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The Left Owns the Election Law Industry
FrontPage Magazine ^ | Aug 12th, 2011 | Posted by J. Christian Adams

Posted on 08/12/2011 4:50:47 AM PDT by SJackson

Before the 2000 presidential election, most Americans assumed the mechanics of elections functioned smoothly. The thirty-six day battle for the presidency demonstrated otherwise. Today, most Americans still assume the institutions, firms and foundations that fight about election law disputes are equally matched and similarly funded as between left and right. That is a dangerously incorrect assumption, especially with the 2012 election fast approaching. From an election administration perspective, the 2012 presidential election is already upon us. And the Left is fully engaged.

Like so many other institutions, whether academia or the media, leftists dominate the field of election law, and the consequences are immediate and devastating. Worst of all, hardly anyone has noticed that these scores of leftist election experts enjoy a largely unopposed battlefield.

Leftist foundations, litigators and organizations have established permanent structures designed to alter election outcomes through policy advocacy and strategic litigation. Project Vote, DEMOS, the Asian American Legal Defense Fund (AALDF), the Brennan Center for Justice, the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF), the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the Advancement Project, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), League of Women Voters, Asian Pacific American Legal Center and Common Cause are some of the groups that push election law in a direction hostile to conservatives, and the rule of law. Not surprisingly, money tainted by George Soros also flows downstream through various groups and institutes to the cause.

Literally hundreds of individuals man permanent stations, full time, at these groups. They benefit from tens of millions of dollars in funding. They bring lawsuits under federal and state statutes ranging from the Voting Rights Act, Motor Voter law and the Help America Vote Act. They station teams of election observers in polling places around the nation every election to fuel their litigation and their media efforts. Almost nobody opposes their efforts.

Their efforts pay off over and over again. Whether preventing Michigan or Colorado secretaries of state from purging the voting rolls of dead voters in 2008, or grandstanding about purported “voter intimidation” when law-abiding citizens in Houston, Texas deploy retirees to serve as poll watchers in 2010, these leftist groups are affecting the outcomes of elections.

Activists posing as nonpartisan academics, like Michael Waldman of the Brennan Center or Tova Wang of DEMOS, disingenuously claim voter fraud doesn’t exist. Wang is particularly dishonest. She released a report after the 2010 elections that there was no voter fraud. Wang’s conclusion came only two days after the election, hardly enough time for the careful study necessary for such a sweeping conclusion. Nevertheless, sycophants in the media lapped it up.

What do conservative groups have to oppose this coordinated leftist strategy of lies and litigation? Virtually nothing. The best effort is an ad hoc group of Republican lawyers. Other embryonic efforts have sprung out of the Tea Party movement, such as True the Vote in Texas or the Election Integrity Project in California. Like so many other things, conservatives are justifiably too busy making money or raising families to commit to a cause.

Of course there are some excellent Republican lawyers, but they often focus on high paying clients, and they don’t represent a permanent counterweight to the enormous leftist election law structures. They assemble just before the election then disperse, like minutemen. The Tea Party groups are making enormous strides, but they haven’t been through the whirlwind of a presidential election yet, certainly not one with a community organizer at the top of the ticket.

No permanent engine of intellectual opposition exists to the leftist election law industry.

In contrast, the leftist election law practitioners have permanent structures. They are well funded. They have resources, offices and hardwired networks. Eager leftist law students clamor volunteer time, seeking to change the world, like so many at their age do. The courtroom practitioners enjoy vibrant academic support from leftist law professors. And as I know from firsthand experience, they have the full weight of the Eric Holder-run Justice Department behind them.

When it comes to constructing the legal environment of election law, full-time leftists are the most engaged and energetic. They know how to beat part-time conservatives, either by mastery of the law, or by dominance of everyday attention to control the narrative.

Conservative public interest groups occasionally dabble in election matters. But their efforts, primarily defending Voting Rights Act vote dilution lawsuits, have dismal success rates. The most effective conservative election law effort has been jockeyed by Edward Blum of the American Enterprise Institute. He has bankrolled challenges to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act and ensured that brilliant election litigators like Mike Carvin of Jones Day have what they need. But this is one tiny area that barely scratches the surface of the problem.

All of the prevailing winds in election law blow from the left. Instead of condemning New Black Panther Voter intimidation, Kristen Clarke of the NAACP LDF, defended it by seeking to have the Justice Department lawsuit dismissed. Instead of purging Michigan voter rolls of dead and ineligible felons, the Advancement Project sued Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land to stop any purge ahead of the 2008 presidential election. Instead of Georgia enforcing a voter photo identification law, the American Civil Liberties Union sues to stop it. Instead of Arizona ensuring that all voter applications are submitted by eligible citizens, groups like the Brennan Center for Justice and the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund have successfully undermined the law.

What lawyers oppose the Advancement Project, ACLU, MALDEF, the Brennan Center, Project Vote, Demos, LULAC and the NAACP when they bring these suits? Often it is government attorneys who rarely litigate such weighty election battles. Sometimes the government lawyers are sympathetic to the plaintiffs.

Millions of leftist dollars pour into election law wars before the lawsuits are brought. After the lawsuits are brought, the leftist groups intervene and swarm like sharks around a flailing victim. Just look at the pleadings and amicus briefs submitted in any major election law dispute. Not surprisingly, the victims often succumb, or accept their fate and die. The Rule of Law often dies along with it.

Leftist election litigators even have their own training academies. One is the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. Dozens of lawyers at the most militant groups in the country cut their teeth in the Voting Section at DOJ where I used to work.

After the Obama administration took control of the division in 2009, Acting Assistant Attorney General Loretta King returned to the Clinton-era policy of refusing to hire anyone but leftists to work in the Voting Section. She implemented policies that placed prior employment with leftist organizations as a uniquely qualifying factor in being hired – even if it was as a volunteer. Only leftists need apply to enforce federal election laws before 2012.

Since the inauguration, the Voting Section at DOJ has seen a hiring blitz of lawyers from the SEIU, Advancement Project, Mexican American Legal Defense Fund, international communist groups, the NAACP, as well as those who provided pro bono representation to GITMO detainees. I have reviewed the resumes of every new attorney hire, and they do not contain a single lawyer with a non-ideological or conservative background.

As such, the Obama Justice Department has blocked requirements in Georgia that voters establish they are United States citizens, has sued Rhode Island and Louisiana demanding sweeping changes to push welfare recipients and drug addicts onto the voter rolls, and has failed to bring any lawsuits under federal law to ensure the voter rolls are free from dead and ineligible felons.

The election next year will determine the fate of a nation in a way few elections have. Unfortunately, the election law practitioners who represent the far-left fringe have a mighty head start. Whether they are DOJ attorneys turning a blind eye toward anti-Semitic New Black Panthers, or Soros-funded crusaders enabling voter fraud, hundreds of lawyers will cloak themselves in neutrality while working hard to obtain a particular outcome next November. Nobody should be surprised when they employ every means necessary to achieve exactly what they seek.

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1 posted on 08/12/2011 4:50:48 AM PDT by SJackson
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To: SJackson

Election law and, I dare say, election MACHINES and those who count the votes.....


2 posted on 08/12/2011 4:56:15 AM PDT by Jerrybob
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To: SJackson

Unfortunately, the election law practitioners who represent the far-left fringe have a mighty head start.

Any questions why Obama wants to drum up a billion for his relection,he’s has a lot of people on his pay roll.


3 posted on 08/12/2011 4:57:06 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: SJackson
We spend way too much time on things like presidential and congressional election but few of us spend much time studying the candidates in secretary of state races.

We won a major victory over the Soros election machine when we elected Ruth Johnson as Michigan SOS over Jocelyn Benson. Benson was groomed to defraud, dillute, and disenfranchise.

Jocelyn Benson (Wiki)

During the 2004 Presidential election, Benson was hired to develop the first nationwide Election Protection program for the Democratic National Committee. Benson selected, recruited, and trained Voter Protection coordinators in 21 states. The program resulted in deployment of over 17,000 trained election law lawyers.

After working with the Michigan Democratic Party's election protection effort in 2006, Benson developed and supervised two statewide nonpartisan election protection efforts in Michigan in 2007 and 2008. She worked with Michigan Democratic Party's election protection effort in 2006. During the 2008 election, she was called to testify before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, where she called on Secretary Terri Lynn Land to ban the use of foreclosure lists to challenge voters' eligibility on Election Day. She is a frequent commentator on voting rights and election law on local news and radio broadcasts.

In 2007, Benson worked with several groups to successfully block the closure of a Secretary of State branch office in Buena Vista Township, Michigan. The U.S. Department of Justice concluded that the closure of the office would violate the Voting Rights Act.

Benson is currently an Associate Law Professor at Wayne State University Law School, where she teaches Election Law. She is also an appointed member of the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Election Law.

Prior to her appointment as a Professor, Benson served as a law clerk to the Honorable Damon J. Keith on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. From 2002-2004, she served as the Voting Rights Policy Coordinator of the Harvard Civil Rights Project, a non-profit organization that sought to link academic research to civil rights advocacy efforts, where she worked on the passage of the federal Help America Vote Act.

In March 2010, Benson published her first book, State Secretaries of State: Guardians of the Democratic Process. The book highlights best practices of Secretaries from throughout the country and seeks to inform voters about how Secretaries of State from either side of the political spectrum can work to advance democracy and election reform.

4 posted on 08/12/2011 5:04:34 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin)
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To: Jerrybob

I don’t think a single voting machine has been caught built to cheat toward or against any candidate or party as such.

Voting machines are often far more complex than they need to be, the more hooks to hang monkey wrenches on. They sometimes do not enforce programming rules that ensure data consistency whenever the same candidate is referred to in multiple places.


5 posted on 08/12/2011 5:10:44 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: SJackson

Needs to be seen by every voting American who assumes their vote will count and that elections are fair.


6 posted on 08/12/2011 5:12:36 AM PDT by SueRae (I can see November 2012 from my HOUSE!!!!!!!!)
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To: SJackson; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; stephenjohnbanker; DoughtyOne; calcowgirl; Gilbo_3; NFHale; ..
RE :”Literally hundreds of individuals man permanent stations, full time, at these groups. They benefit from tens of millions of dollars in funding. They bring lawsuits under federal and state statutes ranging from the Voting Rights Act, Motor Voter law and the Help America Vote Act. They station teams of election observers in polling places around the nation every election to fuel their litigation and their media efforts. Almost nobody opposes their efforts.

He forgot one of the last actions of the failed Republican congress in 2006 re-newing the Civil Rights Act of 1964 without changes that regulates elections in certain states and mandates ballots in Spanish.

Some States are passing new election laws but the real problem at the root of this articles complaints is federal laws passed like motor voter that Republicans never tried to repeal when in power, too busy trying to buy votes for the short term .

7 posted on 08/12/2011 5:19:31 AM PDT by sickoflibs (If you pay zero Federal income taxes, don't say you are paying your 'fair share')
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To: HiTech RedNeck

We use the optical scanners in my little town and we don’t seem to have any problems. They’re trying to push touch screen computers on us by having one available but it sits mostly unused as people wait for a booth to fill out ballots the old fashioned way.


8 posted on 08/12/2011 5:21:12 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin)
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To: sickoflibs; SJackson; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; DoughtyOne; calcowgirl; Gilbo_3; NFHale

” but the real problem at the root of this articles complaints is federal laws passed like motor voter that Republicans never tried to repeal when in power, too busy trying to buy votes for the short term . “

Our party never does ANYTHING. That is why the Tea Party was founded out of pure frustration!


9 posted on 08/12/2011 5:30:03 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: SJackson

I’m an attorney and I do election law, in Illinois of all places. And yes, I’m planning on being involved for 2012. In fact, this article has given me an idea....


10 posted on 08/12/2011 5:35:12 AM PDT by Springfield Reformer (Winston Churchill: No Peace Till Victory!)
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To: Vaduz
Any questions why Obama wants to drum up a billion for his relection

Well, he got a good start last night. He raked in 2 million from 2 events in NYC.

11 posted on 08/12/2011 5:41:29 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: SJackson

mmmm...look at “sanctuary cities” for starters...those are the ones they’re using illegals to obfuscate the 110% “turnout”

IMHO....in a country that by every poll is slightly right of center, most blue states probably should in reality be red.

We the People’s neglect of this issue , in the end, is the primary root of America’s problems.


12 posted on 08/12/2011 5:44:48 AM PDT by mo
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To: mo

True enough, even Texas has sanctuary cities.

On the other hand I still see FReepers calling Michigan a blue state despite the fact that the GOP holds everything from the Governors mansion to the garbageman after the last election.


13 posted on 08/12/2011 5:54:17 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin)
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To: SJackson
Time to fight fire with fire. If the liberal/communists can't win an election fair and square, they resort to legal challenges and recall efforts to force their way in through judicial fiat. These people are ruthless, and the only thing they understand is direct confrontation. We know this, we see this, and when it happens, you fight them head on, and you do not give up until you make them back down. Their goal is to wear you down financially and morally, until you can't fight any longer. It's a battle of attrition for the liberal/communists to purge the last constitutionalists from the government.
14 posted on 08/12/2011 5:59:05 AM PDT by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: stephenjohnbanker; SJackson; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; DoughtyOne; calcowgirl; Gilbo_3; NFHale
RE :”” but the real problem at the root of this articles complaints is federal laws passed like motor voter that Republicans never tried to repeal when in power, too busy trying to buy votes for the short term . “ Our party never does ANYTHING. That is why the Tea Party was founded out of pure frustration!

That was also 2009 and 2010 when Democrats were in control of everything and it was easy to focus on them as the symbol of what's wrong with everything. Remember all the comments last year saying :’Just have Republicans take over control of congress that's all that matters’ ? Now we got split government again and they work together.

I easily called 2008 in early 2007/late 2006.
I easily called 2010 in late 2008.

A neighbor asked me about who will win in 2012. I told him
Republicans are mad at Democrats,
Democrats are mad at Republicans,
Democrats are mad at Democrats,
Republicans are mad at Republicans,
all while Rome is burning. Its a mess.

15 posted on 08/12/2011 6:04:01 AM PDT by sickoflibs (If you pay zero Federal income taxes, don't say you are paying your 'fair share')
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To: stephenjohnbanker; SJackson; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; DoughtyOne; calcowgirl; Gilbo_3; NFHale
RE :”” but the real problem at the root of this articles complaints is federal laws passed like motor voter that Republicans never tried to repeal when in power, too busy trying to buy votes for the short term . “ Our party never does ANYTHING. That is why the Tea Party was founded out of pure frustration!

That was also 2009 and 2010 when Democrats were in control of everything and it was easy to focus on them as the symbol of what's wrong with everything. Remember all the comments last year saying :’Just have Republicans take over control of congress that's all that matters’ ? Now we got split government again and they work together.

I easily called 2008 in early 2007/late 2006.
I easily called 2010 in late 2008.

A neighbor asked me about who will win in 2012. I told him
Republicans are mad at Democrats,
Democrats are mad at Republicans,
Democrats are mad at Democrats,
Republicans are mad at Republicans,
all while Rome is burning. Its a mess.

16 posted on 08/12/2011 6:04:01 AM PDT by sickoflibs (If you pay zero Federal income taxes, don't say you are paying your 'fair share')
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To: SJackson
George Soros gave Minnesota Mark Ritchie for Secretary of state. This little gem gave to the nation:

Senator Al Franken.


17 posted on 08/12/2011 6:19:22 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (Thanks to the Change there is no Hope!)
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To: sickoflibs; All

’Just have Republicans take over control of congress that’s all that matters’ ? Now we got split government again and they work together. “

Republicans in D.C. have grown so accustomed to indentured servitude that nothing will change, barring a MAJOR housecleaning.


18 posted on 08/12/2011 6:29:02 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks SJackson.


19 posted on 08/12/2011 8:16:11 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: sickoflibs
Some States are passing new election laws but the real problem at the root of this articles complaints is federal laws passed like motor voter that Republicans never tried to repeal when in power, too busy trying to buy votes for the short term .

Even if all the Republicans in the senate stuck together, they couldn't get the 60 votes to get it repealed. Also there were quite a few RINOs who voted for Motor Voter. I'm sure quite a few RINOs would oppose its repeal.

20 posted on 08/12/2011 9:01:21 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Paleo Conservative
RE :”Even if all the Republicans in the senate stuck together, they couldn't get the 60 votes to get it repealed. Also there were quite a few RINOs who voted for Motor Voter. I'm sure quite a few RINOs would oppose its repeal.

True, that must have been how it passed in the first place.

Still you never saw the Republican House under GWB try anything like that by sticking it in other bills (as the current house fights the Democrat Senate.) Instead Tom Delay and Bush went for the ‘buy voters’ short term strategy.

Worse yet they simply re-authorized the Voting Rights Act in Fall of 2006 with NO changes to get it out of the way, and lost minority voters anyway.

21 posted on 08/12/2011 9:09:29 AM PDT by sickoflibs (If you pay zero Federal income taxes, don't say you are paying your 'fair share')
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To: Puppage

He may have a good start but he won’t have a finish he’s gone however he will have gobs of freezer money,he’s going to need it.
Lawyers are rubbing hands now just waiting until election is over.


22 posted on 08/12/2011 10:45:59 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Springfield Reformer

Don’t know if you have read my posts and short booklet on vote fraud and how to stop it:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2621405/posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2625281/posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2615479/posts

Hope some of my experience helps.

The primary thing that I have learned over the past 16 years of elections is that if only democrats are there, then fraud is easy. If there is a single Republican at the Polling Place, fraud is a lot harder.


23 posted on 08/12/2011 4:33:56 PM PDT by darth
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