Empower Wisconsin | March 20, 2020
By M.D. Kittle
MADISON — Did you catch who is behind the Democrats’ federal lawsuit looking to knock out Wisconsin’s voter ID law during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic?
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s political fixer.
In fact, D.C. attorney Marc Elias has been the political fixer for some of the biggest names among the liberal elite. Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Hillary Clinton, and former President Barack Obama, just to name a few.
“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.”
You’ll recall that Baldwin (D-Madison) paid Elias north $90,000 to handle crisis control after the senator 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. Baldwin ultimately offered staffer Marquette Baylor a severance package, complete with nondisclosure agreement demanding Baylor keep her mouth shut.
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.
Elias has been down the voter ID road before. As the Free Beacon reported in 2017, Elias was behind Soros-backed lawsuits against voter identification laws in numerous states leading up to the 2016 presidential election, including a lawsuit in Wisconsin. Elias was serving as Hillary Clinton’s top campaign lawyer at the time he was brought in to help Baldwin.
He’s back again.
In this week’s lawsuit, the attorney asserts Wisconsin’s voter ID law will hinder voting during the coronavirus crisis.
“In this unprecedented situation, the regulatory scheme (of the election) has become hostile to voting rights and, as a direct result, thousands of Wisconsin voters are likely to be disenfranchised,” Elias wrote in the filing.
The state GOP blasted the Democrats’ latest lawsuit, sold as a way to protect voting rights.
“Democrats are trying to hijack a national health crisis to rig an election in their favor. If they cared about accessibility at the polls, they’d join us in urging clerks across Wisconsin to allow early voting immediately, not just those in their communities of support. Instead, they insist on suspending common-sense rules in an effort to further rig the election,” Mark Jefferson, executive director of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, said in a statement.
Federal Court Judge William Conley, of Wisconsin’s Western District, on Thursday said he would prefer state government address the voting challenges ahead of the April 7 election, but expressed concerns that no one appears to be in a position to act quickly, according to Wispolitics.