Black pastor says Cochran campaign paid for votes: Can we ever trust the electoral process again?

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire and right now there’s a whole lot of fire down in the Magnolia State of Mississippi. It seems incumbent Republican Senator Thad Cochran may have indeed borrowed a call from the liberal progressive community organizing playbook — and now he’s getting burned — all because he stiffed a fella.

As reported by Matthew Boyle at Breitbart, “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 Meridian, Mississippi, says Cochran’s campaign “told me to offer blacks $15 each and to vote for Thad.”

Now you can bet Democrats will all get behind this and accuse Cochran of wrongdoing and demand he drop out of the race — I warned about lying with jackasses and getting fleas.

Fielder, who was paid by freelance journalist Charles C. Johnson for his 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—[email protected]—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 [email protected] and I’ll have money separated in envelopes at the office waiting for you,” one message, sent three days before the runoff, says.”

Breitbart reports that “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.”

Though Fielder himself has not been paid the $16,000 he claims he was promised for his services, Breitbart reports “Fielder 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.”

Here’s my assessment. First of all, we shouldn’t act appalled that Fielder was paid by Johnson for this story — after all, if Cochran was paying for votes, it’s all “pay for play,” right?

And just remember how enthralled we all got when TMZ — which pays for stories — released tapes and videos of Donald Sterling or the Jay-Z and Solange Knowles elevator scrape.

The question is, will the Mississippi Attorney General open up an investigation? And it also seems former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour may be entangled in this web of lies, deceit, and fraud. After all, his Barbour PAC was heavily engaged in the Cochran runoff endeavor.

So why does the GOP establishment feel it necessary to adopt the tactics of the Left in order to defeat constitutional conservatives? Perhaps because they, as the Left, realize the conservative message is principled and best for the restoration of our Republic – and not intended for political special and self-interests.

And it seems this Saleem Baird fella has a bit of a tarnished past as well. 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 managed allegedly featured a strip show and Baird apparently didn’t have a license to feature women stripping. The charges were later dropped and Wicker kept Baird on as an employee.

These allegations are serious and warrant investigation. I for one am starting to believe that the whole “open primary” process only serves to open up the electoral system to questionable actions and fraud.

But what is even more troubling — how can the average American trust the electoral process anymore? It’s starting to resemble that of some Third World country. I have some first hand experience with voter fraud — and a state that refused to investigate. We are watching.

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Sparky_Wan_Kenobi
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The magnolias are starting to smell. This situation needs to be run down to the last man. Justice MUST be served.

Rena
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What disturbs me further is that this man was supposed to be a man of God. He knew what he was doing was dishonest, so how can he continue to preach knowing he was not only cheating but causing his members to commit fraud… What a sad place we live in today… I knew voter fraud was bad, but now same parties are doing it to each other… shame…

Don Hignite
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If you are a Progressive then voter fraud is a way of life..

majorwiblit
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Proof?
Links?
I bet for every instance of “Progressive” voter fraud you post,,,I can find equal amounts (if not more) of Con/Rube voter fraud…
you have no platform on which to run,
so in turn,,lets try to prevent people from voting,,
,,the Rube/Con party is all about
investigations,,and conspiracy theory,,,nothing to help the country
move forward,,

Don Hignite
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Lets just use this link as proof. End of story, plus I have no idea why you talk about rubles and convicts……

Gerrie Rue
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We all sin. The key is that he repented when he found out what liars they were.

Rena
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He “repented” when he didn’t get paid. Thing I see here is, did he only repent because he didn’t get paid or because he felt guilty… A person who thinks they were doing the right thing would not keep record of the account, so it seems to me he kept that message on the chance he wouldn’t get paid for her services.. what was he going to do, sue him? LOL no because what he did was illegal. So he was going to blackmail mail him. Its funny he didn’t come out right away as he “claimed” to have seen… Read more »
Guest
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Why are they not in Jail?

Rena
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Because its not being investigated yet I suppose.

Paul Crowley
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Why are they not in jail?

bpr
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because they are all rotten to the core and probably a very high percentage of them have done something just as illegal.

Sams_1
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Is it like the cops NOT stopping people on cell phones while driving because THEY are doing the same thing?

David Chappell
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Tell me please why the election board is not doing an investigation or doesn’t Mississippi have and election board?

Becky Doss
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Actually we DO have AN election board.

Don Hignite
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Most barely know what a pair of shoes looks like.

Becky Doss
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May I recommend the following website to you: http://mississippibelieveit.com/home/
Please know the FACTS before you post.

Don Hignite
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I have not been there in 40 years and it was just in fun…

Philanthropussy
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You want to MS AG to investigate a story where one of the main characters did this-

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1211/70181.html and this-
http://downtownjacksontrash.blogspot.com/2011/11/nola-thugs-in-downtown-jackson-saleem.html

robertsisente
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I am so frustrated with both parties. There is no longer a desire to represent the people. The only interest is in getting power, and staying in power.

Allen
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Amen!

majorwiblit
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Breitbart??

now there’s a bastion of journalism excellence…lol

Don Hignite
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Or a poisoned Patriot that took on the Muslim in high office and refused to back down as our Congress has done..

agingcynic
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What’s so funny? You got FACTS to refute any of this? Or is this another case of “attack the messenger because the message is irrefutable”?

majorwiblit
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It’s worth noting that the folks behind GotNews.com, independent journalist Charles C. Johnson and documentary filmmaker Joel Gilbert, paid Fielder for his story, something Fielder made sure to confirm during the interview. Fielder even asked to be “taken care of” and noted that if he wasn’t, “he would go back to the Cochran campaign which, he said, was willing to pay him in order to “erase everything.” Breitbart noted the ethically dubious payment, and received a defense from Johnson: The Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics says, “Be wary of sources offering information for favors or money; avoid bidding… Read more »
majorwiblit
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UPDATE: A Cochran spokesman told the Clarion-Ledger on Tuesday that the campaign had hired Fielder for campaign work, but not to buy votes. The spokesman also said the Cochran camp was considering suing Fielder and Johnson over the vote-buying allegations.

Allen
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LOL and you believe everything about your sources?

majorwiblit
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and you believe Allen and Breibart?? LOL..

Don Hignite
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Breibart? Breitbart you know he is dead right? But, yes we did and believe Allan West should be POTUS…

ultrabubba
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How about this…..do you have any proof that it is true??? So put up or shut up!

Don Hignite
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Go toot your own horn and blow bubbles with degenerates and stop making demands on people above you…

Millie678
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Easy.. throw his ass in jail and start prosecuting all of these liars and jackasses.

ultrabubba
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Allen….I respect you highly but I honestly never thought I’d see this type of article by you. From what I read, this is all conjecture and you should be ashamed of publishing this article until the proof is there….

9Awesomeb .
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Proof? It’s in the freaking article! If you choose to ignore it, that is up to you. The guy provided text messages from a man who works for Cochran. The guy, Salem Baird, ain’t no stranger to corrupt politics either. He was working last year for a state senator and got caught running an illegal strip club. His job was a “correspondent”. Obviously, his real job is to do the politicians’ dirty work.

Pam
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I took the article as conjecture, as what if this is true? People that do these type of things are not upstanding citizens. This man came forward because he did not get his $16,000 worth of blood money. Typical criminal mentality. Voter fraud is nothing new and it appears that America is unwilling to try and do anything to try and stem the flood. In my state you cannot vote in a primary for anyone except the party you are registered in. I am registered independent. That meant I could not vote for anyone in my states primary. We also… Read more »
Allen
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Either way exposing any voter fraud from left or right or even the middle is good! Political crimes should be exposed, period! Not matter what side of the aisle your on! You can some it up to that!

Allen
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“I warned about laying with jackasses and getting fleas” Good one! I am gonna start using that one!

Rafael X
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TMZ paid for recordings, not gossip. Those allegations are just that and the guy got paid to make the claim. If the conservative message had merit it would be a winner. You people are delusional. And sore losers. Pastor was promised 600$ to walk around and knock on doors got paid 300$ upfront did not do the work, got stiffed for the rest. Mr. Baird asked him for personal information to file with the election commission. Don’t think Mr. Baird would leave a paper trail if he was doing something illegal. Wonder if TP in Missouri will cross-over like LTC.… Read more »
Mike Santino
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YOU PEOPLE ARE IDIOTS

Adjoran
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According to the actual pastor and members of the church, Fielder is not a pastor and only sometime attendee. Charles C. Johnson, the blogger who disrupted the Cochran conference call by putting the call-in code on Twitter, PAID Fielder for his story. Since Fielder openly admits to felony vote-buying, would he blanch at lying for cash? Cochran campaign says Fielder and others were hired to GOTV, paid half up front, other half due when they turned in voter lists of those they took to polls. Fielder failed to supply any list of voters and got no more $$, which ticked… Read more »
Splinter Cell
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Are blacks this cheap? Sad indeed!

MickeyFreakinDougal
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How is it that not one single voter had a conscience and reported this?

BadWhisky
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Money….. And the old divider, racism, this is why political correctness must be stopped.

Rafael X
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They where not paid. Need to motivate people to have them make false allegations.

BadWhisky
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This is what we are fighting against. This wasn’t a failure of the tea party, it is the destruction of or country.