Tuesday, June 14, 2022

As the Big Lie gets demolished in DC, the traveling BS comes to Milwaukee

For today's "Timing Is Everything" award - 1 day after the January 6th Committee quoted numerous Trump Administration officials saying that TrumpWorld's claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election were "bullshit", we get this headline.

Michael Gableman will address a poll watcher training event next weekend organized by a Republican lawyer who played a key role in the legal effort to overturn the 2020 election in favor of former President Donald Trump.

Branded as an "election integrity summit" by lead organizer the Conservative Partnership Institute, the event at a Wauwatosa hotel will include sessions on the recruitment, training and deployment of poll watchers, according to the event's website.

The Wauwatosa summit is the latest in a nationwide effort by longtime GOP lawyer Cleta Mitchell to encourage more conservative activists to poll watch ahead of the 2022 election. Mitchell, a senior legal fellow for the Conservative Partnership Institute, advised Trump during his failed attempt to overturn the 2020 election results.
Cleta Mitchell, you say? One of the stars of this expose from Jane Mayer last year

And the Milwaukee area is a fitting area to have this BS, because Mayer noted a lot of the money of this Big Lie BubbleVerse comes from the Cream City.
Another newcomer to the cause is the Election Integrity Project California. And a group called FreedomWorks, which once concentrated on opposing government regulation, is now demanding expanded government regulation of voters, with a project called the National Election Protection Initiative.

These disparate nonprofits have one thing in common: they have all received funding from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. Based in Milwaukee, the private, tax-exempt organization has become an extraordinary force in persuading mainstream Republicans to support radical challenges to election rules—a tactic once relegated to the far right. With an endowment of some eight hundred and fifty million dollars, the foundation funds a network of groups that have been stoking fear about election fraud, in some cases for years. Public records show that, since 2012, the foundation has spent some eighteen million dollars supporting eleven conservative groups involved in election issues.....

An animating force behind the Bradley Foundation’s war on “election fraud” is Cleta Mitchell, a fiercely partisan Republican election lawyer, who joined the organization’s board of directors in 2012. Until recently, she was virtually unknown to most Americans. But, on January 3rd, the Washington Post exposed the contents of a private phone call, recorded the previous day, during which Trump threatened election officials in Georgia with a “criminal offense” unless they could “find” 11,780 more votes for him—just enough to alter the results. Also on the call was Mitchell, who challenged the officials to provide records proving that dead people hadn’t cast votes. The call was widely criticized as a rogue effort to overturn the election, and Foley & Lardner, the Milwaukee-based law firm where Mitchell was a partner, announced that it was “concerned” about her role, and then parted ways with her. Trump’s call prompted the district attorney in Fulton County, Georgia, to begin a criminal investigation.

In a series of e-mails and phone calls with me, Mitchell adamantly defended her work with the Trump campaign, and said that in Georgia, where she has centered her efforts, “I don’t think we can say with certainty who won.” She told me that there were countless election “irregularities,” such as voters using post-office boxes as their residences, in violation of state law. “I believe there were more illegal votes cast than the margin of victory,” she said. “The only remedy is a new election.” Georgia’s secretary of state rejected her claims, but Mitchell insists that the decision lacked a rigorous evaluation of the evidence. With her support, diehard conspiracy theorists are still litigating the matter in Fulton County, which includes most of Atlanta. Because they keep demanding that election officials prove a negative—that corruption didn’t happen—their requests to keep interrogating the results can be repeated almost indefinitely.....
Guess who else supports the "Election Integrity Project"?

Funny how the money goes around and around in RW BSWorld, isn't it? Imagine if a fraction of the dirty dollars going to these tax-dodging "non-profits" went to anything useful in society?

"It's a Big Club, and you ain't in it." - George Carlin.

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