IIn a letter to Attorney General Michael Mukasey released Friday by the Obama campaign, Bauer called the "current bogus claims of vote fraud'' and the McCain campaign's attempts to breathe life into the allegations by urging Justice Department investigations was "history repeating itself.''
The Republicans used similar tactics to suppress the vote in 2000 and 2004, Bauer wrote. The Democrats say the Acorn incidents are overblown. Moreover, they say fraudulent registrations don't necessarily lead to fraudulent votes, since other controls are in place to prevent that.
The leaks that the FBI recently began investigating hark back to an on-going inquiry into whether the Justice Department was improperly involved in voter suppression activities in 2004, Bauer said. In his letter, he said the "Department has yet to recover its credibility'' following the events of 2004
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