R. Doug Lewis

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R. Doug Lewis is the former executive director (1994-2015) of the Election Center, an organization responsible for coordinating the privatization of the elections industry. He also helped establish sister organizations to the Center, such as the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED), where Lewis managed the approval of voting system test labs. During his tenure, Lewis had the central role of a liaison between regulatory agencies, election officials, voting system vendors, and testing authorities (ITAs), and could be characterized as responsible for making the industry what it is today. Lewis represents the vendors, but to some extent, he even holds sway over those vendors, as shown by his ability to call them into a meeting and get them to sign onto a PR campaign by ITAA (rather than the other way around).

Lewis's background is incredibly obscure and still largely unknown. His official biography from the Election Center is more like a cover story, as several parts are misleading or entirely false. For instance, while Lewis claimed to be the executive director of the Democratic Party in Kansas and Texas, he was actually an executive of the Republican Party in those two states. For an unknown reason, Lewis crafted a false background that hid his elite Republican history and made himself appear to be a Democratic political leader instead. News articles from before he ran the Election Center are sparse, but a picture of his Republican political work emerges. Following his time in politics during the 1970s, Lewis reemerged in 1986 running a used-computer business in Houston TX, the Micro Trade Mart. This was where he worked until getting chosen to run the Election Center.

Biography

Family and early life

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GOP political work

Kansas GOP (1973-74)

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National party (1974-75)

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Texas GOP (1975-77)

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John Connally campaign (1977-??)

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After politics

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Used-computer business

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Joining the Election Center

Role in HAVA

Following the 2000 election debacle, Lewis testified as an expert witness before Congress on how to fix the US voting system.[24]

ITAA alliance

Holt bill opposition

Retirement

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Occupations

Government agencies

  • Department of Health, Education and Welfare: Consultant in the Office of Education (????-1973)

Political organizations

  • Kansas Republican Party: Executive director (1973-1974), executive secretary (1973-1974)
  • Republican National Committee: Field director for Texas, Kansas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma (1974-1975)
  • Texas Republican Party: Executive director (1975-post 1976), finance director (????-1977)

Campaigns and PACs

  • 1976 Gerald Ford presidential campaign: Texas campaign director
  • John Connally Citizens Forum: Executive director (1977-post 1978)

Corporations

  • Micro Trade Mart: Owner and director (1986-1993)

Interest groups

Controversies

False biography

[In literature for the Election Center, Lewis falsely presents himself with a history of Democratic political leadership, likely to hide his Republican elite past. The most galling deception is that he claims to have been an executive director of the Texas and Kansas Democratic Party, when in reality, he was finance director and executive director of the Kansas and Texas Republican Party, respectively.]

Election vendor collusion

[The claimed purpose of the Election Center is to represent election officials across the country, but in reality, Lewis has run it as a privatization advocate for the vendors. This is somewhat akin to ALEC, which presents itself as a council of state legislators despite actually being a corporate lobbying organization. And just as ALEC's true purpose is to influence state legislators in favor of corporate interests, the Election Center under Lewis most likely trains election officials to become subservient and docile towards the vendors. The officials are probably taught to become dependent on the vendor, accept their election results without question, and even cover up any irregularities. By transforming election officials into willing acceptants of whatever the vendor does, Lewis has played a key role in allowing nationwide election fraud by this small group of vendors to go unchecked.]

Political connections

References

  1. Emporia State University, "Spotlight Vol. 35 No. 1", spring 2005 - Lewis was born in New Orleans, and attending Emporia studying speech and business
  2. PDTWiki, "The Founding of Beta Sigma Tau at Kansas State Teachers College and Its Affiliation with Phi Delta Theta Fraternity" - at Emporia State University in 1965-66, Lewis helped found a fraternity
  3. Documents about the Wichita State University football players plane crash, including Lewis's words
  4. Jefferson City Post-Tribune, "Kansas GOP building", 1973/05/17 - in 1973, Lewis was offered the post of executive director of the Kansas GOP
  5. Manhattan Mercury, "Even those who have it waiting for hamburger", 1973/07/27 - Kansas legislative committee hears from Lewis, then-state GOP executive secretary
  6. Iola Register, "Political sparks fly over probe", 1973/08/03 - Lewis, Kansas GOP executive secretary, speaks about a grand jury probe
  7. Salina Journal, "Ranson raps Miller for "disdain" of finance law", 1974/08/09 - Commission on ethics instructed Lewis, Kansas GOP executive secretary, about campaign finance
  8. Emporia Gazette, "Lewis Resigning Kansas GOP Post", 1974/11/24 - Lewis resigns as executive director of Kansas GOP to take RNC job
  9. Iola Register, "Kansas GOP official takes national post", 1974/11/24 - resigning to become RNC field director for southwest states
  10. Waco Herald-Tribune, "Veteran GOP Official Named State Republican Exec. Director", 1975/08/09 - Lewis appointed executive director of Texas GOP
  11. Met and photographed with Gerald Ford on 1975/09/13
  12. Ford's diary for 1975/09/13, mentioning the Texas GOP luncheon that Lewis attended
  13. The Courier-News, "Ford on defensive, strategy to change", 1976/05/06 - as Texas GOP executive director, Lewis speaks to Ford's economic record
  14. Pampa Daily News, title unknown, 1976/09/15 - Lewis, Texas GOP executive director, named Ford 76 campaign chairman in Texas
  15. Brownwood Bulletin, "Aide gives Ford chance in Texas", 1976/10/21 - Lewis, the Texas campaign director for Ford, holds a press conference
  16. San Antonio Express, "Committee could provide Connally with springboard", 1977/10/01 - Lewis expected to resign as Texas GOP finance director in 1977 to fundraise for John Connally
  17. New York Times, "At Least 12 Potential Candidates Weighing ‘80 Presidential Race", 1978/03/28 - Lewis, executive director of John Connally Citizens Forum, announces $300,000 raised
  18. Washington Post, "Republicans Are Feasting on Super K", 1978/08/27 - as an aide to Connally, Lewis comments on the state of GOP fundraising
  19. Washington Post, "Connally: The Not-Yet Candidate on the Trail", 1978/10/19 - Lewis was executive director of the Citizens Forum
  20. Phi Delta Theta fraternity, "The Scroll", winter 1979 - mentions Lewis as executive director of John Connally Citizens Forum
  21. Jewell County Recorder, "568 GRADUATE AT EMPORIA STATE SPRING COMMENCEMENT", 1981/05/28 - in 1981, Lewis was an executive search consultant in Houston TX who led the Emporia commencement speech
  22. Micro Trade Mart corporation info
  23. PC-Computing, "Secondhand PCs: such a deal!" by Deborah Asbrand, 1989/05. Excerpt from the article: "There's something that nags at them about buying used, and they just don't know what it is," says R. Doug Lewis, president of Micro Trade Mart, a Houston-based seller of used PC equipment... [T]he Micro Trade Mart also offers a 30-day warranty on parts and labor and provides regular service for the used IBMs, Compaqs, Commodores, Ataris, and Apples that fill its 3,000-square-foot store.
  24. May 2001 testimony before the Senate Governmental Affairs committee
  25. Election Academy, "Doug Lewis To Retire From Election Center", 2014/11/25 - Lewis announces retirement from the Election Center in 2014
  26. Associated Press, "AP FACT CHECK: Trump won presidency but lost popular vote", 2016/11/29 - claim in 2016 that US elections aren't rigged anywhere

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Earlier background