I thought computers were supposed to free us from tyranny:
The point man for the strategy was Thomas Hofeller, who would not speak with the Globe on the record, citing ongoing lawsuits in multiple states in which he has been called to testify, including in North Carolina. Hofeller, a redistricting consultant to the Republican National Committee, has been hired by state legislators across the country to gain maximum political advantage without running afoul of the law, including the Voting Rights Act designed to ensure that African-Americans are not disenfranchised.
Yeah, this dude's a veteran at the art of disenfranchising voters, and for the edification of any attorneys and other court officials adjudicating the redistricting lawsuits, he's also a good coach:
NEVER travel without counsel.
• “Loose Lips, Sink Ships.”
• Remember ---- A journey to
legal HELL starts with but a
single misstatement OR a
• Treat every statement and document as if
it was going to appear on the FRONT
PAGE of your local newspaper.
• “Emails are the tool of the devil.” Use
personal contact or a safe phone!
• Remember that members are usually
unable to distinguish between
theoretical and real plans. Don’t
enlighten the innocent! Don’t reveal
more than necessary.
• Make sure your security is real
• Make sure of the security of your
printouts and plots.
• Remember recent email disasters !!!
So much for the process being upfront and totally legal. I wonder if he does seminars for the la Cosa Nostra.
Back to the Globe article:
The committee held a series of meetings in Washington, followed by a flurry of phone calls and briefings around the country, with business leaders and other donors, who contributed more than $20 million to the project, including $1.2 million to flip the state Legislature in North Carolina.
The US Chamber of Commerce, which contributed $3.9 million, was the committee’s top donor in the 2010 election cycle. Other major contributors spanned the insurance, telecommunications, retail, and pharmaceutical industries.
Republicans may have been the architects, but the mansion they've built is for their corporate masters. And they've built it on our (the people's) land.
Illegitimate government indeed.