November 6, 2006

Attempted ‘Operation Infiltration’ of Ohio GOP GOTV Effort May Be THE Story of Election Eve

Filed under: Scams,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:53 am

UPDATE, with Closure: Operation Infiltration — HOAX, with Consequences

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Welcome Wizbang Politics (11:30 a.m. — AND Michelle Malkin) readers! Check FreeRepublic (forum home, current post) throughout today for the latest updates. At last check, links to the Ohio Democratic Party appear possible. It appears to have been a hoax; party involvement in the hoax doesn’t appear to be evident.
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LINKS:

The potential infiltrators –
Buckeye State Blog — “become a GOTV double agent.”
Plunderbund — “We are looking for additional, dedicated, progressive-minded volunteers for a well-planned but very secret mission behind enemy lines.”

The detectors —
Free Republic caught it first (I think), and has a lot of info, and continual updates, including WhoIs info on BSB and Plunderbund.
Right on the Right got the word out to the SOB Alliance; tons of updates here too.

Spreading the word –
Michelle Malkin has noted the BSB post.
– Many of the big conservative blogs know about it. Let the games begin.

Ohio Election Law —

3517.21 Unfair political campaign activities (about 75% of the way down the page at the link)

(A) No person, during the course of any campaign for nomination or election to public office or office of a political party, shall knowingly and with intent to affect the outcome of such campaign do any of the following:

(1) Serve, or place another person to serve, as an agent or employee in the election campaign organization of a candidate for the purpose of acting to impede the conduct of the candidate’s campaign for nomination or election or of reporting information to the employee’s employer or the agent’s principal without the knowledge of the candidate or the candidate’s organization;

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3517.992 Penalties for acts or omissions occurring on or after 8-24-1995

V) Whoever violates section 3517.21 or 3517.22 of the Revised Code shall be imprisoned for not more than six months or fined not more than five thousand dollars, or both.

The difference between infiltrating a campaign and infiltrating a GOTV effort would appear from here to be a distinction without a difference.

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NOTE: I would not rule out the possibility of a big misdirection here, if only because the effort appears so clumsy that it almost seems designed to have been detected (or are they that nonchalant about what they’re doing? — But see first update below.).

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UPDATE: This BSB entry (“Well we said bloggers had something cooking for GOTV. Joseph will let you in on it. We did a trial run in 3 counties last week.”) from the wee hours of Fri. Nov. 3 (HT Adler at Volokh) would indicate a degree of seriousness. The reference to “Joseph” goes to the above Plunderbund link.

UPDATE 2: I won’t share the details, but an SOB Alliance member involved in GOTV says that, at least where he is, there is significant screening of GOTV folks taking place.

UPDATE 3: The latest from BSB (10:28 am) –

Operation Infiltration update
Submitted by staff on Mon, 11/06/2006 – 10:28am.
It seems Operation Infiltration has our right wing friends in a bit of a tizz.

You’ll need waders if you hit the links.

ps. To the doofus’s in freeperland – Chromahost is just my host, I’m sure they host lots of people. I wish our vast left wing conspiracy was that big, but sadly, not quite yet.

pps. Hard to believe, but there is more than one Russell in the world.

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A commenter at BSB suggests that it might be “psyops.” If it is, it will backfire if it works out to be yet another GOP turnout motivator thrown onto the already big pile.

POTENTIALLY MAJOR UPDATE:

I have received an e-mail that would support the idea that this was a “clever hoax” (if so, someone should send flowers to the hoaxsters for further firing up an already motivated base). I am attempting to verify the e-mail’s authenticity. Someone else contacted by that person may publish it sooner; I won’t until I’m confident of its source. If so I will link over to anyone who posts (but with appropriate caveats, if necessary). DONEGO HERE.

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18 Comments

  1. [...] Update8: Bizzyblog exposes the potential law-breaking. [...]

    Pingback by Right on the Right » Infiltration in Ohio — November 6, 2006 @ 1:57 am

  2. [...] Check Bizzyblog’s post, ROR and this FR thread to get up to date. This has attracted attention from Malkin and Wizbang. When I first got the email for the GOTP campaign, I was a little concerned that there wasn’t any security around making sure the right people were signing up to protect against a disinformation campaign. [...]

    Pingback by NixGuy.com » What is “Operation Infiltration” — November 6, 2006 @ 6:44 am

  3. I think it would be hysterical if they even tried! Don’t they know we can spot liberals from a hundred yards?

    Comment by NBS — November 6, 2006 @ 9:19 am

  4. Campaign Infiltration in Ohio?…

    Ohio political blogs are buzzing about a series of posts (1, …

    Trackback by The Volokh Conspiracy — November 6, 2006 @ 10:07 am

  5. Moonbat (and republican) dirty tricks squad(s)…

    I’m so fed up with all these attempts to game the election process that I have a proposal. How about we make running a false flag op a federal crime with a mandatory 20 year vacation at Club Fed for anyone involved in it?……

    Trackback by purpleavenger — November 6, 2006 @ 11:45 am

  6. Democrats infiltrating Ohio GOP get-out-the-vote effort…

    You read that headline right. Liberal bloggers Buckeye State Blog and Plunderbund have had something in the works for awhile now. The right side of the blogosphere detected the problem on FreeRepublic. Right on the Right sounded the alarm, followed by …

    Trackback by Brain Shavings — November 6, 2006 @ 11:51 am

  7. Alas, I fear that teh Ohio Dem takeover is not stopable at this point. Teh Demos are hear to stay, at least for a while. Not evan the get out the vote campain by my party can help at this point.

    Comment by TruePatriot — November 6, 2006 @ 1:19 pm

  8. #7, Spoken like a true infiltrating Dem, I would guess. Republicans usually spell better.

    Comment by TBlumer — November 6, 2006 @ 1:34 pm

  9. Let’s see: Buckeye State Blog knowingly violates campaign laws for the Ohio Democrats and then, after being caught, claims “it was a only joke”.

    It seems Democrats lately have a way with “jokes” that backfire on them.

    How does the excuse, “It was just a joke” undo criminal activity? That is, does the “joke” defense absolve them of the legal civil and criminal consequences of committing election fraud (or at least attempting to), which made up the “joke”?

    And why is the “webhost” of Buckeye State Blog even allowing that site to exist on it’s servers????

    KS

    Comment by Karen Schell — November 6, 2006 @ 2:48 pm

  10. #9 KS, see the update linked at the top.

    The e-mail says the hosting situation will be rectified. We’ll just have to see what that means.

    Comment by TBlumer — November 6, 2006 @ 2:55 pm

  11. Shady Business in Ohio…

    It’s happening in Ohio. You know, the state that was the site of the blatantly stolen election of 2004?
    Can you believe Republicans are at it again? Oh wait, no. This, from a self-proclaimed “progressive political playground.”

    This year we have….

    Trackback by Mary Katharine Ham — November 6, 2006 @ 3:04 pm

  12. “The e-mail says the hosting situation will be rectified. We’ll just have to see what that means.”

    Since the both the site itself and the specific page to sign up to commit election fraud are working just fine, My guess is what that means is the webhost is sympatico with the GOTV fraud effort (or not very bright).

    Your opinion may vary.

    But pulling the plug on Buckeye State Blog would take all of one minute if the webhost were of such a mind.

    KS

    Comment by Karen Schell — November 6, 2006 @ 3:07 pm

  13. “#9 KS, see the update linked at the top.”

    Actually, I thought I was posting on that page and responding to the update, but I had two windows open!

    i.e., I’m replying to the updated info hoax/joke info.

    Thx for the heads up anyway.

    Comment by Karen Schell — November 6, 2006 @ 3:12 pm

  14. #12, hard to disagree, and enough to make you wonder if infiltration efforts in reality continue.

    Comment by TBlumer — November 6, 2006 @ 5:57 pm

  15. [...] And then, all hell broke loose. It was discussed (at length!) on FreeRepublic (more later). It was picked up by the Ohio Conservative Blogosphere, most notably BizzyBlog. It was picked up by national bloggers Michelle Malkin and Mary Katherine Ham at TownHall. And the claims being made – at least at Free Republic, and picked up at least slightly on several other sites – were astounding: [...]

    Pingback by Plunderbund » Wingnut blogosphere goes apoplectic — November 6, 2006 @ 7:39 pm

  16. #15, I recognized the possibility of a hoax pretty early on. How good is a hoax if it lasts only 90 minutes on a *dummy* like me.

    And BSB ticked off Linwood in the process. Smart, REAL smart.

    Oh, and where do I send the flowers to thank you for further firing up an already-motivated GOP base?

    Comment by TBlumer — November 6, 2006 @ 8:23 pm

  17. [...] It’s been a long and difficult campaign season, full of negativity, manipulation, and downright dishonesty on the part of the opposition party. The war in Iraq, despite unreported progress, and despite the fact that the President has often repeated that “difficult times lie ahead”, has become difficult to watch as our own casualties mount. As the violence and destruction, and the golden opportunity for independence and liberty is seemingly slipping through the fingers of the Iraqi people like so many grains of desert sand, even the intelligence and bravery of our military men and women have become fair political game. [...]

    Pingback by Game Face « Nuke’s news & views — November 6, 2006 @ 10:37 pm

  18. [...] There are a few obvious factors influencing this trend: firstly, everyone seems determined to recapture the spirit of good-natured exuberance that washed over the country in November 2000, but in addition, we’re also now able to read stories from across the country — sometimes sourced and corroborated, sometimes not — establishing that Democrats are shameless crooks. The story that best exemplifies the role of the blogosphere in stoking election-related paranoia is probably this marvellous thing about alleged sabotage of Republican GOTV efforts, which provoked some characteristically level-headed commentary over at Free Republic before turning out to be made up. [...]

    Pingback by Steal This Election at Blog P.I. — November 7, 2006 @ 1:18 pm

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