Wednesday, December 07, 2005

BlackBoxVoting: About that Diebold Exec Donating to DeWine ...

The watchdogs at BlackBoxVoting pick up on my posting about a Diebold executive making a $1,000 donation this year to GOP Ohio Sen. Mike DeWine, despite the company's ban on such political giving. Here's what they say:

Diebold was more explcit in its letter to Velvet Revolution.

On June 2, 2004, the Board of Directors of Diebold, Incorporated authorized a change to the company’s corporate ethics policy to address the importance of strict neutrality concerning political candidates and issues. The policy states that the chief executive officer, president, and chief financial officer of Diebold, Incorporated and those Diebold, Incorporated executives identified by the company as responsible for the oversight of its election systems companies, as well as all employees of those companies, may not make contributions, directly or indirectly, to any political candidate, party, election issue or cause, or participate in any political activities, except for voting.

(Diebold posted this leter as a PDF file, but locked the content so that you could not cut & paste from it. Fortunately, the level of security was typical for Diebold.)

From Petrelis Files:

A Federal Election Commission file on Isac Tabib reveals he made a $1,000 this past June to Republican U.S. Senator Michael DeWine, who's up for reelection in 2006. Why let a little thing like the company's policy prohibiting such contributions stop Tabib from writing out a check to DeWine?

Tabib's monetary gift to DeWine shows one thing about Diebold. When they say something is company policy, it doesn't mean all that much.

Here you have yet another instance where Diebold has pored gasoline on the conspiracy fires. Diebold LOVES to disparage its critics as "cranks", yet it continues to lie and behave unethically and to do so in a thoroughly incompetent fashion. In fact, it is safe to say that Diebold is as proficient at lying as it is at programming voting machines.

Who is Isac Tabib? He is the VP of Technology for Diebold.

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