* If you click here you’ll see the latest TV ads for Dan Proft’s Liberty Principles PAC. There’s quite a lot of them. And almost all the recent ones (at least 30 of them) feature a woman speaking to the camera identified as “Kathleen, single mom.” The woman is actually the Illinois Opportunity Project’s Director of Communication Kathleen Murphy. That group was co-founded by Proft.
State and federal authorities are trying to find out why 1,500 absentee ballot applications were left in a Rock Island post office box for three weeks. Michelle O’Neill reports.
Rock Island County Clerk, Karen Kinney, says one of the first tips about a potential problem with absentee ballot applications came from her own mother. Voters also started to call her office asking, “Where’s my ballot?” Kinney called the sheriff, state’s attorney, and the Illinois Attorney General for help. She learned that a Dekalb woman from the Illinois Opportunity Project rented the Post Office box. The project is a Chicago-based non-profit, co-founded by Dan Proft who’s a radio host and former Republican candidate for governor. [Emphasis added]
Co-founder Pat Hughes said his organization has done nothing wrong.
“We’re doing a vote-by-mail program,” Mr. Hughes said. “We’ve delivered thousands of applications in Rock Island County and throughout the state.”
While Ms. Kinney said the 1,500 absentee applications were piled up at the Rock Island Post Office on 11th Street before being delivered last Thursday and Friday by a man, Mr. Hughes refutes there was any voter suppression on behalf of his organization.
“They’re (applications) being picked up and delivered every single day,” Mr. Hughes said. “Any comments on voter suppression are false. If those statements are coming from the Rock Island County clerk or any other Democratic elected official, they are politically motivated.”
Mr. Hughes said the Illinois Attorney General’s Office has made many inquiries and demands over the last week of his organization related to Rock Island County and other counties, but he said it has done nothing wrong.
Hughes said the Illinois Opportunity Project mailed applications to voters on Oct. 11, and picked up the returned applications from the Rock Island Post Office on Oct. 26, after receiving inquiries from law enforcement. Hughes says the group didn’t break any laws by not grabbing the applications sooner. He also says that because the group distributed applications on the 11th and collected them on the 26th, it disproves the Democratic clerk’s claim that the applications languished for three weeks.
Mark Curley, postmaster for the Rock Island Post Office, corroborated Hughes’ timeline.
“There was no three weeks,” Curley said. “They didn’t languish.”
That YouTube video is hysterical. Seriously, why does anyone use Proft? For anything? If these jokers took the money that they wasted on losing campaigns and gave it to CSU, EIU, and WIU, those schools would stay open forever.
- South of Sherman - Wednesday, Nov 2, 16 @ 9:52 am:
Does anyone else think that maybe those applications were left there so that later, someone could try to claim vote-rigging because all of those nice people who asked for absentee ballots never got them?
/asking for a friend
- Last Bull Moose - Wednesday, Nov 2, 16 @ 9:53 am:
That video needs to be shown as part of the mandated civics lessons in the high schools. I think that mandate will be the topic of discussion on Illinois Issues this week (Thursday) if I heard correctly on WUIS this morning.
wonder what the universe was on the ab ballot requests? maybe they weren’t meant to get to the clerk at all…ever…
- hisgirlfriday - Wednesday, Nov 2, 16 @ 10:02 am:
Why would Proft bother to find actual voters in these districts or at least pay different people to represent them in the ads when Proft can pocket more cash and do less work by using the same person in these ads?
It’s not just more profit for him short term to do ads on the cheap, but long term he’s better off with Dems in power because when the GOP actually takes over then his cash cow dies.
- Give Me A Break - Wednesday, Nov 2, 16 @ 10:05 am:
Please someone let the Trump gang know we have found voter fraud, this woman clearly is going to vote several times. Get to it Trumpsters, go forth stop this crime right now.
This is very serious, people. The Large Hadron Collider at CERN may have finally messed things up and poked into parallel dimensions. These commercials may be bleeding in from alternate realities where she actually lives in those realities. /s
In 2010 the Democratic coordinated campaign royally screwed up their vote by mail program and basically the same thing happened. They were scrambling in the final weekend to get applications processed in time so ballots could go back to the voters and get returned all before election day. In many instances it was too late. There’s a precedent for this kind of incompetence.
On a serious note, Soccerchild signed up for her absentee ballot on the Illinois.gov site weeks ago. She said it was very difficult to navigate, and she never got her ballot. Is this an attempt by the Governor to suppress voting? Paging Lisa Madigan…
== … Soccerchild signed up for her absentee ballot on the Illinois.gov site weeks ago. ==
Both myself and Mrs RNUG mailed in one of the many “vote by mail” postcards we received. The ones we used were addressed to the County Clerk. It was a bit strange that I got mine immediately and Mrs was delayed. After a couple of days, phoned in and confirmed it had been mailed. It showed up a day or two later but had clearly been mailed when the clerk said because the numbers were sequential. So it must have taken the scenic route through the postal system.
Kathleen Murphy of the Illinois Opportunity Project and Upstream Ideas talks about teaching her kids the importance of being held accountable for their actions and that IL lawmakers should be held to the same, although, she has not been, Kathleen was arrested on June 26, 16:
I would expect this type of representation from Dan Proft but surprised that Pat Hughes, John Tillman, The Heartland Institute, and Governor Rauner stand for it, after all she is the spokesperson for their organizations.