The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has funded over $5 billion1 in Iraq reconstruction projects. Yet according to a July 10, 2007 letter2 in response to an ePluribus Media FOIA request, USAID has no idea how many contractors are working on the reconstruction projects it funds in Iraq.
Voter suppression in America may have affected our last three Congressional and last two Presidential elections. The efforts uncovered so far have been aimed at suppressing minority votes or those who traditionally vote for Democratic political candidates. Have there been more? We don't know.
In contrast, in precinct 14G with a white population of 84.2%, there was 1 address caged from a population of 1874 registered voters, yielding a caging rate of 0.53 addresses per 1000 people over 18. Thus, the caging rate in "majority black" precinct, 07R, was 73 times greater than the "High White" precinct, 14G.
Another email within the Wooden public files contains 25 spreadsheets in comma-separated values (.csv) format. These files (24 of which can be opened) include 3496 names sorted by precincts in and around Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Jacksonville Caging List: Impact
Analysis of Caged Data
Part 1 of this series covered von Spakovsky's background in the Georgia Voter ID laws and Texas Redistricting. Part 2 looked at his involvement in the U.S. Attorney purges and his advocacy of Voter Roll purges.
Appointment to and Tenure at Department of Justice
Von Spakovsky joined the Justice Department in Bush's first term, as were many of the individuals who had a hand in helping Bush get elected. As noted in Part 1 of this series, von Spakovsky was involved with the Florida recount: