Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is taking another position directly contrary to this interests of voters by attempting to strong-arm the Senate into confirming Hans von Spakovsky for a seat on the Federal Election Commission. Is von Spakovsky qualified? Only if you count an extensive background in suppressing voting by minorities, and in using his perch at the Justice Department to advance a partisan agenda. The Louisville Courier-Journal has more.
Some excerpts from the nominee's resume:
There is evidence that he has defended tactics that target black voters to be challenged at the polls (a process known as vote caging). While at the Department of Justice (DOJ) from 2002 through 2006, he improperly injected partisan considerations to virtually every law enforcement decision. He overruled career professionals who had urged that DOJ reject on Voting Rights Act grounds a politically charged and controversial congressional remap drawn by disgraced ex-Congressman Tom DeLay -- a plan later found discriminatory by the United States Supreme Court. He overruled career professional a second time in approving a discriminatory voter ID law in Georgia that required voters to pay a fee in order to get and ID and vote -- which a federal court later threw out as akin to a modern day poll tax. In fact, von Spakovsky's actions while at DOJ were so heavy handed that former career prosecutors wrote a strongly worded letter to the Senate detailing his tactics and urging the Senate to reject his nomination to the FEC. There's even much more than this, but you get the idea. Yet, despite all this, Senator McConnell wants von Spakovsky on the FEC.
The FEC is our watchdog against politician's abuse of electoral process, and our campaign finance laws and this is the guy McConnell wants holding leash?
Our campaign finance system already stacks the decks against including issues of concerns to minority voters in the political landscape, as our Color of Money studies have shown. Yet McConnell is threatening to derail the whole nomination process for the FEC unless von Spakovsky is confirmed -- it;s politics before sound policy all the way.