Walden O'Dell

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Walden "Wally" O'Dell was chief executive officer and chairman of the board of Diebold, a US-based security and financial products company.

He was an active fundraiser for George W. Bush's re-election campaign and wrote in a fund-raising letter dated August 13, 2003, that he was committed "to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the President."[1] His involvement with the campaign raised concerns that, as the CEO of the largest manufacturer of electronic voting equipment,[citation needed] he would have been in a position to attempt to manipulate the results of the presidential election of 2004.

In December 2005, O'Dell left the company amid a United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigation into insider trading at the company.

O'Dell holds both a bachelor's and a master's degree in electrical engineering from Saint Louis University, and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Ohio State University.[2][3]

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  1. ^ Paul R. La Monica (August 30, 2004). "The trouble with e-voting". CNN/Money. Retrieved 2006-10-23.  According to BBC News, "In October 2005, a person using a Diebold computer removed paragraphs about Walden O'Dell, chief executive of the company, which revealed that he had been "a top fund-raiser" for George Bush." (on-line text, 15 August 2007)
  2. ^ "Walden W. O'Dell". The Ohio State University. Retrieved 27 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "The Business of Voting". The New York Times. December 18, 2005. 

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