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Hans A. von Spakovsky

Hans A. von Spakovsky is a Senior Legal Fellow at The Heritage Foundation and a former counsel to the assistant attorney general for civil rights at the Justice Department. He is the coauthor of the book “Who’s Counting? How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk”.
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Every Single One: The Politicized Hiring of Eric Holder’s Voting Section

Monday, August 8th, 2011 - by Hans A. von Spakovsky

All sixteen new hires to the Voting Section have far-left resumes — which were only released following a PJM lawsuit. (This is the first in a series of articles about the Civil Rights Division’s hiring practices since President Obama took office.)

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Gunwalker: The ATF’s Kenneth Melson Blows the Whistle on the Justice Department

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011 - by Hans A. von Spakovsky

A blockbuster development in the Operation Fast and Furious scandal.

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Operation Fast and Furious — How the Obama Administration Conned the Washington Post

Friday, June 24th, 2011 - by Hans A. von Spakovsky

Selling arms to Mexican drug cartels? Misleading the Washington Post? It's all in a day's work for Obama's heavily politicized ATF. Update: The ATF responds to Issa's warning...by firing a whistle-blower.

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A Superfluous Federal Agency Is Caught Discriminating — Again!

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 - by Hans A. von Spakovsky

This latest scandal involving ugly discrimination against a dedicated member of the military is just another outrageous example of why Congress should shut down the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

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LEAKED: Obama Executive Order Intends to Implement Portions of DISCLOSE Act

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 - by Hans A. von Spakovsky

Says our source: "They lost in the Supreme Court, they lost in Congress, they lost at the FEC, so now the president is just going to do it by edict." Download the PDF here.

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Not a Superior Type of Judge

Thursday, March 31st, 2011 - by Hans A. von Spakovsky

Should a lawyer who has participated in unprofessional conduct be awarded with a judgeship? Consider the nomination of Justice Department official Donna Murphy to be a superior court judge in the District of Columbia.

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At Justice, It Just Keeps Getting Worse

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011 - by Hans A. von Spakovsky

The Civil Rights Division has blocked a much-needed reform of a local school board in S.C., once again showing it has no interest in protecting minority voters if they are white.

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Stop the Presses: Shutting Down the Civil Rights Commission’s Investigation of DOJ

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 - by Hans A. von Spakovsky

President Obama and Harry Reid have used their appointment powers to stop the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights' investigation into the New Black Panther Party voter-intimidation case. (Don't miss James Poulos' PJTV interview with von Spakovsky and J. Christian Adams from CPAC.)

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Obama Renominates Judge with Record of Racial Double Standards

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011 - by Hans A. von Spakovsky

Judge James E. Graves has demonstrated a racialist view of the First Amendment, which apparently does not worry the president.

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Rewarding Misbehavior with Presidential Nominations

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 - by Hans A. von Spakovsky

How does Obama treat a political appointee who may have helped suborn perjury and obstruct an investigation? By nominating him to a higher office.

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Exclusive Excerpts From New Black Panther Case Investigation Report

Thursday, November 18th, 2010 - by Hans A. von Spakovsky

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is set to consider a draft report of its investigation tomorrow. Some details of the report have been leaked to PJM.

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Election Fraud Uncovered by Patriotic Citizens … Who Promptly Get Sued

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010 - by Hans A. von Spakovsky

Election watchers True the Vote have found disturbing amounts of fraud in Harris County, Texas. Rather than support their important work, the Texas Democratic Party (among others) is suing them. (And don't forget to join PJM's voter-fraud watch!)

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Time for Change: Gov’t Must Address Lawlessness Uncovered by Christopher Coates

Friday, September 24th, 2010 - by Hans A. von Spakovsky

Following Friday’s explosive testimony before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, the Department of Justice and the Obama administration now must restore the public trust in civil rights enforcement, as they will be held accountable by Americans. (Update: Click here to watch analysis on the state of Obama's DOJ on PJTV.)

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Coates’ Direct Eyewitness Testimony to Shine Light on DOJ

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010 - by Hans A. von Spakovsky

J. Christian Adams testified under oath that the Department of Justice fails to enforce civil rights law in a race-neutral manner, and that Christopher Coates would be able to confirm his allegations.

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Bombshell: Defying DOJ Instructions, Christopher Coates Will Testify Friday on New Black Panther Case

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010 - by Hans A. von Spakovsky

Told by the Department of Justice to ignore a subpoena from the Civil Rights Commission, former Voting Section Chief Coates has instead chosen to comply. His testimony Friday morning is likely to be incredibly damaging to DOJ leadership and the Obama administration. (Click here to read Coates' letter to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in PDF form, and click here to watch Hans A. von Spakovsky's new interview on PJTV.)

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Enough Is Enough, Joe Rich: An Uncivil Man from the Civil Rights Division

Monday, September 20th, 2010 - by Hans A. von Spakovsky

The former chief of the Voting Section of the DOJ's Civil Rights Division is not the apolitical civil servant portrayed in the media. He is hyper-partisan and vindictive, and should be investigated for perjury.

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Pampering Illegals, Endangering Americans: The Obama Administration’s Immigration Policy

Sunday, August 8th, 2010 - by Hans A. von Spakovsky

Another death caused by a criminal alien, allowed out of detention because of policy that tilts toward selective amnesty.

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BREAKING: Sen. Leahy (D-VT) Denies Senate Judiciary Request to Investigate New Black Panther Case

Friday, July 30th, 2010 - by Hans A. von Spakovsky

Leahy denies the request in a letter filled with factual and legal errors, and left-wing talking points. Click here to read the letter (pdf).

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Dissenting with Paul Mirengoff: New Black Panther Case Should Not Have Been Dismissed

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 - by Hans A. von Spakovsky

Former DOJ Civil Rights Division lawyer Hans A. von Spakovsky rebuts a post by our esteemed colleague.

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Hillary the Movie: The Sequel at the Supreme Court

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009 - by Hans A. von Spakovsky

A compelling drama at the Supreme Court, where the fate of campaign finance restrictions will be decided.

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Conservatives Don’t Rock the Boat In the Executive Branch

Sunday, July 19th, 2009 - by Hans A. von Spakovsky

The overwhelming power liberals wield silences many a conservative voice. (Part Three of a three-part series. Part One is here and Part Two here.)

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Conservative? Ethical? There’s No Room for You in Government

Saturday, July 11th, 2009 - by Hans A. von Spakovsky

A former FEC and Justice Department employee exposes massive liberal corruption in the executive branch. (This is part two of a three-part series. Read part one here.)

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In Washington, Conservatives Are Never Really ‘In Power’

Friday, July 3rd, 2009 - by Hans A. von Spakovsky

The GOP is always vastly outnumbered in the executive branch's bureaucracy — no matter who is president.

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More on Those Dangerous ‘Right-Wing Extremists’

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009 - by Hans A. von Spakovsky

Beware of right-wing rabble rousers who shout radical slogans like "Give me liberty — or give me death!"

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It’s Time to Uproot the Real Cause of the Mortgage Crisis

Saturday, December 20th, 2008 - by Hans A. von Spakovsky

Or else American taxpayers will be called upon to bail out the economy again.

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