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Excerpt: "The infamous Trumputin consigliere Paul Manafort worked with the GOP operatives who stole Ohio's 2004 presidential election at the same time they teamed up to install the Kremlin's chosen mafia don in Ukraine."

Paul Manafort. (photo: Getty Images)
Paul Manafort. (photo: Getty Images)

Convicted Trumputin Consigliere Paul Manafort Linked to Ohio's Stolen 2004 Election

By Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman, Reader Supported News

04 September 18


he infamous Trumputin consigliere Paul Manafort worked with the GOP operatives who stole Ohio’s 2004 presidential election at the same time they teamed up to install the Kremlin’s chosen mafia don in Ukraine.

Manafort is Donald Trump’s former campaign manager. He’s been convicted of a wide range of high-profile crimes by a jury evaluating charges brought by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller.

Manafort also worked in Ukraine following the 2004 popular Orange Revolution with Ohio-based IT specialist Michael Connell and Tennessean Jeff Averbeck to install the Putin-backed Viktor Yanukovych as president of Ukraine. Connell and Averbeck have been deeply implicated as being among the chief architects of the stolen Ohio 2004 vote flip that gave George W. Bush a second term in the White House.

Craig Unger, in his essential book House of Trump, House of Putin, places Manafort in Ukraine in “late 2004.” Manafort worked out of a small six-to-eight-person office at 4 Sofievskaya Street in Kiev. Over the next decade, Manafort made 138 trips to Ukraine, according to Unger.

Yanukovych’s alleged 2004 “victory” was so riddled with fraud that the US State Department officially condemned it. A popular uprising called the Orange Revolution forced the election results to be reversed.

Connell died under mysterious circumstances in December 2008. But in 2010, Averbeck and Manafort conspired to put the Kremlin-sponsored Yanukovych in office again. Despite widespread charges of election rigging, Yanukovych this time held power ... for a while. He was later overthrown by a US-sponsored coup involving a far-right phalanx that included many outspoken fascists.

In 2004, Averbeck and Connell were key to flipping Ohio’s electoral votes – and thus the presidency – from John Kerry to the incumbent, George W. Bush. Connell was a long-time Bush family information technology specialist. Based in Akron, he co-founded the New Media Communications and GovTech IT companies. Along with Averback’s SmarTech, they were deeply embedded in the Buckeye State’s rigged 2004 election process by Bush advisor Karl Rove and Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell.

From 2004 to 2014, Yanukovych’s campaign team centered around Manafort, co-owner with Rick Davis of a Washington DC lobbying PR firm, 3EDC. The company advertised on its website that it had five “strategic partners.” Connell’s New Media Communications was listed as one of them. Another was Averbeck’s Airnet Group, the parent company of SmarTech.

Both Averbeck and Connell were far-right anti-abortion fundamentalists. Averbeck co-founded a Christian publishing house.

In 2004, Blackwell gave Connell a no-bid contract to handle the backup vote-count system for the state’s 2004 presidential contest. Blackwell simultaneously ran the election and served as co-chair for the Ohio committee to re-elect Bush and Cheney.

Connell subcontracted the job with Averbeck’s Smartech. After Ohio’s official supercomputers went down on election night, SmarTech compiled the final tally on servers in a basement of a bank building in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Those same servers handled the e-mail accounts for the Republican National Committee and Bush consigliere Karl Rove.

At 11:14 p.m. on election night, as John Kerry led by 4.2 percent, the Ohio vote count flow went mysteriously dark. When it came back up after midnight, Kerry’s lead had flipped into a 2.5 percent Bush victory. This virtual statistical impossibility, involving the flip of some 300,000 alleged ballots, gave Bush the 20 electoral votes he needed for re-election.

In January 2005, the Ohio Electoral College delegation was officially challenged in the US Congress, the first such certified challenge in more than a century. Connell was subpoenaed and deposed in the King Lincoln Bronzeville v. Blackwell federal case charging voter discrimination. In December 2008, while facing possible testimony before Congress, Connell died in a mysterious private plane crash near his home in Akron. Foul play is suspected by Connell’s family, among many others.

In 2010, Averbeck again conspired with Manafort to help swing Yanukovych into power in Ukraine. Again the “election” was bitterly contested for apparent rigging.

The exact natures of the 2004 Manafort/Averbeck/Connell conspiracy in Ukraine, alongside the Averbeck/Connell flipping of Ohio 2004 and the Manafort/Averbeck rigging in Ukraine 2010, are all still under investigation.

But the links between Trump, Putin, the Kremlin, the Connell/Averbeck/Manafort triad, and the rigged elections in Ohio 2004, Ukraine 2004, and Ukraine 2010 should come as no surprise to anyone following the rapid disintegration of America’s current unelected Idiocracy.

Special Prosecutor Mueller might want to take a deeper look at this piece of the web.

Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman’s Strip & Flip Disaster of America’s Stolen Elections is at where Bob’s Fitrakis Files can be found. Harvey’s Life & Death Spiral of US History and Solartopia! Our Green-Powered Earth are at your social media marketing partner


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+13 # chapdrum 2018-09-04 15:41
"...Connell died under mysterious circumstances in December 2008..."
If memory serves, Connell was a skilled pilot, and was set to testify about the voting irregularities in Ohio in the 2004 election, when his plane went down several days before.
This was the same election and state in which then voting machine mfr. Diebold had its CEO Walden O'Dell state that he was looking forward to Ohio going for Bush-Cheney in 2004.
+7 # Observer 47 2018-09-05 18:15
Yep, sat right in my Cleveland living room and watched it all happen. There's no doubt whatsoever that the election was stolen for Bush. Blackwell was as crooked as they come.
+21 # grandlakeguy 2018-09-04 18:49
When will the worthless, spineless, corrupt, corporate Democratic Party leadership ever stand upon to the constant ongoing theft of our elections??????

I guess they are just going to close their eyes and let it happen again in November!

Until we have hand counted paper ballots and universal voter participation we will remain the captives of Republican treason.
-2 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-09-06 18:01
There must be a good reason which explains the Democratic party complicity, neglect, or whatever. This includes their mostly silence on gerrymandering congressional districts.

I don't know of anyone who has written about the reasons. Why would democrats do this. It has cost them 2 presidential elections (2000 and 2016) and very many congressional seats.

Are they being paid to roll over and play dead? If so, where is the proof?
+14 # krazykwiltkatt 2018-09-04 19:36
Nice to know someone is making the connections.... finally. Looking back on history, I feel it is probably too late to save the shreds of democracy in the USA. Try anyway.
+6 # grandlakeguy 2018-09-05 18:19
This is nothing new...Wasserman and FItrakis exposed this outrage shortly after the stolen 2004 "election". They published an amazing book on what happened many years ago.
They are giants of the election integrity movement and everyone should visit their website:

Too bad the Democratic party leadership is content (or complicit?)
to allow our elections to be stolen only to slink away in silence!
0 # tedrey 2018-09-04 21:08
"He was later overthrown by a US-[Hillary Clinton]-sponso red coup involving a far-right phalanx that included many outspoken fascists." Did this slip in from another article by accident?
+6 # 2018-09-05 03:05
thanks, rsn, for publishing this. manafort is a link between domestic election theft and the Russian mob's supplemental efforts.
+13 # 2018-09-05 06:08
Always felt it was the same flimflam that put Trump in office. Makes me concerned about the "bluewave" in November, might there be some rather disconcerning, unexpected results?
-12 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-09-05 06:34
Fitrakis and Wasserman are usually good on election rigging, but not here. Now they are just following the did-information of media like the NYT. Most of what they say is distorted or false.

1. the 2004 Orange Revolution was CIA driven and put into Ukraine a government hugely more corrupt than Yanukivych. The Orange Revolution was not "popluar"; it was hated by Ukranians, except for the Nazis that the CIA paid to resurrect.

2. Yanukovych and Manafort were not Kremlin puppets. Both worked to develop economic relations between Ukraine and western Europe (the EU).

3. Yanukovych hired Manafort and other Americans because he faced American public relations firms working in Ukraine to promote his opposition. The CIA first started the use of American political consultants for their candidate, Viktor Yuschenko.

4. Manafort's convictions were not exactly "high profile." He was convicted of "fraud" with reference to a loan application and tax returns. Fraud is the same sort of crime as a perjury trap. All the DOJ has to do is show you reported something inaccurately. The IRS statute of limitation on tax returns is 5 years, so Manafort's inaccuracies on his 2005 tax return was moot as a tax issue. But for the DOJ, fraud lives forever. Everyone has some inaccuracy on their tax return. The DOJ just picks and chooses whom to prosecute.

5. In fact, Yanukovych was popular and a lot less corrupt that Tymoshenko. He was actually doing good on Ukraine's economic problems.
+18 # RLF 2018-09-05 07:31
If we had a government that was watching our backs, these guys would all be wearing orange in Guantanamo. This is a hive of Russian spies and the GOP is part of it because they want their right wing agenda at any cost now that they have lost the people.
+10 # Porfiry 2018-09-05 07:53
Republican mafia expert in staling elections. Now we know the rest of the story.
+2 # DongiC 2018-09-06 15:02
With such crooks around, how does our democracy survive? With a return to paper ballots and a determined effort by the Progressives (the Democrats are lost) to clean up the entire voting process. Maybe, pass some tough laws and put these election gorillas in prison for a long, long time. Do we care enough about our democracy to do the tough things?

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