The election equipment companies have nested in a rather cozy nook, and will do all they can to maintain their standing. In service of that end, like many corporations, they have discovered the benefits of the “revolving door,” and close relationships with politicians. A few stunning examples:
-California Secretary of State Bill Jones became a lobbyist and spokesperson for Sequoia in 2002 — the same year he ran for Governor. Nou notes that upon leaving office, elections officials in at least four other states have also recently gone to work as lobbyists for the voting machine industry.
-The CEO of Diebold famously wrote a fundraising letter for George W. Bush in 2003, asserting that he was “committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year” — even as his company sought to win Ohio’s multimillion dollar contract for new equipment from the Republican-run state government. (Ohio, of course, was to be the locus of the greatest vote-tallying and administration controversy come Election Day, 2004.)
These sorts of relationships have understandably exacerbated the public’s concerns about opportunity for premeditated malfeasance, and make it clear that the contractors are not disinterested in the outcomes of the elections they facilitate.