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The Left Owns the Election Law Industry
Front Page Magazines ^ | 8-12-11 | J. Christian Adams

Posted on 11/29/2012 9:53:02 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic

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.

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: aclu; doj; electionlaw; leagueofwomenvoters; leftistgroups; naacp
This is a "look back" article that explains the 2012 election. We should all be concerned, and we need to move now to counter this in 2016.

J. Christian Adams is the former Justice Dept. official who wanted to prosecute the New Black Panthers for voter intimidation in Philadelphia and who was fired by Holder.

1 posted on 11/29/2012 9:53:10 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Unless we get better voter ID, ballot assurances and voting machine security, we just will not vote.

2 posted on 11/29/2012 9:59:25 AM PST by Rapscallion ( OBAMA: You own it now. See if you can govern it.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
I say that secretary of state races are the single most important races there are within states. In 2010 we defeated the jewel of the secretary of state project with the election of Ruth Johnson over Jocelyn Benson. Benson was groomed to steal elections.

From Wiki

Benson graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College, where she founded the now-annual Women in American Political Activism conference and was the first student to be elected to serve in the governing body for the town of Wellesley, Massachusetts. She subsequently earned her Master's in Sociology as a Marshall Scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford in the United Kingdom, conducting research into the sociological implications of white supremacy and neo-Nazism. Prior to attending law school, Benson also lived in Montgomery, Alabama, where she worked for the Southern Poverty Law Center as an investigative journalist, researching white supremacist and neo-Nazi organizations. Benson has also worked as a summer associate for voting rights and election law for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and as a legal assistant to Nina Totenberg at National Public Radio.

Benson received her J.D. from Harvard University Law School, where she was a general editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. 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.

Upon graduation from Harvard Law, Benson moved to Detroit to serve as a law clerk to the Honorable Damon J. Keith on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Voter Protection, Civics Education, and Election Law

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 keep a Secretary of State branch office open in Buena Vista Township, Michigan. The U.S. Department of Justice, under then-President George W. Bush, concluded that the closure of the office would violate the Voting Rights Act.

3 posted on 11/29/2012 9:59:47 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Rapscallion

Maybe we should stop holding the door open to fraud with early voting.

4 posted on 11/29/2012 10:01:43 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Rapscallion

We need to press forward working for all that.

5 posted on 11/29/2012 10:06:07 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: cripplecreek


In Indiana, Republicans won a Super-Majority in both houses, despite sending a Dem to the Senate.

More importantly, we won some important State House seats in the areas near Chicagoland, that in the past had been plagued with fraud allegations.

While absentee fraud is likely still a problem, checking ID’s vs the voting roll book WORKS.

6 posted on 11/29/2012 10:13:42 AM PST by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Every election, the democrats MUST offer their base something for "free." If there's nothing being given away, the left doesn't bother to vote.

This is how the country got into the spending crises it's in today. Unless there's a new "freebie" every election, the democrats lose.

This is why the freeloading base is now receiving $40-$60K a year in free benefits. It all added up over time. They now make as much as the average working class tax payer each year - even though they've never worked a day in their life.

(Example - Oboma got the loose bimbo vote with "free" birth control and abortion pills. That put him over the top.)

7 posted on 11/29/2012 10:16:02 AM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: afraidfortherepublic

“J. Christian Adams is the former Justice Dept. official who wanted to prosecute the New Black Panthers for voter intimidation in Philadelphia and who was fired by Holder.”

I do not see how America’s Negro Nazi party has any more chance of being voted out of power than Germany’s Nazi party did.

8 posted on 11/29/2012 10:16:54 AM PST by MikeSteelBe (Austrian Hitler was, as the Halfrican Hitler does.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

J. Christian Adams comments on the consent decree that the RNC signed in 1982 that prevents the RNC from battling against voter fraud here:

9 posted on 11/29/2012 10:23:24 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: tcrlaf

Voter ID would work even better if we periodically purged the rolls and forced fresh signups. (I just heard a silent but collective scream from lefties all over the country!)

10 posted on 11/29/2012 10:24:59 AM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: tcrlaf

We hold a 3 branch majority here in Michigan too. Contrary to the falsehood happily promoted at FR we do have a voter ID law. Its (must ask) but is pretty effective due to the fact that you have to sign an affidavit (signed confession) that you’re a legal voter. Its why they threw such a tantrum over the simple citizenship check box we had on ballot applications for a few months. The day after the election, Obama’s defacto dream act illegals protested the fact that the SOS won’t give them driver’s licenses. They said not having an ID singled them out if they wanted to (illegally) vote.

The ACLU wants early voting, no excuse absentee voting, any precinct voting, and “drive through voting” (pick up your ballot early and drop it off on election day)

As far as I’m concerned, anything that makes voting easy is good for the democrats. If it were up to me you could only register at the SOS office, vote with a picture ID on 1 election day, and very limited absentee voting.

11 posted on 11/29/2012 10:25:36 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

As in a number of other areas, The leftist boast a highly funded professional army. We have at most a small militia.

I don’t know how anyone expects us to be able to match them in as they progressively strip away our rights and corner us in legal inequality.

12 posted on 11/29/2012 10:25:40 AM PST by Monorprise
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To: afraidfortherepublic
"The Left Owns the Election Law Industry ...

..... Good for them.

...... Heck .... We can criticize what they do until we are blue in the face. But ya have to hand it to them. They at some point in time decided they wanted to own the so called "Election Law Industry" .... and then they set out a plan on how to do it ... went out and did it. These people know exactly how to initiate their agenda and how to get it done.

............ In the mean time we sit around and bicker in our own humorous and lovable unique dysfunctional way. While nothing gets accomplished.

13 posted on 11/29/2012 10:27:04 AM PST by R_Kangel ( "A Nation of Sheep ..... Will Beget ..... a Nation Ruled by Wolves.")
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To: afraidfortherepublic

How did Bush win in 2004? The left said the same thing then.

14 posted on 11/29/2012 10:29:45 AM PST by CityCenter (Compromise is the welcome mat to deception.)
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To: CityCenter
How did Bush win in 2004?

He sided with the working class - the tax payers. He offered tax breaks.

The left offers "free stuff" to get it's base out. (That's why we're in a spending crises today. It all added up. Now, those who stay home make as much annually as the average taxpayer. No new freebie = no voters.)

This election, Romney offered jobs. Those who are working don't need jobs. They're slaves who want freedom. THOSE are the people Bush brought out. Millions of American workers are screaming at the top of their lungs to be free to enjoy the fruits of their own labor.

15 posted on 11/29/2012 10:41:10 AM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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Can't you just imagine this was the scene with Obama and his Commie staff after stealing the election through voter fraud- while Conservatives blame Romney, argue, point fingers and try to figue out how to suck up to minorities the 'next time'?

What most refuse to acknowledge is that it was unlikely that ANYBODY could have beaten the voter fraud planned and perpetrated by the Obama machine. They seem to prefer pointing fingers, blaming Romney and blathering on about who to run in 2016 and how to suck up to the minorities.


We can not wait for 2014 and 2016 to regroup and figure out new strategies. By then it will be too late. The Marxist/Muslim usurper will have completed his planned distruction of America. That's what people fail to understand.

We must act NOW.

Start with the election. If we let the Rats get away with this massive voter fraud, we're no better than a bananna republic.

We must keep digging and pounding him every day, in every way we can- phony birth certificate, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, his hidden life, records....

Col Allen West; "I don't want to see America become like Zimbabwe where people don’t trust their electoral process. If we cannot trust the integrity of the voting system then we are no longer a free republic".

Col West has opened the door.

We must fight election fraud.

It falls on ‘We the People’.

Silence is consent

There’s overwhelming evidence of fraud.- Here


These elections are NOT certified yet. The only way to get this investigated, much less recounted or overturned, is through the Secretary of State of each of the five key states: Florida, Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. EVEN IF YOU ARE IN ANOTHER STATE you can help. But it won’t do any good to dilute our effort to challenge California or Michigan or other states. Until a major group gets involved to do more, here is the plan: Contact the Secretary of State of the state in question. See contact information below...

Read the rest- Here

___________________________________________________ …DEMAND A RECOUNT! #VoterFraud


The website,'Barack Obama Vote Fraud 2012' is keeping a running account of cases of voter fraud and what to do about it:

(Astonishing!) > Visit the site- Here
Obama Voter Fraud on FaceBook- Here

Sign this petition- Here

WND List of voter fraud reports Here
ATLAS SHRUGS voter fraud list. Here

Click here and sign thua petition for a recount Here-

< Hannity and Col Allan West slam voter fraud Nov 12- Here

Photo of SOMALIANS brought to Ohio voting stations by the busload, 95% of whom did not speak English, and told to vote for Obama, straight Dem ticket- Here

'Human Events', report pollwatcher eyewitness to busload of Somalians at Ohio poll, spoke no English, told to vote Obama Here


Must watch videos!

VIDEO-- Programmer Testifies About Rigging Elections With Vote Counting- Here

VIDEO- Illegal Aliens Caught Voting and Stealing Elections In Florida In Vast Numbers- Here

VIDEO- MICHAEL SAVAGE: How Obama fixed the 2012 election- Here

VIDEO- Massive voter fraud discovered in April- Here

VIDEO- Whistle blower speaks out about voter fraud- Here

16 posted on 11/29/2012 11:19:37 AM PST by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Voter fraud article from Tea Party website:

17 posted on 11/29/2012 9:50:56 PM PST by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN)
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