The suspicious, disturbing death of election rigger Michael Connell

by Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman
December 20, 2008

Michael Connell, the crucial techno- lynch pin in the theft of the 2004 election, and much more, is dead at the age of 45. His unnatural, suspicious death raises serious questions about the corruption of the American electoral process that now may never be answered.

Connell died Friday, December 19 when his Piper Saratoga plane crashed near his northern Ohio home. He was flying himself home from the College Park, Maryland airport. An accomplished pilot, flying in unremarkable weather, his death cuts off a critical path to much of what may never be known about how the 2004 election was shifted from John Kerry to George W. Bush in the wee hours of November 2. His plane crashed between two houses in an upscale neighborhood, one vacant, just 2.5 miles from the Akron-Canton airport.

A long-time, outspokenly loyal associate of the Bush family, Connell created the Bush-Cheney website for their 2000 presidential campaign. Connell may have played a role in various computer malfunctions that helped the GOP claim the presidency in 2000. As a chief IT consultant and operative for Karl Rove, Connell was a devout Catholic and the father of four children. In various interviews and a deposition Connell cited his belief that abortion is murder as a primary motivating factor in his work for the Republican Party.

Connell recently wrote the following in his New Media Communications newsletter, regarding Barack Obama's election: "In our 230 year history, our democracy has suffered worse fates. It's just that none come to mind right now." Connell wrote: "This is just a moment in time and this too shall pass. Enduring is the fact that 2000 years ago, a babe was born in Bethlehem. When our Lord God sent his only Son for our salvation,...In spite of the current economic and political conditions, salvation is eternal."

Ohio Republican Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell hired Connell in 2004 to create a real-time computer data compilation for counting Ohio's votes. Under Connell's supervision, Ohio's presidential vote count was transmitted to private, partisan computer servers owned by SmartTech housed in the basement of the Old Pioneer Bank building in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Connell's company, New Media Communications worked closely with SmartTech in building Republican and right-wing websites that were hosted on SmartTech servers. Among Connell's clients were the Republican National Committee, Swift Boat Veterans for Truth and The SmartTech servers at one point housed Karl Rove's emails. Some of Rove's email files have since mysteriously disappeared despite repeated court-sanctioned attempts to review them.

In 2001, Michael Connell's GovTech Solutions, LLC was selected to reorganize the Capitol Hill IT network, the only private-sector company to gain permission from HIR [House Information Resources] to place its server behind the firewall, he bragged.

At 12:20 am on the night of the 2004 election exit polls and initial vote counts showed John Kerry the clear winner of Ohio's presidential campaign. The Buckeye State's 20 electoral votes would have given Kerry the presidency.

But from then until around 2am, the flow of information mysteriously ceased. After that, the vote count shifted dramatically to George W. Bush, ultimately giving him a second term. In the end there was a 6.7 percent diversion---in Bush's favor---between highly professional, nationally funded exit polls and the final official vote count as tabulated by Blackwell and Connell.

Until his death Connell remained the IT supervisor for six Congressional committees. But on the day before the 2008 election, Connell was deposed by attorneys Cliff Arnebeck and Bob Fitrakis about his actions during the 2004 vote count, and his continued involvement in IT operations for the GOP, including his access to Rove's e-mail files and the circumstances behind their disappearance.

Various threats have been repeatedly reported involving Connell and other IT experts close to the GOP. On July 24, 2008, Arnebeck emailed Attorney General Michael Mukasey, stating: "We have been confidentially informed by a source we believe to be credible that Karl Rove has threatened Michael Connell, a principal witness we have identified in our King-Lincoln case in federal court in Columbus, Ohio,...."

Connell's death comes at a moment where election protection attorneys and others appeared to be closing in on critical irregularities and illegalities. In his pre-election deposition, Connell was generally evasive, but did disclose key pieces of information that could prove damaging to Karl Rove and the GOP. Examining attorneys in the King-Lincoln-Bronzeville civil rights lawsuit, stemming from the 2004 election theft, were confident Connell had far more to tell.

There is widespread concern that this may be the reason he is now dead.

Revised December 21, 2008

Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman have co-authored four books on election protection, including AS GOES OHIO and HOW THE GOP STOLE AMERICAS 2004 ELECTION..., available at, where this article first appeared. They are attorney and plaintiff in the King- Lincoln-Bronzeville civil rights lawsuit which subpoenaed and was deposing Michael Connell.


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Just goes to show the CIA is

Just goes to show the CIA is alive and well!


Connell had nothing to do

Connell had nothing to do with it. The Illuminati rigged the 2004 election.

So, the plane got from MD to

So, the plane got from MD to Akron Ohio and then Rove somehow
made the plane crash? Oh and there was fog and strong wind that evening, hardly "uneventful". There is no conspiracy. The authors of this article continue to push this to gain notoriety.

Do not read this story or

Do not read this story or attempt to learn anything about how our government is corrupt and self perpetuating. Please assume the seated position, your government sponsored news broadcast will placate any fears you have about your politicians while making you afraid of everything else.

I am all for ranting, and

I am all for ranting, and conspiracy theories are fun to read, but this is truly pathetic. I mean seriously, are you STILL getting your panties in a bunch over the 2000 election? My god man get a life! I am a Democrat and I could care less about 2000 now. It happened, it past, and 8 years later we are here with a much better elected president. You need to shake yourself to a quick crib-death because you are acting like an infant.

Have you missed the entire new philosophy that is now? CHANGE, and focus on the future, not the past. Dark days happen and the ball bounces the wrong way sometimes, boo fahkin hoo. I laugh every time one of you idiots who claim to be a Democrat say that Bush "masterminded" the Iraq war for money, bloodlust, etc, yet in the second breath say he is a bumbling idiot. Its one or the other morons, and I stick with the latter.

What other theories do you have? That the white stain on Monicas dress was actually Karl Roves? hahaha

CBS News: Michael Connell

CBS News: Michael Connell was told NOT TO FLY and that his plane may be SABOTAGED !

I'm sure it was all an

I'm sure it was all an 'accident'

> and I could care less

> and I could care less about 2000 now

couldn't care less.

"are you STILL getting your

"are you STILL getting your panties in a bunch over the 2000 election?"

So if someone killed your wife, or your kids, 8 years ago (ie: broke the law) you wouldn't care? You wouldn't demand justice?

The fact of the matter is, the law may have been broken. And election fraud is probably one of the most sensitive laws in the United States to break. Right up there with treason.

But it happened 8 years ago, so it's ok now?

>"So if someone killed your

>"So if someone killed your wife, or your kids, 8 years ago (ie: broke the law) you wouldn't care? You wouldn't demand justice?"

So if someone jaywalked 8 years ago (ie: broke the law) you wouldn't care? You wouldn't demand justice?


2004, not 2000. SECOND

2004, not 2000. SECOND term, not first. And yes, it's still heavy. And if there is even a bit of truth, then Watergate is nothing in comparison. So why should we not get our panties in a bunch? Why should we not pursue what may have been murder? Oh yeah, for change!

FYI: Exit polls are

FYI: Exit polls are notoriously inaccurate. They vary according to any number of reasons from people deliberately misrepresenting the truth, to political slant of the pollster, to polling in places known to favor one party over another.

I'm amazed how quickly people want to jump on the anti-Bush bandwagon -- even when nothing but innuendo and hearsay exists as evidence.

Get a life, folks.

I think its near comedic

I think its near comedic genius that the one guy has everyone saying the word "panties" without sounding like a child molester. hahahaha

paint your pallet blue and

paint your pallet blue and gray.

election fraud must be the

election fraud must be the only crime out there that people don't want solved after the fact.
you see they just proved who killed John Walsh's son? the killer is dead, his son is dead and this all happened 1981, almost 30 years ago. Think anyone is upset they didn't just drop it?

It's amazing with election fraud people say "it don't matter, forget the truth, lets move on" and crap the accused are still around and in power. Rove will have a long career. SO if no one did anything wrong, what can be wrong with investigating and clearing it all up. Crap even if it came out that they had an accounting for each voe and nothing happened and bush really won. I would feel better having it cleared up.
when exit polling is that off in other nations we cry fraud.. we dont say "republicans are shy"

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This is a stupid way of

This is a stupid way of thinking.

All crimes, whether 10 years ago or yesterday, need to be prosecuted to discourage crimes in the future.

"Change" doesn't mean shit when your given a free pass to do what you want.

Is it only me or does it

Is it only me or does it seem that there may have been some ongoing vote rigging in 2008? Think about it...

McCain, a carbon copy of Bush. Palin, made to be a laughing stock. Together.

Against two candidates who were both out to shatter barriers (either gender or race).

The best way to get a person, or a population, to do what you want is to make them think they've decided it for themselves.

Personally, I think it was rigged. DNC, RNC. Good Cop, Bad Cop. Same difference.

This is about the 2004

This is about the 2004 election, not 2000. Maybe you should read the article before you make yourself look like an idiot.



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