A group led by a former member of President Trump’s voter fraud commission failed in its effort to drag Virginia election officials into a lawsuit it is facing over misleading reports it produced claiming mass voter fraud.
The Public Interest Legal Foundation — which is led by J. Christian Adams, an advocate for stricter voting laws — had filed what’s known as a third-party complaint in the lawsuit.
A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed the third-party complaint, which had been brought against the Virginia Department of Elections by PILF. The group had argued that the elections officials should be liable for whatever damages were found in the lawsuit since it was their voter registration data on which the group had based its reports, known as “Alien Invasion” and “Alien Invasion II.”
PILF had previously failed in its attempt to get the entire lawsuit thrown out. The lawsuit alleges the group engaged in voter intimidation and defamation by claiming hundreds of people were non-citizens illegally registered to vote. The reports included appendixes that not only named these individuals, but in some cases included their addresses and other personal information.
The lawsuit was filed by the Richmond chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens as well as individuals, who are all citizens, who were named in the reports.
Read the opinion dismissing the third-party complaint below: