branch of the tea party.
With the four of us there, but only one behind the table, a guy walked up from his car parked in the lot. He was greeted and directed to the clipboards. He picked up a pen - and used it to destroy - tear to pieces - the recall petition for Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, along with several (empty!) ones underneath it.