Thursday, September 5, 2013

In real time with Kelly Maher

Posted By on Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 5:25 PM

There has been no shortage of political farce surrounding the John Morse recall election, and yesterday we were treated to another performance, this one by Denver GOP operative Kelly Maher.

In a press release, Kelly outlined her plan to swoop down on Senate District 11 polling places — a sort of pre-emptive avenging angel — tut-tutting at any lines of voters that are “long due to implementation of new same-day voter registration laws,” and whipping out her “Revealing Politics cameras” to document any “electioneering or voter intimidation tactics that might arise” so the damning footage “can be quickly edited to be sent out nationally in real time.”

“Morse earned his recall. Fair and simple,” Maher quotes herself as saying in her own press release. “Now we just have to make sure this election is fair and simple. This project is all about transparency and people’s rights.”

And that’s the most piquant bit of Maher’s performance — her foot-stamping demand for transparency. Which she makes loudly and clearly from behind the bulwark of her revealingpolitics.com, which is a ... (wait for it) ... 501(c)4. That’s right, Kelly is under no obligation to divulge the donor(s) who fund her avenging angel shtick.

We emailed Maher to ask if she felt the irony of her situation, but she did not respond.

Here's the release:

Revealing Politics Launches Colorado Recall Transparency Project

Colorado Springs (September 4, 2013) - Today, Revealing Politics announced the launch of the Colorado Recall Transparency Project, which will provide live-stream coverage of the Colorado Senate District 11 special election. The special election was sparked by state Sen. John Morse’s, D-Colorado Springs, blatant disregard for the will of his constituents.

“Morse earned his recall. Fair and simple,” said Kelly Maher. “Now we just have to make sure this election is fair, and simple. This project is all about transparency and people’s rights.”

Hopefully, live-stream coverage of the polling locations will yield very little footage of interest, but Revealing Politics cameras will be there to document if anything out-of-the-ordinary happens.

The Revealing Politics team will be available to document any lines outside of polling locations, conduct interviews with voters and poll watchers who would like to have their experience relayed to viewers, and to expose any electioneering or voter intimidation tactics that may arise.

“Our goal here is to protect the citizens of Colorado Springs and make sure their special election goes smoothly,” Maher continued. “We will be helping voters find locations with the shortest lines and document whether lines are long due to implementation of new same-day voter registration laws.”

Maher added:

“We have a series of channels through which poll watchers can easily step outside of polling locations and quickly report voting irregularities. The footage can be quickly edited to be sent out nationally in real time.”

Each polling location will have a trained person while open for uninterrupted coverage. Voters, trained staff and interested parties will be able to follow the live-streams and can relay their experiences at polling locations or highlight any interesting video through the twitter hashtag, #revealingrecall

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