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Simpson, an Alabama lawyer, had broken with the Republican Party in 2007 to testify that a Rove-inspired plot had framed Siegelman. March is an IT consultant, Libertarian, and member of a local election commission in Arizona. They lead Election Protection Action, a reform group.

In the late summer of 2012, the two documented leads that Simpson says she developed while working with Rove and his allies as an opposition researcher against Democrats. Rove denies ever talking with her, or any misconduct.

Alleged Rove Voting Empire by Jill Simpson/Jim March

The Simpson-March chart alleges an eco-system whereby partisan Republicans train and finance prospective candidates, and also help election machine companies in ways ignored by mainstream media.

The chart supported several news reports last fall by the Free Press of Columbus, Ohio. Co-founder Robert Fitrakis, attorney Clifford Arnebeck, and their colleagues for years have alleged fraud in electronic-ballot-counting in ways decisive to important elections.

A Fox News affiliate in Cincinnati illustrated the problem in "Reality Check: Can Ohio Voting Machines Be Hacked?" The WXIX-TV video report also focused on a Romney family investment in voting machines.

Just before the Nov. 6 presidential election, Fitrakis filed suit against Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted in federal and state court after hearing from a whistleblower that Husted's office had authorized secret software on the state's voting machines.

Jon Husted by State of Ohio

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A Bush-appointed federal judge denied an injunction. Husted boasted that the ruling absolved the state from suspicion. 

Husted failed to comment on the state court ruling. It denied an injunction but warned state officials the suit might continue if irregularities occurred.

Arnebeck and other election fraud investigators believe Rove's Election Night meltdown on Fox News occurred because he was expecting vote-flipping in Ohio and elsewhere, and wanted to prevent a premature concession.  

The officials and their vendors deny any irregular or sinister conduct. My book, Presidential Puppetry, explores this topic upon publication next month.

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The rest of this column suggests reasons why news coverage of election machine fraud is so sparse.

Officials and the media tend to have collegial relationships these days. One visual illustration is the backup dance routine by NBC's David Gregory with Rove in the "MC Rove" skit, excerpted here and then lampooned by Jon Stewart. The occasion was a black-tie, broadcasters' gala in the spring of 2007. This was as the U.S. attorney purge scandal unfolded across the nation involving Rove and such political targets as Siegelman.

The politico-media relationships are ongoing. The traditional media are heavily reliant on quotations from officials and former officials, and the revenue from campaign ads. Also, most media organizations these days are small parts of larger companies that depend financially on favorable government action.

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Andrew Kreig is an investigative reporter, attorney, author, business strategist, radio host, and longtime non-profit executive based in Washington, DC. His most recent book is "Presidential Puppetry: Obama, Romney and Their Masters," the (more...)

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and all the rest of the official press kiss ups ar... by intotheabyss on Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013 at 3:32:32 PM
Thank you for your comment. To illustrate it furth... by Andrew Kreig on Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013 at 4:08:30 PM
be virtually skeletonized over the past years. Con... by intotheabyss on Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013 at 6:30:49 PM
how can this be the case when all that election ad... by nation of gandhis on Saturday, Feb 2, 2013 at 7:39:58 PM
shills posing as election reformers who never spea... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 at 10:34:22 AM
Regarding exit polls, here is my reply to a NY Tim... by Richard Charnin on Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 at 1:22:37 PM
Props to you for including your link that kicked t... by Kim Cassidy on Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 4:32:24 AM
been simply making up polls for a while.  The... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 5:00:56 PM
I suggest you read this closely.The unadjusted sta... by Richard Charnin on Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 5:39:11 PM
have handled more election lawsuits than anyone.&n... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 6:02:10 PM
 It has been proven that the 2012 primaries ... by Richard Charnin on Friday, Feb 1, 2013 at 1:24:36 PM
One of the biggest arguments for fraud are the exi... by kappie on Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 at 8:20:25 AM
click here... by Richard Charnin on Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 at 1:26:21 PM
Just prior to voting day, I sent articles to Todd ... by Janis Smith on Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 at 9:02:28 AM
The well-documented, fraudulent, red-shifting of v... by Cliff Arnebeck on Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 at 10:22:25 AM
That is all this country is anymore.Bill Moyers an... by 911TRUTH on Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 at 11:53:28 AM
I just updated the column to provide a better link... by Andrew Kreig on Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 at 2:33:49 PM
Richard Charnin keeps asking for the reason that t... by Cliff Arnebeck on Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 at 3:05:14 PM
Are the 2 main targets for major fraud. It used to... by Kim Cassidy on Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 5:17:04 AM
It is good to be reminded that a good number of th... by Marta Steele on Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 at 3:31:02 PM
Do Chuck Todd and other men realize that the way t... by Martha Moffett on Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 at 4:16:29 PM
Subliminal tactic to win friends and influence peo... by Kim Cassidy on Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 5:34:09 AM
Funny buts it the Same corporations including Stat... by Poor old Dirt farmer on Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 at 5:50:27 PM
one big conflict of interest. Corrupt to the core ... by intotheabyss on Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 at 6:27:29 PM
Traces to Hallibuirton and friends, some others in... by Kim Cassidy on Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 5:23:29 AM
Note: I just adjusted a typo at the bottom of the ... by Andrew Kreig on Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 12:02:06 AM
Thanks so much for this.  The chummy relation... by Michael Collins on Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 2:53:22 AM
Thanks!... by Kim Cassidy on Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 5:24:50 AM
From: Hi... by Richard Charnin on Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 11:57:31 AM
Never mind this bean counting, have you checked ou... by Gustav Wynn on Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 9:05:48 PM
Wonderful article and great comments following.&nb... by Jana Nestlerode on Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 9:00:38 PM
The Michael Connell hiring cannot be overlooked. T... by Gustav Wynn on Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 9:46:32 PM
Subtle and Deceptive Tactics to Discredit Truth in... by Linda Ross on Sunday, Feb 3, 2013 at 12:56:56 PM