I’m sure you remember a few weeks ago when the Romney campaign and every wingnut on the planet dishonestly claimed that the Obama campaign was trying to keep members of the military from voting in Ohio. I’m sure you’ll be shocked to hear that a military group that filed briefs in the case telling that lie was created by a Republican operative.
Last month, a coalition of military groups intervened in a major voting-rights case in Ohio on the side of Republican officials—helping the GOP to make the false charge that the Obama campaign is working to suppress the military vote. The coalition has been described in media reports as above the partisan fray. But according to one key participant, it was organized by a Washington-based Republican lawyer and political operative who has helped launch several other efforts to intervene in voting cases in swing states across the country, always to the benefit of the GOP. And its main point of contact is a Washington lobbyist and former Republican Senate aide who runs a conservative advocacy group…
The coalition—made up of volunteer groups like the U.S. Army Association, the U.S. Navy Association, and the National Guard Association—was assembled by Michael Morley, a Republican lawyer and political operative, according to Bob Carey, who serves as a point of contact for the coalition. “Michael Morley approached these organizations and put it together himself,” Carey told Lean Forward.
Morley, who did not respond to multiple requests for comment via phone and email and whose name does not appear on the coalition’s court filing, served in the Bush administration as a special assistant to the Army General Counsel. He’s also a member of the Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA)—a group of GOP election lawyers that has in the past worked to spread concern over voter fraud despite little evidence that such fraud exists— according to the RNLA’s website. And he appears to have carved out a niche this year launching legal efforts to intervene in voting disputes in swing states, on behalf of Republicans seeking to limit voting rights or otherwise advantage the party’s candidates.
I, for one, am shocked to find out there’s gambling going on here.