The more we hear about the GOP-funded Green Party petition drive, the more it's clear that Republicans are engaging in dirty tricks to try and prevent Democrats from winning in November. I guess they don't think they can win on the merits, and need to cheat. How else would you explain the news that Governor Rick Perry's top political operative is clearly connected with the Republican-funded petition drive benefiting the Green Party of Texas?
Dave Carney, a top Perry political consultant, engaged in identical petition efforts to get Ralph Nader on the ballot in swing states in 2004, working with the same individual behind the 2010 Green Party signature drive here in Texas. Carney was already working for Perry–he's been on board since 2000–when he worked to make Nader a spoiler for Democrats in 2004.
From the Lone Star Project:
Top Perry Operative linked to Head of Green Party/GOP Ballot Scam
Dave Carney worked with Tim Mooney in New Hampshire to get Ralph Nader on the ballot
Documents obtained by the Lone Star Project reveal that Rick Perry's top political adviser Dave Carney has a long and direct link to the manager of the Texas Green Party/GOP ballot scam. In 2004, Carney teamed-up with Texas ballot scam leader Tim Mooney to gather signatures to put Ralph Nader on the ballot in order to assist the George W. Bush Presidential campaign.
In 2004, Carney worked with a group called “Choices for America, LLC” which was “run” by Mooney – the same Republican operative who collected signatures for the Green Party of Texas in 2010. (Dallas Morning News, August 12, 2004) Both Choices for America, LLC, the shell group used in 2004, and Take Initiative America, LLC the shell group used in 2010, are registered to Charles Hurth III. (Missouri SOS)
According to the Dallas Morning News, “Perry campaign spokesman Mark Miner said the governor's campaign had nothing to do with the petition-gathering effort.” It now appears that statement is likely not true.
Furthermore, Carney and Mooney were co-named in a 2004 FEC complaint about their Nader petition drive, which was termed an illegal corporate contribution. Carney, Mooney and cohort ended up having to pay for the drive personally, and report it as an official in-kind to Nader. Don't worry, though — Carney could afford the fine. Carney has been with Perry since 2000 and Perry's campaign has paid Carney's firm more than $2 million dollars.
- Texas Republican operatives engage in petition drive for Green Party to put a candidate on the ballot that will most likely draw from Democratic Bill White's vote total.
- The Perry Campaign denied they had anything to do with the effort.
- Top Perry political staffer Dave Carney was found to be deeply involved in identical efforts to help Ralph Nader get on the ballot in 2004, working with the same exact individuals who conducted the current petition drive in Texas.
Refusing to debate, engaging in dirty tricks, openly lying about Bill White… Just more ugly politics as usual from the Rick Perry campaign. I just wonder when we'll find out that Rick Perry had specific knowledge of the Green Party signature drive, and whether any of this constitutes illegal coordination.