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We all know that the Mississippi runoff election was stolen from Chris McDaniels by BPVs (Black Persons Voting), because why on earth would BPVs head to the poles to prevent a senate seat from going to a guy who likes to hang out with neoconfederates?

But now we have PROOF!! (Warning: RedState link)  Proof that Cochran's campaign made direct payments, in cash, at the rate of $15/BPV.  

The echo chamber has found an associate pastor who claims to have handled the transactions in the BPV community himself.  The story is up on RedState, Breitbart, FreeRepublic and a number of other echo-inducers.  Juicy tidbits of what might be a complete fabrication below the orange vote-fraud squiggle.

Reverend Fielder is allegedly steamed that the Cochran campaign did not make good on its promise to pay him for his participation in this sordid vote-buying scheme.  

The chamber is touting an audio interview accompanied by a picture of this individual holding up a flip-phone with a text allegedly from a member of Cochran's campaign staff.  It also includes, apparently, his pleas to get paid for coming forward.

You can find the interview here on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/...

The RedState article cites to MS statutes making the scheme a crime.  The website "GotNews" (never heard of it) is breaking the story and promises to follow up.  

http://www.gotnews.com/

The story is being pushed at Breitbart and  is posted on FreeRepublic and appears to being spreading as I write this.  It is now on "FireAndreaMitchell.com" (Darn, I was hoping to buy that URL for my business!), where it is described thusly:

Boom! Reverend Stevie Fielder, says he delivered hundreds or thousands to the polls last week and was told to pay $15 to each voter.

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A black reverend stiffed by the Cochran campaign has exposed an alleged criminal conspiracy by Cochran staffers to commit massive voter fraud ahead of Tuesday’s controversial U.S. Senate Republican runoff election in Mississippi.

Reverend Stevie Fielder, associate pastor at historic First Union Missionary Baptist Church and former official at Meridian’s redevelopment agency, says he delivered “hundreds or even thousands,” of blacks to the polls after being offered money and being assured by a Cochran campaign operative that Chris McDaniel was a racist. “They [the Cochran campaign] told me to offer blacks fifteen dollars each and to vote for Thad.”

There is an awful lot in this story that gets a ping on my BS-meter.  This fellow is voluntarily admitting to RICO-scale crimes?  The brazen level of activity?  You can probably pick up a few other reasons in a short time to wonder about the validity of this tale.

Of course, if it is valid, it spells TROUBLE with a capital "uh."  But even if it is all a big sham, this is enough for the right wing to beat the fraud drum for weeks, and then howl with cries of conspiracy when it turns out that this individual did not just pop up to volunteer his guilt in participating in a grand criminal scheme.

Bonus: the story is all about the dreaded BPVs, after all that work that McDaniels & Co. put in to keeping them in their place.  So we get a few more weeks of the right wing howling that BPV=fraud.  Outreach!

Is it real?  Is it a conspiracy? Is this just BS?  Is that just what "they" want you to think?

Whatever it is, it promises to deliver some entertainment.

8:45 AM PT: OK, now Forbes is on the case:

http://www.forbes.com/...

Surely someone is willing to give Forbes a click? :-)

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  •  I believe the preacher. n/t (3+ / 0-)

    “The answer must be, I think, that beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there.” ― Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

    by 6412093 on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 10:43:12 PM PDT

    •  Curious (3+ / 0-)
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      Why do you say that?  Perhaps he is telling the truth, and I would like to know why you think he is.

      (Thanx for getting in on the discussion, too!  I am a diary n00b)

    •  of course you do (2+ / 0-)
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      114577

    •  I not only believe him, (4+ / 0-)

      I believe every Dem in Miss. should condemn the flagrantly illegal and disgraceful subversion of democracy perpetrated by Cochran to steal an election.

      All of Cochran's financial records should be subpoenaed and a thorough and public investigation should take place to see if this or any other kind of shenanigans occurred. His funds should be frozen to make sure he doesn't repeat these actions in the general.

      I agree with my Tea Party comrades. Voter fraud is the greatest danger this country faces and should be treated as such. Cochran, if found guilty, should be made an example of.

      Just in case...

    •  A reasonable person would suspend judgment (1+ / 0-)
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      until the evidence is in. You should too.

      Dick Cheney 2/14/10: "I was a big supporter of waterboarding"

      by Bob Love on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 03:04:12 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Paying for voters... (0+ / 0-)

      ...is not uncommon. It is legal.

      I have seen it done, with my own eyes.

      It is illegal if you pay people to vote a specific way. But you can pay a guy to call prospective voters and you can pay a transportation service to drive them to the polls.

      Even if all this stuff is true (I just read the Diary, not the links) it doesn't sound illegal.

      •  The problem isn't whether he was "paid for voters" (0+ / 0-)

        The problem is whether he was told to "pay voters".

        (And also, whether he did, because it's not clear from the reporting whether he says he did.)

        You ought to be clever enough to understand the distinction.

        To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

        by UntimelyRippd on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 06:07:06 AM PDT

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      •  Okay, I need to clarify this. (2+ / 0-)
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        It is not illegal to pay someone to Get Out The Vote.
        It is, in all/most places, not illegal to pay someone to facilitate another person's voting.
        It is, in all/most places, not illegal to facilitate someone's voting, as in providing transportation.

        However, you are absolutely wrong when you imply that compensating voters is okay, as long as you don't compensate them to vote a specific way.

        This is explicitly not the case, as various folks have discovered at various times when they tried to offer small incentives to folks to vote. It is against federal law to provide any meaningful reward to someone for having voted.
        Businesses sometimes run afoul of this, offering discounts or freebies to people who come in with their "I voted" stickers.

        To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

        by UntimelyRippd on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 06:55:49 AM PDT

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        •  If Fielder is to be believed (0+ / 0-)

          these voters were paid specifically to vote for Cochran. However, Fielder doesn't exactly come across as the most reliable informant...

          Please note that lamps in the MAGIC LAMP EMPORIUM are on a genie time-share program so there may be a slight delay in wish fulfillment. (◕‿◕)

          by Mopshell on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 10:26:54 AM PDT

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  •  I refuse to click on RedState, so admit I haven't (7+ / 0-)

    read the story or watched the YouTube.

    If a man says he paid blacks $15 each to vote for Cochran, why doesn't he know exactly how much money he spent? ("delivered hundreds or thousands")

    I would love the preacher to get arrested for admitting vote buying.  Let's see if he holds onto his story then.

    "Privatize to Profitize" explains every single Republican economic, social and governing philosophy. Take every taxpayer dollar from defense, education, health care, public lands, retirement - privatize it, and profit from it.

    by mumtaznepal on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 10:46:54 PM PDT

  •  How would Cochran's campaign know (9+ / 0-)

    that he "delivered hundreds or thousands to the polls last week"?   Just would take his word for it?

    I admit I have no interest in going to the links, so maybe the details are there. Or it could be that McDaniel's campaign is paying him to say all this!   After all, this was a campaign whose zealous supporters broke into a nursing home to try to snap photos of a poor old woman.

    We shall see.  

    •  And who were locked into the court house (5+ / 0-)
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      on the night of the primary...

      Fielder sounds shaky - if the cops were to take him in, it would be interesting to hear what shape his story to them would take.

      Please note that lamps in the MAGIC LAMP EMPORIUM are on a genie time-share program so there may be a slight delay in wish fulfillment. (◕‿◕)

      by Mopshell on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 12:49:06 AM PDT

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  •  This is nuts... (20+ / 0-)

    So, somebody from Cochran's campaign comes up with this scheme, goes to the trouble of finding someone who can get Cochran the votes he needs to win the runoff -- all the while knowing the whole plan is illegal as hell, and if caught he'd go to jail and Cochran would at least be kicked out of the U.S. Senate -- and then refuses to pay the guy knowing the guy would get pissed off and probably tell the authorities about the entire plan?

    Who's scamming who here?

    I didn't think RedState was that gullible.  

    "If one would give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest man, I would find something in them to have him hanged." - 17th-century French clergyman and statesman Cardinal Richelieu.

    by markthshark on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 10:57:01 PM PDT

  •  Looks Like The Preacher Appears On Greg Snowden's (5+ / 0-)

    Report of Receipts in 2011.
    The story suddenly gets a bit more credible

    http://iowntheworld.com/...

    •  Well, if Eric Holder's guys go down there, it will (5+ / 0-)
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      be easy to check and see where those texts were actually sent from.

      "Privatize to Profitize" explains every single Republican economic, social and governing philosophy. Take every taxpayer dollar from defense, education, health care, public lands, retirement - privatize it, and profit from it.

      by mumtaznepal on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 11:19:45 PM PDT

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    •  Still doesn't make sense... (7+ / 0-)

      Snowden is the Speaker Pro Tempore of the Mississippi House. He's the second highest-ranking officer of the House.

      Why go all the way, risking everything, even jail time, to dispatch an organizer who worked for them before (and is on record doing so) to buy thousands of votes, and then risk the whole scheme blowing up in their faces by not paying the organizer?

      "If one would give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest man, I would find something in them to have him hanged." - 17th-century French clergyman and statesman Cardinal Richelieu.

      by markthshark on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 11:33:37 PM PDT

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      •  I'm guessing that if this is the case then: (3+ / 0-)
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        Snowden was unaware of what Baird was up to in approaching Fielder on behalf of the Cochran camp

        and/or

        Fielder was paid for doing what he says he did but figures he can extort more money from the situation

        or

        this story will collapse under the sheer weight of lies!

        Please note that lamps in the MAGIC LAMP EMPORIUM are on a genie time-share program so there may be a slight delay in wish fulfillment. (◕‿◕)

        by Mopshell on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 01:04:30 AM PDT

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  •  Let me see if I understand this: (5+ / 0-)
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    This "reverend" claims he was offered $15 for each vote he delivered for Cochran, and is peeved that he didn't get paid for the votes he delivered, but he himself doesn't know if he delivered "hundreds of votes" or "thousands of votes." Is that correct so far? So how the hell did he think he or anybody else was going to be able to calculate how much he was owed?

    Bin Laden is dead. GM and Chrysler are alive.

    by leevank on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 11:47:54 PM PDT

    •  Fielder seems... confused... (3+ / 0-)
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      In the RedState story, Fielder claims they owe him $15,000 but in the GotNews story, he appears to claim it was $16,000. Kinda reminds me of the fish that got away getting bigger with the telling...

      Please note that lamps in the MAGIC LAMP EMPORIUM are on a genie time-share program so there may be a slight delay in wish fulfillment. (◕‿◕)

      by Mopshell on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 01:07:54 AM PDT

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  •  It's hysteria (6+ / 0-)

    We've seen this witchhunt a million times before, they want blood and will believe any fairytale.

    This, however, is good for us, because they're turning on each other in such a way that will hasten their civil war. Best case, the tea party sits at home in November to teach the establishment a lesson.

    This revolution is not scheduled!

    by harrylimelives on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 12:19:06 AM PDT

  •  Personally, I think we should defund ACORN. (7+ / 0-)

    WAIT….

    wut?

    nevermind….


    ___________
    Conscious evolution is a human right. Demand your rights, today!

    by Pluto on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 01:14:00 AM PDT

  •  black folks voting against the klansman was in (4+ / 0-)
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    their own self interest, no? who cares if they got 15 bucks to cover parking?

    15 bucks? when i was in ukraine years ago the hired protestors got 20 bucks a day, plus cigarettes!

  •  VWB is a crime like everything we do because (2+ / 0-)
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    I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

    by a2nite on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 04:29:32 AM PDT

  •  And here... (0+ / 0-)

    I thought we were going to find out that those three caught in the courthouse had taken video of their shenanigans there.

  •  Mostly, this is a fascinating study in the (2+ / 0-)
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    discourse of Democrats.

    Under normal circumstances, everyone on this site would be happy to believe that some random Republican did something crooked in an election.

    But in this case, the milieu of the crookedness was Black Persons Voting.

    Which means that the motives of the people reporting the scandal are at least as suspect as the motives of the people alleged to have behaved scandalously.

    And so the people who suggest that it is quite believable that a southern white republican would have done something as sleazy as paying African Americans to vote are being dismissed by the people who see the whole thing as an attack, not on the southern white republican, but on the BPVs themselves.

    The only thing I'm willing to say is that there is something pretty bizarre going on. Tea Party + Gerrymandering = Crazy Stuff, man.

    To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

    by UntimelyRippd on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 06:47:30 AM PDT

    •  BTW, several years ago Republicans claimed (2+ / 0-)
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      that Democratic GOTV operatives were giving African Americans in Milwaukee free packs of cigarettes to go vote.

      I don't know what the outcome was of that accusation, but I do know this: When Republicans accuse someone of some particular malfeasance, it's strong evidence that somewhere there are Republicans engaging in that malfeasance.

      To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

      by UntimelyRippd on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 07:00:00 AM PDT

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  •  The 'journalists' who broke this story are (4+ / 0-)
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    Joel Gilbert and Chuck C. Johnson (No, not the Little Green Footballs guy. A different Charles Johnson) who run the brand-new 'news' site http://gotnews.com/. Gilbert made the film, "Dreams from my Real Father" which alleges that Frank Marshall Davis was Barack Obama's real father. Johnson has claimed that he has proof (that he can't provide just yet) that President Obama is a citizen of Indonesia.

    A couple of birthers with a paid informant is not likely to be a font on honesty. Just sayin;.

    •  They don't need to prove anything to America. (1+ / 0-)
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      They already have the RWNJ "knowing" this election was bought illegally.  

      And that is now embedded as truth, as true as Obama won by cheating both elections, due to ACORN, in the RWNJ mind.  

      Once a scandal is in their brain, it never comes out.  It rattles around forever, and forever, and forever.

      "Privatize to Profitize" explains every single Republican economic, social and governing philosophy. Take every taxpayer dollar from defense, education, health care, public lands, retirement - privatize it, and profit from it.

      by mumtaznepal on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 02:24:24 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  TP Leader Says "Election, Shelection!" (2+ / 0-)
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    Tea Party Leader: McDaniel Should Be Nominee "Regardless Of What State Law Says"

    Tea Party Patriots leader Jenny Beth Martin has issued a stunning statement, which, according to Breitbart, involves calling on RNC chairman Reince Priebus “to intervene in the Mississippi Senate race over incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran’s reliance on Democratic voters…”

    But here’s the interesting part: Martin’s stated concern isn’t that Democrats who were ineligible to vote (due to having voted in the Democratic primary) helped propel Thad Cochran to a victory, but that even the completely legal votes (according to Mississippi’s open primary and run-off system) should be nullified....

    Dear Flying Spaghetti Monster: I know I haven't been a very good Pastafarian lately, but if you could just give me this one sign....

    On the Internet, nobody knows if you're a dog... but everybody knows if you're a jackass.

    by stevemb on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 07:46:14 AM PDT

  •  So this is fun. (2+ / 0-)
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  •  TPM has a story up on this (2+ / 0-)
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    They did a little digging into the informant's background.  He is not officially affiliated with the church and has some trust issues in his community.  Quelle surprise!

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/...

  •  Here's whay my local news just said (0+ / 0-)

    WTVA out of tupelo I think

    Apparently gotnews is new. The numbers they had for Stevie Fielder weren't answered. The reporter asked a deacon at the church he said he was an associate pastor at said he was not an associate pastor there .

    The Communication director for Cochran's campaign said he did have a business deal with him. Fielder was paid 300 for reimbursements for the use of his vehicles for the get out the vote efforts . He didn't get the other 300 because he stopped campaigning.

    The CD said he started calling them and demanding money in what amounts to extortion . And he obviously the next move was to sell his story to the highest bidder.

    One of the authors of the now viral story is Charles Johnson(appears baby faced, red haired and bearded). He admits to buying information for this story. Fielder screenshotted text messages with a Cochran staffer. That staffer is Celine Baird (male , so spelling could be wrong) , the Minority outreach director. Fielder says he was given envelopes with 15 dollars inside. He claims he handed them out in exchange for Cochran votes. Envelope payments of a different sort aren't rare. Russell (the CD) says they are for campaign workers and they are in line with the law. "It's 25 dollars a shift, and it was paid in an envelope" and they kept up with all the names and addresses so they could report that they paid them and make sure that they reported everything to the FEC . The Cochran campaign is discussing those vote buying accusations with attorneys.

    I copied the info as best as possible.

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