President Obama is not the only major U.S. politician previously involved with the now defunct socialist-leaning New Party in the 1990s.

WND has found that Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie was listed as a builder and early leading activist of the controversial third party that is now coming under increased scrutiny after new information indicates Obama was a member.

Ritchie was the recipient of national news media attention when he oversaw the recount of the 2008 U.S. Senate race that put onetime comedian Al Franken into office.

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