Stacey Abrams’ Fair Fight reportedly asked the chancellor of the University of California, Irvine to disinvite Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger from an event at the school late last week.
But university officials did not comply with Abrams’ wishes. Organizers titled the event “Election Subversion.”
This, according to National Review.
“Fair Fight, which Abrams founded to push back against election integrity measures after her failed 2018 Georgia gubernatorial run, sent a letter to the university charging Raffensperger with having ‘backed many of the provisions of Senate Bill 202, the anti-voter legislation in Georgia that pushed election subversion.’ The letter was signed by a group of Democratic state senators,” National Review reported.
“The letter also argues that ‘Brad Raffensperger’s actions in support of election subversion represent a danger to democracy. Fair Fight’s prescription? His invitation should be rescinded.’ Raffensperger was not disinvited; he delivered his speech at the event on Friday.”
Raffensperger announced this month that he has filed a Freedom of Information Act request (FOIA) with the U.S. Department of Justice to release any records of contact with Abrams. Raffensperger said he also wants records of contact with Abrams’ Fair Fight Action and 60 other liberal activist organizations.
“The American people deserve to know who’s really pulling the strings in the hyper-partisan Biden Department of Justice. The many hypocrisies and double-standards in the Department of Justice lawsuit make it clear that Georgia is being singled out for political reasons,” Raffensperger said at the time.
“This new step will help determine whether the Biden Administration is getting outside help in turning America’s top law enforcement agency into an extension of the extreme left-wing or if the DOJ has been taken over by liberal activists altogether.”
Raffensperger, the press release went on to say, filed a FOIA requesting communications that the U.S. Department of Justice has had with liberal activist groups and members of Congress about Georgia’s recent election law.
The FOIA also seeks any internal documents or guidelines used by the U.S. Department of Justice to evaluate how they determine that one state’s election law allegedly violates the law, while the same provision enacted in another state does not violate the law. The FOIA requests any communications since November 3, 2020.
Raffensperger’s FOIA calls for the release of communications between the U.S. Department of Justice and 62 individuals and organizations, including Stacey Abrams, Fair Fight Action, the ACLU, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and Perkins Coie, a law firm that represents Democrat political groups in voting cases.
U.S. Justice Department officials announced on their website in June that they filed a lawsuit against the State of Georgia, the Georgia Secretary of State, and the Georgia State Election Board over SB 202, which Gov. Brian Kemp signed into law in March. The United States’ complaint challenges provisions of SB 202 under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.
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Chris Butler is an investigative journalist at The Tennessee Star. Follow Chris on Facebook. Email tips to [email protected]
Photo “Stacey Abrams” by Stacey Abrams. Photo “Brad Raffensperger” by GA Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. Background Photo “University of California, Irvine, 1966” by Orange County Archives. CC BY 2.0.