Musings —03.07.2012 03:04 PM—
Check this out. A regular (and valued) reader spotted this one, which I haven’t seen in mainstream media as yet. If this is true, it is wild. And, for the Con Roboconners, things just go from bad to worse, every single day:
“During Fryer’s first day of the training, Ciano and Kouvalis led a session about the mechanics of winning elections. Voter identification was at the core of this conversation. A key task to win an election, according to Ciano and Kouvalis, is to identify your supporters, nurture them, and ensure they get out the vote. Attendees were told about staying in touch with your voters, and informed of the services that Campaign Research offers.
Equally important to voter identification of supporters, Ciano and Kouvalis urged, is identifying and keeping track of non-supporters. It’s simple: the key to victory is ensuring more of your supporters turn out to vote than theirs. In the question and answer period that following this session, panelists and attendees discussed using robo-calling services to contact non-supporters.
Ciano, Fryer explained, gave detailed explanation of how robo-calls work, as well as techniques for recording messages, and the costs involved. He then discussed the merits of robo-calling: in addition to being inexpensive, they give the campaign manager total control of the message. Campaign Research could even write your script if you didn’t want to do it yourself.
The conversation that followed was deeply disturbing to Fryer. In a question and answer session, attendees discussed voter suppression tactics. They talked about posing as a member of another party, and about making rude calls at inconvenient times as a strategy to get the supporter of another party to not go out and vote for their candidate. The instructors detailed different kinds of suppression calls, and how these tactics are borrowed the U.S. Republican Party.
Attendees left the session with Ciano’s business card in hand. Without a list of attendees, it is difficult to know who hired his company’s services, but it is clear that Campaign Research did well fo themselves in the last election. In 39 ridings, Campaign Research did $389,890 worth of business. Of the 39 ridings, there are reports of at least 10 where fraud occurred.“
UPDATE: Kouvalis et al. are denying it. Some present are calling Prof. Fryer a “liar.” Check out his C.V. – I’m not sure I’d want to play a battle of the reputations with this gentleman.