The list of speakers who have appeared at seminars of the Republican National Lawyers Association, a group with close ties to the RNC that has been “very dominant” in ginning up voter fraud fears in the past several elections, reads like a who’s who of voter fraud fearmongers.Take the National Election Law Seminar, held this August in Grand Rapids, Mich. Speakers included J. Christian Adams, who’s become a star in the voter fraud speaking circuit since resigning from the DOJ and alleging racial bias in the department’s handling of a New Black Panthers case. One of the conservative members of the Civil Rights Commission, Ashley Taylor, spoke about the New Black Panthers case, which the commission is investigating. Eric Eversole, another vocal critic of the administration who’s alleged that the Obama DOJ is purposely disenfranchising military voters by granting waivers to the MOVE Act, also spoke.
In Wisconsin, where tea party groups have put up racially charged billboards and offered cash incentives to people thwarting attempted voter fraud, the local chapter of the RNLA hosted the Wall Street Journal‘s John Fund. Fund has been one of the most vocal prophets of voter fraud doom, using his column to publicize many of the memes that have caught on among the right wing in recent years.
Fund, according to the event’s Facebook listing, was scheduled to speak alongside the chief counsel for Wisconsin’s Republican Party.
Likewise, the speakers at the national seminar appeared along with speakers with titled positions in the Republican Party: Scott Ward, the president of the Republican State Leadership Committee; Mike Adams, general counsel to the Republican Governors Association; Jessica Furst, general counsel to the National Republican Congressional Committee.