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Does "Election Systems & Software" Deserve an "A" in Ethics?

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Two top execs involved with Election Systems & Software essentially gave their businesses an "A" in ethics.

This happened when Michael R. McCarthy and Aldo Tesi granted interviews to a local university-based organization called the Business Ethics Alliance. and and

The Alliance is in Omaha, Nebraska. So is McCarthy Capital and McCarthy Group LLC, two investment companies founded by McCarthy with connections to ES&S.

ES&S is registered in Texas, even though it is headquartered in Omaha. click here

How ES&S operates is important because it affects a basic and essential part of our form of government.

Some observers contend the public should have more information about ES&S because of the role election companies play in our democracy.

"It's hard to think of many services that are of greater public importance than running our elections," said Lawrence Norden, an expert on voting machines with the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University's law school, in a US News article. "The public should know who is doing that and who has control over the companies that are doing that."

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Despite the good grades the businessmen handed out during the ethics interviews, numerous articles on ES&S raise questions about some of the behavior of a company that touches up to more than 80 million voters across the country. click here

Advocates and journalists, among others, want to know if foreign individuals or interests have money invested directly or indirectly in ES&S. The company insists only Americans do. But skeptics paint a more complicated picture that makes it more difficult to determine what money is going where.

Clearly, a lot of money flows through ES&S and the McCarthy organizations.

ES&S reported annual revenue of more than $115 million in 2018, according to Dunn & Bradstreet. The financial data firm notes that ES&S is "The largest voting machine company in the U.S.," adding, its "equipment supports elections in 4,500 election jurisdiction in more than 41 U.S.states and four countries, including Canada".

The portfolio page of McCarthy Capital ties the investment company to ES&S.

Wikipedia, an online publication, indicates that McCarthy Group LLC, another group connected to Mike McCarthy, manages more than $1 billion in assets. It says that ES&S is a subsidiary of McCarthy Group, LLC.

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