The claim that Pete Perry, the Hinds County GOP chairman at the center of a controversial absentee ballot scandal, was money laundering for the Barbour PAC got new support when readers sent in documents related to Perry’s dissolved business.
Perry’s company, Paradigm Governmental Relations, LLC, received $171,000 from a Barbour backed Cochran SuperPAC but documents obtained by GotNews.com confirm that Perry’s business was dissolved in December 2012.
“It was not a dissolution for failure to report but rather from the filed intent to dissolve. A business checking account of a dissolved company may remain open long enough to wind up the business. No new business can be deposited within that account,” notes a Gotnews.com reader. “I would say that $170,000 deposited in the year of 2014 is probably considered new business.”
The reader is referring to a previous Got News story which showed Perry received $171,000 from the Barbour PAC.
Got News has previously reported on the troublesome $171,000 payment paid by Henry Barbour and the Mississippi Conservatives PAC and pointed out that that money was most certainly used by Democratic consultant Greg Brand to produce racist anti-McDaniel campaign ads.
Additionally, Perry had claimed that he did not actually keep any of his so-called consulting fees, and that he simply paid them all out to campaign volunteers, evidently as walking around money, which raises the issue of why Perry did not keep any money for his campaign consultancy Paradigm strategies.
That previous report is produced below and couldn’t be switched to the new Got News site.
Hinds County Republican Chairman Pete Perry, under fire for allegedly refusing to switch the poll books in order to facilitate illegal double voting by people who voted in both the Democratic primary and the Republican run-off, received another $110,100 from the Mississippi Conservatives group founded by Haley Barbour and run by his nephew Henry Barbour, a report to the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) shows.
McDaniel campaign spokesman Noel Fritsch has previously criticized Perry for receiving $60,000 from the Barbour-linked group during the first primary.
The additional payments bring the total paid to Perry’s firm, Paradigm Government Relations, to $170,100.
The Jackson Free Press reported last week that Mississippi State Democratic Chairman Rickey Cole accused Perry of refusing to switch thepoll books for the run-off election, a standard procedure which would have employed the Democratic Party’s books from the first primary to easily verify voters did not illegally vote in both contests.
“It was our understanding from some of our folks who worked in theHinds County elections that the Republican poll workers on the 24th didn’t have the Democratic books from the 3rd, so they didn’t have any way of knowing,” Cole said.
According to Breitbart News, Hinds County Democratic Party election coordinator Claude McInnis accused Perry of mishandling absentee ballots. “This is a thing that’s supposed to happen at the precincts. But we watched him decide which absentees would be voted and which absentees were not going to be voted.”
As GotNews previously reported, Perry himself testified last year that any contaminated absentee ballot would justify throwing out all absentee ballots.
Under oath in Ware v. DuPree, Perry testified with respect to absentee ballots: “A bad apple spoils the bunch. ”
Perry was asked by attorney Malcolm Jones: “Is there any way to determine the will of the voters at this point without totally excluding the class of absentee ballots?”
“There is not,” said Perry, the official who this year judged Hinds County absentee ballots while being paid by the Barbour-linked Super PAC.