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http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/06/30/Democrat-Pastor-Accuses-Thad-Cochran-Campaign-Of-Vote-For-Pay-Scheme

A black Mississippi pastor has emerged to claim Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-MS) campaign paid “thousands” of Democrats $15 each to vote in the June 24 GOP runoff – and that he was part of the scheme.

Rev. Stevie Fielder, an associate pastor at First Union Missionary Baptist Church in Meridan, Mississippi, says Cochran's campaign “told me to offer blacks $15 each and to vote for Thad.”

Fielder, who was paid by freelance journalist Charles C. Johnson for the story, provided a new outlet launched by Johnson—GotNews.com—with four text messages from a person purporting to be Cochran campaign staffer Saleem Baird.

The messages cite an official Cochran campaign email address—Saleem@ThadForMs.com—and include detailed discussions of the campaign providing envelopes of money to distribute to people who vote.

“Send me individual names and amounts along with home address to saleem@thadforms.com and I’ll have money separated in envelopes at the office waiting for you,” one message, sent three days before the runoff, says.

Fielder said he helped distribute the Cochran cash for votes on a promise of eventually getting paid $16,000—and because a key Cochran campaign staffer convinced him that Cochran’s conservative challenger state Sen. Chris McDaniel was racist.

“They sold me on the fact that he was a racist and that the right thing to do was to keep him out of office,” Fielder said.

But Cochran's campaign never paid, Fielder said.

Fielder also now says he was wrong about McDaniel's character. He said he “took a good look at the campaign ads” and came to understand that “McDaniel was not a racist.”

“Me and other people were misguided and misled,” Fielder said.

In a brief phone interview with Breitbart News, Fielder confirmed that he is an associate pastor at First Union Missionary Baptist Church and that he leveled the allegations in an interview with Johnson.

The Society of Professional Journalists' Code of Ethics says, “Be wary of sources offering information for favors or money; avoid bidding for news.” Johnson defended paying for the story in an email, saying, “Why wouldn't I pay for an awesome story?”

“Gawker, the Daily Mail, TMZ all pay for information (and they pay poorly, by the way). There's also a long history of ‘checkbook journalism’ in America. I'm bringing it back. Indeed, every press baron in American history has relied on it. Pulitzer, Hearst, Luce, and, yes, Oprah are all supporters of it. David Frost paid for the Nixon tapes, goodness sake.”

Though Fielder himself has not been paid the $16,000 he claims he was promised for his services, he alleges he was given the enveloped cash to distribute amongst the black community in Mississippi in exchange for Cochran votes—and further alleges that others like him were similar given such cash.

Fielder, a Democrat, says he has voted for Republicans in the past and that his motive to come forward with this information at this time is that he now thinks what he did was “wrong.” He says he was mostly motivated by the claims—which he now understands are untrue—that McDaniel was a racist, not by the money. “Definitely the election should not be allowed to stand,” Fielder said, adding that he’d support McDaniel in the event a judge orders a new runoff election as a result of alleged voter fraud. “He’s been done wrong,” Fielder said of McDaniel. “He’s not what they said that he is.”

In his interview with Johnson’s Got News outlet, Fielder says Baird was just one of the several Cochran staffers he interacted with about this matter pre-election. Fielder claims in his interview with Mr. Johnson that he also discussed the alleged vote buying matter with Cochran’s campaign manager Kirk Sims and a woman named “Amanda.”

Baird is a top legislative staffer for Cochran’s Mississippi U.S. Senate colleague Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS). In 2011, Baird was arrested because a club he was the manager of allegedly featured a strip show and allegedly did not have a license to feature women stripping. The charges were later dropped and Wicker kept Baird on as an employee.

While at this time it is unclear whether Cochran’s campaign’s alleged actions rise to the level of either of these statutes, federal and state law prohibit the purchasing of votes. Mississippi’s statute that prohibits vote buying states that any candidate engaged in such a practice should disqualified from running in that race for the office or shall be removed from that office if they have been elected into it.

But as to whether Cochran himself—the “candidate,” per Mississippi law—would be responsible for the actions of his campaign staffers, election law attorney Trey Traynor of Beirne, Maynard & Parsons, LLP told Breitbart News that “clearly yes,” Mississippi’s “statutes applies to candidates and their agents.”
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Re: Democrat Pastor Accuses Thad Cochran Campaign of Vote-for-Pay Scheme
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2014, 02:39:41 AM »
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The messages cite an official Cochran campaign email address—Saleem@ThadForMs.com—and include detailed discussions of the campaign providing envelopes of money to distribute to people who vote.

“Send me individual names and amounts along with home address to saleem@thadforms.com and I’ll have money separated in envelopes at the office waiting for you,” one message, sent three days before the runoff, says.

Those names and home addresses are probably not a list of $15 direct pay outs for a vote.  How could one possible come up with a list of law breakers before they voted?  The money is likely for the GOTV volunteers.  It's to provide gas money for getting a voter to the polls, going door to door and maybe pay for their time as well, or something like that.  It has to be above board.  Why else send the list through email and instructions through the telephone companies and under the watchful eye of the NSA, and hackers.  The only place safe to send your emails to these days is the IRS.  Everyone else backs up their server information.

The right fringe lost in MS, and almost every other Senate election.  They are still going through the denial phase but the anger phase is coming soon. 

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Johnson defended paying for the story in an email, saying, “Why wouldn't I pay for an awesome story?”

It may be this pastor remembers things based on who is paying him.
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Re: Democrat Pastor Accuses Thad Cochran Campaign of Vote-for-Pay Scheme
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2014, 03:55:50 AM »
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Process for Certifying Election Results in a Party Primary:

All primary elections in the State of Mississippi are run by the respective state parties. State law requires the transmittal of certified election results to the State Party Executive Committees of the Democratic and Republican Parties.  The State Party Executive Committees compile the certified results from each county and certify their election results.  The Mississippi Secretary of State's Office does not certify the results of a Primary Election.  The certification is performed by the State Party Executive Committees.  The State Executive Committees have ten (10) days from the date of the election (June 13, 2014) to submit certified results to the Secretary of State's Office.  The Secretary of State's Office accepts the certified results by the State Executive Committees on behalf of the State of Mississippi.  (Miss. Code Ann §23-15-599)

Post Election Deadlines:

    June 10, 2014:  Deadline for voters who did not present acceptable photo identification for the 2014 Primary Election, who had to cast an affidavit ballot, to submit acceptable photo identification to the Circuit Clerk's Office for their ballot to be counted.  (MS Const. §249-A-(2)(c))
    June 13, 2014:  Deadline for the State Party Executive Committees to submit certified results to the Secretary of State's Office.  (Miss. Code Ann §23-15-599)
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All Ya'll Tea Party Patriots got 13 days to convince the MS GOP to certify McDaniels as the winner.

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If you run as a Republican and then refuse to support the party nominee, you are not a Republican. You are an anarchist. Unfortunately, McDaniel’s behavior in the last 24 hours seems to vindicate what 50.9% of the electorate thought. That he’s an unhinged, “burn the house down” zealot without the maturity to handle the job he was chasing. If he ran as an independent or a tea party candidate, that’s one thing. Act however the hell you want. But you can’t seek the Republican party’s nomination, not get it and then not endorse the nominee. That’s not being principled. That’s just being stupid (and hypocritical).

And Joe Nosef and Phil Bryant in my opinion should be at the tip of the spear to either publicly or privately encourage McDaniel to get out with some dignity. If McDaniel gets out honorably (like Reagan did in ’76), he makes supporters and maybe even some of his detractors think that he has maturity for another run down the road. Chris McDaniel, Michael Watson, Melanie Sojourner, Angela Hill, Tony Smith, David Parker and Chris Massey need to stand on a stage together and Chris needs to endorse Thad. All of the kookiness happening nationally from Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity is again confirming what 50.9% of eligible voters in the runoff already thought. The inmates are apparently running the asylum. All of this ends when McDaniel gets on stage and gets on board.
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Uncle Toms for Thad...good one Rush.
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