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Thu Aug 1, 2019, 10:15 AM

A Russian Oligarch Bought Maryland's Election Vendor.

Now These Senators Are Questioning the Rules.

Letter to Rules Committee follows request to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin.

'Maryland’s Democratic senators want a Senate committee to require disclosures of foreign investments in U.S. election systems, an alarm bell set off by a Russian oligarch’s connection to their state’s voter registration system.

The request to the Rules and Administration Committee comes from Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin and Sen. Chris Van Hollen. Van Hollen is also the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

The Maryland senators have been alarmed by a Russian oligarch’s investment connection to ByteGrid LLC, which handles the Old Line State’s voter registration database and candidate management operations.

“As the Rules Committee prepares to mark up the Secure Elections Act, we respectfully request that you sponsor an amendment requiring that an election infrastructure vendor submit a report to the Chair of the [Election Assistance Commission] and the Secretary of [the Department of Homeland Security] identifying any foreign national that directly or indirectly owns or controls the vendor, as well as any material change in ownership resulting in ownership or control by a foreign national,” Cardin and Van Hollen wrote Monday.'>>>

https://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/maryland-senators-want-senate-action-election-database-operator-bought-russian?

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Reply A Russian Oligarch Bought Maryland's Election Vendor. (Original post)
elleng Aug 2019 OP
JudyM Aug 2019 #1
elleng Aug 2019 #2
Leghorn21 Aug 2019 #3
Leghorn21 Aug 2019 #4
kimbutgar Aug 2019 #5
dchill Aug 2019 #6
diva77 Aug 2019 #7
diva77 Aug 2019 #8
elleng Aug 2019 #9
questionseverything Aug 2019 #10
elleng Aug 2019 #11

Response to elleng (Original post)

Thu Aug 1, 2019, 10:23 AM

1. This is big, not just local interest.

Democracy for sale.

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Response to JudyM (Reply #1)

Thu Aug 1, 2019, 10:39 AM

2. Right

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Thu Aug 1, 2019, 10:44 AM

3. Yeah I got nuthin

What in the holy hell, America???!!!?!???!???

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Thu Aug 1, 2019, 12:20 PM

4. KICK

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Thu Aug 1, 2019, 01:07 PM

5. Maryland should void that contract and have the legislature pass a bill saying no foreign entity

Can buy an election vendor. But sadly the governor is a repuke so nothing will happen.

My question is why don’t these states run their own election infrastructure?

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Thu Aug 1, 2019, 01:16 PM

6. WTFWTFWTFWTFWTFWTF!

FTW.

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Thu Aug 1, 2019, 01:22 PM

7. All the voting machine vendors are privately held corporations - which is alarming whether foreign

or domestic ownership. Funny how elected officials only react to the foreign investments aspect.

K&R for exposure

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Response to diva77 (Reply #7)

Thu Aug 1, 2019, 01:25 PM

8. I wish OP were in GD as well!!!!!!!! Very important!!!!



(oops meant to reply to OP)

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Response to diva77 (Reply #8)

Thu Aug 1, 2019, 03:28 PM

9. Will repost.

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Response to elleng (Reply #9)

Thu Aug 1, 2019, 07:31 PM

10. where is the new link?

n/t

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