McAuliffe Defies Trump Voter Commission; His Attorney Led Soros-Funded Voter ID Challenges

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Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe was the first governor to defy requests for information from Donald Trump’s voter commission, announcing that he refuses to turn over voter registration information from the state.

An attorney for McAuliffe previously filed voter identification lawsuits in a number of states that were bankrolled by millions of dollars from liberal billionaire George Soros, who wants to expand the electorate by 10 million voters, documents leaked last year show. The governor’s attorney also works with a number of major progressive groups on voter efforts.

McAuliffe, who has vetoed a number of voter identification related bills in recent months, announced Thursday that he will not abide by the request from Trump’s voter commission.

“Today the Commonwealth and the other 49 states received a lengthy request from Kris Kobach, the vice chair of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, requesting a list of all registered Virginia voters, the last four digits of their social security numbers, their addresses, date of birth, political affiliation, and their voting history,” McAuliffe said in a statement. “The Vice Chair’s letter also contained a list of vague inquiries about the election policies and laws of the Commonwealth.”

“I have no intention of honoring this request. Virginia conducts fair, honest, and democratic elections, and there is no evidence of significant voter fraud in Virginia,” it continues. “This entire commission is based on the specious and false notion that there was widespread voter fraud last November. At best this commission was set up as a pretext to validate Donald Trump’s alternative election facts, and at worst is a tool to commit large-scale voter suppression.”

Marc Elias, a powerhouse lawyer for a number of high-profile Democrats, is an attorney for McAuliffe. Elias is a partner at the D.C.-based law firm Perkins Coie and served as general counsel for Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential campaign.

As Elias was serving as Clinton’s top lawyer, he was simultaneously filing voter identification lawsuits in a number of states. Elias spearheaded the effort from his capacity as an attorney at Perkins Coie and separate from the Clinton campaign.

Elias began the effort by filing lawsuits in Ohio, Wisconsin, and Virginia….

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