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You know who else bused minorities from city to city in order influence the outcome of an election?

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In case there was any doubt that there is more than a smidge of projection driving the right wing’s Buses Full of Sneaky Black People conspiracy theory.

At least six chartered buses carried mostly poor, black men from as far as Philadelphia to hand out inaccurate voter guides in Baltimore and Prince George’s County yesterday as part of an effort by backers of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and U.S. Senate candidate Michael S. Steele to woo black voters.

The glossy voter guide, paid for by the Ehrlich and Steele campaigns, pictured three of Maryland’s most prominent black Democrats above the words “These are OUR Choices,” even though two were not on yesterday’s ballot and the other was running unopposed. Inside, under the heading “Democratic Sample Ballot,” it listed mostly Democratic candidates as the preferred choices — along with Ehrlich and Steele, who were not identified as Republicans.

Several people who distributed the fliers said they were recruited at a Philadelphia homeless shelter and told they would be paid $100, plus two meals, for the day.

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