by Frank Holmes, reporter
Republicans have claimed that Pennsylvania elections have suffered from vote fraud for years — and now, a Democratic congressman has been caught red-handed bribing officials and trying to change the outcome of elections.
Incredibly, it’s not the first time he’s been busted.
Michael “Ozzie” Myers, a Pennsylvania Democrat, pleaded guilty to stuffing ballot boxes in Pennsylvania over successive elections.
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In legal filings, the Justice Department accused Myers of “engaging in a ‘ballot stuffing’ scheme that enabled him to take credit for the electoral success of his Philadelphia-based clients and preferred candidates.”
FBI agents first figured out something seemed fishy when they started watching the judge of elections in Philly’s 39th ward, a man named Domenick DeMuro, in 2016. Agents say Myers paid DeMuro to throw elections — and once they started talking, DeMuro immediately rolled over on Myers. Soon, agents say they had a mint recording of the former congressman talking to DeMuro about “ringing up votes.”
Police say that Myers sought to change election outcomes for the sake of keeping his vote fraud business going. A successful track record of putting his clients in office would help “secure his standing in local party politics that enabled him to control and influence the 39th Ward, and influence the distribution of local patronage jobs.”
It’s amazing how little DeMuro was willing to work for: He would stuff the ballot boxes for checks of $300 to $5,000 each, the FBI said. DeMuro ended up pleading guilty to his own set of charges—but now agents have the congressman dead to rights.
Myers, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives for four years, has been here before. He has always had a simple philosophy, which he described in his own words: “Money talks in this business and bull***t walks.” That’s what he told FBI agents when he took a $50,000 bribe in 1979 as part of the agency’s Abscam crackdown.
Myer’s political credo landed him in prison for three years—but Myers is a true, hardcore believer in the Almighty Dollar. The 79-year-old is back at it, almost four decades after his 1985 prison release.
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The recordings indicate that Myers explained to DeMuro how to launder bribes in exchange for votes, cutting a $1,000 check to DeMuro’s wife in 2017. Cops say Myers also said he wouldn’t pay DeMuro personally until after the last deadline had passed for campaign finance reports—so that no one would know the judge of elections was on the take until after the election was over.
Cops charged Myers with election rigging between 2014 and 2016, but who knows how long he got away with it before DeMuro had his moment of integrity.
Federal agents promise to put Myers back in the penitentiary. “Votes are not things to be purchased and democracy is not for sale,” promised U.S. Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams.
Pennsylvania has been under fire for years, especially since Joe Biden’s victory over President Donald Trump in 2020.
Trump drew more attention to the state’s election system when the recent Republican Senate primary took forever to call for Dr. Mehmet Oz.
“U.S. is a laughing stock on Elections,” Trump posted on his alternative to Twitter, Truth Social. “Stop FINDING VOTES in PENNSYLVANIA! RIGGED?”
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Now, Trump and his supporters can tell Democrats he told them so.
The 45th president later offered a solution: “Our Country should go to paper ballots, with same day voting. Just done in France, zero problems. Get Smart America!!!”
This isn’t new to readers of The Horn. We told you years ago that Pennsylvania had illegally registered voters who were not eligible to cast a ballot. We reported in 2019 that the Public Interest Legal Foundation, an election integrity watchdog, found that hundreds of illegal immigrants had voted in Pennsylvania elections.
The number of illegal ballots has only gone up, it seems.
Frank Holmes is a veteran journalist and an outspoken conservative that talks about the news that was in his weekly article, “On The Holmes Front.”