Obama Campaign Staffer: Vote Fraud Is ‘Cool’
In this video (see below), an Obama campaign staffer appears to be facilitating illegal double voting for Obama in the upcoming presidential election on the part of O’Keefe’s undercover reporter. In the conversation, the reporter comments that she doesn’t want to get in trouble by voting in two states, Florida and Texas, and the staffer responds among other things that, “Oh my God, this is so funny! It’s cool though.” In a subsequent encounter, the staffer refers to the double voting scheme as “hilarious.”
As the Examiner notes, “Although [the staffer] does not explicitly encourage her to vote twice, she doesn’t discourage her from doing so.”
The staffer is identified as the Houston regional field director for Organizing for America, an arm of the Obama re-election campaign. The video contains other instances whereby undercover reporters seek advice about voting in two states in the upcoming election.
Illegal double voting could obviously tip the balance in the battleground states.
O’Keefe and his Project Veritas previously exposed the ACORN organization for its vote fraud activities, causing the organization to lose federal funding. A number of ACORN-affiliated individuals have been prosecuted for election violations around the country.
Writing on the Heritage Foundation website, former US Justice Department official and Federal Election Commission member Hans von Spakovsky explains that the video could potentially reveal serious lawbreaking:
“First of all, 42 U.S.C. § 1973i(e) makes it a felony punishable by a fine of $10,000 or five years in prison for anyone to vote twice in a federal election. By assisting someone to possibly violate this provision, [the staffer] may have committed a felony under 42 U.S.C. § 1973gg-10i(e), which prohibits her from attempting to deprive or defraud the residents of a state of a fair and impartially conducted election by “the procurement, casting, or tabulation of ballots that are known by the person to be materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent.” She also may be charged with conspiracy under 18 U.S.C. § 371 and aiding and abetting a violation of federal law under 18 U.S.C. §2.”
Watch the O’Keefe undercover video and make your own decision as to whether the campaign staffer acted appropriately:
Do you think that potential vote fraud by double voting is cool and/or hilarious?