Things aren't going too well for the Republican crooks who are trying to steal the 2008 presidential election by splitting California's electoral votes according to the LA Times:
Unable to raise sufficient money and angered over a lack of disclosure by its one large donor, veteran political law attorney Thomas Hiltachk, who drafted the measure, said he was resigning from the committee.
Hiltachk's departure is a major blow to the operation because he organized other consultants who had set about trying to raise money and gather signatures for the initiative. Campaign spokesman Kevin Eckery said he was ending his role as well.
There remained a chance that the measure could be revived, but only if a major donor were to come forward to fund the petition drive. However, time is short to gather the hundreds of thousands of signatures needed by the end of November. And backers said Thursday that they believed the measure was all but dead, at least for the 2008 election.
Great news for those of us who believe in democracy, and bad news for the right-wingers who wanted to rig the electoral vote so a Republican could back into the presidency in 2008 just as he did in 2000. The Republicans are having a very difficult time raising money for all of their campaigns next year and the big-money donors to back this proposition just haven't materialized. The campaign received one large contribution of $175,000 by an organization that was formed the day before and hasn't disclosed its donors. We are all dying to know who they might be.
Media Transparency has the background on this scurrilous plot. They expose the fact that the law firm behind this proposition is closely linked to highly partisan Republican operatives and campaigns.
Part of me is disappointed to see this proposition dying before it ever gets off the ground. I think its presence on the ballot could help to significantly increase turnout among traditional Democratic electoral groups. The fact that the Republicans are trying this in a state with the greatest percentage of minority voters in the country would help to drive home the message to Latinos, Asians and African-Americans that the Republicans just don't want them. It is certainly all too obvious that the Republicans have hatched this scheme to dilute the importance of California voters while at the same time they have shown no interest in modifying how electoral votes are apportioned in whitebread states that typically cast their votes for the Republican candidate. Once again, Republican racism is on display for the whole world to see,
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