And in a March article for the New York Times, Nick Corasaniti and Reid J. Epstein outlined the role of Heritage Action in Georgia’s and Arizona’s voting restrictions, noting that at least 23 of the proposed state bills that dealt with voting had language that looked like that of Heritage.
They also wrote that Heritage plans to spend $24 million to change voting laws in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, Texas, and Wisconsin before the 2022 election, and that the person behind the Heritage voting policies is Hans von Spakovsky, who mainstreamed the idea of voter fraud in the Republican Party, although experts agree it is vanishingly rare.
Hans von fucking Spakovsky . Of whom a judge wrote, after dismissing his testimony as the biased presentation of a partisan activist posing as an expert witness:
The Judge, Julie Robinson, wrote von Spakovsky’s statements were premised on several misleading and unsupported examples and included false assertions. She said his generalized opinions about the rates of noncitizen registration were likewise based on misleading evidence and largely based on his preconceived beliefs about this issue, which has led to his aggressive public advocacy of stricter proof of citizenship laws. Von Spakovsky maintains a database of what he calls some 1,300 cases of vote fraud
[since 1982, yo!, putting the prevalence of proven voter fraud in the 0.0001% category– ed].
A giant think tank that writes conservative laws that are introduced by party members in 47 states is a vital part of that political party. The highly partisan nonprofit Heritage Foundation (authors of the original Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as I recall) once again rolls out the discredited lies of von Spakovsky, who has been keeping the massive Heritage Foundation database of electoral fraud going back to 1982 (hundreds of cases!!! more than a billion votes, yes, but HUNDREDS of cases!!) to justify enhanced protections for “electoral integrity”.
These new Heritage Foundation approved laws make all the changes to state voting that Trump and the RNC went to court seeking last time. State and federal courts prevented GOP state legislatures from implementing measures to make it harder to vote the last time around. That’s why the Republican controlled states are busily tightening up their voting laws, to ensure minority freedom from majoritarian tyranny!
Lest we forget, Joe Manchin, the Voting Rights Act you support strengthening had its heart cut out by 5 Heritage Foundation embracing Supreme Court conservatives who overruled President George W. Bush, who had immediately signed the extension of the law that passed 390-33 in the House and, after further debate, 98 to 0 in the Senate.
Although there was no hint of this overwhelming bipartisan support in John Roberts’ infamous Shelby County decision, as he struck down the law citing lack of evidence of ongoing voter suppression, there had been 21 hearings where 15,000 pages of evidence of ongoing discrimination in the states under pre-clearance were considered before the law was unanimously reauthorized by the Senate. As Dubya said (from RBG’s dissent) when signing the extension of the 1965 law:
recognizing the need for “further work . . . in the fight against injustice,” and calling the reauthorization “an example of our continued commitment to a united America where every person is valued and treated with dignity and respect.”
Nice try, Mr. Manchin, but you already face opposition from the Heritage Foundation and a couple of their senators on the other side of the aisle.
Hey, just because challenging drop-boxes, mail-in voting, illegally giving water to people waiting on line to vote, reducing voting hours to end at 5 pm and so on didn’t work to stop Trump’s defeat in 2020 doesn’t mean that implementing these measures into state laws won’t work like a miracle in 2022 and beyond!
These right-wing bastards are nothing if not persistent, and they fight, wielding every weaponizable lie, with the desperate fury of a dying breed.
Hans von fucking Spakovsky, former head of Trump’s secret electoral strategy conference of Republican state officials. I figured it was only a matter of time before he crawled back out from under his rock. Let’s see that handsome face one more time, Hans.
But here’s the really creepy part. A right-wing lawyer working for the Heritage Foundation is advising a group of Republican state attorneys general on how to use disproven legal theories about electoral fraud to take control of state elections and “safeguard the integrity of the upcoming election” to support the president and his followers. This man, Hans von Spakovsky, is the Heritage Foundation’s expert on voter fraud:
HANS VON SPAKOVSKY: All we have to do is look at the many cases, proven cases of absentee ballot fraud to understand that the problem with absentee or mail-in ballots is there the ballots that are most vulnerable to fraud, to being stolen. And they also…
ANDREA BERNSTEIN: Hans von Spakovsky who is well known to ProPublica’s Jessica Huseman.
JESSICA HUSEMAN: Hans von Spakovsky is a longtime voter fraud conspiracy theorist, and he got his start like many people who are now doing strange things in the world of voting in the 2000 election.
ANDREA BERNSTEIN: After that, he went to work for the Justice Department under President George W. Bush.
He eventually wound up at the Heritage Foundation where he became their resident expert in making thinly-sourced voter fraud claims.
ANDREA BERNSTEIN: In 2018, von Spakovsky was called in to be an expert witness in a federal trial over a Kansas law that required proof of citizenship in order to vote. Von Spakovsky was there to present data on noncitizen voting.
JESSICA HUSEMAN: The judge basically dismissed all of his testimony, called it cherry picked, called it biased. Said that he was more of an activist rather than an unbiased expert witness. And her opinion basically said that she gave his testimony no real credence in her decision.
ANDREA BERNSTEIN: The judge, Julie Robinson, wrote von Spakovsky’s statements were premised on several misleading and unsupported examples and included false assertions. She said his generalized opinions about the rates of noncitizen registration were likewise based on misleading evidence and largely based on his preconceived beliefs about this issue, which has led to his aggressive public advocacy of stricter proof of citizenship laws. Von Spakovsky maintains a database of what he calls some 1,300 cases of vote fraud.
So, naturally, he is now working behind the scenes for Mr. Trump’s re-election. He has apparently been hosting Republican-only strategy meetings for state government officials involved in overseeing the 2020 election. The frequency of these meetings is increasing as the already contested election approaches, and officials of the Trump administration are involved in the strategizing.
ANDREA BERNSTEIN: Von Spakovsky’s meetings were attended by state, secretaries of state. These officials are often partisan but their job is to ensure the integrity of their state’s elections.
MIKE SPIES: The purpose of the meeting was essentially to sort of jointly strategize.
ANDREA BERNSTEIN: And, again, only Republican officials were invited to the meetings. Up until 2020, they met basically a couple of times a year in Washington. Republican congressional staffers sometimes came and on at least one occasion so did officials from the Justice Department, Trump appointees.