Barack Obama's 2008 campaign violated Democratic Party rules and engaged in improper and possibly illegal actions to steal the 2008 Democratic Party presidential nomination from Hillary Clinton, according to a worker for Hillary's campaign.
Michele Thomas, a professional photographer in Hollywood, told WND in an exclusive interview that her resistance to the Obama campaign made her a target of intimidation.
"I have received death threats from Obama's people," she said. "I think I was called a 'racist' a thousand times. If you didn't stand for Obama, you were a racist. It was a way to intimidate you."
As WND reported yesterday, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has expanded the scope of his law enforcement investigation into President Obama's presidential eligibility to include evidence of criminal activity by the Obama campaign in the 2008 Democratic Party primary race.
Thomas' charges were affirmed by a Hollywood producer who spoke to WND, Bettina Viviano, who claims that it was a common belief inside Hillary Clinton's campaign that Obama was not eligible to be president and that she heard Bill Clinton say it in a telephone conference call.
Thomas started out as a volunteer for Hillary in Los Angeles, making thousands of phone calls from the local campaign office.
What she witnessed while volunteering for Hillary in the Nevada Democratic Party caucuses eventually turned her into an activist.
"The Obama campaign people were stealing the caucuses – throwing away votes, intimidating people from entering the caucus locations," she said. "It was very systematic. The Obama supporters got control over the caucus packages and they manipulated the vote."
She said she was astounded that the media was not interested in covering the alleged abuses.
"Everyone knew the Obama people were stealing the election," she charged.
Howard Dean, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee at time, and then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi changed the rules in Obama's favor as the primaries went on, Thomas said.
"The leadership of the Democratic Party were not going to let Hillary win the nomination; it didn't matter what Democratic voters wanted," she said.
By June 2008, Thomas said, the Democratic Party and the media declared Obama the winner of the Democratic Party presidential nomination even though Obama did not have the necessary number of delegates and Clinton, at most, was only a few behind Obama in the delegate count.
At that point, Thomas formulated a plan to make sure Clinton's name was placed in nomination and her committed delegates were counted in the first ballot at the Democratic National Convention in August 2008.
The plan develops
Thomas found out that the rules of the Democratic National Convention provided that if 300 delegates for a particular candidate signed a petition – with not more than 50 from one state – the candidate's delegates would have to be counted on the first ballot.
She quit her job for three months and dedicated herself to collecting petitions from Hillary delegates across the country. Each of the 398 petitions she eventually acquired was notarized to make it virtually impossible to disqualify them in a challenge.
The petition called for a floor nomination of Hillary Clinton that would force a count of the delegates for each candidate.
"There was no way the Democratic National Committee could knock the signatures off this petition," she said. "The next step was to get a super-delegate to introduce these petitions from the convention floor."
Thomas turned to Bill Gwatney, the chairman of the Arkansas Democratic Party and a close personal friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton, to pick a super-delegate from the Arkansas delegation to introduce her petition at the convention.
On Aug. 13, 2008, a gunman entered the Arkansas Democratic Party headquarters, walked down the hallway to Gwatney's office and fired several shots at him, killing him instantly. The assailant, identified as Timothy D. Johnson, was fatally wounded by the police after a long car chase.
The Democratic National Convention began in Denver less than two weeks later.
Thomas said she also had approached former U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones from Ohio, "an African-American woman who had been campaigning for Hillary from the beginning to the end, and who never wavered in her support even though she had major threats from the Obama campaign and from the black community that she had better change her support."
"Unfortunately, Stephanie Tubbs Jones died of a supposed brain aneurysm just before the Democratic National Convention," Thomas recalled.
On Aug. 20, 2008, Fox News reported that Tubbs Jones, 58, "one of Hillary Clinton's biggest supporters during the Democratic primaries," suffered a brain hemorrhage while driving her car in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and died after being rushed to the hospital.
"We found it quite a coincidence that Bill Gwatney was killed the day after we talked with him," Thomas said. "And just a few days later that Tubbs Jones died suddenly of an aneurysm, after she had agreed to introduce our petition."
With Arkansas coming early in the alphabetic roll call of states, the plan was that Gwatney's insistence on giving Arkansas' delegates to Hillary on the first ballot would start a trend that the leadership of the Democratic National Party would find difficult to stop.
Representing her late husband at the DNC, Mrs. Rebecca Gwatney declared the Arkansas delegates unanimously for Obama, building momentum that resulted in the 2008 DNC nominating Obama by acclamation on the first ballot.
Acclamation for Obama on the first ballot was assured after Hillary Clinton appeared on the DNC floor and grabbed the microphone to declare all of New York's delegates for Obama, stopping the roll call.
'A total fraud'
"The DNC leadership did not know how to deal with my petition, because they didn't want a vote; they wanted unanimous acclamation," Thomas said. "Jon Corzine, the governor of New Jersey, had his people contact the entire New Jersey delegation to not even talk to us. Ed Rendell, the governor of Pennsylvania, was contacting people not to sign our petition."
She called Obama a "total fraud," contending the nomination was "stolen by Obama's people with the help of the Democratic leadership."
She noted the delegates who signed her petition took great risk because "their name is marked to this day."
Thomas concluded that the leadership of the DNC organized a systematic way to "defraud the vote" at the convention.
"They did so in many ways," she said.
"Basically, the delegations would meet and the leadership would say, 'We need to vote for Obama. You need to basically switch your vote from Hillary to Obama.' Even though in some 16 or 14 states it was required by law that the delegation needed to vote for the candidate that they represented on the first ballot. Those state party chairs were still manipulating that delegation to break the law and vote for Obama."
Thomas told WND she has left the Democratic Party and is now a registered independent. She said she is supporting Ron Paul for president this year because she believes he is "a constitutionalist."
She charged that the Republican Party leadership also manipulates caucus votes to get the result desired by the party elite.
"You can see it in the caucus states with what Ron Paul is experiencing. It is no different from what we experienced. There's systematic fraud done by the party leadership to manipulate our votes to whatever they want it to be. It has nothing to do with what the American people want."
Read the preliminary findings of Sheriff Arpaio's Cold Case Posse investigation after six months investigating Obama’s constitutional eligibility to serve as president in "A Question of Eligibility," co-authored by Jerome Corsi and Mike Zullo.