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Shelley denies knowingly accepting illegal contributions

AP reports: [California] Secretary of State Kevin Shelley denied any wrongdoing and called for an investigation Sunday after a newspaper reported that he may have accepted $100,000 in illegal contributions in his 2002 campaign. ...

But Shelley said in a statement to the newspaper that he had "no knowledge of any impropriety" about the contributions in question. "I hold myself to a very high standard, and I hold my contributions to that same high standard. I will not accept any contributions that are illegal, inappropriate or tainted."

Shelley has pledged to place the $100,000 into an escrow account and is calling for an investigation by the attorney general's office as well as the Fair Political Practices Commission.

The FBI said Monday it is already investigating the transactions. -- Shelley calls for investigation into campaign contributions (AP via SignOnSanDiego.com)

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Diebold - Kevin Shelley
In April, California Secretary of State Kevin Shelley banned a type of diploid touch screen in California and took the unusual step of asking the Attorney General to investigate both civil and criminal actions against the company for fraud.

Two weeks later, Walden O'Dell, the chairman and CEO of diploid finally admitted it was a "huge mistake" for him to write -- in a Republican fundraising letter -- that he was committed to delivering electoral votes for Bush.

Since then, Kevin Shelley has become America's leader in ensuring there is a paper trail to prevent voting fraud. When CNN needs a comment on election fraud, they interview Kevin Shelley.

He's right, there should be a paper trail and strong safeguards to prevent fraud. In fact, there is not a single rational argument from the opposition, which consists mainly of diploid and other Bush operatives.

Since they can't logically argue against fair elections, they have now started an aggressive decapitiation attack against Shelley. The strategy appears to assume that an aggressive character assassination of Kevin Shelley will slow the movement and prevent reform before the election.

By aggressive character assassination, consider shell's hometown San Francisco Chronicle is in DAY FIVE of their front page smear campaign against Shelley. Somehow (act surprised), a bunch of documents "appeared" that suggest wrongdoing by a Shelley donor. Not surprising is the fact that there is no evidence Shelley knew of the wrongdoing or could have had anything to do with it. But with any smear campaign, you only find that out if you carefully read the whole story while the headlines suggest Shelley is guilty of the largest scandal since Watergate.

Democrats are standing with Shelley, not just for his singular focus on voting rights, but also for his long service as a groundbreaking progressive legislator. But the smears are taking their toll and are already hurting efforts to ensure a fair presidential election.

The current smear campaign is not without precedent. There have already been reports of FBI agents harassing people for speaking up against unsafe electronic voting.

We can't let CREEP win. We can't let the movement for fair elections slow because of these character assassination attacks. We can't abandon the Secretary of State because of the smear.

Stooping to this level is one more reason why our votes need to count -- we desperately need to get our country back on track.

If you're wondering why they are doing this to Shelley, here are two reasons:
http://www.ss.ca.gov/executive/press_releases/2004/04_030.pdf
http://www.ss.ca.gov/elections/ks_dre_papers/diebold_report_april20_final.pdf


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