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Whistleblowing Computer Programmer Seeking to Challenge GOP Congressman
Charged With Asking Him to Create Vote-Rigging Software!
Exploratory Campaign Website Created, Public Announcement to be Made
Wednesday in Florida
In what could be one of the most interesting campaigns for the U.S.
House in 2006, The BRAD BLOG
can now reveal that computer programmer turned electronic vote-rigging software
whistleblower Clint Curtis is officially planning a run for the U.S. Congressional
seat in Florida's 24th District.
The 24th Congressional District seat is currently occupied by Rep.
Tom Feeney, the very man who Curtis has alleged once asked him to create a vote-rigging
software prototype program back when both men worked for the software firm Yang
Enterprises, Inc. (YEI) in Oviedo, Florida.
Curtis' startling allegations that then-State Senator Feeney had sought to
have such a program built was first broken
nationally by The BRAD BLOG in a story based on his sworn
affidavit [PDF] which "rocked the vote from Tallahassee to Capitol
Hill" when it was originally published in early December of 2004. Indeed,
it was so popular that it took down our blog entirely for four straight days.
Since filing his original allegations, Curtis has given stunning sworn, video-taped
testimony about the matter to members of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee
in a public hearing, and later, successfully passed a polygraph
test in regard to the charges.
Feeney, who was once Jeb Bush's running-mate during his first ill-fated run for
Governor in 1994, was also the Speaker of the Florida Legislature who infamously
promised to award Florida's electoral votes to George W. Bush during the 2000
Election Debacle -- no matter what the state Supreme Court would ultimately decide
about the matter. He later went on to run for the U.S. Congress in 2002 in Florida's
conservative 24th District, which is said to have been carved out expressly by
Feeney for himself during his time in the statehouse.
Rep. Feeney now sits on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee and continues to
face charges of ethical transgressions concerning his conduct during his tenure
as a U.S. Congressman where was recently reported to be Tom
DeLay's #1 supporter. Said Feeney at a "Salute to Tom DeLay" last
May, "Tom DeLay is the most effective leader the House has seen in 50 years."
Curtis, in preparing for a run his against Feeney, (who has been caught by
The BRAD BLOG in more than a few "contradictions"
over the time we've been covering this story,) has set up a campaign website
to support his potential run at www.ClintCurtis.com
where he is currently welcoming much-needed contributions and supporters.
In addition to the vote-rigging charges, Curtis also alleged that YEI employed
an illegal Chinese alien involved in placing "wire-tapping" modules
into software created by the company who had top-secret security contracts with
NASA, the Florida Dept. of Transportation (FDOT), amongst other clients. Feeney
was both general counsel and registered lobbyist for YEI for years during that
time, even while he was Speaker of Florida's Legislature, where he
also faced ethics charges
during his tenure.
One of the illegal aliens at YEI reported by Curtis to the Florida's Inspector
General's office in 2001 as working at the company and said to have been placing
the "wire-tapping" modules into software before it shipped, was arrested
in 2004 after a four-year sting, and has pled
guilty to charges related to espionage in attempting to illegally ship Hellfire
anti-tank missile chips to China. Feeney himself just returned from yet another
trip to Asia, this time touring China's space facility where he reportedly
called for "more balanced relations" with the Communist nation.
Charges that Curtis had made concerning over-billing of YEI contracts with
FDOT have also since been confirmed by the Florida Inspector General's office
who finally completed their report on Curtis' case in early 2005.
Feeney, who claimed, as late as February of 2005 that he had ended his relationship
with YEI once he reached the U.S. House in 2002, was revealed
by The BRAD BLOG to have been the honoree at a private party/reception given
by company owners -- and continuing large contributors to Feeney's campaign
-- Dr. and Mrs. Yang in 2003. As well, Feeney's campaign headquarters for his
2004 campaign, during which he ran unopposed, was housed
in YEI's main headquarters building in Oviedo. Feeney's campaign
website still lists YEI's address -- 1420 Alafaya Trail -- as the place
to contact his campaign.
Unlike Curtis, Feeney has not taken a polygraph test in relation to
his denial of Curtis' charges.
Many of those denials have since been debunked by The
As our coverage of the Clint Curtis story has been extensive over the last
14 months, we'll refer you to this Quick
Summary of the main points in his extraordinary story, as well as this Index
of Key Articles, for more details in the continuing saga. We promise there
is more stunning revelations to be found there, including some startling details
of the mysterious death of the original Florida Inspector General's investigator
assigned to Curtis' case.
Beyond the Curtis-related allegations, Feeney has been described as one of
the "13 Most
Ethically Challenged Members of Congress" in light of his lobbyist
and foreign-agent sponsored trips such as his Tom DeLay/Jack Abramoff golf junket
to St. Andrews, Scotland (yes, he was right there along with them) and elsewhere.
Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo described
Feeney just last month as a "bamboozler" for his attempts at playing
both sides of the field concerning his vote on new rules which DeLay was pushing
through the House Ethics Committee. When asked how he voted on the new rules,
as attempted by DeLay, Feeney tried to avoid giving an answer to the media by
saying there was no actual vote on the matter. Despite the fact that there was.
Feeney's history as a bamboozler seems to be becoming legendary.
Curtis, formerly a "life-long Republican," became a self-described
"Conservative Democrat" after his various disturbing dealings with
Feeney and friends. He will be making his first public announcement about his
intentions to form an exploratory campaign at a local Democratic
party gathering at the Cocoa Civic Center in Brevard County this Wednesday
Before facing Feeney directly, however, Curtis will have to survive a primary
race against Dr. Andy Michaud
who has reportedly pledged to spend quite a bit of his own money in order to
face one of the most effective fundraisers in Congress.
We also imagine Michaud will be seeing a sudden influx of financial support
in the days ahead from the many supporters of Feeney who, we have a feeling,
would rather not have to face Curtis in the General Election next November.
Therefore fundraising from across the nation, Curtis tells The
BRAD BLOG as part of a "Campaign Q&A" with him which we will
publish here tomorrow, will be key.
"As with most battles of good vs. evil, good can only win if it receives
sufficient help," says Curtis. "If my campaign does not receive both
unprecedented financial support as well as huge volunteer efforts, this could
be a very difficult quest to fulfill."
Difficult indeed. Curtis who, unlike both Michaud and Feeney, has never participated
in a political campaign before, will have his work cut out for him. But he's
faced more daunting -- and terrifying -- fights in the past. His tireless years-long
effort to hold accountable those who he sees as having committed wrong-doing
against this country has not come at a small cost. But that struggle may serve
him well in his "good vs. evil battle."
Curtis explains that he feels he has little choice at this point but to enter
the battle, and in discussing it, he expresses a sentiment heard all too rarely
from Democrats these days: "I am now convinced that fearing a loss is not
a valid reason for never entering the fight."
And so the fight begins...
View video from Looking Glass News
Clint Curtis testifies how prominent republicans asked him to make
a prototype e-voting machine in Florida, which was rigged, and which would allow
republicans to win the election.