Partisan Consultant Behind The Congressional Firewall

Should partisan consultants be totaling our elections? Be provided access behind our firewalls? Managing data for congressional committees? Especially committees involved in voting technology?

Bob Fitrakis, The Free Press: Behind the firewall: Bush loyalist Mike Connell controls Congressional secrets as his email sites serve Karl Rove <read>

One has to wonder about the implications of the premier partisan campaign IT man, steadfastly loyal to the country’s most well-known security-industrial complex and CIA family, serving as the man behind the U.S. Congress’ firewall…

SourceWatch notes that Connell developed the websites for the House Intelligence, Judiciary, Financial Services, Ways and Means, and Administration Committees. According to SourceWatch, Connell teamed up with R. Rebecca Donatelli, Chair of the D.C.-based Campaign Solutions, to form Connell Donatelli Inc. (CD Inc.) as a specialized online advertising agency in July 2004. One of CD, Inc.’s first activities was to become the registrant, administrator and tech organizer for the anti-Kerry group Swiftboat Veterans for Truth’s website swiftboatvetsfortruth.org…

Connell also handled the IT system work for the Bush-Cheney Re-election Campaign and worked for Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell in designing the system that allowed the real time outsourcing of Ohio’s presidential vote count to a Chattanooga, Tennessee server site.

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