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  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Business Records Corporation, a Texas Corporation, Plaintiff-appellee, v. Carl D. Lueth, Defendant-appellant, appeal decision, 1992/12/14: "In 1980 Richard McKay convinced Lueth to come work for him. McKay owned Frank Thornber Company, an IOS competitor. Shortly thereafter Thornber acquired IOS, thus consolidating 87 of the 111 Illinois counties and election commissions as customers of Thornber. Not long after Lueth joined Thornber, a rival company, Fidlar & Chambers, began to make inroads into Thornber's market share. By 1985 Thornber's power in the election equipment market had decreased markedly. At that time Business Records Election Systems purchased Thornber. (Business Records Election Systems is now Business Records Corporation (BRC).) BRC is a Texas corporation that operates nationwide. In the Illinois market BRC deals only with local governments. Thornber and BRC signed an Asset Purchase Agreement, which was dated March 22, 1985. The Agreement included a covenant by Thornber to BRC that Lueth, among others, would sign a noncompetition agreement; the Agreement also made Lueth's signing of the noncompetition agreement a condition precedent to BRC's purchase of Thornber. The covenant contained in the Agreement was designed to be in effect until "the later of (i) the third anniversary of the date of this Agreement or (ii) the second anniversary of the Employee's termination as an employee of [BRC]." Lueth signed the agreement, dated March 22, 1985, and received as consideration an option to purchase 3750 shares of BRC's parent's common stock.

    Lueth became president of Thornber after the sale, and when BRC stopped using the name Thornber he was dubbed a vice-president of BRC. In 1989 Lueth's responsibilities were reduced to that of manager of sales in Illinois, excluding Cook County. In 1990 he became a BRC sales representative for sales and service of election equipment in central Illinois. Nothing indicates that these moves were demotions. In early 1991 Lueth began talking with Richard McKay about the two of them reuniting. McKay had just started Governmental Business Systems (GBS), an election equipment sales company established to compete with BRC. Lueth signed a written proposal for employment with McKay and GBS on March 23, 1991, but he did not tell BRC about his arrangement with GBS until April 19, 1991. Since Lueth began working for GBS he has contacted election officials throughout the state from Aurora to Massac."
  • Ken Clark, "RE: GBS/Wisconsin, State of", 1999/10/15 - has a number of requests from GBS on behalf of Wisconsin to Global Election Systems
  • BBV forum post about Diebold agent Fidlar Companies - notes that Larry Mandel was formerly president of the National Association of Governmental Suppliers, a "who's who of voting machine vendors" whose members include LHS Associates (with LHS executive Gerry Bergeron part of the leadership too), Casto & Harris, Diebold Election Systems, Election Systems & Software, Fidlar Election Company, and Votec Corporation, and which was first set up by Dick McKay of the Thornber Company where Mandel was sales manager before BRC bought it
  • Fidlar press release about its merger with GBS: "Larry Mandel was employed with the Frank Thornber Co. (later known as the Thornber Group) from 1974 to 1985 as a sales consultant and sales manager. Business Records Corp. (BRC) acquired the Thornber Group in 1985 and Larry assumed the position of Regional VP Sales for the NE Region of the United States. In 1990 Richard McKay, Larry Mandel and a group of former Thornber - BRC employees established Governmental Business Systems, Inc. (GBS). GBS was established to concentrate on servicing the election related requirements of County Clerks and election officials in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin & Michigan. GBS provided election products & services to over 75 counties and over 3000 precincts in the four state area and produced revenues in excess of $8 million. In April 2003, GBS merged with Fidlar-Doubleday and became the exclusive reseller for Diebold Elections in the aforementioned territory. Larry served as President of the Elections Division for 2 years after the merger and helped the company secure over $25 million in election sales following the implementation of HAVA."
  • Michigan Department of Management and Budget, "NOTICE OF CONTRACT NO. 071B4200233 between THE STATE OF MICHIGAN and Diebold Election Systems Inc.", 2004/04/26
    • "Robert Anderson
      Vice President of Finance

      Robert Anderson has held management positions at Texaco, Inc., Libby McNiel & Libby, and Swift & Co. He was with Swift & Co. for 15 years in the positions of Division Controller and ending with V.P. Corporate Controller when Beatrice Foods acquired the company in the early 1980's. After choosing to leave Swift (Esmark), he opened his own business in consulting, tax, and real estate. The firm, known as R.R. Anderson & Associates, operated from 1985 until 1998. In 1986, the Election Services Division of Business Records Corporation contracted Mr. Anderson’s organization. BRC had recently acquired several regional election companies. His assignment was to establish a central accounting office and establish uniform procedures at each company. In 1987, Mr. Anderson took a leave of absence from his firm to assume the position of V.P. Finance and Planning for the election division. After BRC decided to consolidate management of the election division in Dallas, Texas, Mr. Anderson returned to his firm on a full-time basis.

      When Governmental Business Systems was formed in May 1990, Mr. Anderson again returned to the election business with GBS as a client. In 1998, he joined GBS as Vice President of Finance and sold his consulting and tax business.

      Mr. Anderson has a Bachelor's of Business Administration & Accounting Degree from Northwestern University. He completed the Senior Management Course of studies at Harvard University."
    • In an organizational chart for Diebold Election Systems, Bob Urosevich is listed as the president, not Tom Swidarski
  • John Gideon, "DuPage Co. Illinois Election Commission Cronyism and Lies", 2006/10/13: "Carney's response to this finding were published in a front page article in The Daily Herald on Oct. 5, 2006. Robert Sanchez wrote, quoting Carney, “'All I know is they (Fidlar) no longer represent Diebold at the election commission,' Carney said. 'That’s a fact.'” Carney explained that the $500,000 contract with Fidlar for the printing of ballots had been given to another company.

    That company, however, turns out to be Liberty Systems LLC of Wheaton, IL, owned by William Barrett, former vice president of sales of Fidlar Doubleday --- the person in charge of the department which sold the Diebold TSx touch screen machines to DuPage County. According to County line-item expenditures, as of Sept. 1, 2006, $200,000 had been paid to Barrett's company, headquartered in his Wheaton residence, by the Commission for printing services. More payments are expected in connection with the November 7th election. Barrett had personally contributed to Carney's campaigns between 2000 and 2002."
  • Brian Mohr, "Diebold deals, Scytl cryptography, Russian finance raise questions about Roskam win", 2018/07/08