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Federal Court: DOJ Must Reimburse South Carolina for Voter ID Folly
PJ Media ^ | January 5, 2013 | J. Christian Adams

Posted on 01/05/2013 11:41:41 AM PST by jazusamo

A federal court has ruled that South Carolina was the prevailing party in the unnecessary Voter ID litigation, and therefore the Justice Department is liable for paying the state’s costs. South Carolina spent $3,500,000 to obtain federal court approval of the state’s Voter ID law as non-discriminatory under the Voting Rights Act. The lawsuit was made necessary only because of the political and ideological radicalism of Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez and his deputy Matthew Colangelo.


AAG Tom Perez

PJ Media had this exclusive report detailing that career Voting Section employees, including Voting Section Chief Chris Herren, recommended that the Voter ID law be approved in the first place by DOJ after a careful written analysis inside the Voting Section. Documents prepared by the career staff urged Perez and Colangelo to grant administrative approval to the South Carolina Voter ID law — but they refused. Their refusal was, in part, designed to energize a moribund political base heading into the 2012 election. The cost to the American taxpayers for their stunt will be significant.

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson’s office was quick to respond to the court’s ruling late yesterday:

“The state Attorney General’s Office blamed the U.S. Department of Justice for the high cost of the case. They accused the federal government of delaying the case by 120 days by filing numerous frivolous motions, including challenging the 12-point font size on a document the state filed.

“The Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., bears responsibility for the litigation costs,” said Mark Powell, Wilson’s spokesman. “The decision was so emphatic, even the Department of Justice and Interveners did not appeal it. South Carolina was forced to pay a hefty price because a handful of Washington insiders refused to do the right thing.”

Whether Congress will hold Perez and Colangelo accountable remains to be seen. Members of Congress, including Senator Lindsey Graham, have already demanded that Perez turn over the documents about which PJ Media first reported on September 11, 2012. So far, sources tell me that Graham has not received what he has asked for, though he may already possess the documents from other sources.

Tellingly, DOJ has not denied that such internal approval memos exist. They can’t.

All of this raises the question — will Perez and Colangelo be held accountable for what amounted to an expensive use of the Justice Department to energize President Obama’s political base? As we now know, there was no merit to the objection. A federal court approved the law. The many career staff who looked at it said the South Carolina law did not discriminate.

Congress might get answers if they haul DOJ Voting Section Chief Christopher Herren before the House Judiciary Committee for answers. The Democrats could hardly object — after all, they dragged Bush-era Voting Section Chief John Tanner before the Democrat-run House Judiciary Committee to answer questions about Georgia Voter ID. There is precedent. Democrats could hardly object when the Voting Section Chief during the Bush administration was made to dance the dance before the Committee.


Chris Herren

Of course, had the president’s base remained asleep, Perez and Colangelo would be looking for work, with the former earning a slippery reputation over the last four years.

But Perez and Colangelo don’t worry about the butcher’s bill. They use the power of their DOJ office in an ideological crusade. Unless their own pocketbooks or reputations suffer, they will continue to behave the same way.


Matt Colangelo

So now the federal government is forced to reimburse a state for Perez’s overzealous use of the Voting Rights Act. None of Holder’s usual defenders in the media seem to care. Wasting taxpayer money doesn’t matter to them if it goes to a cause they believe in. Given Perez’s politicized plan helped Obama win reelection, you won’t read a single article outside of the conservative media about DOJ’s expensive South Carolina Voter ID folly. Come to think of it, even conservative media isn’t widely reporting that the Voting Section and career lawyers at Justice recommended that this South Carolina mess never happen.

That’s too bad, because it makes it more likely that Perez and Colangelo will continue to misbehave and abuse their power on your dime.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: campaignfines; corruption; democrats; doj; holder; obama; perez; southcarolina; voterid
Perez and Holder should be personally liable for the South Carolina reimbursement.
1 posted on 01/05/2013 11:41:49 AM PST by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo
South Carolina spent $3,500,000

Did we say 3.5 million? Opps, that must have been a typo, we meant 35 million.

2 posted on 01/05/2013 11:47:39 AM PST by Michael.SF. (Obama lied, Stevens died.)
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To: jazusamo

Good!


3 posted on 01/05/2013 11:51:49 AM PST by AtlasStalled
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To: jazusamo

Yep, seize their assets and throw them in debtors prison until they work the rest off.


4 posted on 01/05/2013 11:57:01 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: jazusamo; All
Perez and Holder should be personally liable
for the South Carolina reimbursement.
Yeah Right.../S...
(IMHO) Fellow NAZI &/ Friend of 0'ButtCrack; George Soros
shall "foot" the bill (it's just pocket change)

5 posted on 01/05/2013 11:57:23 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,spend it all today;who can take your income,tax it all away..0'Bozo man can :-)
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To: Paladin2

“Yep, seize their assets and throw them in debtors prison until they work the rest off.”

George Soros would just bail them out and pay their judgment but I like your thinking.


6 posted on 01/05/2013 11:58:22 AM PST by AtlasStalled
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To: jazusamo

I just LOVE it when these Democrats are held accountable and their department are made to pay. My joy would be more complete if there was personal punishment of some sort because misuse of government authority is the hallmark of wannabe dictatorships. Fight back, always fight back.


7 posted on 01/05/2013 12:01:24 PM PST by I am Richard Brandon
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To: I am Richard Brandon

“Fight back, always fight back.”

Agreed. As a general matter citizens get the government they collectively deserve, and if we don’t hold the government accountable at the election polls, in the legal courts and in the public forum, then the government will reach for as much power as possible.


8 posted on 01/05/2013 12:06:58 PM PST by AtlasStalled
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To: jazusamo

My prediction is the Federales (Eric Holder style scum) will never pay up on this 3 million.


9 posted on 01/05/2013 12:09:15 PM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: jazusamo
I guess I shouldn't be surprised to see this sneak by with minimal media notice.

Obama’s 2008 campaign fined $375,000 by FEC for reporting violations

If it were Bush the talking heads would be asking whether it was an impeachable offense as a means of suggesting it to the democrats.
10 posted on 01/05/2013 12:14:59 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: I am Richard Brandon

Agreed...Always fight this kind of corrupt government overreach.

Was glad to see that Adams pointed out the lack of reporting on this by the enemedia, they’re as corrupt as Obama and his thug administration.


11 posted on 01/05/2013 12:15:29 PM PST by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: jazusamo

So where is the bill to cut 3,5 mil from the dept’s budget?

And thy is no Congressman proposing that very thing?


12 posted on 01/05/2013 12:15:45 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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Please bump the Freepathon or click above and donate or become a monthly donor!

13 posted on 01/05/2013 12:17:03 PM PST by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: jazusamo

“So now the federal government is forced to reimburse a state for Perez’s overzealous use of the Voting Rights Act”

No, it’s us, the US taxpayers, who are forced to pay SC because of this racist administration seeing and calling racism behind every corner in order to promote race warfare.


14 posted on 01/05/2013 12:17:08 PM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: jazusamo
It's only OPM.

(Other Peoples' Money)

15 posted on 01/05/2013 12:17:44 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("More law, less justice." --Cicero)
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To: Norm Lenhart

That’s exactly what should happen but there’s very little chance of it.


16 posted on 01/05/2013 12:22:31 PM PST by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: freeangel
"No, it’s us, the US taxpayers, who are forced to pay SC "

It'd be interesting to see some accounting of who pays the greater income and payroll taxes; 0bamab0ts or others.

17 posted on 01/05/2013 12:23:21 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: jazusamo

I can remember in the 80s, the DOJ filed a lawsuit with Charleston County which lasted the better part of 10 years. The DOJ stole millions of dollars FROM THE CHILDREN. Full employment for the ACLU types, though. That’s all that matters. Didn’t help the racial situation, education etc., a bit.


18 posted on 01/05/2013 12:24:53 PM PST by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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To: upchuck

ping and bump


19 posted on 01/05/2013 12:25:08 PM PST by Albion Wilde ("If you're going through hell, keep on going."--Winston Churchill)
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To: cripplecreek

Thanks for linking...That’s the first I’ve heard of it and am astonished WaPo is reporting on it.


20 posted on 01/05/2013 12:28:43 PM PST by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: jazusamo

Tom Perez looks like a bad guy from the old Buck Rogers TV series.
Matt Colangelo looks like the guy everyone knew in school who got his head stuck in the toilet, by himself unassisted, and couldn’t get it out.


21 posted on 01/05/2013 12:31:49 PM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: jazusamo

Sad but true. And that sucks.


22 posted on 01/05/2013 12:33:09 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: jazusamo

Doesn’t matter much now; the election has already been stolen.


23 posted on 01/05/2013 12:36:38 PM PST by logic101.net (How many more children must die on the alter of "gun free zones"?)
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To: jazusamo
All of this raises the question — will Perez and Colangelo be held accountable for what amounted to an expensive use of the Justice Department to energize President Obama’s political base?

The author, J. Christian Adams, of all people, nows the answer to his own rhetorical question.

They should take it out of the salary and pensions of AAG Tom Perez and his deputy Matthew Colangelo. Otherwise, we taxpayers get fleeced for their corruption. We know how this will turn out.

24 posted on 01/05/2013 1:19:14 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: logic101.net
...the election has already been stolen

Yes, just like 2008. And adding insult to injury, the FEC just slapped a paltry fine on the Obama campaign for their corruption in the 2008 election campaign! For details, see link at Post #10.

25 posted on 01/05/2013 1:25:29 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: jazusamo

26 posted on 01/05/2013 1:29:17 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Paladin2

“No, it’s us, the US taxpayers, who are forced to pay SC “

I don’t have a problem with that, hold it out of the DOJ budgement, South Carolkina gets their money back and it’s that much money the DOJ doesn’t have to harass the rest of us, possibly without the DOJ having that money we’ll be able to get Mississippi’s voter ID approved.


27 posted on 01/05/2013 1:39:07 PM PST by duffee (Newt Gingrich for Speaker)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Its the democrat way.

In 2008 the democrat congressman I was stuck with for 2 years paid the largest fine ever for campaign finance violations in Michigan. Basically the guy was fundraising for others and they were then funneling the money back into his campaign.

Only in politics can you get caught breaking the rules to get a job and still get to keep the job.


28 posted on 01/05/2013 1:43:23 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: jazusamo

A perfect example where “tar and feathers” would be appropriate to deter further bureaucratic folly.


29 posted on 01/05/2013 2:01:22 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (Save the nation, have your family's progressives spayed or neutered.)
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To: RetiredTexasVet

How about stocks lining Pennsylvania Avenue for everyone in Congress and this Administration?


30 posted on 01/05/2013 2:33:39 PM PST by ExTexasRedhead
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To: RetiredTexasVet; smoothsailing
Tar and Feathers would suit these turkey's perfectly. H/T smoothsailing.

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31 posted on 01/05/2013 2:42:29 PM PST by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: jazusamo
WOW, the Wayback Machine is cranked up today! :)

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32 posted on 01/05/2013 3:10:51 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

There is no DOJ — there’s a gang of thieves, thugs, and criminals trying to abuse people in the courts. Thanks jazusamo.


33 posted on 01/05/2013 3:19:51 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: smoothsailing

LOL! Yep, I thought that was one of or your original, I ripped it off many moons ago. :-)


34 posted on 01/05/2013 3:22:02 PM PST by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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