Over at the Mercury's blogtown, Scott Moore is blogging that Dave Lister, former City council candidate and frequent Voter-Owned Elections critic, also filed an less-than-accurate C&E information on four reports. Lister charged earlier this week on this blog that Auditor Blackmer's zeal to see the VOE system succeed may have clouded his judgement, and that even "a ten-year old should have been able to spot the fraud."
Read the amusing Mercury piece here.
For context, here's more of what Lister wrote following right-wing fraudster Golovan's conviction:
All the players in this saga seem slimy, but I would still like to hear an explanation from Gary Blackmer as to how those clearly fraudulent signatures passed muster in his office. What exactly was the dynamic in his office, or the back and forth between he and Susan Francois, the elections officer at the time, that allowed Boyles to be given the money. From what I’ve heard, they randomly sampled a few signatures and checked a Portland phone book to make sure they were in residence. Based on what I saw on KATU’s website, a ten year old would have spotted the fraud.
You have to wonder if Blackmer’s zeal to see the system he co-authored succeed clouded his judgement in making the grant.
One thousand signatures is not very many. I hope the public campaign finance commission has insisted that each and every one of them be verified, rather than some kind of random sampling.
And Moore's take:
Strong words, Lister! Even a 10-year-old could have caught it!
That got “some people” wondering…if a 10-year-old could have caught Golovan’s signature fraud, how well could a 52-year-old city council candidate do in checking his own paperwork? As it turns out, Lister probably could have used that 10-year-old to double check his own filings.
On four separate contributions and expenditures reports (pdf) during his 2006 effort to unseat Erik Sten, Lister listed one of his donors, Rob Kremer ($450), as being the president of the Oregon Education Association, the state’s teachers union and the largest public employee union in the state.
Kremer is not only not the president of the OEA, but he’s also probably one of the organization’s biggest detractors. He’s an active advocate of charter schools, and ran for superintendent of education in 2002 on a platform of saving money by firing state employees. He and the OEA don’t exactly have a lot in common, leading one observer to wonder if giving Kremer that title was some kind of “lame libertarian humor.”
Kremer is, however, the president (sole member?) of the Oregon Education Coalition, whose mission is “helping teachers and parents take their schools back from the bureaucrats.”
As they say, mistakes happen. Which is why everyone needs a 10-year-old on retainer.