Computer programmer Clinton Curtis testified at the December
13th, 2004 Congressional hearing in Columbus, Ohio naming Republican
Congressman Tom Feeney as the person who hired him to prepare
The programmer claims that he designed and built a "vote rigging"
software program at the behest of then Florida Congressman, now U.S.
Congressman, Republican Tom Feeney of Florida's 24th Congressional
Clint Curtis, 46, claims that he built the software for Feeney in
2000 while working at a sofware design and engineering company in
Oviedo, Florida (Feeney's home district).
Curtis, in his affidavit, says that as technical advisor and
programmer at Yang Enterprises, Inc. (YEI) he was present at company
meetings where Feeney was present "on at least a dozen occasions".
Feeney, who had run in 1994 as Jeb Bush's running-mate in his
initial unsuccessful bid for Florida Governor, was serving as both
corporate counsel and registered lobbyist for YEI during the period
that Curtis worked at the company.
Feeney was also concurrently serving as a Florida state congressman
while performing those services for YEI. Feeney would eventually
become Speaker of the Florida House before being elected to the U.S.
House of Representatives in 2002. He is now a member of the U.S.
House Judiciary Committee.
At an October 2000 meeting with Feeney, according to the affidavit
and BRAD BLOG interviews with Curtis over the past three days,
Feeney inquired whether the company could build a "vote fraud
At least three YEI employees are said to have been present at that
meeting; Curtis, company owner, Mrs. Li Woan Yang, and her executive
secretary, Mike Cohen. Two other YEI employees may have come in and
out at different points of the meeting according to Curtis.
Curtis says that Feeney "was very specific in the design and
specifications required for this program."
"He detailed, in his own words, that; (a) the program needed to be
touch-screen capable (b) the user should be able to trigger the
program without any additional equipment (c) the programming to
accomplish this needed to stay hidden even if the source code was
Though there was no problem with the first two requirements, Curtis
explained to the Congressman that it would be "virtually impossible
to hide such code written to change the voting results if anyone is
able to review the uncompiled source code"
Nonetheless, he was asked at the meeting by Mrs. Yang to build the
Curtis, "a life-long Republican" at the time, claims that it was his
initial belief that Feeney's interest was in trying to stop
Democrats from using "such a program to steal an election". Curtis
had assumed that Feeney, "wanted to be able to detect and prevent
that if it occurred."
Upon delivery of the software design and documentation on CD to Mrs.
Yang, Curtis again explained to her that it would be impossible to
hide routines created to manipulate the vote if anybody would be
able to inspect the precompiled source code.
Mrs. Yang then told him, "You donít understand, in order to get the
contract we have to hide the manipulation in the source code. This
program is needed to control the vote in South Florida."
Mrs. Yang then took the CD containing the software from Curtis,
reportedly for later delivery to Feeney.
In other meetings with Feeny prior to the 2000 elections, it became
clear to Curtis that Feeney had plans to suppress the vote in strong
Democratic precincts. In the affidavit, Curtis claims that in those
meetings Feeney had "bragged that he had already implemented
'exclusion lists' to reduce the 'black vote'." Feeney also mentioned
that "proper placement of police patrols could further reduce the
black vote by as much as 25%."
Curtis says that he submitted his resignation to YEI effective
December 2000, but stayed on until they had found someone to replace
him in February of 2001. He eventually became employed by the
Florida Dept. of Transportation (FDOT) after leaving YEI.
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