Empower Wisconsin | Nov. 4, 2022
By M.D. Kittle
MADISON — The lawyer behind the phony Russian dossier is on the campaign payrolls of Gov. Tony Evers and leftist U,S, Senate candidate Mandela Barnes. Marc Eiias, Hillary Clinton’s attorney known as the political “fixer” for Dems with legal problems, has charged Evers’ campaign more than $10,000 through his Elias Law Group, according to campaign finance records. The largest single expenditure was a “legal services” bill for $8,096.25.
Barnes, Evers’ lieutenant governor running against incumbent U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, has paid out nearly $90,000 to Elias’ firm. The largest “legal services” expenditure, in late 2021, was for $27, 501.75.
“That Lt. Gov. Barnes has turned his campaign over to Hillary Clinton’s dark-money lawyer tells you all you need to know: Mandela Barnes is a hypocrite who would just be another vote for national Democrats far left agenda that has crushed families with inflation,” said Johnson campaign spokesman Ben Voelkel.
Elias, with deep ties to the Democratic National Committee and presidential also-ran Hillary Clinton, represented both in 2016 when he helped bankroll the now-infamous dossier that was supposed to show ties between President Trump and the Russian government. Democrats and many press outlets used the Democrat Party’s phony opposition research to try to bring down the Trump presidency.
Elias gets around.
The attorney has been the political fixer for some of the biggest names — and messes — among the liberal elite, including former President Barack Obama. The list also includes Wisconsin’s junior U.S. senator, Tammy Baldwin (D-Madison). Elias 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 at the time, D.C.-based Perkins Coie, where Wisconsin’s liberal Attorney General Josh Kaul worked, are known for getting their liberal clients out of trouble — and for making trouble for their client’s opponents.
He and two former law partners found themselves in trouble last year when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit slapped the attorneys with sanctions for violating ethical rules in a voting case.