'Bush' spam does not stop

Political spammers apparently are not deterred by the fact that it's over for another four years.

Will Sturgeon Special to CNET News.com
The latest hoax e-mail purporting to come from George W. Bush has the president admitting to a series of election frauds. It follows previous spam that claimed to come from Bush and had him offering a litany of reasons why he shouldn't be re-elected.

At the heart of the latest hoax e-mail campaign is the suggestion that the counting and e-voting processes put in place were geared toward guaranteeing a Bush victory.

The spam e-mail is addressed from "George W Bush," but it is unlikely to convince anybody that it really comes endorsed by the president--especially once it begins raising questions about the validity of his victory.

The e-mail begins: "The first thing I did to steal your election was to make friends with ALL the manufacturers and code-verifiers of the electronic voting machines. They were really nice, especially Diebold who gave me $600,000 for my campaign."

While few would regard spam as a credible source of political commentary, that comment would appear to refer to the fact Walden W. O'Dell, CEO of Diebold, has been criticized in the past for his Republican fund-raising activities.

Inviting guests to a $1,000-per-plate dinner, O'Dell said he was "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president," according to USA Today.

Whether the new spam comes from the same spammer behind the previous hoax e-mail is unknown.

Will Sturgeon of Silicon.com reported from London.