Sunday October 24th, Karl Rove was served with a subpoena alleging he is "the principal perpetrator in an Ohio racketeering conspiracy". The subpoena was approved by outgoing Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, and described illicit coordination with the head of the US Chamber of Commerce Tom Donahue in funnelling an "influx of billionaire/global corporate money where the actual source of the funding and speech is concealed."
If this subpoena is bogus, a witch hunt, partisan gamesmanship, sour grapes, past history, or a baseless, frivolous attack on Karl Rove, the media has a duty to say so and provide research to back this up. But the press is not reporting it either way, in a coordinated blackout on unprecedented allegations. Even right-wing attack sites black out the story, missing a chance to show up the Democratic Secretary of State and a couple of activist lawyers. Why?
Eyewitnesses saw CBS and CNN had cameras rolling when Rove was slapped with the subpoena, yet neither news agency has reported the event, even to debunk it's merits or simply share Rove's reaction after a process server told him "you've been served!". Rove let the packet drop to floor and said "No I haven't."
Because it went unreported, the November 1 hearing in Columbus came and went. Plaintiffs sought to compel Rove and the Chamber of Commerce to broad discovery that, according to lead attorney Cliff Arnebeck, could result in indictments for racketeering, money laundering and conspiracy.
Under the US Supreme Court's recent Citizens United decision, independent contributions from wealthy private and corporate donors can fund unlimited "free speech" in third party electioneering communications, but collusion between partisan candidates and groups like the Chamber of Commerce's Partnership for Ohio's Future and Rove's American Crossroads ostensibly make the funds laundered "gifts" to the campaign.
"This secret money is an in-kind contribution to these campaigns", Arnebeck claims, urging a finding of probable cause by the Election Commission to make this case a test of the legality of this post-Citizens United campaign funding process. Arnebeck argues assertion of criminal liability under Ohio racketeering statutes must be proven or disproven through disclosure by Rove and the Chamber.
Rove did not show for the hearing but lawyers for the US Chamber of Commerce did, faking out Arnebeck and the courts with a deceptive stall tactic to prevent from disclosing their donors in time for the midterm elections last Tuesday.
President Obama himself made claims that Karl Rove's organization was gaming US elections, buoyed by reports which showed secret contributions were pouring in from overseas donors and a tiny cadre of billionaires including the Koch brothers and major Swift Boat backer Bob Perry.
While this story was suppressed, we saw news media running headlined articles about Rove's verbal pot shots against Sarah Palin and the Tea Party. But no major outlet has reported the Ohio state court subpoena with allegations his entire fundraising operation is illegal, that he helped coordinate the theft of past elections, or even that he was accosted on the street by a process server.
In researching why the press is pretending not to see this story, careful monitoring of the keyword "Rove" on Twitter has shown increased mentions of the subpoena story since it broke, overtaking several other articles about Rove. Searches in Google News show the story climbed into the top three hits, including articles posted on PR Newswire/US Newswire, AlterNet, CounterPunch, Democratic Undergound, Smirking Chimp, Political Carnival, The Ohio Examiner, OpEd News, The Bradenton Herald, Common Dreams, DailyKos, Crooks and Liars and War is a Crime.
The Huffington Post published one report submitted directly by co-plaintiffs Harvey Wasserman and Bob Fitrakis, but has not headlined or promoted it, essentially burying their own fast-breaking news for reasons unknown.
Mark Crispin Miller, author of Fooled Again which laid out the case of election rigging in Ohio 2004 ran the story, opining that news media may be reluctant to report the story in fear of Rove who may have "dirt" on them, collected during a Bush era when surveillance improprieties were well reported.
This important election integrity story for some reason has been deemed "toxic" by the media, including Rachel Maddow, arguably the left-most host on cable TV. For years now, it seems strange the media wouldn't even have reported on this, if only to ridicule the lawsuit. Instead, we see complete radio silence either way, as if the story simply never existed.
I welcome your comments - particularly if you are in the media - if you are privy to any insight on the news whitewash we are currently seeing with regard to this issue. Please share articles regarding "Rove Subpoena" on Twitter, Facebook or other networking venues if you are curious too - why didn't anyone report this, even if it's trumped up BS? Ohio's Secretary of State thought it was worth a look, why didn't ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, PBS, C-SPAN, MSNBC, CNBC, NYT, WSJ, USA TODAY or anyone else recognize this really happened?