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Revealed: Convicted Felon George Soros Bankrolling Attacks on Election Integrity

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This column by ACRU Policy Board Member J. Christian Adams was published June 5, 2015 by PJ Media.

The New York Times has revealed what some of us already knew: billionaire convicted felon George Soros is bankrolling attacks on election integrity laws in advance of the 2016 election. He is funding efforts to attack laws designed to aid election integrity in Wisconsin, North Carolina, Ohio and perhaps elsewhere, according to The New York Times.

Mr. Soros is prepared to spend $5 million or more on the effort, Mr. Vachon said. Two suits that he is supporting were filed in Ohio and in Wisconsin last month, and he is also funding a case Mr. Elias is involved with in North Carolina.

These lawsuits are attacks on voter ID and other changes made to increase election integrity. For example, in North Carolina, where same-day voter registration used to exist, over 1,000 unverified voters were permitted to cast a regular ballot in the 2012 election. As a recent law review article of mine notes:

The problem of ballots being counted without verification of eligibility due to same day registration was so acute in the town of Pembroke, North Carolina, the North Carolina State Board of Elections was forced to order a new election because the outcome was tainted due to same day registration.

Soros is funding a lawsuit attacking North Carolina’s termination of this bad policy.

A number of years ago Media Matters labeled me as “conspiratorial” for noting that Soros is fueling the anti-election integrity effort.

Adams completed his transformation from wannabe whistleblower to right-wing pontificator by using his first official PJM column to cry “Soros,” utilizing the well-worn right-wing shtick of connecting every liberal group or activity they despise back to the alleged manipulations of billionaire philanthropist/super-villain George Soros, as if Soros’ involvement was, ipso facto, evidence of the groups’ sinister intentions.

You have to love that ipso facto part. See, the piece was written by Brian Powell.

Powell’s Media Matters bio says that he is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law. Media Matters is full of lawyers who went to law school and don’t practice law. Hiring law graduates who will make less at Media Matters than they paid for their law school education seems to be a trend at the Soros-funded blog. Good career judgment need not apply.