More Background to the East St. Louis Voter Fraud

I’ve Slipped into My Pajamas and Thought I’d add Some More Information on the East St. Louis Voter Fraud Investigation:

Nine East St. Louis Democratic precinct committeemen appeared before a federal grand jury on Thursday (November 18th) and were questioned about money they received for the Nov. 2 election.

This comes two days after FBI agents served subpoenas to key Democrats compelling them to testify and produce documents related to how they spent money in the most recent election.

Precinct committeemen Robert Eastern Jr., Kelvin Ellis, Harry Hollingsworth, Eddie Lee Jackson, Daryl Moore, Edith Moore, Charles Powell, Donna Samuels and Sheila Thomas appeared before a grand jury in East St. Louis conducted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Hal Goldsmith.

…Subpoenas to party leaders issued Tuesday specified committeemen were to produce records relating to receipt of money in the Nov. 2 election, including budgets, receipts, checks, precinct sheets, polls lists, deposit slips and bank statements.

Setting the stage for another round of grand jury testimony next month, the U.S. attorney’s office on Wednesday began issuing a second wave of subpoenas to East St. Louis Democratic precinct committeemen.

Alvin Parks Jr., the committeeman for Precinct 36, said federal agents tried to serve him a subpoena at his East St. Louis house Wednesday. Parks was not home at the time, he said.

“They came by my house, my wife was upstairs getting dressed, and she couldn’t get to the door,” said Parks, a former East St. Louis City Council member and the third vice president of the Democratic party. “I’m looking forward to receiving mine now that I know they’re looking for me.”

East St. Louis played a critical role in the St. Clair County Board chairman race between the Democratic candidate, Belleville Mayor Mark Kern, and the Republican candidate, County Board member Steve Reeb.

Outside East St. Louis, Reeb won 52 percent of the votes to Kern’s 48 percent. But in East St. Louis, a typically Democratic city, Kern captured 82 percent of the vote and defeated Reeb by more than 4,000 votes.

Kern donated $177,730 to the County Democratic Central Committee between Oct. 17 and Nov. 1, records showed.

More than $80,000 in money from the committee to get out the vote Nov. 2 was distributed Oct. 31 at the East St. Louis Veterans of Foreign Wars post, according to unnamed political sources.

And, finally…

Federal prosecutors recently have worked on the following cases involving people connected to politics in East St. Louis:

• Former precinct committeeman Charles Roy was placed on six months home detention with electronic monitoring after pleading guilty to charges he had falsified pay records for a federally funded housing project in December 2000.

• Former precinct committeeman Marvis “Swamp Dog” Bownes was sentenced to 17 years in prison in October 2003 after pleading guilty to federal charges of defrauding banks in a property flipping scam.

• Former election judge Leander Brooks was sentenced to 18 months in prison on federal charges of vote fraud last month.

• Prominent developer Phil Cohn, a supporter of Democratic candidates, who was indicted in April, along with his wife, on federal fraud charges. The main charge against Cohn is that he allegedly siphoned $330,000 from a $1 million bank escrow account to clean up land for the new middle school in East St. Louis.

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