Empower Wisconsin | Sept 4, 2020
By M.D. Kittle
MADISON —U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s one-time political scandal “fixer” Marc Elias is leading the effort to keep music mogul Kanye West off the November presidential election ballot.
Elias, who served as lawyer for the presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton and U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), signed onto a lawsuit that challenges the validity of several voters listed on West’s petition for candidacy
Democrats successfully sued to remove West from Wisconsin’s presidential ballot, arguing the rapper didn’t turn in the required signatures on time.
West is on the ballot in at least eight states, according to the Daily Caller.
D.C. attorney Elias has been the political fixer for some of the biggest names among the liberal elite, including former President Barack Obama.
“There is no Democratic-side campaign finance lawyer who is more important than Marc Elias,” Robert Lenhard, a former Federal Election Commission (FEC) chairman told Politico in 2014. “That is without a doubt.”
He was tapped in 2015 by Baldwin’s campaign to handle crisis control after the Madison Democrat fired a staffer who blew the whistle on Baldwin’s slow response to the Tomah Veterans Affairs hospital scandal. A Marine veteran died of a “lethal cocktail” of prescription drugs, a tragedy that led to a federal investigation into overprescription of opioids at the facility.
Baldwin, in fact, was the only member of Wisconsin’s congressional delegation to receive a copy of a 2014 Inspector General’s report detailing the abuses at Tomah. She did nothing with the information.
Elias was brought in to make the whistleblower story go away. He was paid north of $90,000 for his services. Baldwin ultimately offered staffer Marquette Baylor a severance package, complete with a nondisclosure agreement demanding Baylor keep her mouth shut. Baylor filed an ethics complaint, which like most such complaints, went nowhere in the U.S. Senate.
Elias and his firm, D.C.-based Perkins Coie, are known for getting their liberal clients out of trouble — and for making trouble for their client’s opponents.
It was Elias who retained Fusion GPS on behalf of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee to conduct research that resulted in the “now-famous dossier containing allegations about President Trump’s connections to Russia” and alleged coordination between his campaign and the Kremlin, the Washington Post reported in October 2017.
The contents of the dossier, the basis for a warrant that allowed federal law enforcement officials to spy on the Trump campaign, have been throughly discredited. But the left used investigation material gleaned from the warrants to pitch their now-infamously bogus Trump-Russia collusion narrative.