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(UPDATED: RNC Responds to PJ Media) EXCLUSIVE: RNC Operatives Join Holder’s Campaign Against Texas, Several Other States

Sources say RNC donations are being used to re-impose federal mandates struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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July 26, 2013 - 5:58 am

UPDATE: 

RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer is denying the claims made within this article, both via phone and by submitting comments below as “SeanS”.

Additionally, Tom Hofeller, mentioned in this article, claims via email that this article is “unequivocally false.”

PJ Media not only has 100% confidence in the accuracy of the article’s contents, we offered Spicer, via email, three additional questions for the RNC to answer regarding their denial:

1. Does RNC oppose a renewed Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, or is the story accurate that RNC consultants are working on a fix?

2. Does RNC oppose an amended Section 4?

3. Was RNC’s staff involved in the 2006 reauthorization of Section 5 — advocating amendment and higher burdens on states?

We stated that we would wait for their responses and would publish them in this article.

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Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday that the Justice Department will seek to recapture Texas and return it to federal oversight for approval of all election law changes such as photo voter identification. Holder’s move comes after the Supreme Court in June freed Texas and other states from the requirement that all state election laws be approved in Washington, D.C. Holder’s move prompted outrage from Texas Senators Ted Cruz, John Cornyn and Governor Rick Perry.

The three should also be angry with the Republican National Committee. PJ Tatler has learned that staff at the RNC have been spending RNC donations plotting to do exactly what Eric Holder is seeking to do – return Texas and other states to federal oversight.

According to RNC sources frustrated with the race-based effort, paid RNC consultant Tom Hofeller (thofeller@rnchq.org) is spending RNC donations to develop race-based criteria to grab Texas and other states and place them back into federal receivership. The sources tell Tatler that nearly all of the members of the actual committee have been kept in the dark about this effort, and no mention is ever made in RNC fundraising efforts — for good reason, because GOP donors would be furious.

Hofeller, a long-time RNC consultant on redistricting, has devised ways to force several states back into federal receivership by amending the Voting Rights Act to grab states and force them to obtain Washington, D.C. approval. He is hopeful that Congressional Republicans will use his RNC-generated ideas to accomplish this goal.

So far, the Republicans in Congress have shown more sense than the Republicans paid by the RNC, and are cool to the idea of returning states to federal receivership.

According to congressional sources, Hofeller has also been misrepresenting the importance of the law struck down by the Supreme Court. Hofeller has told Hill sources the federal election oversight law is essential to elect Republicans, something most Republicans on the Hill no longer believe is true. Hofeller has spread this message while being paid by the RNC.

RNC fundraising is down this year. If the rank and file learn that donations are being used to place states back under Eric Holder’s boot, to attack voter ID, and pay race-obsessed consultants like Hofeller, expect RNC fundraising to suffer further. Why should donors pay the RNC to help Eric Holder attack Texas?

The bigger question: why is the RNC paying anyone like Tom Hofeller one red cent to do something that the overwhelming majority of Republicans oppose?

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I've got over a decade on you with the Republicans [regular convention delegate and I've run a winning presidential campaign in my county], until last January when I gave up. It is too late to retake and rebrand it. It has gone over to the enemy. Last national convention they changed the rules so that central committees can veto "unsuitable" candidates if they win the nomination. Anyone conservative will be unsuitable. Found out that they also cut a Federal Court deal with the Democrats back in the 1980's NOT to fight vote fraud ever and anywhere, and renewed the consent decree in 2012. See US Third Circuit Court of Appeals case No. 09-4615 final order:

http://fellowshipofminds.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/rnc-v-dnc.pdf

The government, the Democrats, and the Institutional Republicans have burst the bonds of the law and the Constitution. There is neither time nor means to bring them back under control using the Republican party. A new party; call it Freedom Party, Liberty Rising, TEA Party, or whatever, can be the start of a framework for whatever resistance to tyranny comes about.

The task is not going to be easy. Success is NOT assured. But there is no hope in operating from within the Institutional Republican wing of the Governance Party.

Subotai Bahadur
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This may be the final wooden stake through the heart of the Republican party. It's so stupid. Don't they realize who their constituents are? This is nothing more than ugly corporatists acting in their own money grubbing interest against true conservatives. Every Republican primary needs to have a true conservative (i.e. Tea Party) candidate to combat these idiots who don't speak for me anymore.
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"The bigger questions is why is the RNC paying anyone like Tom Hofeller one red cent to do something that the overwhelming majority of Republicans oppose?"

It wouldn't be The Stupid Party if it weren't doing stupid things.
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I'm still stuck on the Senate-passed immigration bill which gives the 10 or 20 or whatever million newly "documented" foreigners three mulligan DUIs and still be on a path to citizenship plus three mulligan falsified ids. If any of my children did that they'd be tossed in the clinker.

Better change the Inscription on the Statue of Liberty to: "Send us your liars, your cheats, your scoundrels . . ."
1 year ago
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Your previously unregistered Democrats yearning to vote for me ...
1 year ago
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You didn't expect anyone to bother to read the bill before they voted for it, did you? Even the British Parliament and King George III read stuff before signing it.
1 year ago
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The forthcoming debacle on immigration reform -- again with the collusion of the usual suspect RINOs, such as Senators Graham and the egregious and pompous "Hispanic" Marco Rubio -- illustrates the big fix we're in because we have no opposition party.

Many are starting to think that, rather than supporting Republicans, maybe it would make more sense just to quit voting and let the globo-socialists (aka the Democratic Party) go ahead and run the country into the ground and start over fresh with a new slate, and an opposition party.

Trouble is, the immigration amnesty proposed by the socialists and the RINOs will do permanent, irreversible damage to the nation.
1 year ago
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So far all the Republicans that are coming forward as future Presidential candidates are people who either bore or annoy me. Reagan didn't bore me. If he annoyed me, it was because I knew he was right (except on amnesty, of course).
1 year ago
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Heck, even that might have been tolerable IF we had actually gotten the border locked down as was promised.
1 year ago
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The RNC's shenanigans during the primaries and the convention makes me unconvinced of their integrity, and very disillusioned when it comes to getting that kind of crap out of every branch of the government.

I expect that kind of Chicago politics from the Dems, not from the RNC.

Keep taking my vote for granted, and you can have another couple of years like 2008-2010.

I may not have the specifics, but I can smell bull$#!^ a mile away.
1 year ago
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"RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer is denying the ....wait for their responses and would publish them in this article."

Killer, sick balls!

Excellent job, guys. Excellent job.
1 year ago
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It is interesting in their denial of a story about working to advance section 5 they take credit for past work advancing section 5. Being that they were on the "winning side" and all...
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OFFICIAL RNC RESPONSE (since PJ wont print it)
A anonymous post in PJ media that is based entirely on anonymous sources makes the false allegation that the RNC and its redistricting consultant Dr Tom Hofeller are spending RNC donations to develop “race- based criteria” to “grab Texas and other states and place then back under federal receivership”. The story fails to note that a contributor of PJ Media, J. Christian Adams, was on the losing side of the effort to renew the Voting Rights Act in 2006.

Here are the facts:
1. There is no RNC effort what so ever to influence litigation or legislation dealing with the effects of the Shelby County decision.
2. There is no RNC efforts to create any new criteria to replace section 4 which was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.
3. No RNC staff or funding have used to for this purpose.
4. There is no RNC effort nor has there been any involvement in devising criteria that amends “the Voting Rights Act to grab states and force them to obtain Washington, D>C> approval.”
5. There is no RNC effort nor has there been any attempts to use Hofeller’s “RNC-generated ideas to accomplish this goal.”
6. On this matter there are NO “RNC generated ideas” – period!
7. Of the so -called Republicans in Congress that are “cool to this idea” PJ Media cannot name one (see number 6 – there is no plan to be cool to).

The RNC demands a full retraction and apology. Legal action against the source will be pursued.

1 year ago
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SeanS - RNC troll. Death to the Republican Party, the enemy of Humanity. Bring on the 3rd, new party: Tea Party.
1 year ago
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Apologies if this is already dealt with [the whole thread isn't loading]...
Note how the reply from 'SeanS' is replete with typos, elementary errors of grammar and usage, and strained syntax. And yes, in the circumstances, it matters.

In the lingua franca of HuffPo:
Are you an ESL victim, S-baby? Or just an ignorant pr[censored again]*ck?
1 year ago
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So you write a rebuttal and tell everyone your side of the story is "facts" and PJ Media's side is "false allegation" without actually offering any evidence, except one irrelevant item for which you provide no documentation. Outstanding.
1 year ago
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"The story fails to note that a contributor of PJ Media, J. Christian Adams, was on the losing side of the effort to renew the Voting Rights Act in 2006."

If true -- and apparently it isn't -- how would this be relevant?
1 year ago
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Of course they will print your denial.

It would be good if you would source your denial.

If it turns out they have the better paper trail or source, then you must know that you, Hofeller, and the RNC

are

DONE
1 year ago
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So, I just noticed that the entire post there disputing the reporting of this story as false consists of: This story is false because we say it is. Trust us.
1 year ago
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Funny.

Sean supplies those quotes to http://redredhead.wordpress.com and then copy/pastes them from her blog. Heck, he even linked back to her blog in an earlier comment below!

Sean, did you learn damage control from the Democrats? That's a fairly sneaky trick, buddy.
1 year ago
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I think "legal action" sounds great. Maybe through discovery, while verifying this story, we can get to the bottom of what the heck is wrong with the RNC.
1 year ago
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Peculiar to see this comment since in 2006 I was at the Justice Department and had absolutely no role pro or con in the reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act. That's a totally inaccurate assertion. I had no role whatsoever in the reauthorization - no case, no nothing.
1 year ago
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Do you realize what the saddest part of this story is? It is that this is totally believable based on the GOP's leadership history.
1 year ago
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Yep, Sean is just re-posting from the same blog I linked in my comment below.

I understand I could be wrong. This Hofeller guy could be a Jim Dandy establishment Republican. Still, the story of the RNC selling us out is more believable. I don't trust Preibus as far as I could spit on him, and I actually like him less than I like Michael Steele.
1 year ago
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So, there's a blog that says they've "debunked the story": http://redredhead.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/no-rnc-operatives-are-not-working-with-holder-to-circumvent-scotus-and-return-texas-to-federal-oversight/#comments

How did they debunk it? I'll let the blog owner answer that question:

red_red_head

@1tootall I'm the one that contact the RNC to request a statement and to find out whether or not this was true. You can believe what you like, but the RNC isn't going to demand a full apology and retraction if they're in the wrong. @red_red_head

So, clearly ladies and gentlemen, if was false, the RNC wouldn't demand an apology and retraction. Maybe they'd only demand a retraction? Good lord.

How about some transparency? Let the RNC publish the spending of Mr. Hoffeller. Shouldn't be hard to figure out from that.

I tend to agree with most other Constitutionalists - if there wasn't already a serious problem with the Republican Party's credibility, few if any of us would be quick to believe this report.

Honestly, other than some of the contributors like Rick Moran, I find the information I receive from PJ Media to be accurate and well-sourced. Even Moran is accurate when he reports fact. His problem is when he offers analysis.
1 year ago
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Hey I heard Ted Cruz's cousin's uncle's brother's former roommate advocated Alberta secession back when Trudeau was prime minister. Somebody call Alana Goodman. We need more dirt on Cruz pronto, by 2016 folks will have forgotten about Jack Hunter. But I bet Hunter or some other neo-Confederate tossed green paint at the Lincoln Memorial this week! Insurrectionist Confederate Paulbots are everywhere!

- RNC/Establishment troll
1 year ago
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How do you "unlike" a post here, dammit? I meant to hit Reply. PJ's comments engine sucks.
1 year ago
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There is no "unlike" option. You can click on Reply and rebut whatever the commenter said but that's pretty much it. (As I understand it, "Report Abuse" is only for reporting spam, not comments that you dislike.)
1 year ago
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I don't know, EquisFiles. I'm certainly not establishment, but I have very little respect for Ron Paul and his acolytes. Paul's supporters were VERY similar in their devotion to Obama's supporters. They couldn't tell you more than the talking points they'd read from his website. You could speak rationally to them. You couldn't talk to them about history or government at any depth without them falling back on his talking points. Many seemed to be extremely anti-Semetic (Jews run the banks!)

There was a lot not to like about Ron Paul, and it had EVERYTHING to do with being a Constitutionalist.
1 year ago
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Sorry - You "couldn't" speak rationally to them.
1 year ago
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Not so, I spoke very rationally to them all the time. There are some very attractive things in Ron Paul's ideas ... right up until he goes all isolationist with the nutty idea that we can afford to ignore the rest of the world and every will be all hunky dory fine because everyone will just leave us alone.

It's too bad that while you could speak rationally to them, all rational civility would stop as soon as you started to part ways with their orthodoxy. It exposed many for the zealots they were and made Paul much less attractive than much of his platform deserved to be.
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I guess I wasn't clear. That's precisely the point I was trying to make, aharris.

Yeah, Paul's issues start somewhere around the quote, "Why shouldn't Iran get a nuke? Everybody else has one."

Uh, because Mr. Paul, Iran will use it on the U.S.A! They've said so. Holy cow.
1 year ago
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I have just received info that causes me to withdraw the following statement I made below: "And maybe he's pushing this (even though "it's against what most Republicans want") because sometimes the majority wants what is not good for its future electoral prospects." He isn't pushing it and the charge is false. Since it's false, I withdraw what I have said.

I say this tho: Tom Hofeller is a good guy and a fine Republican whether some here think so or not.
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No, RNC Operatives are NOT Working With Holder to Circumvent SCOTUS and Return Texas to Federal Oversight

http://redredhead.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/no-rnc-operatives-are-not-working-with-holder-to-circumvent-scotus-and-return-texas-to-federal-oversight/
1 year ago
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So, the RNC trolls are here in full force.
1 year ago
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Troll. n. Vituperative descriptive to indicate someone doesn't agree with you....
*sigh*
1 year ago
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No, richard, a troll is a creature that hides under bridges and comes out to scare travelers and sometimes eat them. Having never seen you here before makes you? What? And this SeanS? Never heard of you hereabouts stranger.

I know Subotai and trust him by rep and bonafides.

Who are you really?
1 year ago
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There's this really neat function called "google" you can use. It's on that boxy thing in front of you with the buttons... you know, the buttons with the letters of the alphabet printed on them?
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Richard, you're not good at this, man. Seriously, you should have just had a rabid Statist from the other side of the aisle come in here and lob bombs at everyone. At least that guy would likely derail the comments section by taking people into the mud of his circular logic and nonsense philosophy.
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Looks like the The Tatler got bamboozled.

The Democrats are shopping a fake story in order to sow dissent within the GOP ranks, and screw with the RNC’s fundraising.

The Democrats are constantly on a war footing.

Division, Diversion, Demagoguery and Dishonesty are Democrats only hope for victory. They can’t win in the marketplace of ideas.
1 year ago
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I think your point is worthy of consideration.
1 year ago
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Interesting. Your basis for this?
1 year ago
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The story lacks documentation. Anonymous author, anonymous sources. Those predisposed to demean the Republican Party will easily ignore those obvious elements. And of course democrats will just giggle their evil butts off.
1 year ago
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The story fails to note that a contributor of PJ Media, J. Christian Adams, was on the losing side of the effort to renew the Voting Rights Act in 2006.
1 year ago
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BTW, if that were even true, what would it have to do with the post you are claiming to respond to?
1 year ago
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Well it shouldn't have been renewed at all.

What did the RNC get out of the compromise?

How much did that hurt the country? When will they ridiculous consent decree be unilaterally voided?
1 year ago
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P Desperate troll is grasping at straws. Hey, aren't you the self-proclaimed Director of RNC Communications who is 100%!
1 year ago
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Perhaps all their base are belong to us!
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