I am using the weekends to talk about the Maryland election process and my run for Governor of Maryland. As all Maryland citizens know the entire election process is captured and closed and this is why for example election turnout in Balitmore is at 20% and why turnout across Maryland is falling.....apathy because there are no candidates running for which people want to vote.
We had polling from Maryland polling groups that said of 900,000 registered democrats in Maryland those 2,000 polled stood as such:
Brown at around 25%
Gansler and Mizeur around 10%
Undecided at 54%
The conclusion of the media shouted----Maryland citizens don't care who is elected Governor of Maryland! I suggested that Cindy Walsh for Governor of Maryland is the candidate that those 54% is looking and actually even more would come my way if my campaign exposure was the same as the 'front-runners'.
THE ONLY CANDIDATES GETTING MEDIA COVERAGE AND FORUM COVERAGE ARE THE 3 GLOBAL CORPORATE POLS DECLARED THE 'FRONTRUNNERS' WITH 10% OF THE VOTE.
This is critical folks....the election process in Maryland is so captured as to end free and fair elections and assure that Trans Pacific Trade Pact and the current move to dismantle democratic structures and increase the move to third world status.
GANSLER, BROWN, AND MIZEUR WILL ALL CONTINUE PARTNERING WITH WALL STREET IN THIS TRANSITION FROM NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY TO GLOBAL CORPORATE TRIBUNAL AND COLONIALISM. This is why only they get the air time.
Let's look at what a campaign for governor who is qualified but not connected must do for a little exposure:
The Montgomery College presented a fine candidate's forum that was professional and inclusive. I thank them for allowing all candidates to participate without attempts to exclude. Look below to what happens after. Montgomery College has a great video of the three Gansler, Brown, and Mizeur at a debate over Transportation on You Tube. It's simple to create.....any college audio-video department can make this video easily with little cost. Yet, for the forum I attended......no video. The reference to NBC's channel 4 broadcast had no exposure and no issues. The Channel 4 reporter said 'no one wants to hear that' when I said that my platform was about reinstating accountability and oversight of corporations and government and keeping the public's voice in policy-making strong.
NO ONE WANTS TO HEAR THAT SAYS CHANNEL 4.....AND SO THEY DID NOT HEAR ME.
On Friday, April 25, 2014 5:10 PM, Candidates Forum <email@example.com> wrote:
Unfortunately, Montgomery County Cable did not have sufficient staff to record the entire event. The only footage that we have is from NBC's broadcast. I am trying to see if they have any raw footage that they can share. I sent the link for the NBC broadcast to you in my prior email.
I have the private media ignoring my campaign but one can only hold 501c3/4 responsible for equal opportunity in election coverage. Montgomery College did a fine job meeting this requirement but several schools are ground zero to election violations. Now, students are involved in these election events and they are being shown that it is alright to ignore candidates and select who is invited to attend. Several schools around Maryland followed the letter of election law and did invite all candidates. It is Prince George's and Baltimore that fails to meet these requirements and indeed, these are the counties/cities with the most voters wanting to hear the platforms of candidates.
Below you see several events often at schools that failed to include my candidacy. Remember, I am not a far-left radical, I am a basic labor and justice candidate......80% of the democratic party.
Message to the principal of Bowie High School sponsoring a Governor's forum:
Hello Dr. Bey,
I am Cindy Walsh for Governor of Maryland contacting you regarding the failure of the Bowie High Student Government and the organizations partnering for the Governor's forum event at your school to include the invitation to my campaign. Election laws require 501c3s-----all of which are involved in sponsoring and hosting this event----that an invitation be extended to all candidates in a race. It violates election laws and it harms free and fair elections to do otherwise. Many forums across Maryland follow these rules, but some are not. I am requesting that Bowie High take this opportunity to meet the standards set for such forums. It is great to have students involved in politics....this is the focus of my campaign....but let's teach them to meet the spirit of free and fair elections and inclusiveness in political discussion!
I have notified Prince George's NAACP and 100 Women that I intend to be at this event as a participant and wish to have acknowledgement that I am in the program.
I called both of these organizations as well since the event was less than a week away. Note that Baltimore NAACP also excluded my campaign:
Message to Prince George's NAACP:
To firstname.lastname@example.org Apr 25 at 11:36 AM
Cindy Walsh for Governor of Maryland did not receive an invitation to the Governor's Forum event sponsored by NAACP and the
Prince George's County Women Alliance. I will attend and would like an acknowledgement of my inclusion in this event.
Message to the national 100 Women organization:
This is Cindy Walsh for Governor of Maryland contacting you with a concern. Your Maryland chapters are failing to invite my campaign to political forum events in the spirit of election law that has 501c3s required to invite all candidates in an election to these events. I have notified the Prince George's Chapter sponsoring an event on April 28 in Bowie that I will be attending, asking for confirmation of my participation.
Sadly, I am the labor and justice candidate that has as its campaign platform strong protections of civil rights and liberties and the protection of public programs that lifted the largest number on underserved from poverty in the 20th century. So, omitting the voice so relevant to most of the people of color in Prince George's and Baltimore seems counter to what a political forum would represent. These are violations of election laws and when an organization promotes voter registration and voter turnout but fails to allow an educated voter to go to the polls.....it is a missed opportunity for justice.
I will be taking these transgressions to the Federal Election Board and possibly to court as my campaign is about rebuild free and fair elections in Maryland. I write to you because this is probably happening across the country. Thank you for listening and please direct your Maryland chapters to include my campaign.
In Maryland, WYPR controls several public media stations across Maryland and they are run by Johns Hopkins University. They only allow neo-liberal and neo-con policy talk and are absolutely captured during elections. They will not allow a word from a challenger that is not global corporate and have no shame in promoting their own candidate in elections....in this case Anthony Brown. NONE OF THIS IS LEGAL. WYPR even went so far as to say of the polling of Anthony Brown at 25% after tons and tons of media coverage of Brown........
CLINTON IS COMING TO CAMPAIGN FOR BROWN IN MARYLAND AND HE WILL BRING MONEY.
WYPR has made clear that Maryland is Clinton country-----neo-liberalism all the way-----and Brown is the corporate pol that will do what he is told!
Needless to say WYPR has not invited my campaign on the program and neither has WEAA, Morgan State University's public media. THIS IS ILLEGAL. PUBLIC MEDIA IS REQUIRED TO GIVE ACCESS TO ALL CANDIDATES FOR ELECTION.
Below you see Maryland Public Television sponsoring a large forum on broadcast TV and my campaign is not included-----only Brown, Gansler, and Mizeur.....more and more of what people do not want to hear! That 54% is going to have to give up and not vote say corporations!!!!
President of the Maryland Public Television -----sponsoring the Governor's Forum at the University of Maryland College Park
To: Larry D. Unger
From: Cindy Walsh
Participation in the upcoming Maryland governor's race forum
Cindy Walsh for Governor of Maryland on the democratic ticket awaits your invitation to participate in the governor's forum hosted by MPT June 2, 2014. Please acknowledge that my campaign is indeed to be included as all forums and debates with 501c3 hosts must include all candidates for an office....you cannot be selective.
I am in the process of filing a complaint with the FEC for violations of election law in the regard having already occurred so would appreciate a expedited response.
Here is the co-sponsor of this televised event----a university must include all candidates in these forums and yet, my campaign was very publicly not invited.
University of Maryland College Park representative for the Governor's Forum
Hello Ms Lawson,
This is Cindy Walsh for Governor of Maryland in the democratic race. I want to remind the University of Maryland that election laws require that all 501c3/4 organizations send invitations to all candidates in these races and not only a selected few. I do plan to attend and would appreciate acknowledgement of my participation.
All the news journals follow this path. Reading an election piece that again repeated Brown, Gansler, Mizeur......WAMU has has these candidates on the air but my invitation is still waiting......McCartney says only the people who can win are covered.......
WHO IS TO SAY CINDY WALSH FOR GOVERNOR OF MARYLAND CANNOT WIN? I AM THE 99% AFTER ALL!
This is critical folks. This happens in all primaries at all levels and what is meant to happen is breaking the will of people to run for office and of voters to want to vote. Think of it as the defunding of public transportation allowing this public service to get so bad that people do not want to use it.
THIS IS WHAT THEY ARE DOING TO ELECTIONS AND WE NEED TO STAND UP AND FIGHT BACK. THE FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION IS TASKED WITH PROTECTING THESE ELECTION LAWS----LET THEM KNOW YOU WANT ELECTION VIOLATIONS TO STOP.
To McCartney, Robert J
Washington Post journalist covering elections in Maryland
After reading your article regarding the Maryland governor's race and how it may be a beltway race to win I feel I need to reach out and ask journalists to consider how best to make free and fair elections a priority starting with this 2014 election. I received a candidates invitation from WAMU----I assume it comes from your program---and I am hoping that all candidates will be included in this event/forum. I want to point to the fact that the Gazette, which features your column asked for the same participation and I have not seen any mention of my campaign or responses to the election questions. As I note below, the constant media barrage that Gansler, Brown, and Mizeur are the front-runners or have achieved some sort of moniker of top candidates in this governor's election is pure propaganda. As the latest polls showed fully 56% of democratic voters are undecided and I would venture to say this is higher. Did that poll include Cindy Walsh for Governor of Maryland or did it simply list the same three candidates shown over and again on media in Maryland? I dare say that even with no publicity Cindy Walsh for Governor is as close to being the top candidate in the governor's race that either Brown, Gansler, or Mizeur and yet------THEY ARE GETTING BILLED AS THE FRONT-RUNNERS AND THE ONLY ONES NEEDING MEDIA COVERAGE. Everyone knows these are violations to our election laws. We cannot have free and fair elections filled with propaganda and exclusion of the very candidate these 56% of voters may very well be looking.
I hope you will indeed feature my campaign on WAMU-----I look forward to sharing my platform with your listeners.
Cindy Walsh for Governor of Maryland
Apr 25 at 1:01 PM
Let me make one more point and I'll leave you. Who is to say these are front runners or the ones who actually would win if election coverage met FEC guidelines? Brown having 25% and Gansler and Mizeur around 10%----that gives them front runner status and viability? I assure you that 54% undecided democratic voters are looking for my platform.....which is why I am blacklisted by media.
I want to attach my complaint to the FEC for you as a journalist to educate the public.....thank you, Cindy
HERE IS MY COMPLAINT TO THE FEC AND I WILL SEND COPIES TO MARYLAND ELECTION BOARD, MARYLAND ATTORNEY GENERAL, AND MARYLAND ACLU.....ALL RESPONSIBLE FOR UPHOLDING FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS.
Federal Elections Commission
Violations of the election law requiring 501c3 organizations to invite all candidates to debates or forums as the only way to eliminate bias or showing opposition to another candidate.
What Does "Participating in a Political Campaign" Mean?
Organizations with 501(c)(3) status cannot participate in political campaigns.
What is a political campaign? In general, the IRS rule refers to campaigns between people who are running for offices in public elections. These can include: candidates running for president of the U.S.; candidates running for governor; candidates running for mayor; and also candidates for lower elected offices such as school board officials, city supervisors, and county trustees.
What is "participating?" Your organization cannot participate in a campaign, directly or indirectly, on behalf of or in opposition to a candidate. If your organization takes a stand in any campaign, supporting or opposing one or another candidate, this violates the prohibition.
University of Maryland College Park
Bowie State University
Morgan State University
Baltimore Education Coalition
Maryland Public Television
Below you see a list of forums/debates that failed to invite my campaign and following these examples are the complaints my campaign is filing with Federal Elections Commission. At first, I only heard about some of these events afterwards and could not attempt to correct these violations and now, I am notifying coming events of my intent to participate and I am waiting for a response. I am including these events yet to happen because this is a systemic problem and these venues need to be approached this pattern of violations.
‘The first televised debate in Maryland's Democratic primary for governor will be May 7, followed by a second debate on June 2, according to the stations that will broadcast them.
The first TV debate matching Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and Del. Heather R. Mizeur is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 7 at the University of Maryland, College Park and will be broadcast on Washington's NBC affiliate. According to NBC4, "Meet the Press" host David Gregory will moderate'.
Justin Schall, campaign manager for Brown, confirmed the plan and said the three candidates are still working out details. The Gansler and Mizeur campaigns declined to comment.
Maryland Public Television said Thursday it will host and air the second debate with the three Democratic contenders on June 2, a co-production with WBAL-TV’.
Baltimore Education Coalition Forum: MD Gubernatorial Candidates on Education
03/07/14 Marc Steiner
March 6, 2014 – Segment 2
We listen back to the Non-Partisan Gubernatorial Forum on Education in Baltimore City, organized by the Baltimore Education Coalition, which I co-moderated with Sue Fothergill, Karen DeCamp, and Zuri Battle Wednesday night at City Springs Elementary/Middle School.
Democratic Gubernatorial candidates Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, Attorney General Doug Gansler, and Delegate Heather Mizeur share their visions for education in Maryland.
Democratic candidates woo NAACP crowd in Baltimore
Erin Cox The Baltimore Sun
6:00 a.m. EDT, April 18, 2014
During a forum hosted by the Baltimore City branch of the NAACP and a chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority at the Forest Park Senior Center. The three top candidates vying for the Democratic nomination in the June 24 primary election spoke separately at the forum and did not interact.
Democratic gubernatorial candidates clash on assessment of Maryland's economic policy needs
By NICK TABOR Associated Press
April 17, 2014 - 10:35 pm EDT
The Greater Baltimore Economic Forum arranged a panel of business and nonprofit leaders to question the candidates Thursday. They focused on plans to stimulate economic growth and make Maryland more attractive to businesses.
2014 Maryland Gubernatorial Candidates Forum
Posted by Alana Williams , April 14, 2014 at 08:44 PM
The event is sponsored by Bowie High School NJROTC (Navy Junior ROTC), Bowie High School Student Government Association, the Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce and Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund.
The following candidates for governor have accepted the Alliance’s invitation to participate in the forum — The Honorable Anthony Brown, Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, The Honorable David Craig, Harford County Executive, The Honorable Douglas Gansler, Attorney General of Maryland, Mr. Charles Lollar, and The Honorable Heather Mizeur, Delegate, District 20, and The Honorable Ron George, Delegate, District 30.
The Prince George’s County Women’s Alliance is hosting a Gubernatorial Candidates Forum, Monday, April 28, 2014, beginning at 7:00 PM
Above you see a list of events already past and a few to come. In every case my campaign was not included in the invitation list sent and therefor when these events indicate the candidates attending were the ones replying to an invitation…..they are covering the fact that not all candidates were invited. There is a huge problem with free and fair elections in Maryland. Baltimore and Prince George’s County are the worst offenders. My campaign has received plenty of invitations across Maryland but it is in large voting districts like these two counties where election violations are rampant. When a campaign cannot even get their name mentioned in these large venues you have deliberate attempts to steal an election. It is no coincidence that my platform embraces issues that are counter to policies presented by current politicians at state level. To silence the voice of a candidate because of the political issues they put forward is an assault to democracy and it taints the ability of the citizens of Maryland to know their candidates.
I cannot control private media outlets and their coverage, but 501c3 organizations are not allowed to select winners and losers.
‘If your organization takes a stand in any campaign, supporting or opposing one or another candidate, this violates the prohibition’.
Obviously, the exclusion of my campaign is a detriment to my viability in this election and this cannot be understood in any other light. The forums above have operated in this fashion for years and I had the Chair of Maryland Assembly Elections Committee Jon Cardin tell me that ‘this is how we do it’. I write extensively to public media outlets in Baltimore WYPR and WEAA to explain that they cannot keep having candidates on their programs and exclude others. My campaign has been completely excluded from all public media and as you see above, the Maryland Public Television event is excluding me as well. This has made Maryland elections crony and the citizens have reached a point of apathy in voting because none of the candidates given the spotlight speaks to their interests. This is why Baltimore has a 20% voter turnout and why this coming governor’s election sees 54% of democrats as undecided……I will project that number higher if the poll was actually performed correctly. That 54% undecided could very well be waiting to hear my platform!
I want to emphasize this is a systemic problem in these two counties……Prince George’s and Baltimore. In Baltimore it is driven by the city power structure that controls all media and events. I would also like to suggest that targeting candidates who run as labor and justice in cities and counties with the highest labor and justice problems is clearly designed to suppress free and fair elections.
Cindy Walsh for Governor of Maryland is requesting the Federal Election Commission investigate and correct this problem immediately because this primary season is in full swing and if my campaign is allowed to be sidelined we will be contesting the primary winner in court. This is a clear case of election violations and the systemic nature of the problem requires Federal intervention into Maryland State Election process.
I want to make one more point. When media in Maryland and these event organizers who discriminate in candidates who attend use the terms ‘top three democratic candidates’ over and again to describe Brown, Gansler, and Mizeur, you have statements that are misleading. Clearly, when a poll is taken with Brown receiving 25% of democratic support, Gansler and Mizeur around 10% of support-----you clearly do not have top candidates. I dare say even those voters would change if given alternatives. What Maryland media prefaces its claim to ‘top three democratic candidates’ is which candidate is receiving campaign funds. It has nothing to do with platform and voter support. This is not what elections are about. This misuse of ‘leading’ gives false impressions designed to taint the voting process. It is deliberate. The polls we have to endure take fewer than 2,000 representative voters out of 900,000 democratic voters to come to these percentages. No one knows how skewed these polls can be. We need an investigation of Maryland’s election process and my case in particular.