Based on evidence collected, DOJ has sued Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s administration and Secretary of State Tom Schedler under the welfare agency provisions of NVRA. If the defendants have not already done so, they need to request in discovery all of the recordings and transcripts of these sting operations. Other states should immediately inform Eric Holder in writing that they consider their public welfare agency employees represented by counsel and that any interviews must be approved by state attorneys generals. Then report any DOJ lawyers who oversee clandestine electronic surveillance to their bar associations and to the DOJ Office of Professional Responsibility. The states that don’t might be secretly stung next.
These tactics represent a significant development in several ways. Of course DOJ is allowed to engage in these sorts of investigations by law, but the Voting Section has never used electronic surveillance to gather evidence for a civil case before. One former Bush era Voting Section manger told me, “had the Bush administration used wires in a civil voting case, we would have been accused of Gestapo tactics.” Indeed.
The second reason that these tactics are significant is they demonstrate the frenzied priorities of the Obama political appointees before November’s elections. Because of heavy lobbying by Acorn’s Project Vote, the DOJ is now engaged in an effort to stuff the voter rolls with the maximum number of welfare and food stamp recipients, and even public methadone treatment center users. Eric Holder is fighting to fill the voter rolls with these voters before November.
At the same time, deliberate decisions have been made to ignore Section 8 of NVRA. Not a single case has been brought to clean up voter rolls during the Obama administration. Ironically, Holder, in his confirmation hearings, criticized the Bush Justice Department for “cherry picking” which voting laws they want to enforce and which they didn’t. Like so much from Eric Holder’s mouth, the statement has been shown to be a devious misdirection. Holder blames his political opponents for conduct in which he engages.
And what of Congress? Usually, the action or inaction of Congressional oversight committees is a topic I leave to others. But we face a potential electoral calamity because of corrupted voter rolls, a situation encouraged by Acorn-style groups. Ironically, Eric Holder just this week asked for millions more dollars for the Voting Section. No doubt, he wishes to flood the unit with more ACORN-approved lawyers prior to the election, lawyers eager to sue states to increase welfare agency voter registration while ignoring millions of dead voters on the rolls.
What will Congress do in response to the Pew data showing that Eric Holder and Tom Perez have failed to faithfully execute the laws of the United States? Will Holder get millions more for the corrupt Voting Section? I doubt Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va), who oversees the DOJ budget in the House, has much tolerance for Holder’s games. If anything, Congress should see to it that the Voting Section’s budget is halved, and a sizeable portion of the new lawyers hired under the questionable circumstances PJ Media has reported on should be reintroduced to the private sector.
What of the House Administration Committee which ostensibly has oversight over NVRA enforcement? Surely corrupted voter rolls and misplaced DOJ priorities are enough to awaken aggressive oversight. What could be more important than the integrity of our elections? Let’s hope somebody with Constitutional authority over DOJ steps up before we witness an electoral debacle in less than nine months.