Donald Trump’s voter fraud commission is a giant waste of tax dollars and now it’s facing a lawsuit because one of the panel members, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, is suing the panel.
Dunlap, a Democrat, filed the suit in an attempt to get more information about the formerly titled Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity’s activities, in Washington D.C.
Last month Dunlap said he had plans to raise concerns with Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and shared his frustrations about the voter fraud commission, saying:
‘I think we have to talk about that we have to talk about that if we get another opportunity. I don’t know that we’re ever going to meet again, to tell you the truth. We certainly haven’t talked about it. I think it is a possibility. We haven’t heard about any future meetings. We talked about a meeting in November — that was back in July. We haven’t had anything further about it. It wouldn’t surprise me if we didn’t meet again.’
The Maine Secretary of State expressed his frustrations with the lack of information that he’s received about the voter fraud commission’s staffing and activities, saying:
‘Since the September 12 meeting, I have received no correspondence from the commission other than to acknowledge receipt of my information request.’
The commission panel has only met two times since Donald Trump created it in May. The last meeting of the panel took place on September 12 and since then the commission hasn’t said what they’re working on.
Dunlap continued, explaining the reason for the law suit:
‘My goal in filing this lawsuit is to bring the commission to full compliance with FACA, which would allow me and all of my fellow commissioners to fulfill our roles as full, participating members and provide a meaningful report to the President upon concluding our work.’
Dunlap believes that the commission of violating the Federal Advisory Committee Act, which requires federal advisory committees to disclose documents that are shared amongst people serving on a panel with the general public.
Republican Kris Kobach, the vice chair of the voting commission, is unconcerned and said:
‘Secretary Dunlap’s lawsuit is baseless and paranoid. In it, he complains that he didn’t receive any correspondence from the Commission during the give weeks between September 12 and October 17 He assumes that correspondence regarding Commission business was occurring, but not being shared with him. Dunlop’s assumption is incorrect. I did not receive any such correspondence either.’
‘During that period, Commission work was stalled by three things: (1) litigation defending against eight lawsuits filled by groups seeking to stop or delay the Commission’s work; (2) the loss of commission staff due to an unrelated arrests of a staff member; and (3) the tragic death of Commissioner David Dun during heart surgery. It is not at all surprising that Commission staff were very busy during this period. Ironically, Dunlap’s lawsuit is only going to increase the workload face by Commission staff and Department of Justice Attorneys.’
This suit is only one of more than half a dozen federal lawsuits that the commission has had filed against it. The panel is accused of violating privacy and transparency laws. The Government Accountability Office recently announced it would be investigating the voter fraud commission.
The executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Kristen Clarke, is suing the commission over FACA violations, said:
‘Today’s lawsuit is unprecedented and underscores the chaotic and dysfunctional nature of this Commission.’
With that many lawsuits, everyone should consider taking a closer look at the commissions Donald Trump has created and what exactly is going on within them.
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