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Public Corruption in Chester County, PA

I believe an unlikely mix of alleged drug trafficking related politicos and alleged white nationalist related politicos united to elect the infamous “Bloc of Four” in the abysmal voter turnout election of 2005. During their four year term the drug business was good again and white nationalists used Coatesville as an example on white supremacist websites like “Stormfront”. Strong community organization and support from law enforcement, in particular Chester County District Attorney Joseph W. Carroll has begun to turn our community around. The Chester County drug trafficking that I believe centers on Coatesville continues and I believe we still have public officials in place that profit from the drug sales. But the people here are amazing and continue to work against the odds to make Coatesville a good place to live.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Robert Brooks, part of Harry Lewis for State Rep.campaign, was visibly shaking on the witness stand.

Democrats for Harry has no disclaimer. 
Harry Lewis State Representative on the right has "VoteHarryLewis.com" 
on it. 
It cannot be an oversight. 
Robert Brooks of Hallowell and Branstetter had the fraudulent Lewis documents with no disclaimer printed and distributed. Mr. Brooks was visibly shaking and sweating on the witness stand at the Chester County Justice Center on Election Day.

If you remember back to the 2014 Harry Lewis campaign for State Rep. there were lawn signs printed for Coatesville that said "DEMOCRATS FOR HARRY"

Below, a "Democrats for Harry Lewis" lawn sign in Coatesville, PA. 

The "Harry Lewis State Representative" with "VoteHarryLewis.com" dislaimer appeared everywhere in the PA 74 House District except in the City of Coatesville, PA. 

"Democrats for Harry Lewis State Representative" sign on the 400 block of Lincoln Highway,
Coatesville, PA.

Robert Brooks of Hallowell and Branstetter admitted in court to making up both versions of the  lawn signs.

There was also no disclaimer on the Harry Lewis mailer or on the Election Day handouts.

The effort to take the Lewis Campaign to court began on Monday morning the day before Election Day.

I believe it was Monday evening before we had a plan.

While the CCDC Solicitor John Cairns drew up the legal documents. I worked with the Maxwell Campaign to map out the logistics of getting the documents to court.  The documents had to be notarized. I knew of a notary close to the Steel Workers Union on Charles St. in Coatesville’s West End where the Maxwell campaign was located. People from the Maxwell campaign had to be removed from working on the campaign while this was all being done.

I managed to have everyone go to the wrong notary to wait for John Cairns. After a few frantic phone calls I managed to get to the correct notary. 

We didn't have much time to get it into the court system. 

There was a ton of documents for each of us spread across the floor of the notary office that had to be notarized and taken to the Prothonotary in the Courthouse in West Chester, PA.  

A judge was on duty for election issues on election day.  I can’t remember his name. (This happened two years ago, so I might get something wrong.)

There was not enough time to go to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. We had to take our chances on the Justice Center in West Chester, PA. I think the results might have been different in federal court.

It appeared as though the Lewis Campaign was trying to pass off Lewis as a Democrat so that Lewis got more support from the black people in the Coatesville community.

They were successful in tricking voters. Most people here in Coatesville did think that Lewis was a Democrat. His friends say he was a Democrat. At least that's what he allegedly told them. 

The Lewis flyers that went to my home and to many others weeks before the election and the Election Day handouts were identical. Both had no disclaimers on them.  There was ample time to correct the illegal campaign materials, the purpose of not having a disclaimer was not an oversight but a further effort to confuse Coatesville voters.

Below is one of the Lewis handouts with a handwritten disclaimer  "Paid for by the Committee to Elect Harry Lewis on it:

Robert Brooks of Hallowell and Branstetter had the fraudulent Lewis documents with no disclaimer printed and distributed. 
State-By-State Paid For and Disclosure Laws for PoliticalAdvertising and Yard Signs   
If authorized by the candidate, his authorized political committee or their agents, shall clearly and conspicuously state that the communication has been authorized. 

It was a long shot to nail the Harry Lewis Campaign for election fraud in the Republican owned Courthouse. But at least it’s on record. The judge said that the Lewis Campaign Committee made an effort to correct their oversight at 1:00 pm on Election Day. He said it was not systematic election fraud but just an oversight. Oversight, yea right; the same document had been in circulation weeks before the election. It was also a door-to-door handout and nobody noticed the "mistake" until I pointed it out.

I’m not sure but I think that least one of the Republican Party attorneys in the courtroom that evening was part of the legal swat team from Spring City, PA that descended on Coatesville’s Fifth Ward on Election Day in November of 2004. People that voted all their lives were walking out of the polls saying, “They won’t let me vote!”

The point is, it was very clear to me that Robert Brooks of Hallowell and Branstetter did understand that election fraud is a criminal federal offense. It made him very nervous, shaky and sweaty.

The Republican attorneys looked on the hearing like sport, foxhunters playing with the commoners.

When I was on the witness stand, I told the judge, "I'm having fun." My, being an asshole, way of pointing out how desperately nervous Mr. Brooks was.

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