With all the pressure currently on investigative agencies to take a good, hard look at former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort and his work for pro-Russian elements in Ukraine, one might forget that one group stood up and called for such an investigation while Donald Trump was still firing people on “The Apprentice.”

In a story dated Feb. 16, 2010, Ukrainian presidential candidate and Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko … alleged that over one million votes were stolen by opposition candidate Viktor Yanukovich in the February 7th presidential run-off election. http://japantoday.com/category/world/view/tymoshenko-calls-ukraine-vote-rigged  She has filed over 60 complaints with the Central Election Commission and has called the irregularities “shocking.”

Yanukovich’s campaign team in 2004 and 2010 included Rick Davis and Paul Manafort, the owners of a Washington, D.C. lobbying/PR firm called 3eDC. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/06/20/new-questions-over-mccain_n_108204.html  3eDC has bragged on its website that it had five “strategic partners.”  http://web.archive.org/web/20070304101901/www.3edc.net/partners/

  • New Media Communications, run by CEO Mike Connell, who has been accused of rigging GOP elections

  • Integrated Web Strategy, another Connell affiliated company that works with Chamber of Commerce Institute of Legal Reform, which has been found by courts to have engaged in illegal election manipulations

  • Campaign Solutions, run by Mike Connell‘s partner, Becki Donatelli

  • Airnet Group, parent company of Smartech Corporation, owned by Jeff Averbeck, which was employed by Mike Connell in the controversial diversion of the state of Ohio‘s official vote prior to certification of a contested majority favoring George Bush over Democratic opponent John Kerry.

  • Dynology Corp, which has a heavily military client list: “a majority of our staff hold security clearances that allow access to Secret and Top Secret classified government information.”

According to the 2010 story, Rick Davis/Paul Manafort/3eDC were managers of Yanukovich’s 2004 election campaign and were key advisors in Yanukovich’s 2010 election. They maintained a strategic partnership with both Mike Connell and Jeff Averbeck, both of whom have been accused of rigging Bush’s elections.  Mr. Connell was killed in a very suspicious December 2008 airplane crash after he was called to testify about the vote rigging allegations.  According to an article in the February 2010 issue of Maxim magazine, Mr. Connell rigged the 2004 election for George Bush by creating a man in the middle attack to change the results of the Ohio election results.  http://www.maxim.com/humor/stupid-fun/86265/mysterious-death-bushs-cyber-guru.html_  That attack was done through the GOP computers run by Smartech.

For all these reasons, VelvetRevolution, a non partisan election watchdog group, calls for an independent investigation and audit of the Ukrainian election, especially the tabulation of votes.

The AP released a story just yesterday claiming Manafort secretly worked for a Russian billionaire with a plan to “greatly benefit the Putin Government.”

The mainstream media may be slow to catch up. But as we say, “Better Late than Never.”