Monday, September 22, 2014

Congressional Candidates Accused Of Buying Votes With Bitcoin

WASHINGTON—(TYDN) The Justice Department is to unveil indictments Monday accusing candidates for Congress and their operatives with buying votes with Bitcoin, in what is believed to be the nation's biggest graft scandal, TheYellowDailyNews has learned.

The vote-buying investigation comes to light just six weeks before the November elections and is the nation's first involving the crypto-currency Bitcoin, political strategists told TheYellowDailyNews on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic. What's more, the indictments amount to the latest phase of a federal investigation that people familiar with the probe said is blowing a hole in the Washington power structure believed built through Bitcoin payments to voters, lobbyists, politicians, judges and the federal bureaucracy.

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Less-Internet savvy voters were rewarded with with cocaine, marijuana or hard cash, insiders told TheYellowDailyNews on condition of anonymity because they have not been authorized to talk to the media.

Political scientists said in exclusive interviews with TheYellowDailyNews that the latest political debacle even surpassed the scandal in 2000, when the Supreme Court handed George W. Bush the presidency over Al Gore despite wide-ranging vote-counting irregularities.

In the latest political mess, the authorities declined to identify the accused, but have scheduled a 3 p.m. news conference to announce the conclusion of the investigation that included the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security, sources with direct knowledge of the scandal told TheYellowDailyNews on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic.

"Some candidates had such wanton disregard for the law," an FBI source connected to the case told TheYellowDailyNews on condition of anonymity, "that they even tried to buy votes of dead people with Bitcoin."

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