Civil action filed by U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin also says Illinois State Fair seeks to stifle dissent
U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin sues the Republican National Committee for access to the Party’s “Voter Vault”
Martin is also asking a Sangamon County, Illinois court to stop censorship by the Illinois State Fair.
ANDY MARTIN /2010
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ANNOUNCEMENT OF SATURDAY NEWS CONFERENCE IN CHICAGO
ANDY MARTIN SAYS THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE IS INFLUENCED BY THE CORRUPT CHICAGO “COMBINE”
MARTINIS ASKING A SANGAMON COUNTY COURT TO ORDER THE RNC TO PERMIT HIM TO ACCESS THE PARTY’S “VOTER VAULT”
MARTIN SAYS THE ILLINOIS STATE FAIR UNLAWFULLY TRIES TO STIFLE DEBATE ON “REPUBLICAN DAY,” AUGUST 20TH
(CHICAGO)(August 15, 2009) Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele usually has a hard time keeping his mouth closed. Now he has been sued for improperly keeping the party’s “Voter Vault” locked shut.
Republican U. S. Senate candidate and insurgent “Internet Powerhouse” Andy Martin will hold a Chicago news conference Saturday, August 15th to announce that he has sued the Republican Party for illegally denying access to the RNC’s “Voter Vault” to his corruption-fighting campaign for the U. S. Senate. Martin’s lawsuit also names as defendants the Illinois Republican Party and details a series of improper acts by party officials.
Finally, Martin’s case, filed in Sangamon County Circuit Court, Springfield, Illinois, seeks a court order permitting protests at the State fair’s “Republican Day” to reflect the split in the Illinois Party.
"There are two Republican Parties in Illinois,” Martin says. “There are the Republicans who live and work on Main Street. Then there is the ‘other’ Republican Party of wealthy business leaders, known as the bipartisan ‘Combine’ of corruption that controls the nominal machinery of the Party through dishonest members of the State Central Committee.
“I represent Main Street Republicans; Mark Kirk is the candidate of the Daley Machine-dominated ‘Combine.’
“I am being harassed for exposing Republican, as well as Democratic, corruption in Illinois. But Republicans cannot win in 2010 by being two-faced about corruption. Michael Steel was elected Chairman with help from the ‘Combine.’
“I asked Steele for access to the RNC’s Voter Vault database because the Illinois ‘Combine’ is denying me access. The Voter Vault is supposed to be available to Republican candidates on a nondiscriminatory basis. Steele and his counsel refuse to answer. They are bowing down to the Combine-controlled faction of the Party.
“Likewise, the Illinois State Fair seeks to limit debate and confrontation on what the Fair calls ‘Republican Day.’ I managed to work out protest procedures with the Chicago Police Department on Chicago’s crowded streets and sidewalks, without the need to file a lawsuit. The Illinois State Fair is trying to stifle political dissent on state-owned land.
“What’s wrong with this picture? The entire State of Illinois is a racketeer influenced corrupt enterprise. Even the State Fair.
“As for Mr. Steele, he can blab about ‘reform’ all he wants; as long as he is keeping corruption-fighting candidates from accessing the Voter Vault, he is voting with the Chicago Combine and against the People of Illinois,” Martin will state. “The Voter Vault belongs to Republican candidates nationally; it should not be under the control of the corrupt ‘Combine’ in Illinois.”
Martin’s lawsuit is posted on the web as a separate release.
August 15th news conference details:
U. S. Senate candidate and Internet Powerhouse Andy Martin
Sidewalk news conference, SE corner of Huron and Wabash,
Saturday, August 15, 2009 3:00 P.M.
Internet Powerhouse and U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin sued Michael Steele to force the Republican National Committee to stop discriminatory abuse of the RNC’s “Voter Vault.” Martin also joined the Illinois State Fair in his lawsuit, because the Fair seeks to limit dissent at “Republican Day” on August 20th.
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