Non-profit offers $100k reward for info tying Rove to election rigging

Andrew McLemore
Published: Friday October 3, 2008

A non-profit organization has offered a $100,000 reward to anyone who can supply information tying Republican strategist Karl Rove and computer expert Michael Connell to illegally manipulated elections, according to a Friday press release.

The group is called Velvet Revolution and is looking for evidence of criminal activity and Connell's relationship with Rove.

Citing testimony from another technology expert named Stephen Spoonamore, Velvet Revolution accuses the Republican Party of rigging elections for years by using Connell to exploit electronic voting systems.

Spoonamore filed an affidavit warning that the coming presidential election will be stolen by the GOP unless it is exposed. A colleague of Connell, Spoonamore gives evidence explaining his involvement with past election rigging.

"Mr. Connell is a devout Catholic," Spoonamore wrote. "He has admitted to me that in his zeal to 'save the unborn' he may have helped others who have compromised elections."

The statement by Spoonamore also ridicules the Diebold voting system as "riddled with exploitable errors." The system was created by Diebold Election Systems Inc. and has been used in several elections accused of illegal meddling.

Connell was subpoenaed September 22 to testify under oath in a federal lawsuit in Ohio regarding election rigging and vote manipulation in past elections as well as the upcoming presidential race, according to Raw Story.

He has refused to testify and tried to quash his subpoena.

Connell ran the Florida Government computer network during the presidential election of 2000 and the Ohio Secretary of State election computers during the presidential election of 2004.

Attorney Cliff Arnebeck filed a motion in July to lift the stay on the 2004 Ohio election case in order to expedite investigations that could discover those responsible for the corruption and "protect the integrity of the 2008 election," the Brad Blog reported.

"We anticipate Mr. Rove will be identified as having engaged in a corrupt, ongoing pattern of corrupt activities specifically affecting the situation here in Ohio," Arnebeck said.

Rove is also suspected of connections to Connell in the wake of a scandal surrounding the firing of eight U.S. attorneys for political reasons, The Free Press reported.

The GOP strategist allegedly sent emails that detailed plans to dismiss the attorneys using the e-mail accounts set up by Connell. Rove has also ignored a subpoena mandating he testify about his alleged role in the firings.

Velvet Revolution asks for all tips to be directed by phone at 1-888-VOTE or at Web site