Watching the fraudulent activities of ACORN here in Ohio has left me wondering how they’ve been getting away with it. It sure seemed plain to me that our Secretary of State, the über-partisan Jennifer Brunner, has a soft spot in her heart for this merry band of fraudsters. I couldn’t point to any blatantly obvious connection between Brunner and ACORN (other than shameless Obama-worship), but I had a hunch there was more than meets the eye.
Thank God for Maggie Thurber:
Gillette is identified on Jennifer Brunner’s 2006 campaign website as a consultant. A blog entry by Brunner’s husband Rick talks about that relationship, saying: “our candidate had gone earlier in the day to have some meetings and work out of Karyn Gillette’s office.” He also describes Gillette as “very helpful to the campaign.”
According to campaign finance reports that were filed, Gillette was paid $21,250 by Brunner’s campaign. She has a longtime history of serving as a fundraising consultant to Ohio Democrats.
But that’s not all. Gillette is not Brunner’s only tie to ACORN. Members of the group’s voter registration arm, Project Vote, regularly advise Brunner on election strategy, previously serving on her Voter Rights Institute and even recently issuing a news release claiming credit for Brunner’s directive banning challenges to suspected fraudulent voter registrations.
So our Secretary of State shares a campaign advisor with ACORN, takes direction from ACORN’s voter registration arm, and refuses to verify over 200,000 mismatched registrations while claiming there is no voter fraud going on in Ohio…and that attention to such frivolous issues distracts her from doing her job.
Let’s see Brunner try to wriggle out of this.