ADLF Files Complaint Against Kris Kobach and Trump’s Commission on Election Integrity For Hatch Act Violations

ADLF Files Complaint Against Kris Kobach and Trump’s Commission on Election Integrity For Hatch Act Violations

The American Democracy Legal Fund has filed a complaint against Kris Kobach and members of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity for violating the Hatch Act by using taxpayer dollars in an attempt to both influence partisan elections and alter the electorate for partisan advantage.

“President Trump’s sham voting commission has a clear partisan agenda and any objective interpretation of statements made by Kris Kobach and other members of the commission would draw the same conclusion.  This effort is designed to swing future elections to Donald Trump and his political allies,” said Brad Woodhouse of ADLF. “Not only is their scheme to rig the electoral process un-American but it’s also illegal.  We hope action is taken swiftly to remedy the situation and stop their destructive effort.”

In September of this year, Mr. Kobach used his official title as Vice Chair of the Commission to publish an article designed to discredit Democratic leaders and advance his own partisan purposes. This article accused Democrats of massive voter fraud in the 2016 election in an attempt to justify greater restrictions on voting that will serve his political purposes. This comes after Kobach and commission member Hans von Spakovsky were caught admitting the true intention of the commission is to justify new voting restrictions that will give Republican politicians and electoral advantage.

The Hatch Act prohibits federal government officials from using money derived from the Treasury of the United States to participate in political activity. That includes any activity directed toward the success or failure of a political party, candidate for partisan political office, or partisan political group. Kobach and members of the commission are federal employees for purposes of the Hatch Act, they were appointed by the federal government, perform a federal function, and are supervised by a federal government official, as Vice President Mike Pence chairs the commission.

The full text of the complaint can be read here.