Cochran Campaign Manager, Staffer Busted in Illegal Vote Buying Operation
Charles C. Johnson and Joel S. Gilbert
Democrat black reverend, who brought "hundreds" to the polls for promise of payment, exposes alleged massive voter fraud, vote buying operation by Cochran campaign.
A black reverend stiffed by the Cochran campaign has exposed an alleged criminal conspiracy by Cochran staffers to commit massive voter fraud ahead of Tuesday's controversial U.S. Senate Republican runoff election in Mississippi.
Reverend Stevie Fielder, associate pastor at historic First Union Missionary Baptist Church and former official at Meridian's redevelopment agency, says he delivered "hundreds or even thousands," of blacks to the polls after being offer money and being assured by a Cochran campaign operative that Chris McDaniel was a racist. "They [the Cochran campaign] told me to offer blacks fifteen dollars each and to vote for Thad."
It is illegal under several provisions of Mississippi law and federal law for campaign officials to bribe voters with cash and punishable up to five years in jail. (MS Code 97-13-1; MS Code 97-13-3 (2013) (Federal Code 18 U.S.C. 597, U.S.C. 1973i(c)) Voter fraud schemes are not unusual for Mississippi. In 1999 Mississippi's attorney general reported massive voter fraud allegations throughout the Palmetto state. In 2011, a Mississippi NAACP leader was sent to prison for voter fraud, according to the Daily Caller.
It would seem that laws were broken here, too. At the direction of the Cochran campaign, Reverend Fielder went "door to door, different places, mostly impoverished neighborhoods, to the housing authorities and stuff like that," telling fellow blacks that McDaniel was a racist and promising them $15 per vote. "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 says.
Text messages released to Got News and a recorded interview with Reverend Fielder confirmed that Saleem Baird, a staffer with the Cochran campaign and current legislative aide to U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, and Cochran campaign manager, Kirk Sims, were involved in a $15 per vote cash bribery scheme to target members of the black community.
"They said they needed black votes," said the Reverend Fielder on the phone. He says Baird told him to put "give the fifteen dollars in each envelope to people as they go in and vote. You know, not right outside of the polling place but he would actually recruit people with the $15 dollars and they would go in and vote." Fielder said he received thousands of dollars in envelopes from Baird and distributed them accordingly. Fielder also says he went to the campaign office on another occasion to pick up $300 in cash and was among a room full of people who were doing the same thing he was.
Fielder said that Saleem Baird was doing the same thing with people all over the state. Fielder believes that the racism charge against McDaniel and the promise of $15 a vote motivated 'thousands' of black Democrats like him to vote for Cochran in the runoff. When asked if Fielder would have been more suspicious of Baird's promises had he been white, Fielder replied, "Yes, definitely."
For his efforts, Fielder says the Cochran campaign and Baird promised him $16,000 for paying black voters $15 a vote, but Baird wound up stiffing him. Baird even asked him to delete all texts between the two of them. In addition to Baird, Fielder says he spoke with Kirk Sims, the Cochran campaign manager, and a woman named "Amanda" with the campaign, most likely Amanda Shook, director of operations to re-elect Thad Cochran. All refused to pay him the agreed upon amount of $16,000.
Baird realized he had been lied to when he "took a good look at the campaign ads" and realized "McDaniel was not a racist...me and other people were misguided and misled."
Fielder is a Democrat but said he has voted for Republicans in the past. And though Fielder is being paid for his story by Got News, he says he'd come forward anyways. 'I thought what I did was wrong.' Fielder said he was motived mostly by concerns that McDaniels was a racist, not money.
Got News tried calling both Baird and Sims with Fielder on the line. We got through to Sims but Sims insisted that there was a bad connection when Fielder asked about the racist smear campaign against Chris McDaniel and hung up. Were Baird found to have violated any laws in this matter, this would not be his first time he had a brush with the wrong side of the law. In 2011, Baird, who is a legislative staffer with U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, was allowed to keep his job with the senator after being arrested on charges of running an illegal strip joint in Jackson.
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I am no longer a GOP supporter (GOP Repub's are the same as Lib Democ's). I will consider the TEA Party or Independent Party. The old two party needs to be replaced. I hope Thad Cochran is arrested and jailed. McDaniels should represent the Republican-TEA Party.
There is no, none, nada group with enough political clout to stop the Communist Democrats, ever again.
Except for what is the remains of the Republican Party.
We have to fix it. Period.
Here is a thought, the GOP takes the place of the Liberal Democrat's and the TEA takes the place of Conservative Republican's!
Not enough time to make it work.
This is not the time to back out!!!!! This is the time to energize and plead for all Americans to answer the call to save our country...Are you and others going to just go home and wait to be taken over by these slime balls! I see Alinskys hand and foot prints all over this along with Obama, Jarrett and Holder. nd it does not have to be un armwed......This is a fight for the salvation of our Country and the first time it is trtuly threatened We the People collapse.... Is that what we do. It is time to forward this to all of our email list and beg people to become involved NIOW and there is no time like the 4th of July to do so!
That's the way it seems to be working out!!
There is only one way to stop the communist, muslims, anti- Americans, anti-Constitutionalists; pray of course, but TAKE IT BACK. I am fed up with groups, associations, political parties, candidates, so-called experts dunning me for money. If the thousands would join up and support each other toward a single goal, MAYBE something would get done. The damn NRA will not help with any other agenda than guns and they don't help with technical questions; member or not. Screw em all. I will keep my money and fight my own war with God's help.
Please remove me from OAS and all associated groups. I am out of here. When 5 or 10 million turns into a hundred something ain't working. I don't have the time or money.
Harry, It does not take a genius to understand OAS is validated.
Our enemies wanted it to degenerate and give cause to arrest all Tea Party or Conservative people.
Thank you for keeping it above board. Do not give up.
This should not surprise anyone that has watched the demonRAT voter fraud machine.
It's ALL about $$$ and/or power..... no more, no less!
It sounds like we have some democrat's in OAS! they want to give up to easy; I will fight till i die! this is my country & my freedom, I will not let go !!
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