The Campaign Legal Center, via a FOIA request, has unearthed a remarkable email sent by an employee of the conservative Heritage Foundation to Attorney General Jeff Sessions declaring that the administration's then-planned commission on 'election integrity' would be an "abject failure" if it were to include Democrats or "mainstream Republican officials and/or academics."
Despite the inclusion of a handful of token Democrats, the commission -- which just had its second meeting today in New Hampshire -- is controlled by a who's who of conservative voter suppression advocates who are clearly setting the agenda, including the Heritage Foundation's own Hans von Spakovsky.
This shows that the administration was under pressure from right-wing groups to stack the commission with voter-suppression ideologues, and they ended up doing exactly that. It offers a window into how groups like Heritage discuss these matters behind closed doors -- that even "mainstream Republicans" aren't pure enough on this issue.
It's also interesting to note that this unnamed Heritage employee chose to email Sessions, indicating that the attorney general may have been involved in the commission's formation.
Just more evidence that this commission is a sham, and has been since its inception...
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