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February 7, 2016

Chris McDaniel Offers $15,000 Reward for Voter Fraud Evidence

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Chris McDaniel is a Republican from Mississippi. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

State Sen. Chris McDaniel has offered 15 rewards of $1,000 each to any person who can “provide evidence leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in voter fraud” in the Republican primary for Senate in Mississippi.

On Thursday, his campaign announced the “challenge” in the latest episode in a circus of a Senate race.

On June 24, incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., defeated McDaniel in a primary runoff by 6,700 votes. But McDaniel has refused to concede, alleging Cochran’s team paid for votes. McDaniel’s team also charges some people voted in the Democratic primary earlier in the month and then voted for Cochran in the runoff, an illegal practice in Mississippi known as double voting.

The McDaniel campaign previously alleged over 1,000 votes were cast illegally.

The challenger’s campaign is now asking supporters to donate $15 to the campaign to help fund the $15,000 in reward money.

It is not clear that the campaign will have to pay out any or all of that money: getting someone convicted for voter fraud is a high bar to clear.

“The most important issue here is maintaining the integrity of the electoral process here in Mississippi,” McDaniel said in a statement. “These allegations of criminal behavior on behalf of the Cochran are troubling, and any evidence of fraud will be turned over to the authorities to be investigated.”

A McDaniel spokesman said the “Election Integrity Challenge and Voter Fraud Reward” had been cleared with the campaign’s lawyers. The contest and challenge may have the effect of padding McDaniel’s fledgling legal defense fund, established earlier this week. The fund will also pay for any reward recognized by the campaign.

On Wednesday, a conservative group took up McDaniel’s cause and filed a lawsuit against the Mississippi Republican Party and the Secretary of State, alleging they had been denied access to election records in their pursuit of illegally cast votes.

The Cochran campaign’s response?

“Put up or shut up,” said Cochran campaign adviser Austin Barbour on a conference call Wednesday. The call devolved into chaos shortly thereafter, when someone who sounded like a McDaniel supporter interrupted with racially charged comments.

Eliza Newlin Carney contributed to this report.

The race is rated Safe Republican by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

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  • Dolphieness

    This will not be Republican Safe as the seat will go to the Dem unless Cochran, Barbour and pals cowboy up and do the right thing. Cochran needs to step down and apologize to the voters. Voters are fed up with fraud. They expect it from the Left. They do not expect it from the Right. In fact, GOP voters pride themselves on integrity, honesty and good sportsmanship. GOP voters abhor cheating, fraud and liars. Cochran and his pals may have just give the Dems MS. The majority of the GOP voted for McDaniel. Without those votes – Cochran wins. GOP are not going to vote for Cochran as he is a Dem in gop clothing.

  • Ulyssess

    I, too, expect Cochran to give his seat to McDaniel. And the Dutch need to give that soccer game to the American team. Because we live in a country where if you disagree with the winner, the winner has to become the loser. Because that’s just the right thing to do.

  • Dan Heizinger

    Cochran should resign. The evidence is overwhelming at this point

  • Tom B

    Cochran should be in a jail cell for the stunt he pulled off.

  • Ryan

    In other words, McDaniel doesn’t actually have any evidence of his own to back up his contest of the runoff results.

  • Ignatz

    It would be so great is someone came forward with evidence of someone fraudulently voting for Chris McDaniel, and demanded that McDaniel pay them for the info.

  • Ignatz

    Innuendo that right-wingers keep repeating to each other in The Echo Chamber isn’t “overwhelming evidence.”

  • Sensible conservative

    The great news is the longer McDaniel keeps this going the more and more ridiculous he looks. Whatever political capital he built up is being squandered in a futile quest. It is increasingly obvious that he has no evidence to back up his claims.

  • stafford123

    If the evidence is so overwelming,whyis McDaniel offering a bounty to try and gin up some evidence? Why would he waste the money if he already has enough evidence?

  • nameit23

    Sounds like you have $15K waiting for you Don. You will also be the hero to the Conservative Movement as well as stickin’ it to the Libs. Time to present this evidence & collect your riches!

  • zappa24

    Yeah, encouraging people to vote is the worst of all crimes.

  • zappa24

    Where exactly was the “integrity, honesty, and good sportsmanship” when people associated with the McDaniel campaign trespassed into a nursing home to get what they would think was incriminating evidence against Cochran by taking pictures of his ailing wife? Your views on what constitutes “integrity, honesty, and good sportsmanship” are skewed if you think calling on people to vote is worse than the nursing home incident.

    Should we now discuss what McDaniel supporters were doing entering a courthouse with primary ballots that was shutdown for the night?

  • mamasue54

    Because it’s against the law to PAY people for their vote. He need them to come forward and say they were paid.

  • daddyoyo

    The best news would be that the enraged KKK tea party types stay home in November and we Dems pick up a seat we couldn’t have scored otherwise.

  • daddyoyo

    Teach the Rinos a lesson. Stay home in November. Tell all your friends.

  • daddyoyo

    GOP voters love cheating, fraud and liars. Turns out Republicans commit most of it.

  • Sensible conservative

    Cochran doesn’t need the hard core Tea Party votes to win in November. On a general election turnout he will win without them.


    He has succeeded,
    in making himself looking like the
    petulant child he is. Stomping his
    feet and holding his breath, thinking
    he will eventually get his way.
    When his tantrum is finally over, he’ll
    still be the LOSER…..

  • Republicans_are_Evil

    And Romney will win in a landslide.

  • Republicans_are_Evil

    You do not speak for the voters. Shame on you.

  • keysersozay

    I guess the integrity of an election means nothing to the small minded dissenters here. You Fat mouthed Haley Barbour trolls should go away. Keep fighting Chris!

  • Board Room

    Run-of-the-mill collectivists routinely attempt to confuse roads and fire departments with collectivism by referring to them as “socialism”.

  • Tagg Heurer

    Even if democratically elected, a centralized government devoid of principles will be rapidly forced to submit to the principles of others.

  • Sensible conservative

    Even a high turnout primary like this is no where near the general election vote level. Since 1984 Cochran has always polled over half a million votes in the general election. Losing 50K or even 100K Tea Party voters won’t cause him to lose.

  • SWohio

    By 3 July over 6000 illegal votes were identified, I believe. This article is just a little outdated – gosh it couldn’t be deliberately hiding the truth, could it?

    Good for McDaniel – Cochran has had too many terms, filled his pockets and those of his friends, and it’s time for him to take his elderly self out of the running.

    Those of you who are attacking McDaniel are obviously not any part of the GOP constituency to begin with, so ignoring your juvenile comments is easy.

  • baby_doc_obama

    This race ended my support of the republican party at the federal level. The southern republican party is as dirty as the democrat party machine in Chicago.

  • Grandhuff

    Read this, and be sure to click on the ‘red’ link near the top after you finish reading it. I couldn’t get the audio of the first page to work, but you can hear it and see the texts on the link.

  • Grandhuff

    Read this, and be sure to click on the ‘red’ link near the top after you finish reading it. I couldn’t get the audio of the first page to work, but you can hear it and see the texts on the link.

  • zappa24


    GotNews has only one story on the whole site. It admits it paid the one accuser for the story. The accuser says that Saleem Baird, a Cochran staffer, was giving money for votes. One big problem with this: Baird is NOT a Cochran staffer. He is a staffer of Roger Wicker, the other senator from Mississippi. The site can’t even get its own story straight.

  • grumpy_old__man

    I am betting that, even with $15,000 in reward money they won’t be able to come up with a single verifiable case of voter fraud. By the way, I think it is up to 180,000 cases now (inflation, you know)

  • grumpy_old__man

    So he is going to pay people to say that someone paid them for their vote. Solid evidence that.

  • zappa24

    It isn’t collectivists’ fault that you don’t know the definition of “socialism” and are therefore unable to notice the many socialist things around you.

  • Grandhuff

    Saleem Baird, IS a staffer with the Cochran campaign . Yes he is a staffer to U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, but he is still a staffer in Cochran’s campaign. Kirk Sims, a legislative aide to U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, Cochran’s junior colleague from Mississippi is also involved of all of this. The interviewer DID pay Fielder for the interview, but this is standard practice. He didn’t pay him the $15 K that was promised by Cochran’s thugs for this illegal activity. I did some research, and Fielder is no longer an associate pastor of First Union Missionary Baptist Church, but he is still a member.

  • zappa24

    There is a lot of evidence that Saleem Baird is a Wicker staffer, but I haven’t seen any that says he is a Cochran staffer. In fact, the article tries to get around this little problem with its evidence by saying it is part of an “establishment” plot. It is more likely that they needed a name to pin it on and found one on the internet, only to realize later that he was a staffer for the wrong senator.

    According to my research, he was never even an associate pastor to that church. Instead, he was, according to the words of a pastor there, a self-proclaimed pastor.

    Looking at this story in any depth makes this blogger and his source look unbelievably shady. Then again, if what you want to do is believe McDaniel’s version of events, it is pretty easy to ignore all the problems with this “evidence”.

  • Gavrila Derzhavin

    Selecting one’s government, through democratic processes or otherwise, is by no means a guarantee of liberty.

  • Veritas10101

    These are accusations, Grandhuff—accusations in a paid interview with a person whose reputation for honesty is in question. We need to wait for actual proof.

  • Veritas10101

    Further, Johnson (the interviewer) is an ace self-promoter. We need to be careful about defending this guy as a so-called stand up independent “journalist”. Research his tweet thread, his “pre-pay” book promo e-mails, his 1k offer for photos of Mrs. Cochran. I trust this guy almost as much as I do Jerry Springer.

  • Veritas10101

    Exactly right.

  • Veritas10101

    Actually, only the accusations are overwhelming at this point.

  • Veritas10101

    Not all “right-wingers”…

  • teller123

    I too have washed my hands of the GOP. The Tea Party is about the only group the comes close to what I would like to see happen in America but I don’t think we are going to be around long enough to ever see that happen. When I first checked out the Tea Party I saw stuff like ‘Wasn’t Bush a better president?’ My answer is no he wasn’t. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfield are neo-cons and I want nothing to do with them. Secondly our government right now is full of that mindset. I think they believe they have the right to run the world. I think they believe they are entitled to it and they aren’t the only ones. These people are crazy with power and I think they will stop at literally nothing to get wherever it is they want to go. I keep hearing that ‘People know there is something terribly wrong but they don’t know what it is.’ Well if people would actually sit down and educate themselves by reading history they would see they should be worried and there is something terribly wrong. I would suggest to those people to read about Stalin and Hitler and do a little comparison to the Bush/Obama years if they want to fast track to the answer. I do believe it can happen here and based on what I see and hear every day I think it very likely will happen here.
    First we don’t have two parties we have one group of corrupt thugs in DC putting on a show for all of us. These people are out to achieve a single goal. Behind the scenes they are all working together to get there. The media tells us what they want us to believe and most Americans still have not figured it out. All this time and 300+ million people are too blind to take the time to pay attention. It’s stunning to watch this many people sit back and just take this garbage day after day. The lies alone-I can’t even rationalize that in my head. At some point a person has got to know-we can’t all possibly be this stupid can we?

  • Guest

    I don’t know about you but I vote alone, so eve dunce is only here say.

  • gunniesack

    I don’t know about you but I vote alone so evidence of what goes on in another booth is only here say

  • Jon Kahr

    Here we find renowned climate-scientist and Fields medal winner (Soul-Theorem) Al Sharpton lecturing on man-made global warming:

  • baby_doc_obama

    Nice response. I am focusing the vast majority of my energy in my state and local races. As to “stupid” . Being and informed citizen is hard work. And sadly most people do not want to put the energy into preparing to vote. Nevertheless, I will continue to inform myself and share my opinions with those who are not as well informed. As I am sure you will do. I just dropped off my primary ballot at my city hall.

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