UPDATED: Why are two of the largest SOS’s office contractors donating thousands to Jason Gant’s PAC?

Looks like someone is getting a pretty good return on their money: COMMITTED TO VICTORY PAC 2012 Campaign Finance Feb 1, 2012

Guest Poster contributed;

The Atlas Shrugged opening “Who is John Galt?” brings to mind our SOS office.  Why?  A few things. The expression of helplessness and despair of the novel’s fictionalized world? Well partly, how about seeing the address of one Jason Gant’s major benefactors is at 11208 John Galt BlvdOmaha, NE 68137?  This Randian address is home to a company,”GOVERNMENT SYSTEMS, SOFTWARE AND SERVICES INC”., not even in the Omaha telephone book, how’s that for openness? Do you know who is actually at this address, Election Systems & Software., ES&S.

Why would ES&S have to buy into the South Dakota SOS office through an unknown or fictitious name?  They are already our major supplier of  voting systems to the state of South Dakota, just search the internet see what kind of reputation they have. Remember the PACs we discussed yesterday here on SouthDacola.com to funnel money around? Jason setup a PAC called Committed to Victory PAC (document above) where ES&S deposited $10,000.00 and BPRO deposited $7,000.00 for distribution as he saw fit. They are also the two biggest contracts out of the SOS’s office. Both companies are making thousands of dollars from the taxpayers.

If you go here and type in BPRO you will be able to view their contracts.

An interesting side note to ES&S is their allegiance to corporatist GOP causes.  In 1992 a wealthy ambitious Nebraska businessman bought a smallish software company with possibilities, American Information Services (AIS), later known as Election Systems & Software (ES&S).  By 1996, Chuck Hagel ran for senate in Nebraska, votes counted by ES&S. Hmm? In 2004, it was reported now Senator Hagel promised President Bush Tom Daschle would be defeated in South Dakota. ES&S, Like Diebold, Premier Election Solutions and others have interesting histories of unusual vote counting practices.

So back to the original question, why does ES&S have to hide their ‘donation’ through an entity not even listed in the phone book or even Google?  Well we have more amazing examples of brashness we are researching and will be back soon with more.

It appears Government Systems is a real company (within the ES&S offices) but what is their purpose? GOVERNMENT SYSTEMS, SOFTWARE AND SERVICES INC – Nebraska Secretary of State – John A..pdf – Adobe Acrobat Pro Extended

10 comments ↓

#1 Guest Poster on 08.21.12 at 5:09 pm

Try using the open.sd.gov website and discover how worthless it is when searching for answers.

You find out the SOS is not updating many of their contracts or expenditures. In fact the last Payment to ES&S appears to be during 2011.

Contracts for Supplies, Services, and Professional Services as required by SDCL 1-27-46 as of 8/20/2012 4:05:01 AM

Contract: 12-3100-004
Agency: 31 – SECRETARY OF STATE
Vendor Name: BPRO INC
City: PIERRE
State: SD
RFP Number:
* Contract: 12-3100-004
* If an image of an awarded contract is not linked to the contract number listed here, you will need to contact the responsible agency directly. It is the responsibility of the contracting agency to post a copy of their contracts here.

*** Notice the last disclaimer says whose responsibility it is to update the contract website? The contracting agency…

Gosh who is this do you suppose failing to do his responsibility? Sorry Jason, you lose again. Sorry my mistake, I guess we lose again. Who out there is going to make Jason do his job?

#2 Hammerhead on 08.22.12 at 9:27 am

BPRO had a contract for a new computer program with the state agency I am familiar with. It was suppose to be done in 2 or 3 years but took more like 5 and was a piece of crap. I heard that the owner was a good freind of Mikee and they had a lot of employee turnover.

#3 Testor15 on 08.22.12 at 12:25 pm

I had to work with a state software programming contractor a few years back who knew absolutely nothing about the agency he was writing for. Two times now we have shut down the effort due to state design and execution disasters.

#4 GSS&S or ES&S. It’s all Greek to me. — South DaCola on 08.22.12 at 12:37 pm

[...] when we went started looking into Jason Gant’s special PAC financiers and found GOVERNMENT SYSTEMS, SOFTWARE AND SERVICES INC. (we’ll call it GSS&S for short) [...]

#5 l3wis on 08.22.12 at 12:54 pm

Mikey had a lot of friends when he was gov. And they received all the no-bid contracts.

#6 Anslog Kid on 08.22.12 at 2:37 pm

Gant’s Burger King would become loose stool if he knew SD public researched this site:
http://www.blackboxvoting.org/

#7 Analog Kid on 08.22.12 at 2:37 pm

Gant’s Burger King would become loose stool if he knew SD public researched this site:
http://www.blackboxvoting.org/

#8 Guest Poster on 08.22.12 at 5:28 pm

Bev does a great job at blackboxvoting.com and another great site is bradblog.com for basic research.

#9 E-Poll books, too much room for corruption — South DaCola on 08.29.12 at 11:28 am

[...] You must also take into account that the very companies that sell this computer equipment and software give money to elected officials that run our elections. That in itself is scary as [...]

#10 Glad to see the someone in the SD MSM finally picked up the Gant Scent. — South DaCola on 10.16.12 at 9:47 pm

[...] Let’s all remember, Guest Poster broke this story waaaaayyyyyy back on August 22, over here on the DaCola. [...]

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