New Black Panther Case Served As Cash Cow For GOP Lawyers Group

The Republican National Lawyers Association is running election training events in several states around the country. So where did they get their money?

Well, for one, by fundraising from Newsmax readers off the controversy over the Justice Department’s handling of the voter intimidation case against members of the New Black Panther Party.

And who brought that case? J. Christian Adams, the former Justice Department lawyer who was hired by Bradley Schlozman, a former top official in the Bush administration’s Civil Rights Division who was found to have politicized the hiring process.Adams has been a member of the RNLA dating back to at least 2007 and recently spoke at the RNLA’s 2010 National Election Law Seminar (pictured) and at least one other local RNLA event.

RNLA’s fundraising e-mail, sent on July 17, says that the “Obama Department of Justice (DOJ) is out of control and is openly flouting election laws to help Democrats win elections.”

Obama’s DOJ, says RNLA Executive Director Michael Thielen, “will stop at nothing to illegally tip the balance for Democrats this fall in the 2010 election. The Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA) trains and identifies lawyers nationwide on how to ensure elections are open, fair and honest.”

Via Media Matters, here is the July 17 RNLA email, sent through’s mailing list:

Dear Newsmax Reader:

The Obama Department of Justice (DOJ) is out of control and is openly flouting election laws to help Democrats win elections.

You may have heard on Fox News and elsewhere about former DOJ career attorney J. Christian Adams, who quit the DOJ and blew the whistle on the cover-up of the New Black Panther Party voter intimidation cover-up.

By now, you have probably seen the videotape of the voter intimidation in Philadelphia at the polls in 2008. A uniformed New Black Panther “Security Officer” in paramilitary garb at a polling place waves his night stick at a white poll observer and later says: “You are about to be ruled by the black man, cracker.”

Bartle Bull, a former civil rights lawyer and supporter of Robert F. Kennedy, declared this was “the most blatant form of voter intimidation I’ve ever seen.”

But the politicized Obama DOJ thought otherwise and decided not to press charges. That’s when Adams quit and went public with this outrageous decision not to enforce the law.

As John Fund, a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, who gave credited RNLA as “a primary organization exposing ACORN’s crimes,” wrote:

In the first week of January, the Justice Department filed a civil lawsuit against the New Black Panther Party and three of its members, saying they violated the 1965 Voting Rights Act by scaring voters with the weapon, uniforms and racial slurs. When none of the defendants filed any response to the complaint or appeared in federal district court in Philadelphia to answer the suit, it appeared almost certain Justice would have prevailed by default. Instead, the department in May suddenly allowed the party and two of the three defendants to walk away. Against the third defendant, Minister King Samir Shabazz, it sought only an injunction barring him from displaying a weapon within 100 feet of a Philadelphia polling place for the next three years action that’s already illegal under existing law.

The bipartisan U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has also been investigating the DOJ and has stated:

The DOJ’s replies [to Commission inquiries] thus far raise new and serious questions about its civil rights enforcement decisions, which we believe we are obligated to investigate. […]

[The Commission] noted the peculiar logic of the Department’s court filing that the defendants’ failure to respond was the reason for its dismissal of the case against three defendants: Such an argument sends a perverse message to wrongdoers that attempts at voter suppression will be tolerated so long as the persons who engage in them are careful not to appear in court to answer the government’s complaint.

Another important role for the DOJ is that they make sure voter registration lists are up to date and accurate as required by a law passed by Democrats and Republicans. It is the job of the DOJ to enforce this law.

Yet, regarding voter list integrity, the Voting Rights Section of DOJ led by Obama appointee, Deputy Assistant Attorney General Julie Fernandes, informed DOJ lawyers:

We have no interest in enforcing this provision of the law. It has nothing to do with increasing turnout, and we are just not going to do it.

No Justice Department, be it Clinton or Bush, has ever announced that it would be so overtly political and/or refuse to enforce a part of the law.

Democrats and Republicans alike know that without an accurate voting list, it is difficult to have an open fair and honest election. Senator and former Chairman of the Democratic National Committee Chris Dodd (D-CT) was co-author of the legislation that required these lists to be maintained and updated.

Currently the lists are full of those who have died or moved. This allows the dead to vote and the living to double vote. An example of the latter is in 2000, when studies showed that thousands of New York City residents also voted in Florida which almost resulted in Al Gore winning the 2000 Presidential Election.

The Obama Justice Department, through political appointees such as Fernandes, will stop at nothing to illegally tip the balance for Democrats this fall in the 2010 election.

The Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA) trains and identifies lawyers nationwide on how to ensure elections are open, fair and honest.

RNLA’s goal is to, in the words of Missouri Senator Kit Bond, “make it easier to vote and harder to cheat.” Help the RNLA achieve this goal by donating here now.

We urgently need your help to fight these gross abuses of the Obama administration – please Go Here Now

Without DOJ to stop voter intimidation or even to follow the law on voter lists, it is now more important than ever for the RNLA to train lawyers nationwide to do our part to ensure that elections are open, fair and honest.

However, we need your help to make this happen. Please donate to us – Go Here Now.

The Obama DOJ is refusing to do its job. It is becoming the political arm of the Democrat Party.

By refusing to enforce laws passed with bipartisan support that were designed to prevent vote fraud and by ignoring and some many say condoning selective voter intimidation, it is undermining the integrity of our electoral system.

Help RNLA fight to keep elections open fair and honest Go Here Now.

We now know DOJ won’t do its job this fall, so please help. RNLA will train volunteer lawyers to do their part to ensure that it is easier to vote and harder to cheat.


Michael Thielen
Executive Director

PS. It is frightening that the Obama DOJ is spending its timing suing the state of Arizona over immigration but will not enforce laws designed to protect the most fundamental aspects of our democracy, the right to cast a vote free of intimidation and have that vote counted. DOJ is not only playing politics with the law, they are refusing to enforce the law to benefit the Democrat Party. Please help RNLA ensure that elections are open, fair and honest by supporting our efforts to train lawyers nationwide – Go Here Now.