Citizen activists who are working to safeguard the integrity of America’s election system should know they will be outspent and viciously maligned by left-wing pressure groups in 2012. But they should also know that they are on the right side of the history and that they are winning.
This was the central message John Fund, a TAS senior editor, and J. Christian Adams, a former Justice Department attorney, conveyed to audience members at the “True the Vote” Summit held this past weekend in Houston, Texas.
True the Vote was founded after the 2008 elections in response to ACORN-led efforts that resulted in voter registration fraud. Since then, the group has developed an “exportable model” used to train poll workers across the country so they can identify and root out corrupt practices at the ballot box.
That’s because minorities, be they black, Hispanic or Asian, tend live in areas where voter fraud is more prevalent, Fund explained. Liberals who invoke false allegations of racism in an effort to block ID laws are actually doing minorities a great disserve, Fund argued.
“I believe the biggest victims of voter fraud today are minorities,” he said. “They obviously support it [voter ID], they think voter fraud is a more serious problem than anyone…Their leadership has failed them by yelling racism in a crowded little theater, and by dividing us rather than uniting us. Their entire edifice is built on fraud and misrepresentation.”
A large part of the problem at the local level stems from “patronage armies, hacks and consultants, who do politics for a living,” Fund observed. “They need to win, because they need to eat. It’s not about an honest living.”
Adams, the former DOJ attorney, has described in his column for Pajamas Media how an “industry of voter fraud deniers” is out to sabotage American elections with financial backing from George Soros and various liberal foundations. Adams is also the author of InJustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department.
The “denier” network includes: the ACORN-affiliated Project Vote, Advancement Project, Asian American Legal Defense Fund (AALDF), Asian Pacific American Legal Center, Brennan Center for Justice, Common Cause, DEMOS, League of Women Voters, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO).
Voter integrity activists should not be discouraged by the scope and magnitude of the opposition, Adams said. Even so, they should have an understanding of the tactics that will be used, he added.
“Everything you do has to be above board,” Adams said. “They [the vote fraud deniers] are liars. Give no quarter. The war between the righteous and the deceivers is as old as time. Don’t let them set the narrative…race will be used as a weapon.”