Pennsylvania Police Raid Democrat "Advocacy Group" Office Over Alleged Voter Fraud

Pennsylvania state police have raided offices of a democrat "public advocacy" group, FieldWorks, LLC, seeking evidence of possible voter-registration fraud.  The Inquirer Daily News, cited court records in a report published earlier today noting that police were seeking templates that were "utilized to construct fraudulent voter registration forms."  The office being investigated is located in the city of Norwood in Delaware County, PA.

In a warrant filed late last week in County Court, investigators said they were seeking documents, financial information, and lists of employees at the Norwood office of FieldWorks LLC, a national organization that often does street work for Democrats, records show.

 

The warrant did not specify the nature of the probe, but said agents also were looking for "templates . . . utilized to construct fraudulent voter registration forms" and "completed voter registration forms containing same or similar identifying information of individuals on multiple forms."

 

A Delaware County judge on Friday afternoon signed the search warrant, but it was not known when it was executed. The warrant application was approved by the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office. Jeff Johnson, a spokesman for the Attorney General's Office, declined to comment.

FieldWorks describes itself as "a nationally recognized grassroots organizing firm founded to help progressive organizations, advocacy groups, and members of the Democratic family take their public engagement and electoral strategies to the next level."  Yes, we would also confirm that committing voter fraud is indeed "taking things to the next level."

Meanwhile, the FieldWorks website notes that the organization utilizes "innovative grassroots strategies" to "target the right voters in the right places, and using the right tactics at the right time."  The website also lists its core competencies as "vote-by-mail, early voting, voter registration..."  Somehow, we wouldn't be surprised if they also specialized in helping dead voters as well...though it would be a little reckless to put that directly on a website...that's more of a message that should be communicated in person or over the phone.  

Led by experienced national and international strategists with their hearts in grassroots organizing, FieldWorks creates campaigns that combine innovative grassroots strategies, the newest online and communication technologies, and time-tested shoe leather tactics with one thing in mind: achieving our client’s goals. Targeting the right voters in the right places, and using the right tactics at the right time (Vote-by-Mail, Early Voting, voter registration, mail, phones, direct voter contact, message integration, and the Internet), FieldWorks puts the plan together that will yield the winning results.

FieldWorks

 

Just in case you think this may be a non-partisan organization, FieldWorks' website also includes a case study on work they did for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Comittee:

In 2006 and 2008, FieldWorks was part of a team brought in by the DCCC to work with their most targeted races to develop Field and GOTV Plans. FieldWorks was responsible for working with the Field Directors to ensure that a quality Field Plan was in place, direct voter contact plans established with clear metrics and deliverables, establishing paid canvass operations and managing Get-Out-the-Vote activities.

In response to the police raids, the FieldWorks organization released a statement saying that they have "zero tolerance for fraud" and are cooperating with authorities in their investigation.  Meanwhile, we're sure it's only a matter of time before Harry Reid or Donna Brazile claims this is just another effort to restrict minority voting in a largely African American county in Pennsylvania.

In a statement Monday, a spokesman for FieldWorks' national headquarters in Washington, said the company has "zero tolerance for fraud."

 

"FieldWorks is now working with county officials to provide them with information on our program and applications they are investigating," said the spokesman, Matt Dorf. "In keeping with our regular practice, we will work aggressively with authorities to seek the prosecution of anyone involved in wrongdoing."

 

The company did not respond to requests for comment on which campaigns or political groups have hired them to work in Pennsylvania.

Of course, FieldWorks also denied similar charges in Ohio during the 2012 election cycle that landed one Ohio University student in jail. 

In 2012, FieldWorks' voter registration efforts in Ohio sparked some controversy. FieldWorks employees filed thousands of new voter registration cards in the final week before the registration deadline. Some of them were found to be fraudulent.

 

In that same election, FieldWorks included a cover letter with its mass voter filing warning that it itself viewed scores of the submitted names as fraudulent.

 

Police in Cincinnati arrested a former Ohio University student in 2012 working in FieldWorks on charges of forging 22 signatures on a petition drive. Police said at the time that FieldWorks itself played no role in that man's scheme to pad his list.

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