Electoral Fraud and the Narco

The Narco News Bulletin

What Washington Wants

from Mexican Elections


July 2, 2000 and the US Effort To Turn Mexico Into a Narco-Colony

Part Four of Our Special Election Report

June 17, 2000

Alone among the North American media, we at The Narco News Bulletin have disclosed our financial sources and our mission in covering the 2000 election in Mexico.

From our first day of publication we have explained our motives, as outlined in our Opening Statement (also published in español).

We have also presented our honest editorial view on what is happening right now in our América.

We have told the history of electoral fraud, drug money, and US manipulation in the Mexican elections of 1988, of 1994 and of 1999.

We have walked with the Mexican people in half the nation's 32 states. We have listened, and we have learned.

Today we serve warning to Washington, and to Wall Street: We see through your plot to steal democracy, once again, from the Mexican people. And you need only look at the front pages of every newspaper in Mexico yesterday -- Friday, June 16th -- to receive the news.

The Mexican people know it too:

El Universal:

"Warning Over Foreign Polls"

"Cárdenas, Fox and Camacho Pact to Defend the Vote"

"They Will Act Together to Avoid an Illigitimate Triumph by the PRI Candidate"

La Jornada:

"Cárdenas and Fox Criticize US Electoral Interference"

"Both Support Camacho's Initiative in Defense of the Vote"

Por Esto!

"Civil Insurgency!

...if the Federal Government Doesn't Respect the July 2 Elections, warns Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas"


"Opposition Arms Anti-Fraud Alliance"

and, related story in Reforma and other papers:

"Fujimori Shows Appreciation for Zedillo's Backing"

The above four newspapers represent 25% of daily circulation in Mexico

Others, still, weighed in:

Imagen de Zacatecas

"Civil Insurgency if there is Fraud"

Angel de Puebla

"Cárdenas convokes civil insurgency, campaigns in Puebla"

El Diario de Chihuahua

"Cárdenas: Civil Insurgency If the Vote is Not Respected"

El Porvenir de Monterrey

"Fox, Cárdenas and Camacho will Defend the Vote"

Mural de Guadalajara

"Opposition Agrees to Anti-Fraud Alliance"

Correo de Hoy of Guanajuáto

"Defense of the Vote Unites Them"

"Pact to Vigil the Elections"

"Camacho, Fox and Cárdenas Counter Regime's Strategy to Avert Illegal Triumph of the PRI"


"Opposition Agreement for Joint Defense of Vote"

"Fox, Cárdenas and Camacho Converge to Vigil Electoral Process"

"Possible Intent by President to Distort Results, says Fox"

"Labastida: The Election Commision should demand to know the methodology of July 2 Pollsters"

Pública de Guadalajara

"Opposition Pact to Watch Elections"

"Camacho, Fox and Cuauhtémoc Will Defend Together the Legality of the Elections... They Will Try to Seek the Same Position on July 2nd Results"

Síntesis of Hidalgo, Puebla and Tlaxcala

"Cárdenas: No More Illigitimate Governments"

Q. What Provoked All This?

A. A Blessed Mistake by US Meddlers in México

On Thursday, June 15th, United States political interests -- under a "bi-partisan" banner of Republicans and Democrats -- announced its plan to conduct exit polls in México July 2nd "so that the Mexican people can sleep soundly on July 2nd."

This attempt to put the Mexican public asleep backfired. Read the headlines above. Where the political opposition in México had been divided, now comes a united front against Electoral Fraud.

Instead of going to sleep, as US political consultant Rob Allyn urged, came calls of "Civil Insurgency" if the plot succeeds as planned.

Yesterday, The Narco News Bulletin sent a letter to the Democratic and Republican party front-men for this cynical operation in counter-democracy.

Today, we publish it to the world:

June 15, 2000

To: Rob Allyn, Director, "Democracy Watch"
Allyn and Company (Republican consultants)
Dallas, Texas

Doug Schoen
Penn and Schoen
New York, New York

Dear Sirs,

I write to express my profound concern that in the name of "democracy" you have undertaken a project regarding the July 2, 2000 Mexican elections that will serve against democratic interests in what is already a precarious electoral situation.

The central concern is that your "Democracy Watch" project on the Mexican elections has chosen to hide your funding sources.

Your project, as portrayed, plans to publish polling results on the Mexican elections beginning this week and you will also take an "exit poll" on July 2nd. If, as Mr. Allyn expressed in today's Mexican press, your goal is that "the Mexican people will be able to sleep soundly on July 2nd," you owe the Mexican public, the international community and the press an explanation of who is behind your project.

This is especially true because of the understanding by the Mexican public that so many "public opinion polls" have already been manipulated to serve the political interests who sponsored them; both in this year's general election process and in the November 7, 1999 primary.

Obviously, if your project wishes to be part of a transparent and open process, you must fully disclose who is paying for it.

Our online newspaper, The Narco News Bulletin, fully discloses our financial sources and we call upon you to do the same.

Full disclosure is especially important given the long history of meddling in Mexican political affairs by the US government, political consultants, corporations and others.

Yesterday, for example, the US State Department officially certified the election before it has even happened, sending a clear signal that it will accept even a fraudulent result. And the US Ambassador to Mexico, in 1999, participated in the public relations cover-up of electoral fraud in the state of Guerrero. To have credibility, your effort must draw a very sharp line from these interventionist practices of the United States government in Mexico's elections.

As El Universal editorialized today: "In recent hours it has been announced that foreign organizations will conduct their own polls, something that could spread to other latitudes in a conflict that would bring nothing beneficial to the Mexican electoral process."

The Narco News Bulletin is an online newspaper dedicated to reporting on US drug policy and its consequences in Latin America. We are strictly non-partisan: Narco News endorses no political party or candidate in any country. We are journalists. Our publication has received 158,905 visits since we first published on April 18, 2000: the majority from the US and from Mexico.

Because of the long history of the relation between drug money laundering and electoral fraud in the elections of Mexico and in other countries, we are dedicating a significant amount of coverage to those aspects of the Mexican elections. We have also reported on the role of drug money in the United States electoral process, as well as in the Dominican Republic and other countries.

As political consultants, I need not explain to you that strict adherence to ethics of independence and impartiality are central to the credibility of informational organizations. As the Mexican journalist Ernesto Villanueva recently reported, the Declaration of Principles of the Canadian Association of Daily Newspapers declares that, "conflicts of interest, real or apparent, must be revealed."

The Statement of Principles of the American Society of Daily Newspaper Editors says in its Article I that: "Journalists who abuse the power of their functions for motives of personal interest or hidden goals are unworthy of the public trust. The American press won its liberty not only by informing or serving as a forum of debate, but also by realizing an independent examination of itself in what is referred to as the forces of power in society, including the conduct of offical power at all levels of government."

As North American pollsters who are involving yourselves in the Mexican electoral process, you are serving primarily in an informational capacity; that is, you are conducting a form of journalism. We argue that you must hold yourself to these universally accepted journalistic standards to avoid both "hidden interests (that) are unworthy of public trust," and to reveal any "conflicts of interest, real or apparent."

The fact remains that very few of Mexico's 96 million citizens can afford to finance an operation like yours. The names and personalities of those who few who can do that are well known to the Mexican people. We have every faith that the Mexican public will be able to, upon your full disclosure, discern whether your effort is truly a non-partisan informational effort.

If you fail to disclose your sources of funding - something that would not be permitted in the United States electoral process - you will only create more uncertainty among the Mexican electorate, where there is already widespread distrust in the process, especially where North American interests are involved.

Finally, we strongly recommend that your full disclosure be certified by internationally respected auditing organizations, not affiliated with any government, who will have access to all contracts, bank statements and other relevant information related to your Democracy Watch project.

Anything less, and "Democracy Watch" will contribute to a situation in which there is little democracy to watch.


Al Giordano
The Narco News Bulletin

cc: National Democratic Institute
International Republican Institute
The Carter Center
Global Exchange

Read Rob Allyn's response and our reply

Civil Insurgency of Authentic Journalism