In the wake of revelations that Senator Thad Cochran’s June 24 primary runoff victory over Chris McDaniel was cemented with vicious race-baiting radio ads and illegal Democrat cross-over voting comes another shocking allegation:
A black reverend claims that he was part of a Cochran campaign operation to illegally buy the votes of black Mississippians.
Writes Charles C. Johnson at GotNews.com:
Reverend Stevie Fielder, associate pastor at historic First Union Missionary Baptist Church and former official at Meridian's redevelopment agency, says he delivered "hundreds or even thousands," of blacks to the polls after being offered money and being assured by a Cochran campaign operative that Chris McDaniel was a racist. "They [the Cochran campaign] told me to offer blacks fifteen dollars each and to vote for Thad."
... At the direction of the Cochran campaign, Reverend Fielder went "door to door, different places, mostly impoverished neighborhoods, to the housing authorities and stuff like that," telling fellow blacks that McDaniel was a racist and promising them $15 per vote. "They sold me on the fact that he was a racist and that the right thing to do was to keep him out of office," Fielder says.
... It is illegal under several provisions of Mississippi law and federal law for campaign officials to bribe voters with cash and punishable [by] up to five years in jail.
Fielder, a Democrat, reports that the Cochran campaign told him they would need about 10,000 black votes; “That was the target,” said Fielder. As it turned out, Cochran squeaked by in the June 24 contest by only 6700 votes — a 1.8 percent margin.
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