“Kobach sits on board of veterans group that isn’t using money to help veterans”

…found only a small fraction of the group’s money actually goes toward veterans’ issues. “This is the first I’ve heard of any suggestion that the monies raised by the charity aren’t going to the various causes for veterans,” Kobach said Thursday…. The bureau, which reviews the integrity of charities and businesses, gave Veterans in Defense of Liberty an “F,” the lowest possible grade on its scale. A review of the group’s 2014 and 2015…

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“Kobach will represent himself in upcoming trial. Is it a smart move?”

…Wichita Eagle: When a federal lawsuit challenging Kansas’s proof of citizenship voter law goes to trial in March, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach plans to be in the courtroom. He’ll be the attorney defending the law he crafted. Rarely, if ever, do statewide elected officials represent themselves at trial.  …

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“Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Files New Lawsuit Against Trump Administration For Concealing Its Actions to Engage DOJ and DHS in Work of Commission on Election Integrity”

…(DOJ) and Homeland Security (DHS) for blocking the public release of information related to their efforts to investigate unfounded claims of voter fraud, including by coordinating with the now-defunct Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.  The lawsuit was filed one day after news reports revealed that former Commission Vice Chair and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach exposed the personally identifiable information of…

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“Kris Kobach’s Office Leaks Last 4 Social Security Digits of Nearly Every Kansas Lawmaker and Thousands of State Employees, Including Kris Kobach”

…ion,” the unauthorized disclosure of which is unlawful under numerous state and federal laws. Putting these statements of substantial interest online without redacting the SSN4 information is beyond reckless; it’s stupid.,,, Kobach’s office has spent the past few weeks trying to convince the Kansas legislature that it is, in fact, equipped to handle voluminous amounts of sensitive voter records. The interstate Crosscheck program, which is…

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“Trump election fraud commission bought Texas election data flagging Hispanic voters”

…aunched the drive to collect data from every state, said “at no time did the commission request any state to flag surnames by ethnicity or race. It’s a complete surprise to me.”  Told of documents showing the Texas purchase, Kobach said, “Mr. Williams did not ask any member of the commission whether he should check that box or not, so it certainly wasn’t a committee decision.” Such “information does not, did not advance the commission’s inquiry…

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“Judge Knocks DOJ Claim That Kobach Can’t Speak For Voter Fraud Panel”

…e didn’t buy the Justice Department’s argument that Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach couldn’t speak to what was being done with the data collected by the now-defunct voter fraud commission he led. The judge ordered that Kobach or another commission member file a declaration giving a full explanation. The declaration will state “what information was collected or created by the Commission and/or its members on behalf of the Commission, where…

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More Trouble for Kobach’s Crosscheck

McPherson Sentinel: Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s office will postpone the initial uploading of voter registration data from other states to the Kansas-based Interstate Crosscheck System while it reviews the program’s cybersecurity, a state official said Wednesday. Bryan Caskey, director of elections in Kobach’s office, told members of the House Elections Committee the Kansas secretary of state’s office began reviewing security protocols for…

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“White House Official Says Voter Fraud Panel Found Nothing, Will Delete Voter Data”

…solved the commission Wednesday but said its work would be moved to DHS. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the agency would take up the panel’s “preliminary findings,” and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R), the panel’s vice chair, said DHS would run voter information against databases of immigrants to try to find voters illegally on the rolls. But Charles Herndon, the director of White House Information Technology,…

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“Contrary to his claims, Kobach not part of new voter fraud investigation, DHS says”

…forward.” He said that the agency would be looking for non-citizens on the voter rolls, an issue that Kobach has heavily promoted during his seven years as Kansas secretary of state. However, a spokesman for DHS contradicted Kobach’s characterization of his role in that agency’s work. “Mr. Kobach is not advising DHS in a formal or informal manner,” said Tyler Q. Houlton, a spokesman for DHS. “Of course, if an issue were to arise, we would work…

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Jonah Goldberg: “The Voter-Fraud Commission Dies a Partisan Death” (and My Own Thoughts on Thielen’s Laughable Oped)

…21; I commented in a tweetstorm on Thielen’s incorrect statement that I opposed the earlier commissions (I believe I agreed with every recommendation of the Bauer-Ginsberg commission), and the idea that I opposed Pence-Kobach because I was afraid it would create recommendations which would end the voter fraud I love and crave. I opposed it because it was based on a dangerous lie aimed at disenfranchising people and stacked with the…

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“What the demise of Trump’s voter fraud commission teaches Kansans about Kris Kobach”

…Strong KC Star editorial: The election integrity group had all the hallmarks of a classic Kobach operation — headline-grabbing allegations, poor legal review, finger-pointing followed by inaction, contradictory claims, and eventually, collapse. Kansans will need to decide if that’s how they want the governor’s office to operate….

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“DHS election unit has no plans for probing voter fraud: sources”

…d whether the DHS has immediate plans to pursue voter fraud issues, agency spokesman Tyler Houlton said it “continues to work in support of state governments who are responsible for administering elections, with efforts focused on securing elections against those who seek to undermine the election system or its integrity.”… DHS spokesman Houlton added that Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a former co-chairman of the White House’s…

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“Kobach is prosecuting this confused Republican cattle rancher with four felony counts of voter fraud”

Great reporting by Kira Lerner, showing what Kobach’s illusion of a voter fraud epidemic looks like up close: For the past few years, Que J. Fullmer has split his time between Kansas and Colorado. He owns a cattle company and roughly 1,000 acres in Syracuse, Kansas, and his wife lives in Brighton, Colorado, where the couple owns a home and 300 acres. In November 2016, Fullmer cast ballots in both states. He figured that because he pays…

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von Spakovsky, of the Now Defunct Pence-Kobach Fraudulent Fraud Squad, Suddenly Calls for a Greater Federal Role in Elections

Interesting turnabout: One of the most common arguments made by state officials in refusing to turn over voter registration lists is that the federal government has no business barging in and demanding states provide the information. Von Spakovsky says that argument rings hollow given what states constantly do with the same information. “The information we asked for is information that all of these states routinely sell to candidates and…

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VP Pence Distances Himself More via New York Times from Pence-Kobach Fraud Commission

In this Wines/Haberman piece, Trump Closes Voter Fraud Panel That Bickered More Than It Revealed: Vice President Mike Pence, the nominal leader of the commission, was said to have never considered the inquiry a top priority, and Stephen K. Bannon, its most aggressive champion, had thoroughly fallen out with Mr. Trump, one person close to Mr. Pence said on Thursday. Clearly floundering, the commission had been destined to be moved to an agency…

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“Trump will still yell about voter fraud, but at least his clownish election commission can’t do any lasting damage”

…ue, the greatest immediate danger to voting rights seems to have passed. It concludes: After Trump’s announcement, a White House official told CNN that the commission went “off the rails” and Pence distanced himself from it. Kobach tried to put the best face on things Wednesday night, telling Politico:“Anyone on the left needs to realize that by throwing the food in the air, they just lost a seat at the table.” He said he expected Immigration…

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Today’s Humor Section: Kobach Tells Breitbart Action by DHS to Continue Voter Fraud Witch Hunt Won’t Be Stalled Through Litigation

…y operate without hold-ups in courts, lawsuits, and political battles, a move that Kobach says Democrats brought onto themselves. “The investigations will continue now, but they won’t be able to stall if through litigation,” Kobach told Breitbart News. “The investigation will continue. And it will continue more efficiently and more effectively,” Kobach said. “By throwing their food in the air, they just lost their seat at the table. To be clear,…

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Dunlap on the President’s Claim of Why Pence-Kobach Ended: “Balderdash”

…ilure of President Trump’s Election Integrity Commission at the feet of Dunlap and three other Democratic commissioners. “[It’s a] bunch of balderdash,” Dunlap told ThinkProgress in an interview…. “The Federal Advisory Committee Act is quite clear that this is supposed to be a transparent, open process that welcomes perspectives from across the political spectrum, and we weren’t doing any of that,” Dunlap said. “When I filed the suit,…

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Kobach Says ICE Will Carry On Pence-Kobach Role

…e over the commission’s work and begin efforts to match state voter rolls to federal databases of noncitizens. He insisted he was not disappointed with the president’s decision. “It’s the right move,” Kobach said. “It’s a shifting in tactics from having the investigation be done by a federal commission to having it be done by a federal agency. The agency has a greater ability to move quickly to get the…

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WH Official Calls Pence-Kobach a “Shitshow” as VP Pence Tries to Distance Himself from It

CNN: In the wake of the announcement, advisers outlined hesitation from within the White House for months about the commission. “It’s a s–t show,” said one White House adviser to CNN, adding that the commission went “off the rails.”… A source close to Pence said chairing the commission “wasn’t something that (Pence) asked for,” but that the vice president has a “workman-like…

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BREAKING: President Trump Waves White Flag, Dissolves The Pence-Kobach Voter “Fraud” Commission, in Great News for Voting Rights

…y laws such as voter id laws and proof of citizenship laws appears to be miniscule.  More on that in my 2012 book, The Voting Wars.) Also on the commission were other notorious vote suppressors, including Hans von Spakovksy. Kobach was the only prominent election official I’m aware of who has said, like Trump, that perhaps millions of people voted fraudulently in the 2016 election. My expectation (as indicated in this June Slate piece),…

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Federal Court Denies Summary Judgment in ACLU’s Proof of Citizenship Claim Against Kansas/Kobach, With Case Going to Trial in March

Opinion (via Jessica Huseman): The scope of this Court’s summary judgment Order is narrower than the parties sought in their briefing. The Tenth Circuit provided the framework within which Plaintiffs’ Count 1 preemption claim under § 5 of the NVRA must proceed. Under that straightforward test, a genuine issue of material fact exists on this record as to whether a substantial number of noncitizens successfully registered to vote under the…

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Pence-Kobach Fraudulent Fraud Squad Will Meet Again in January, But That’s News to at Least One Commission Member

…Topeka Capital-Journal: President Donald Trump’s controversial commission on election integrity should meet again in January after being delayed for months because of eight lawsuits demanding its staff’s time, the group’s de facto leader, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, said this week.   https://twitter.com/JessicaHuseman/status/947577088667738112  …

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“Maine Election Chief Shines Light On Voter Fraud Panel He Was Accused Of Legitimizing”

…nlap not to legitimize the commission and boycott it altogether. But Dunlap says he believes that by serving on the panel, he has a platform to call out irregularities in its work. That effort began with a public takedown of Kobach, the commission’s co-chairman, at a meeting in New Hampshire in September, when Dunlap challenged Kobach’s claim that the 5,000 people who registered to vote last year with out-of-state IDs and failed to later get…

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EPIC Loses Preliminary Injunction Appeal on Standing Grounds in Suit Against Pence-Kobach Voter Fraud Commission

DC Circuit opinion: On an interlocutory basis, EPIC appeals the denial of a preliminary injunction. See 28 U.S.C. § 1292(a)(1). We agree with the district court that EPIC is unlikely to succeed on its APA claims. But we reach that conclusion for a different reason from the one the district court identified. See Parsi v. Daioleslam, 778 F.3d 116, 126 (D.C. Cir. 2015) (“Ordinarily, a court of appeals can affirm a district court judgment on any…

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“Trump’s voter fraud commission plans to create a massive voter database. Former national security officials say it could be hacked.”

…uest to state officials to submit voter data to “analyze vulnerabilities and issues related to voter registration and voting.” The commission, which is chaired by Vice President Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R), was established after President Trump claimed that he would have won the popular vote if not for as many as 5 million illegally cast ballots. State officials haven’t found any indication that there was…

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“Ethics group demands investigation into vice chair of Trump’s election commission”

Washington Examiner: Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington on Tuesday asked the Justice Department to investigate whether Kris Kobach is improperly getting a financial benefit by serving as vice chairman of the Trump administration’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. According to the complaint, Kobach has been paid for writing columns for Breitbart News. One of those was written in his official…

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von Spakovsky and Adams Say Only Plausible Reason People Question Pence-Kobach Fraud Commission is Because They Want Voter Fraud and Mistakes to Happen

Washington Examiner: A wide range of interest groups – from academics, to faux-media outlets, to partisans, to foundations and the activist groups they fund – appear intent on trying to sabotage the work of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. The only plausible reason for this is that they don’t want the public to learn more about vulnerabilities in our elections that allow election fraud and other administrative errors…

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Blockbuster from Gizmodo on Crosscheck: “Even a Novice Hacker Could Breach the Network Hosting Kris Kobach’s Bogus Voter Fraud Program”

Big from Gizmodo on Crosscheck: A program overseen by the head of President Trump’s so-called “election integrity” commission—which is now largely a tool for driving conspiracy theories about “massive voter fraud” in the United States—is placing the personal data of millions of American voters at risk, according to internal records and security experts who examined the program at Gizmodo’s request…. Gizmodo has learned, however, that the…

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J. Christian Adams, Members of Pence-Kobach Fraudulent Fraud Squad, Suggests von Spakovsky Was Right to Suggest Keeping Democrats Off Commission

Hans von Spakovsky, in a released email a while back, suggested that Pence-Kobach should keep all Democrats off the sham voting commission. Now, in light of news that Maine SOS Matt Dunlap, one of the few Democratic members of the Commission, has sued the Commission, von Spakovsky’s frequent ally (and fellow commission member J. Christian Adams, just tweeted this: Jessica Huseman asks: “Are you referencing his email saying Democrats…

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Breaking: Maine SOS Dunlap, Democratic Member of Pence-Kobach Voter Fraud Commission, Sues Commission in Federal Court

Add to the many lawsuits against the sham voting commission this new complaint filed by one of its own members, Maine, Secretary of State Matt Dunlap. The law and good conscience require Secretary Dunlap to participate meaningfully in the work of the Commission; however, despite diligent efforts to gain access, Secretary Dunlap has been, and continues to be, blocked from receiving Commission documents necessary to carry out his…

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“Why has Kris Kobach’s voter fraud commission disappeared?”

KC Star editorial: Some may take solace in the commission’s quixotic search for non-existent evidence. Perhaps the commission is fading into well-deserved oblivion. We’re more worried. The commission’s lack of transparency and visible accomplishment could be a smoke-screen designed to protect it from criticism and embarrassment until next year, when it can drop dubious recommendations and unsubstantiated claims just weeks before the mid-term…

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“Kobach transcript: Changes to US election law discussed”

…LU court filing after Kobach was photographed holding a document with the words on one page facing out as he entered a meeting with then President-elect Donald Trump to talk about immigration. The ACLU asked a court to force Kobach to release the document. A federal judge said there was a pattern of Kobach misleading the court in that suit, fined him $1,000 and ordered him to submit to questioning under oath by the ACLU about that document and a…

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Kobach Says Pence-Kobach Voting Fraud Commission Will Meet Again in a Few Months

…in New Hampshire, and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the commission’s vice chairman, told the NewsHour the panel is in the process of planning its next meeting. “There will be another meeting in the next few months,” Kobach, a Republican, said in a phone interview Monday. Kobach said no date has been set for the meeting. Asked if he was aware of plans for the next meeting, King said: “No, and that was news to me. I haven’t received…

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Pence-Kobach Fraud Commission Spokesperson Suggests There May Be No More Meetings of Sham Commission

WaPo: The 11-member panel, which is nominally chaired by Vice President Pence and formally known as the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, has met publicly twice, in Washington in July and in New Hampshire last month. A third meeting has yet to be announced. “For all I know, we may never meet again,” said Matthew Dunlap, Maine’s secretary of state and a Democratic commissioner. Asked about plans for future meetings, the…

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“The Voter Fraud Commission Wants Your Data — But Experts Say They Can’t Keep It Safe”

…a public-records request with Illinois and Florida for information on the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program. Crosscheck was created and run by the Kansas secretary of state’s office and is often cited by Kris Kobach, Kansas’ secretary of state, as a way to identify voters casting ballots in more than one state. Indivisible Chicago then posted emails and other documents it received, including messages exchanged between elections…

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