Who’s Supervising the Supervisors
Conn Carroll /
Great editorial by the Wall Street Journal today noting the Department of Justice’s suspiciously selective criteria when it comes to investigating voting issues:
Justice has also failed to enter the fray in Ohio. As many as 200,000 new voter registrations in that state are suspect, yet Democratic Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner is refusing to follow the 2002 Help America Vote Act that requires her to verify these registrations. The Ohio Republican Party sued Mrs. Brunner, but the Supreme Court said the GOP lacked standing. Justice does have standing — it is charged with upholding that law — but has ignored the fight. The Justice excuse is that it isn’t appropriate to file litigation so close to Election Day.
Yet that hasn’t stopped the Civil Rights Division this month from filing a lawsuit against Waller County, Texas, to correct alleged violations of the Voting Rights Act; a lawsuit against Vermont for failing to report accurately on overseas ballots; and an amicus brief in a case filed by a civil-rights group that is suing to stop the Georgia Secretary of State from complying with voter verification rules. Justice’s election suits always seem to side with liberal priorities.
It doesn’t help Justice’s credibility that attorneys charged with supervising voting issues are avowed Barack Obama supporters. According to Federal Election Commission data, James Walsh, an attorney in the Civil Rights Division, has donated at least $300 to Mr. Obama. His boss, Mark Kappelhoff, has given $2,250 — nearly the maximum. John Russ, also in Civil Rights, gave at least $600 to Mr. Obama.
A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to make these attorneys available to us, though she didn’t deny that the contributions were made. She noted that the Hatch Act does not forbid federal employees from donating to candidates, and that Justice’s internal “standards for recusal” on prosecutions depend on any “given situation.” Apparently so.
Heritage fellow Hans von Spakovsky has been on this story since the beginning.