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spakovsky.jpgNeed more incentive to make calls about Von Spakovsky?  How about this from the WaPo:

But now, after leaving Justice for the Federal Election Commission, von Spakovsky has acknowledged writing a law review article that endorsed photo identification, which was Georgia’s approach, before the state’s proposal was even submitted to Justice for review. He also took the unusual step of using a pseudonym, “Publius,” in publishing the article, which appeared in the spring 2005 issue of the Texas Review of Law & Politics.

The article and its unusual authorship prompted a letter of complaint to the Justice Department last week from the Voting Rights Project, an arm of the American Civil Liberties Union that is opposed to Georgia’s voter identification plans. The group said the article shows von Spakovsky had already made up his mind on the issue and that his attempt to hide his views may have violated Justice Department guidelines.

In addition, a link to the Publius article suddenly disappeared this week from the FEC Web site, which had featured the article among a list of von Spakovsky’s writings.

“There appears to have been an intentional desire to prevent the public and, in particular, advocates with business before the Voting Section, from knowing the views of one of the senior officials involved,” Neil Bradley, the ACLU group’s associate director, wrote in his letter to Justice.  (emphasis mine)

Or this from the Campaign Legal Center:

One final nugget set forth in the EAC documents. While serving at the FEC, von Spakovsky wrote an e-mail to EAC Commissioner Donetta Davidson in January 2007 enclosing documents that she “might be able to use on voter ID.” (027810). One was an article that von Spakovsky wrote for the Federalist Society entitled “Increasing the Security of Elections: The Effect of Identification requirements on Turnout of Minority Voters”. On the first page of the article, von Spakovsky writes: “Voter fraud is a well documented and existing problem in the United States. In the next paragraph he writes that investigations in Milwaukee, Wisconsin “found thousands of fraudulent and suspicious votes in that city, in a state where John Kerry won by only 11,384 votes in the 2004 election.” (027886). And who are among the authorities cited by von Spakovsky for these two statements ? His own law journal article that he published under the name Publius! So Hans von Spakovsky has finally found someone who agrees with his take on voter ID laws: himself.  (emphasis mine)

Or this from TPMMuckraker. Or this from ePluribusMedia.  Or this from Slate.  Or this from the Campaign Legal Center.  Or this from McClatchy (via CommonDreams).  Or this — very useful compendium of information — from The Nation.

Please continue making phone calls this morning.  Von Spakovsky has no business on the FEC — he can’t even hide his partisan sockpuppets very well, let alone be honest with himself or others about his minority voter suppression tendencies.  No.  Just no.

Here’s the Rules Committee membership list, direct dial numbers, and some toll free ones as well:

Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) (202) 224-3841

Robert Bennett (R-UT) (202) 224-5444
Ranking Member

Robert C. Byrd (D-WV) (202) 224-3954
Ted Stevens (R-AK) (202) 224-3004
Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI) (202) 224-3934
Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (202) 224-2541
Christopher J. Dodd (D-CT) (202) 224-2823
Thad Cochran (R-MS) (202) 224-5054
Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) (202) 224-6542
Trent Lott (R-MS) (202) 224-6253
Richard J. Durbin (D-IL) (202) 224-2152
Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) (202) 224-5922
E. Benjamin Nelson (D-NE) (202) 224-6551
C. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) (202) 224-3521
Harry Reid (D-NV) (202) 224-3542
Patty Murray (D-WA) (202) 224-2621
Lamar Alexander (R-TN) (202) 224-4944
Chuck Hagel (R-NE) (202) 224-4224
Mark L. Pryor (D-AR) (202) 224-2353

Toll-free numbers to the switchboard (via katymine):

1 (800) 828 – 0498
1 (800) 459 – 1887
1 (800) 614 – 2803
1 (866) 340 – 9281
1 (866) 338 – 1015
1 (877) 851 – 6437

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Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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