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|Martin Barillas||November 2nd 2016|
In Delaware County, Pennsylvania, state troopers descended on the Norwood office of FieldWorks, seeking to find evidence of possible voter-registration fraud. A warrant that was filed last week in a Delaware County court indicated that prosecutors are looking for financial information, documents, and names of the employees of FieldWorks LLC, a national organization that often organizes voter canvassing and other campaigns for Democrats and progressive causes.
While the warrant does not describe the nature of the investigation, law enforcement is seeking "templates . . . utilized to construct fraudulent voter registration forms," as well as "completed voter registration forms containing same or similar identifying information of individuals on multiple forms."
A search warrant was signed on October 28 by a Delaware County judge, and approved by the Pennsylvania Attorney General.
FieldWorks issued a statement claiming that it has "zero tolerance for fraud." In the statement, the company declared that it is working with county officials to seeking prosecution of "anyone involved in wrongdoing."
Founded in 2001, FieldWorks says it is "a nationally recognized grassroots organizing firm founded to help progressive organizations, advocacy groups, and members of the Democratic family take their public engagement and electoral strategies to the next level."
FieldWorks is no stranger to allegations of fraudulent activity. Back in 2012, FieldWorks filed thousands of new voter registration cards in the final week before a registration deadline in Ohio. Controversy ensued when some of them were found to be fraudulent. In addition, during the same election, the company included a letter warning that dozens of the names submitted were indeed fraudulent. Later, Cincinnati police arrested a man working at FieldWorks, charging him with forging 22 signatures on a petition drive. Police claimed that FieldWorks played no role in the suspect’s alleged criminal actions.
FieldWorks partners Chris Galloway and Lewis Granofsky are veterans of campaigns and protests to advance the causes of Democrats, labor unions, and progressives.
In an email dated November 3, 2009, that was revealed by the WikiLeaks hacking organization, an invitation was extended to recipients to attend the 2009 Midwest Academy Award ceremony. The Midwest Academy is a Chicago-based organization that provides training to progressives and labor organizers that was founded in the 1970s. At the December 8, 2009, event, the following progressives were feted:
Robert Creamer of Strategic Consulting received a lifetime achievement award. Arlene Holt Baker, AFL-CIO Exec.VP and William McNary, President of USAction received Progressive Leadership Awards. Karin Johanson of the Dewey Square received the Heather Award. Anajah Roberts, a DePauw University Student, received the Susan Blad Seldin award. Seldin was one of the two co-founders of FieldWorks. She is now deceased.
Creamer is one of at least two progressive operatives working on behalf of the Hillary Clinton campaign who were exposed in recent WikiLeaks revelations. Creamer has since left the campaign. His wife, U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky is rated as one of the most progressive Democrats in the House of Representatives. She represents the Ninth Congressional District of Illinois.
Delaware County, according to the 2010 U.S. Census, was 71.1% White non-Hispanic, 19.7% Black or AAfrican-American 0.2% Native American or Alaskan Native, 4.7% Asian, 0.0% Native Hawaiian, 2.0% were two or more races, and 0.9% were some other race. 3.0% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry.
Democrats think Delaware County is important enough to their fortunes that Hillary Clinton, and daughter Chelsea both made stops there in early October. The county is adjacent to Philadelphia and has trended towards the Democrat Party in recent years.