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Bernard Forand

Cape Coral, FL

#2367 Sep 30, 2012
Well, well; There has been voter fraud going on and guess who is behind it?
In Florida, G.O.P. Says Voter Forms Are Suspect
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: September 28, 2012

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.(AP)— What first appeared to be an isolated problem in one Florida county has spread statewide, with election officials in at least seven counties telling prosecutors or state election officials about questionable voter registration forms filled out on behalf of the Florida Republican Party.

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State Republican officials fired Strategic Allied Consulting, the company they had hired to register voters, and on Thursday filed an election fraud complaint against it with state officials.
“We are doing what we can to find out how broad the scope is,” said Brian Burgess, a spokesman for the state party.
The company said that it was cooperating with elections officials and that the suspect forms had been turned in by one person, who was fired.“Strategic has a zero-tolerance policy for breaking the law,” Fred Petti, a company lawyer, said Thursday.
Questionable forms have shown up in South Florida, including Miami-Dade County, as well as in northeast Florida and the Florida Panhandle.
Election officials in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties on Thursday handed over more than 100 forms to local prosecutors. Officials in Palm Beach County alerted prosecutors days earlier.
Ann W. Bodenstein, the elections supervisor for Santa Rosa County, said her staff started raising questions after an employee saw a form that changed the home address of a neighbor.
Paul Lux, Okaloosa County’s election supervisor, said all of the questionable forms in the Florida Panhandle appeared to have come from Strategic’s base at the local Republican Party headquarters. He said his office had turned up dozens of them.
Mr. Lux said some forms listed dead people and some were incomplete or illegible. He met with prosecutors on Friday, he said, but added that his staff was still going through hundreds of forms.
Mr. Lux, a Republican, said he warned party officials this month when he first learned that the company was paying people to register voters.“I told them ‘This is not going to end well,’” he said.
Mr. Lux also heard a complaint from Mary Blackwell, the head of the local chapter of the League of Women Voters, who raised questions about Strategic employees.
Ms. Blackwell said that the league’s Okaloosa chapter had conducted a registration drive at a college in Niceville and that a person who was registering voters told her he was “lucky” he had applications only from Republicans or independents.
The state party paid Strategic more than $1.3 million.

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#2368 Sep 30, 2012
Black Educator wrote:
Accept Obama as the new Black Messiah. It is very easy to see. White folk done messed up the country and now the white folk elect a Black man to make it right.
Everything is better because of the Great Black Messiah aka your leader aka your President.
We are establishing a petition that will allow for a National Holiday in Obama's honor.
These people you vote for are frauds. Only Obama can bring change. Pray for him and pray with him.
Support Kendrick Meek. He too will clean up the mess that white folk done did.
Keep your prayer long and strong.
Hey , Black educator, I think you are as goofy as our idiot pres, I wouldn't vote for Obama the looser again for anything. What planet are you on? Obama, Susan Rice, Hillary Clinton, and others have been caught up in ling to the American people about our ambassador and 3 other Americans being killed and drug through the streets. The only thing I want to celebrate in Obama's honor is his going away party. Wake up , wise up . Follow the issues , Watch all the news chanels not just one or two. watch Fox news and compare the spin on issues that each station puts out there, Educate yourselves , don't listen to the racists garbage the black educator is spewing out. White folks elected the first black president, but it is not good enough for some race card playing black people. Obama needs to be voted out .
JesseSharptonWri ght

Lakewood, NJ

#2369 Sep 30, 2012
Bernard Forand wrote:
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Totaly false and bogus info.That is what you get with the bumper sticker wisdom of these Roveitites.
Poor Bernie Fourinhand. That is what he gets for still swallowing the 4 years old Obama snakeoil. LOL
Bernard Forand

Cape Coral, FL

#2372 Sep 30, 2012
VET wrote:
O Bama has screwed veterans and old people twice why would anyone think he would not do it again.
Vet; Your comment on people going to jail for lack of payment to Health Care is false. Even your Captain America FINALLY admits to their distorted accusations on that. http://youtu.be/WKH5rLVhxK4 As for burial insurance is all you need with republican Health Care is closer to the truth. Observe their Health Care as described by the Tea party; http://youtu.be/6ik4f1dRbP8
As you can deduce this Health Care would produce higher demand for burial services. Prefer Obamacare… Oh as for not getting a raise to S.S. that’s false. In spite of republicans obstructions Obama got it through.
JesseSharptonWri ght

Lakewood, NJ

#2373 Sep 30, 2012
Bernard Forand wrote:
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Vet; Your comment on people going to jail for lack of payment to Health Care is false. Even your Captain America FINALLY admits to their distorted accusations on that. http://youtu.be/WKH5rLVhxK4 As for burial insurance is all you need with republican Health Care is closer to the truth. Observe their Health Care as described by the Tea party; http://youtu.be/6ik4f1dRbP8
As you can deduce this Health Care would produce higher demand for burial services. Prefer Obamacare… Oh as for not getting a raise to S.S. that’s false. In spite of republicans obstructions Obama got it through.
ObamaSCARE: Obama's magic wand wiping away hard-earned adequate healthcare that hardworking citizens deserve.
Kevin Earl Wood

Chipley, FL

#2374 Sep 30, 2012
Vets with disability pensions and anyone making less than $200,000 per year should be handed their head on a platter if they vote Republican in November.

It is the Republican agenda to give breaks to the rich and let the poor, middle class, disabled, and retired die without benefits necessary for survival.
JesseSharptonWri ght

Lakewood, NJ

#2375 Sep 30, 2012
Kevin Earl Wood wrote:
Vets with disability pensions and anyone making less than $200,000 per year should be handed their head on a platter if they vote Republican in November.
It is the Republican agenda to give breaks to the rich and let the poor, middle class, disabled, and retired die without benefits necessary for survival.
Dumbocratic Lies...just like the past 4 years of magic hopey-changey that never took place.
Bernard Forand

Cape Coral, FL

#2377 Oct 1, 2012
Regulations, Regulation. Is What Strikes fear in the corrupt and criminal.
Republicans see us on the Brink as democrat see opportunity.
Could this explain why, there is such a diverse view of the same equation? Republicans see a dwindling ability to extract social welfare payments from the bottom of the Pyramid scheme’s they have designed. Democrats’ see opportunity for our society by cutting welfare payments to the elitist and returning the Pyramid back to its proper position.
……. Cronyism Welfare…. Fair Game?…..
Whistle-Blower Lawyers Throw Support Behind Obama
By ERIC LIPTON
Published: October 1, 2012
WASHINGTON — As the Obama administration has cracked down on corporate fraud, lawyers representing whistle-blowers have reaped multimillion-dollar rewards. Now, as they seek to sustain these historic payouts, they are serving as generous donors to the president’s re-election campaign.
Bill Crandall for The New York Times
John R. Phillips, one of the nation’s top whistle-blower lawyers, has raised more than $200,000 for Mr. Obama’s re-election from colleagues.
Lawyers in the tight circle who specialize in filing fraud claims with the federal government on behalf of clients with evidence of wrongdoing have raised more than $3 million so far for President Obama. The administration, meanwhile, has paid out $1.6 billion to whistle-blowers during his tenure, with law firms taking a cut in some cases of up to 40 percent of the proceeds.
The lawyers have contributed directly to Mr. Obama’s campaign, served as “bundlers” who solicit contributions from others, donated to the Democratic National Committee and written large checks to Priorities USA, the “super PAC” supporting Mr. Obama’s re-election efforts. They have also donated heavily to Congressional Democrats.
Their support comes as Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee, has called for repeal of the Dodd-Frank Act, which imposed new oversight of the financial services industry and expanded the government’s whistle-blower program to the Securities and Exchange Commission, which has set aside $430 million for payouts. Business groups have also pushed for legislation imposing a cap on payments to whistle-blowers, arguing that rewards reaching as high as $104 million, as happened in one case, have turned anti-fraud efforts into a lottery.
“The risks are enormous there will be real pullback because of pressure from the industry that has paid billions in penalties,” said John R. Phillips, one of the nation’s top whistle-blower lawyers, who has raised more than $200,000 for Mr. Obama’s re-election from colleagues, after first working in 2008 to help Mr. Obama get elected.
The fund-raising is already a flash point in Washington, where lawmakers have been divided along partisan lines over the administration’s efforts to regulate the financial industry and the political parties have long been at odds over trial lawyers and class-action suits. On the campaign trail, Mr. Romney has cast himself and fellow Republicans as champions of business and the president and Democrats as hostile to business interests.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which represents many of the companies that have been targets of the whistle-blower investigations, has criticized the lawyers’ efforts, particularly their aggressive outreach for potential clients.
“If someone is defrauding the federal government or investors, they should have the book thrown at them,” said Matt Webb, senior vice president for legal reform policy at the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform.“But increasingly, this is not just about exposing wrongdoing. It is about trying to generate as much money and fees for the firms handling the cases.”
Bernard Forand

Cape Coral, FL

#2378 Oct 1, 2012
Bernard Forand wrote:
Regulations, Regulation. Is What Strikes fear in the corrupt and criminal.
Republicans see us on the Brink as democrat see opportunity.
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Some of the industry’s most important players, including lawyers from Mr. Phillips’s firm, played a central role in advising the Securities and Exchange Commission on the rules creating its whistle-blower program, including a provision to broaden the list of who was eligible to file a claim. In the last year, whistle-blower law firms have hired several top S.E.C. officials who helped write those rules. They include Jordan Thomas, who has started a new S.E.C. whistle-blower unit at Labaton Sucharow, a New York-based firm whose employees have contributed to the Obama campaign.
“We have had hundreds and hundreds of inquiries,” said Mr. Thomas, who has sought out clients and promoted his firm’s practice in speeches nationwide, an Internet blog and YouTube videos.“Our phones are ringing off the hook.”
The push to crack down on Medicare fraud, for example, started long before the Obama administration, with many cases initiated by the Justice Department under President George W. Bush. But the Obama administration has been particularly aggressive in pursuing them.
Since January 2009,$13.2 billion has been collected by the federal government from companies through the False Claims Act, the primary whistle-blower tool, with about $9.4 billion of that involving alleged health care fraud. The federal government has recovered more overall in financial penalties against drugmakers since 2009 than in the previous 18 years combined, with whistle-blowers credited for helping initiate about three quarters of the cases, according to a recent study by Public Citizen, a nonprofit group.
Among the biggest False Claims Act settlements was a $2 billion fine against GlaxoSmithKline, accused of illegally promoting one of its blockbuster drugs, which could translate into a more than $100 million bounty for the whistle-blowers, two of whom were represented by Mr. Phillips’s firm. In May, Abbott Laboratories agreed to pay an $800 million fine, which included an $84 million payment to the whistle-blowers, four former Abbott sales staff members, who tipped off authorities about illegal marketing of an anti-seizure drug to children and elderly patients. The lead whistle-blower was represented by Grant & Eisenhofer, a Delaware-based firm whose managing director has also served as bundler and contributor to Mr. Obama.
The S.E.C. whistle-blower program targets fraud that harms investors or consumers through a securities law violation, while the health care cases typically involve cheating the Medicare or Medicaid programs. No big fines have resulted yet from the S.E.C. program because cases typically take several years to develop. But the office is receiving on average 10 tips a day, and got nearly 3,000 in its first year.
Mr. Phillips and other lawyers said their contributions are unrelated to their work and he said they have sparred with the Justice Department during Mr. Obama’s tenure because of its efforts to minimize payouts to whistle-blowers. Corporate lawyers who defend companies, he added, typically make more money on a case than the whistle-blower attorney does.
Still, the ranks of lawyers seeking to represent whistle-blowers has grown quickly in the last several years, as the value of the awards has skyrocketed. Lawyers at dozens of these law firms nationwide have contributed to Mr. Obama, campaign finance records show, while only a sprinkling of checks have been written from employees at the same firms to Mr. Romney.
JesseSharptonWri ght

Lakewood, NJ

#2379 Oct 1, 2012
Bernard Forand wrote:
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Some of the industry’s most important players, including lawyers from Mr. Phillips’s firm, played a central role in advising the Securities and Exchange Commission on the rules creating its whistle-blower program, including a provision to broaden the list of who was eligible to file a claim. In the last year, whistle-blower law firms have hired several top S.E.C. officials who helped write those rules. They include Jordan Thomas, who has started a new S.E.C. whistle-blower unit at Labaton Sucharow, a New York-based firm whose employees have contributed to the Obama campaign.
“We have had hundreds and hundreds of inquiries,” said Mr. Thomas, who has sought out clients and promoted his firm’s practice in speeches nationwide, an Internet blog and YouTube videos.“Our phones are ringing off the hook.”
The push to crack down on Medicare fraud, for example, started long before the Obama administration, with many cases initiated by the Justice Department under President George W. Bush. But the Obama administration has been particularly aggressive in pursuing them.
Since January 2009,$13.2 billion has been collected by the federal government from companies through the False Claims Act, the primary whistle-blower tool, with about $9.4 billion of that involving alleged health care fraud. The federal government has recovered more overall in financial penalties against drugmakers since 2009 than in the previous 18 years combined, with whistle-blowers credited for helping initiate about three quarters of the cases, according to a recent study by Public Citizen, a nonprofit group.
Among the biggest False Claims Act settlements was a $2 billion fine against GlaxoSmithKline, accused of illegally promoting one of its blockbuster drugs, which could translate into a more than $100 million bounty for the whistle-blowers, two of whom were represented by Mr. Phillips’s firm. In May, Abbott Laboratories agreed to pay an $800 million fine, which included an $84 million payment to the whistle-blowers, four former Abbott sales staff members, who tipped off authorities about illegal marketing of an anti-seizure drug to children and elderly patients. The lead whistle-blower was represented by Grant & Eisenhofer, a Delaware-based firm whose managing director has also served as bundler and contributor to Mr. Obama.
The S.E.C. whistle-blower program targets fraud that harms investors or consumers through a securities law violation, while the health care cases typically involve cheating the Medicare or Medicaid programs. No big fines have resulted yet from the S.E.C. program because cases typically take several years to develop. But the office is receiving on average 10 tips a day, and got nearly 3,000 in its first year.
Mr. Phillips and other lawyers said their contributions are unrelated to their work and he said they have sparred with the Justice Department during Mr. Obama’s tenure because of its efforts to minimize payouts to whistle-blowers. Corporate lawyers who defend companies, he added, typically make more money on a case than the whistle-blower attorney does.
Still, the ranks of lawyers seeking to represent whistle-blowers has grown quickly in the last several years, as the value of the awards has skyrocketed. Lawyers at dozens of these law firms nationwide have contributed to Mr. Obama, campaign finance records show, while only a sprinkling of checks have been written from employees at the same firms to Mr. Romney.
Page 3 ... What a sorry joke page 1 and 2 were. Vote Romney in November, and save the USA from another 4 years of incompetent Obama failure.
Bernard Forand

Cape Coral, FL

#2380 Oct 1, 2012
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The single biggest fund-raiser is John Morgan, a Florida-based lawyer. He has collected more than $1.7 million for Mr. Obama’s re-election or for the Democratic National Committee, making him one of the campaign’s biggest bundlers nationwide. He has also raised money for Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat running for the United States Senate. Ms. Warren served as interim head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, also created as part of the Dodd-Frank law.
Mr. Morgan, in an interview, said his support for Mr. Obama and Ms. Warren was entirely motivated by his admiration for their leadership in Washington. But his fund-raising blitz occurred just as he was expanding his personal injury and trial law practice into the whistle-blower field, with a television advertising campaign and new Web site, named whistle-blower-attorneys.com .
“America is full of crooks who are defrauding the government and investors every day,” Mr. Morgan said.“We are talking about billions of dollars in ill-gotten gains. We win one case and it will pay for our entire national advertising budget.”
Sean McKessy, a former corporate attorney who leads the new S.E.C. Whistleblower Office, said he welcomed the support of the outside lawyers. Whistle-blowers get paid only if the claim is substantiated and results in a fine of at least $1 million — meaning there is no incentive to flood the agency with frivolous complaints.
“There is an extraordinary important role that good lawyers that understand the regulatory process can play,” Mr. McKessy said, adding that individuals can also submit a tip without hiring a lawyer at all, although many do.
At a recent gathering of whistle-blower lawyers at a Washington hotel, several hundred of them sipped on glasses of wine and cocktails as they began a series of meetings with senior officials from the Justice Department, the S.E.C. and Medicare programs — as well as Mr. McKessy — to compare strategies on how to bring in more corporate wrongdoers.
“The way you get more hunting dogs showing up is you feed them,” said Patrick Burns, director of communications at a group that calls itself Taxpayers Against Fraud, the legal industry group that sponsored the conference.“And the Justice Department is cooking with Crisco right now.”
Bernard Forand

Cape Coral, FL

#2381 Oct 1, 2012
JesseSharptonWright wrote:
<quoted text> Page 3 ... What a sorry joke page 1 and 2 were. Vote Romney in November, and save the USA from another 4 years of incompetent Obama failure.
The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is.{Winston Churchill}
Now I have shown you in this latest New York Time Article precisely who does seek {Obama} Justice from the dysfunctional corporations and who does not.{Romney} Presented you with who is responsible for voter fraud and it was the republicans as the law suites begin to accumulate, RNC will be further exposed as will the predatory practices of the illegal corporations. Simple as that. It also exposes who is holding them responsible and who seeks to hide them from the public. Similar to your comments of deceit. Suspect you are but a naïve child. Comprehension fails you. Indication of low maturity. What I have displayed will come to materialize in the coming days and become everyday knowledge. I can even envision what has not been said as of yet and will soon come to surface. Give you a Hint; England has reopened Fox season, Germany is rounding up their right wing trouble makers and are deporting them or incarcerating them as has Pakistan shut down their right wing Arabic Media. Some imprisoned. Get the drift. Those that have been infected by the Joseph Goebbels ideology is losing the tolerance of their societies. Joseph’s strategy was simple and was, and is, employed by the republican party at present. One example of how they do it is as follows; http://youtu.be/5WT1Vwlfyms Have more examples of how they do it and some of the results that proves their destructive effects upon the individual and the society. Now just imagine if I recognize it? How many millions smarter than me have recognized it and will or are already pursuing to identify individuals and organizations that they may want to bring to justice? Ahhh Time will soon tell.“Blue Skies, Nothing But Blue Skies Do I See”
JesseSharptonWri ght

Lakewood, NJ

#2382 Oct 1, 2012
Bernard Forand wrote:
<quoted text>
The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is.{Winston Churchill}
Now I have shown you in this latest New York Time Article precisely who does seek {Obama} Justice from the dysfunctional corporations and who does not.{Romney} Presented you with who is responsible for voter fraud and it was the republicans as the law suites begin to accumulate, RNC will be further exposed as will the predatory practices of the illegal corporations. Simple as that. It also exposes who is holding them responsible and who seeks to hide them from the public. Similar to your comments of deceit. Suspect you are but a naïve child. Comprehension fails you. Indication of low maturity. What I have displayed will come to materialize in the coming days and become everyday knowledge. I can even envision what has not been said as of yet and will soon come to surface. Give you a Hint; England has reopened Fox season, Germany is rounding up their right wing trouble makers and are deporting them or incarcerating them as has Pakistan shut down their right wing Arabic Media. Some imprisoned. Get the drift. Those that have been infected by the Joseph Goebbels ideology is losing the tolerance of their societies. Joseph’s strategy was simple and was, and is, employed by the republican party at present. One example of how they do it is as follows; http://youtu.be/5WT1Vwlfyms Have more examples of how they do it and some of the results that proves their destructive effects upon the individual and the society. Now just imagine if I recognize it? How many millions smarter than me have recognized it and will or are already pursuing to identify individuals and organizations that they may want to bring to justice? Ahhh Time will soon tell.“Blue Skies, Nothing But Blue Skies Do I See”
Obama worshippers are like Obama...they have a never-ending diatribe of drivel...and no improvement at the end of 4 years of hopey-changey snakeoil.
David W Harbin Panamaed

United States

#2388 Oct 5, 2012
You may remember CERBERUS and Dan Quayle (CHRY)...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cerberus_Capital...
Another Option

AOL

#2392 Oct 8, 2012
After the RNC threw Ron Paul under the bus for not supporting Romney and refused to let him speak how could anyone vote for a Republican? Wasn't that an act of fascism or communism? If you don't support our party line you are outta here!

People dismiss Gary Johnson but if people want to vote their conscious and not vote for someone they don't believe in, why are the Republicans trying to remove him from the ballot in Pennsylvania? Ron Nielson, senior adviser for the Johnson campaign, has stated the campaign submitted more than 49,000 signatures, more than twice the amount required to gain access to the ballot in Pennsylvania. If 19% of the public support Gary and 10% of Ohio voters support Gary, what is the problem of having another party option? It's that was Democracy is all about. Everyone has a voice.

Shouldn't the people who pay these bozos have more choices than just two candidates? That is if their candidates aren't being shoved down everyones throat? Why so much fear if Gary is a non starter like they say?
idiot _ why not_

Tampa, FL

#2395 Oct 8, 2012
VET wrote:
Are you a lying thieving democrat or republican do everyone a favor and kill your self.
poor VET
sick in head
wish you had brain - you might have fame
meanwhile ..........
........go claim the right to be lame
JesseSharptonWri ght

Lakewood, NJ

#2397 Oct 8, 2012
VET wrote:
At least I have brain enough not to support the democrat republican government.
Your conjugal visits have been cancelled.
Panamaed

Brooklyn, NY

#2398 Oct 8, 2012
CORRUPT COINTELPRO OPERATIVES ALWAYS ATTACK ANYONE WITH MEANINGFUL DIALOG!

They ruin this site!
Panamaed

Brooklyn, NY

#2399 Oct 8, 2012
They removed the ALLY FINANCIAL-THE NEW US OPPRESSOR BANK LINK.

THAT IS WHY OBAMA SEIZED GMAC!
Panamaed

Brooklyn, NY

#2400 Oct 8, 2012
It was the comment before the CERBERUS comment about Dan Quayle (CHRY) who is also a party to the ALLY BANK SCAM!

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