DNC caught lying again about their actions in Maine on election day

Ben Smith over at Politico reported the latest DNC statement about their actions, or non-actions, in Maine during the election this past Tuesday. You’ll recall that a large number of Democrats were outraged that the DNC’s OFA not only didn’t do anything to help fight the repeal of gay civil rights in Maine this past Tuesday, but in fact, the DNC actually sent an email to Mainers asking them to help Jon Corzine get re-elected in New Jersey. There’s also growing outrage over evidence that the DNC lied to the gay community when explaining its actions.

The DNC is now claiming that their generic get out the vote email to Mainers, which mentioned nothing about ballot measure 1 (to repeal marriage equality), and nothing on TABOR (a Grover Norquist initiative), actually contained language urging Mainers to vote for progressive causes and candidates.

The thing is, it didn’t.

Here is what the DNC told Ben Smith yesterday, in response to this article, that:

In Maine there were over a half dozen ballot initiatives and referendums, and local municipal elections at stake and OFA sent an e-mail to thousands of activists encouraging them to vote in support of progressive causes and candidates. There were some Mainers who received an erroneous e-mail regarding the New Jersey Governor’s election – that e-mail was not intended to downplay the significance of Maine’s local elections.

And here is the email in question. Where is the reference to “go vote for progressive candidates and progress causes”? It’s not there. So why is the DNC telling Ben Smith that it is?

From: “Mitch Stewart, BarackObama.com” [email protected]
Date: Mon, 2 Nov 2009 14:10:17 -0500
To: From: “Mitch Stewart, BarackObama.com” [email protected]
Date: Mon, 2 Nov 2009 14:10:17 -0500
To: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Get out the vote in Maine

Mitch Stewart
Organizing for America
Subject: Get out the vote in Maine


One year ago, we made phone calls, went door to door, and proudly cast our ballots to elect Barack Obama and bring real change to this country.

Tomorrow is Election Day once again in Maine. It’s as important as ever for you to get out to vote. And just like you did last year, bring friends, family, and co-workers with you when you go to the polls.

(Click here to find your polling location.

On Election Day last year, we knew that victory was just the beginning — that the hardest work was still ahead of us. We didn’t build this movement for a single election or issue.

And we know — now more than ever — that our voices and votes are critical to continuing this movement for change and in shaping the outcome of the issues that are most important to us like health insurance reform and creating jobs to turn around the economy.

So please remind friends and family to go vote and bring them with you to your polling location tomorrow.



Mitch Stewart
Organizing for America

Paid for by Organizing for America, a project of the Democratic National Committee — 430 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, D.C. 20003. This communication is not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

Also, there were no Democrats on the ballot, than mayors and local officials. There were no statewide candidates up for election because it was an off off-year.

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