[Marxism] [delphmonk at yahoo.com: [NaderOR] Democratic Dirty Tricks Escalate]

Jack F. Vogel jfv at bluesong.net
Fri Aug 13 21:50:03 MDT 2004

Just an FYI for the list. The Democrats
sinking to a new low in their quest to
deny workers any real democratic choice.



----- Forwarded message from Nader Oregon campaign -----

The lastest and most thuggish of the Dems attacks on our rights. 
There is MUCH more to this story than is present in this article. 
Stay tuned!

Democratic Dirty Tricks Escalate

Democratic Lawyers Send Letters to Nader Oregon Petitioners 
Threatening Incarceration and $100,000 Fines

Washington, DC: Independent Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader today 
sharply criticized lawyers working in coalition with the Democratic 
Party, for threatening Nader/Camejo signature gatherers in Oregon.

"This is an escalation of the dirty tricks of the Democrats. 
Threatening signature gatherers with a felony, five years in jail, 
or a $100,000 fine is a direct attack on the right to petition 
protected by the Constitution," said Nader. "The Democrats are 
showing they have no respect for democracy and will do anything to 
keep Nader/Camejo off the ballot. They also have no respect for the 
Constitutional rights to free speech, assembly, and petition when 
they are used in the electoral arena."

In a letter, Margaret S. Olney of Smith, Diamond, and Olney 
threatened circulators of Nader petitions saying they were 
investigating "whether fraudulent signature-gathering techniques 
were used in the circulation of those petitions," saying their 
involvement "may result in a conviction of a felony with a fine of 
up to $100,000 or prison for up to five years."

Theresa Amato, Nader/Camejo Campaign manager, sent a letter to Ms. 
Olney saying her letter "constitutes a blatant attempt to intimidate 
campaign workers and disrupt and interfere with the Nader Campaign, 
and may constitute a violation of Oregon Statutes (see e.g., O.R.S. 
Sec. 260.575) and Federal Election Law." The letter, by copy to Mr. 
John Lindback, the Director of the Elections Division for the Oregon 
Secretary of State, lodged a complaint and asked the Elections 
Division to demand that Ms. Olney cease and desist her actions.

Earlier in the campaign, Democrats admitted that they intentionally 
spoiled a Nader nominating convention, swelling the number of 
attendees and then refusing to sign ballot petitions. This effort 
prevented other people from attending the convention the doors were 
closed by the government when over 1,000 people were in attendance 
and reduced the number of signers to just below the 1,000 people 
needed to get Nader on the ballot. 

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