by Jim Hoft, The Gateway Pundit:
100 Percent Fed Up Exclusive– On Monday, five of twelve MI GOP gubernatorial candidates, including the top two Republican Gubernatorial candidates, former Detroit Police Chief James Craig and self-made billionaire Perry Johnson and three other GOP candidates for governor, were found to have an insufficient number of signatures to be placed on the ballot in the August primary election. Gubernatorial candidates in Michigan must submit a whopping 15,000 signatures to be eligible to run for governor.
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The other three candidates include Michael Markey, MI State Police Captain Michael Brown, and Donna Brandenburg. They were notified by the State of MI Bureau of Elections that thousands of fraudulent signatures had been identified on their nominating petitions, which placed them all in danger of being removed from the primary ballot in August.
The MI Board of Canvassers will make the final decision on May 26. The board is comprised of two Democrats and two establishment Republicans.
Yesterday, I spoke exclusively with a whistleblower* tied to the petition gathering process in Michigan as I tried to understand better how so many intelligent candidates were caught up in what appears to be a significant signature forgery scheme.
During a lengthy conversation with a Michigan whistleblower who’s been in the signature-gathering business for a long time, she named some of the key figures involved in the unethical and likely illegal practice of gathering forged signatures for candidates paying them in good faith to complete their nominating petitions.
The first name we discussed was First Choice Consulting founder “Shawn Wilmoth.” When I mentioned his name, the whistleblower immediately responded, “Shawn is definitely” behind the scandal. When I asked her to define Wilmoth’s alleged role in the gathering of fraudulent signatures, specifically for the GOP gubernatorial candidates whose campaigns are in jeopardy, she explained: “Shawn owns a company called First Choice Consulting, and he just had too many clients.” In addition to being overwhelmed with too many clients, the whistleblower also blamed a “labor shortage” for some of the unethical practices within the signature-gathering community, citing an “unusually long winter” coupled with a shortage of workers because “so many people are still getting government assistance [COVID payments].” She admitted that it’d become a challenge to get the same amount of required signatures for candidates with fewer workers.
Another source in the business of collecting signatures told me, “If Shawn Wilmot’s behind the [GOP fraudulent signature] scandal, the person who hired him needs to be held accountable.” He explained that Wilmot has two previous voter fraud felony convictions,” and almost everyone in this business who hires him knows what they’re getting into” when they hire him.
In April 2011, Wilmoth was arrested in Michigan and accused of instructing employees to fraudulently sign petition pages. Wilmoth pleaded guilty. A statement of facts entered as part of the plea reveals that Wilmoth hired two ex-cons, who were ineligible to collect petition signatures under state law, and asked them to not only collect signatures but to sign as a witness on dozens of petition sheets filled with signatures they did not collect.
As part of the plea deal, Wilmoth was given two concurrent 5-year sentences, with 4 years and 8 months suspended on the condition of good behavior and repayment of court and extradition costs, and sentenced to 3 years of supervised probation. He was also released from jail after being credited with time served.