Jason Torchinsky, in fact, has held a variety of key positions since graduating law school in 2001. In addition to working at the White House counsel's office under Alberto Gonzales, Torchinsky was Deputy General Counsel to Bush-Cheney '04 and Counsel to the 2005 Presidential Inaugural Committee, according to an online bio. At the Justice Department, he had a short stint in the U.S. attorney's office in Milwaukee as a Special Assistant USA (he did not handle any voting related cases, according to filings) and was a junior political appointee in the Civil Rights Division. When he left the Division, he held the title of Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General.
Once out of the division, Torchinsky went to work for ACVR (it's worth noting that Torchinsky most likely worked together with ACVR head Mark "Thor" Hearne on Bush-Cheney '04, where Hearne was national election counsel).
Unsurprisingly, Torchinsky makes an appearance in the bipartisan draft fraud report ordered by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission -- the report that was suppressed last year after it concluded that there was very little actual voter fraud. Torchinsky was the lone holdout:
"Jason Torchinsky from the American Center for Voting Rights is the only interviewee who believes that polling place fraud is widespread and among the most significant problems in the system."
But as Slate notes, ACVR and its website abruptly disappeared in March of this year (ACVR was little more than a name and a P.O. Box anyway). Don't worry about Torchinsky, though -- he currently works for the Republican law firm Holtzman Vogel as a senior associate.
TPMmuckraker readers, actually, might already recognize him from his work there. When we were investigating who had created a front group called the Progressive Policy Council that was sending out mailers attacking Democratic Senate candidate Bob Casey from the left, the only available corporate records showed that the group's charter was filed by Torchinsky. As it did throughout the 2006 campaign, the group's website still promises, "Full site coming soon!" So perhaps we haven't seen the last of the PPC -- or Torchinsky.