In 2012 NPR reported that nearly 1.8 million dead voters are still appearing on voter rolls. City of Compton residents have recently had their voter rolls purged by the L.A. County Registrar Recorders office. The recent admission, of a former City of Los Angeles city council candidate, has sent a wave of shock and awe throughout Los Angeles County. The fine issued by the L.A. City Ethics Commissioners confirmed that dead people are contributing to democrat candidates campaigns. Totaling nearly $100,000, the fine was levied on the candidate for perjury and filing false contributions to receive matching campaign funds.
In 2007, Robert Cole Jr., a political consultant, was tapped to work for President Obama’s then presidential campaign, as director of African- American outreach. At the time Cole was Chief of Staff to then Assemblymember Curren Price. In 2005, he was appointed by Los Angeles Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite-Burke to the County Citizens’ Economy and Efficiency Commission. He has also served as deputy to former Secretary of State Debra Bowen.
Cole recently ran to replace termed out District 8 councilman Bernard Parks.
The ethics commission launched an investigation into Cole’s contributors after he submitted a $61,000 request for matching funds for his unsuccessful campaign. He is quoted as blaming an “overzealous volunteer”. He went further to say the volunteer used outdated voter rolls, to cover campaign contributions made by his friends and family.
According to the L.A. Times “investigators found more than 71% of the people they contacted denied contributing to Cole’s campaign. In addition, at least five had died before the date of their alleged contribution, and several bona fide donors lived outside the city, disqualifying their contributions from counting toward a public match”.
Residents throughout L.A. County have long claimed that dead people are voting, and with Cole’s admission, its apparent they make campaign contributions too.
The fine would be the second-highest assessed against a candidate for Los Angeles city office, according to Ethics Commission records. The highest was for $105,271 levied in 2006 against Martin Ludlow, who won his council race but was forced from office after pleading guilty to improperly using union workers in his campaign.
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