One Wisconsin Now Press Release

December 9, 2011
Contact: Mike Browne
Phone: (608) 444-3483

The Voter Caging Group Behind 'VerifyTheRecall'

GrandSons of Liberty Conspired with Americans for Prosperity, Republican Party of Wisconsin in Thwarted 'Voter Caging' Scheme in 2010

Madison -- The announcement the notorious anti-voting rights, right wing group GrandSons of Liberty will be leading the Republican effort to disqualify signatures in the recall of Gov. Scott Walker raises serious questions, given the group's central role in a thwarted 2010 voter caging scheme involving them, the Republican Party of Wisconsin and the American for Prosperity that was uncovered by One Wisconsin Now.

"That the Republicans are deploying the anti-voter rights GrandSons of Liberty is a proof positive of how desperate Scott Walker and his team are," said Scot Ross, One Wisconsin Now Executive Director. "The last time Republicans worked with the GrandSons of Liberty, their goal was to disenfranchise legal voters and deny them access to the ballot box."

One Wisconsin Now detailed the voter caging scheme between GrandSons of Liberty, the Republican Party of Wisconsin, headed by then-chair Reince Priebus and the Americans for Prosperity, then-run by Mark Block, in September 2010. After initially denying involvement all of the groups acknowledged their participation.

More information about the 2010 plot, including audio recordings, transcripts and documents, is available at www.SaveWisconsinsVote2010.org.

Additional information is available here: http://www.onewisconsinnow.org/files/OWN%20Release%20Against%20Voter%20Suppression%20FINAL.pdf

And here: http://www.youtube.com/user/OneWisconsinNow#p/u/65/HpCm92ud4SU

One Wisconsin Now has been a statewide leader in protecting voter rights in Wisconsin and has created a $10,000 Recall Reward Fund for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of anyone caught destroying recall petitions with legitimate names.

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