FRAUDULENT TEA PARTY PETITION FILED WITH STATE OF MICHIGAN

First Florida, now Michigan. Progressives/liberal operatives try continue to subvert the election process by fraudulently circulating petitions to form an "official Tea Party" for state ballots.

Florida and Michigan are among some of the more active Tea Party states. Forming parties and circulating extensive petitions is costly. It logically follows that the high grass roots activity states are being targeted with the highest priority. All states, groups, and individuals should be wary.

What can be done to stop this expansive deception that is significantly funded by radical interests?

Attached are lead/headline articles and "main" articles on the recent problem facing Michigan as reported on July 15, 2010 in the Detroit Free Press. Internet links to the attached articles are included below.


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Article # 1 -- Lead/Headline Article:

http://www.freep.com/article/20100715/NEWS06/7150463

Posted: July 15, 2010
Tea Party on the ballot? Some say it's a trick
Activists say it's a veiled attempt to steal GOP votes

BY DAWSON BELL
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

Lansing - Veteran tea party movement activists said that an expensive,
secretive campaign that submitted 60,000 petition signatures to the
state Wednesday to qualify candidates for office under the banner of
the Tea Party is a trick to help Democrats.

The activists said the group that submitted the petitions wants to
siphon votes from tea party conservatives running as Republicans.

Mark Steffek, a Tuscola County man who described himself as head of the
party that turned in the petitions, issued a statement Wednesday
criticizing both major parties and claiming "the tea party is a
grassroots movement that belongs to everybody. No one person, click
(sic) or party boss owns the tea party."

He could not be reached for comment. His statement contained no phone
number, e-mail or other address.

Leaders of tea party groups in Michigan said they have had no contact
with Steffek or others linked to the petition drive.

"This is absolutely not legitimate," said Mark Graham, an organizer of
a tea party group in Tuscola County.

A spokesman for the Michigan Democratic Party said it had "absolutely
nothing" to do with it.

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Article # 2 -- Main Article:

http://www.freep.com/article/20100715/NEWS06/7150463/1319/Tea-Party...

Posted: July 15, 2010
Tea Party on the ballot? Some say it's a trick
Activists say it's a veiled attempt to steal GOP votes

BY DAWSON BELL
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

Lansing - Veteran tea party movement activists said that an expensive,
secretive campaign that submitted 60,000 petition signatures to the
state Wednesday to qualify candidates for office under the banner of
the Tea Party is a trick to help Democrats.

The activists said the group that submitted the petitions wants to
siphon votes from tea party conservatives running as Republicans.

Mark Steffek, a Tuscola County man who described himself as head of the party that turned in the petitions, issued a statement Wednesday
criticizing both major parties and claiming "the tea party is a
grassroots movement that belongs to everybody. No one person, click
(sic) or party boss owns the tea party."


He could not be reached for comment. His statement contained no phone number, e-mail or other address.


Leaders of tea party groups in Michigan said they have had no contact with Steffek or others linked to the petition drive.


"This is absolutely not legitimate," said Mark Graham, an organizer of a tea party group in Tuscola County.


A spokesman for the Michigan Democratic Party said it had "absolutely nothing" to do with it.


Tea party leaders ticked over official party


A group calling itself the Tea Party submitted an estimated 59,400 signatures to state
officials, well in excess of the 38,000 needed to qualify it as a minor
political party eligible to run a slate of candidates in the November
election.


A statement from the enigmatic head of the Tea Party, Mark Steffek of Richville, delivered by untraceable fax
Wednesday afternoon, said the political party will allow the tea party
"to keep holding these politicians accountable."


But veteran Michigan tea party said there are ties between Steffek, the UAW, Democratic politicians
and the firm hired to collect signatures for the petition drive, which
has worked for the state Democratic Party.


Chetly Zarko, a conservative blogger and
consultant who has directed petition drives, estimated the cost of the
party petition drive at more than $120,000.

Steffek was unavailable to comment -- his faxed statement contained no
contact information -- and has not responded to multiple inquiries from
the Free Press over the last two months.

Spokesman John Tramontana denied that state Democrats were involved in
the Tea Party political party.

A similar dispute is under way in Florida, where Republicans and tea
party activists have accused Democrats of financing so-called Tea Party
candidates for local office in an attempt to dilute the anti-Democratic
Party vote.

Most of Michigan's public tea party activists, like those elsewhere in
the country, have dismissed the idea of forming an official third-party
alternative as counterproductive to their goal of reining in the cost
and size of government.

"We don't need another party," said Bill Hollister, chairman of
MEDEFCO, a Macomb County-based tea party organization. "The tea party
is trying to cleanse the Republican Party."

Hollister said Wednesday's filing was "as bogus as it can get. They
don't have support from anybody in the tea party movement in this
state."

Official action by the Board of State Canvassers to sanction the new
party won't come for weeks to allow for challenges to the petition
signatures, which several experts said was unlikely. If approved, the
party would be eligible to run candidates for any state office on a
slate that would have to be submitted by Aug. 3.

No potential candidates have been identified by the group.

Opponents also could mount a legal challenge in an attempt to derail
the new party. Potential complaints could be based on ownership of
legal rights to the Tea Party name to who has the legal authority to
assume leadership of a tea party political party.

If designated, the Tea Party would become the fifth minor party in
Michigan, joining the Green Party, the U.S. Taxpayers Party, the
Libertarian Party and the Natural Law Party.

Minor parties nominate candidates by convention and don't participate
in primaries. They get on the ballot by attaining the number of
signatures that equals 1% of the total votes cast for governor in the
last election. That means 38,013 were needed.

Contact DAWSON BELL: 517-372-8661 or dbell@freepress.com

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Article #3:

http://www.freep.com/article/20100714/NEWS15/100714059/Group-called...

Posted: 4:12 p.m. July 14, 2010

Group files to put Tea Party on Michigan ballot

By Dawson Bell
Free Press Lansing Bureau

Lansing - An elusive group based outside Saginaw that calls itself the
Tea Party submitted 59,400 petition signatures to Michigan election
officials this afternoon, the first step in a process that could result
in a slate of Tea Party candidates on the state ballot in November.

The signature count, not yet verified, would easily exceed the 38,000
need to qualify as a third party under Michigan election rules, and
would make the state one of only a handful in the country where the Tea
Party exists as a formal political entity.

But there remain significant questions about whether the new
organization is, in fact, a real Tea Party.

Many of the activists long-associated with informal Tea Party
organizations around the state believe the new political party, which
has yet to issue any public statements, is a front for opponents of the
movement who hope to siphon votes away from authentic candidates.

No one answered this afternoon at the phone number submitted with the
political party’s documents. Multiple earlier attempts to reach those
involved in the effort were also unsuccessful.

Chet Zarko, a conservative Republican and blogger who uncovered the
petition drive two months ago, said he remains deeply suspicious of the
new organization’s motives.

“After speaking to dozens of real Tea Party folks …I’m convinced it’s a
nefarious group,” he said. ”Anybody that runs on that Tea Party slate
is going to have the microscope put on them.”

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