Senior Republican National Committee (RNC) officials have revealed documents detailing their efforts in the past eight months to win on election integrity, as Breitbart News Reported.
The GOP’s election integrity push has been broken down into “three separate categories,” stated the chief counsel of the RNC, Justin Reimer. Included is permanent staffed infrastructure across the nation and a broad law-fare legal strategy to counter the Democrats.
“The first is what we’re doing in the courts and litigating,” Riemer said. “The second is sort of our operational organization out in the field to send teams into the states, and the third is the more sort of communications and efficacy efforts we’ve made at the state level and pushing back on HR1 and the congressional overreach that we’ve been pushing back with.”
Republicans had learned from 2020 as Democrats had a coordinated push before Election Day and for weeks after, they filled mail and absentee drop boxes, the lack of requirements matching ID and signatures combined with ousting poll watchers from counting rooms, as well as massive funding from big leftist tech-giants like Mark Zuckerberg who supported state and local elections offices throughout the nation thru popup nonprofit’s established by his wife, Reimer told Breitbart News. The Republicans realize that elections are not fought in one day but over more extended periods – in other words, election day has become election season, Reimer continued.
“The RNC has basically decided election integrity operations need to be a permanent thing,” Riemer said. “In the past what would happen was every four years, because it was really every presidential election year where our side would gear up and to a lesser extent in midterms, but what would happen is it would be the presidential campaign every four years that would set up an operation to do the monitoring and the lawsuits and all these issues. It was just sort of improvised, like a pop-up tent, and then it went away,, and some of that was because we had a lawsuit against us from the DNC that prevented the RNC from doing anything like poll watching and preventing voter fraud and all of that. That basically was in effect for 40 years — 2020 was the first year we could actually engage in this stuff and what we decided was it makes no sense to just set up an operation every two or four years. It needs to be permanent. That’s why we have permanent staff now working on this stuff, and it’s why we have permanent litigation. If you have litigation going on permanently, and if it becomes a permanent thing, it’s just that it’s an ongoing process — we’re always monitoring what’s happening, we’re always monitoring the legislative changes, we’re always in the courts. It just doesn’t end. Part of it is because the election calendar has expanded so much. It’s not even just the mail-in voting; so much of the problem is sort of hatched months before the election,, like a state cleaning up its voter rolls. That’s not a problem; you should just start paying attention to a month before the election. You need to be on that like six months or a year or more before the election. So that’s why we’ve made it a permanent operation to make sure we’re keeping tabs on all of this.”
Litigating election integrity battles – Republicans are defending effective state laws like those in Georgia, working to eliminate practices like Arizona’s ballot harvesting, a recent win at the U.S. Supreme Court. Reimer said it is proving a fruitful battlefield for the GOP by challenging the anti-poll watcher being pushed from election boards in locations such as North Carolina.
“On the litigation side, we have engaged in all the major lawsuits that have been filed against the states that have enacted reforms in the last several months,” Riemer said. “So, Georgia is the most famous one where they passed their legislation and were immediately sued. They actually have several separate lawsuits against them right now, including one by the DOJ who sued them, and we have been actively what’s called intervening in these lawsuits, which puts us shoulder to shoulder with Georgia and defending the state law. The courts have allowed us in these cases,, and we’re actively pushing back and fighting back, making sure the state stays honest in defending their laws and making sure they don’t settle them and cause problems that way. So we’re doing that in Georgia, in Florida, in Iowa, and as other states get sued, which they undoubtedly will as they pass these reforms, we will engage in those lawsuits as well.”
A memo exclusively obtained by Breitbart News prepared by the RNC detailed the said efforts. The memo noted that more than $30 million had been spent in dozens of lawsuits in 2020 – particularly 59 last year – but the legal strategy is expanding heading into the 2022 midterms leading to the 2024 presidential cycle. The RNC has already engaged in at least 19 lawsuits before the 2022 midterms, with more planned.
“I think they’re absolutely losing,” Riemer said of the Democrats. “States are enacting these laws,, and we feel very confident the courts are going to uphold them. We are organized earlier than ever before. We are working with the other party committees; we’re working with other outside groups on the right to make sure we have a unified approach. People are so serious about this,, and I see how desperate the Democrats are. The DOJ suing Georgia for their law — it is really absolutely ridiculous. I can just see Biden calling up Merrick Garland, saying, ‘you guys just have to sue now.’ And I think it reeks of a desperate move, especially if you read the complaint. Any decent lawyer would read that and just say, ‘wow, this is a public relations exercise.’ So, we’re doing everything we can to fight. And, I think we’re going to win. I think we’re winning now. This Arizona decision was a huge loss for them, and that’s going to have ramifications moving forward in a lot of other lawsuits so I think the fact where we are right now in early August, a year and three months before the next election, is incredible.”
Reimer said the RNC has a fully-staffed structure nationwide, in which key states have full-time election integrity directors.
“On the operational side, we are already in the process of setting up our election integrity teams at the state level,” Riemer said. “We’re already staffed up here at the RNC. But what we’re doing is setting up state election integrity directors in all the major states where there will be close elections in 2022. So we have sort of a political organizer who’s responsible for recruiting poll watchers and showing up at the county board of election meetings and that sort of thing. We’re pairing them with an attorney as well who can help. Really, what the point of this is is ultimately for election day everywhere across the country to make sure we have poll watchers and that no polling place we need to be at observing is missing a poll watcher. But we’re also monitoring what’s happening at the state and local level. A lot of this stuff is the devil is in the details, like the secretary of state can come up with some policy that basically waters down something or makes it harder for our poll watchers to be in the polling place or whatever. So what we’re trying to do is make sure we’re watching everything and getting ahead of it, submitting Freedom of Information Act requests and that stuff.”
Reimer said the party is conducting polls and releasing ads to support the push for election integrity measures to fight overreach from Democrats in Washington. With a goal to capture the productive energy of the right after events of 2020.
“Then, on the communications and advocacy side, this is slightly less legal, but we’ve done everything from running ads to doing polling to targeting legislators that have been attacking some of these state laws and also going after congressional Democrats on HR1 — I guess they call it the ‘Corrupt Politicians Act,’” Riemer said. “I think it’s a great example of not just the RNC but the whole conservative, Republican ecosystem banding together and fighting back on HR1. Obviously, they’re still fighting to pass something, but it’s a huge success they haven’t pulled anything off yet. But going back to the beginning of HR1, when we saw they were really going all in to pass HR1, we actually started drafting a complaint to challenge it in the event it did pass. And we know they’re going to keep coming back on it, so we have a sort of ‘break glass in case of emergency’ lawsuit that will be ready to file and challenge this federal overreach because — no surprise here — we believe states should be running their own elections and that Congress shouldn’t be sort of micromanaging the states and making bad policies.”
Communication and advocacy can help in the courtroom, as judges want Americans to have confidence in the election results.
“I think it’s really important — it does play into the legal stuff for sure,” Riemer said. “One of the things a state can say when it’s defending its laws that are under attack is that the law promotes the confidence of the election, and a court thinks that is important. The Supreme Court has basically said that a state trying to protect its voters’ confidence in the election is really important. Knowing how popular these laws are makes it a lot harder for the courts to attack them and strike them down. It’s nice knowing the public is on your side. We have the wind at our sails here, and I think you’re seeing examples of it changing policy. You’re seeing Stacey Abrams suddenly saying she is for voter ID and James Clyburn saying he is for voter ID, and Governor Wolf in Pennsylvania doing this remarkable turnabout where he says voter ID is not so bad. It’s remarkable. Rarely do you see people flip-flop like this on policy, so it’s working.”
When asked to detail the GOP’s “micro-wins,” Reimer referred to several cases around the country against ballot harvesting in Arizona and against voters being bused in Michigan in the Supreme and Appellate Courts, additionally an effort to halt North Carolina officials blocking GOP poll watchers being close enough to count ballots in the state. Reimer also cited early signs of the election integrity laws being upheld in the end in Georgia.
“So a couple come to mind just in the last few months,” Riemer said when asked to detail GOP wins on election integrity. “In Georgia, I mentioned all these lawsuits they filed challenging the law. The Democrats tried to go in and basically put that law on hold for some recent special elections they had. We were in that lawsuit and pushed back on that. The court basically said, ‘no we’re not putting that law on hold — it’s going to stay in effect, all these provisions that are important for the integrity of the election are going to remain in effect.’ It was a good sort of leading indicator of where we think these lawsuits are going to end up. That was just a few weeks ago. Sometimes they will use these minor elections to try to score a win, and that failed there. In Michigan, just the week before last, we had a big win at the federal appellate court on the issue of busing people to the polls, so there’s always that kind of legend or myth that Democrats bus people into the polls and they vote even if they’re ineligible. We had a win on that. Michigan has a ban on that practice, which the Democrats challenged, and we got a win on that at the appellate court just a couple weeks ago, so they’re not allowed to pay to bus people around to the polls, which was a nice win as well. Last one I would mention is in North Carolina, the board of elections is notorious for making policy that contradicts state law and the legislature — it’s a very partisan, Democrat board — and they were proposing regulations that would have made it a lot harder for our poll watchers to poll watch. We caught it with this monitoring and state structure that we’ve developed. We saw it when no one was paying attention to it, and we worked with the state party, and we basically went full blast. We sent them a letter saying you can’t enact this regulation, you can’t restrict our poll watchers, and it’ll contradict state law — and basically made a threat that we would sue them if they followed through on it. So, when the time came to finalize the regulation, they basically rewrote it in a way that was not going to be a problem and was not going to restrict our poll watchers, and honestly, I’m pretty convinced that wouldn’t have happened had we not engaged in it and engaged in it with the state party.”
The GOP’s overall strategy is to “kill” the bad Democrat ideas “in their infancy” rather than letting them brew and worsen, Reimer said.
“So those are the kinds of — micro-win is a great way of describing it — those are the kinds of micro-wins we’re looking for,” Riemer said. “Honestly, the best way to deal with a lot of this is to stop these problems before they become bigger problems. Kill them in their infancy. It’s not as sexy a win as in the Supreme Court, but I’d rather deal with it then when it’s a small problem than when it’s a big problem. So that’s exactly the kind of stuff we’re going to be doing confronting these issues when they happen.”
Reimer believes Democrat lawyers Marc Elias of Perkins Coie, in particular, are overrated, as he has lost more cases than he won. He aims to expose the fallacy that Democrats are winning the broader fight on this front as the point man for the GOP election integrity as the RNC’s chief counsel.
“It absolutely is a huge part of their electoral strategy,” Riemer said when asked about the Democrats’ law-fare battles. “Some of it is substantive in that they are legitimately trying to go after these laws and strike them down. I think we kind of know what they are trying to do in trying to water down the system and create more uncertainty. But, at the end of the day a lot of it for them is symbolic. They know when they claim voter suppression or say Republicans are engaged in voter suppression, it’s political and very powerful for them because it riles up their base. It’s the main thing they’re talking about right now. It’s the number one thing they’re talking about — Republicans ‘suppressing the vote,’ even though the public is clearly with us on the issue.”
Reimer finds polls show broad support for voter ID and other security measures as a breath of fresh air. Having the public on the GOP’s side on election integrity as the special interests and corporate are aligned behind the Democrats.
“There are few issues that are so lopsided, where the public is way more for us on some issues including some Democrats being with us, as this issue,” Riemer said. “It’s a big part of what they want to do. In 2020, as you mentioned, they filed a lot of lawsuits, and they often used COVID [Chinese coronavirus] as an excuse. A lot of this stuff they would have liked to try before, but COVID gave them an excuse to say voting is getting harder, so all these requirements like voter ID, witness requirements, and signature matching — whatever it may be — need to be struck down. I think kind of one of the myths of the 2020 election is that they, I think their success was overstated actually. We actually beat Elias in most of the lawsuits we were engaged in. We completely shut them out of entire regions like in Maine, New Hampshire, Michigan, Iowa. They filed tons of lawsuits — Arizona — and they didn’t win any of them there. But what happens is if you file 20 lawsuits and you lose 18 and you win two, you only hear from Marc Elias on the two he won. We haven’t been as good at trumpeting our wins. I think that’s something we’re getting a lot more aggressive about. I think this stuff blows up in their face too, their law-fare strategy. I don’t know if you saw what happened down in Arizona, the recent Supreme Court case on ballot harvesting. We were defending that state law against the Democrats for several years. We helped finance the defense of that law and helped make sure the right arguments were put in front of the Supreme Court. We were coordinating that behind the scenes and what you saw was — that was a Marc Elias lawsuit. It totally blew up in their face, and they ended up with a really bad decision for them and you even have leftwing lawyers now like some at the ACLU who are pissed off at Elias for bringing that lawsuit because of the fact it was so weak, and now they have a really bad Supreme Court decision hung around their neck and so you can see it blowing up in their faces and I think we’re getting to pushing back on the public narrative that he just comes in and wins all these cases because it’s just not true.”
RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel created an election integrity committee filled with experts on election reforms in February to conduct “soul searching after 2020” – reccomendations are forthcoming soon.
“A lot of it was to hear from members and hear from experts on what the RNC should be doing on all these issues and what policies we should be recommending states enact and hearing from people in the states,” Riemer said. “What are people in the states and grassroots saying we should be doing? Having a set of recommendations that we’ll carry out and that work is pretty close to being finalized — we’ve been really busy, and we’re really excited. That work is going to make a huge difference.”
Reimer said the message he wants to be heard by GOP voters across America is that Republicans are listing, fighting back, and winning.
“We’re fighting, and we’re winning,” Riemer said. “We wake up every day, and it’s the first thing we think about. That might sound depressing, but it’s true. That’s the bottom line — and we’re going to keep winning. We’re in the right here, and we’re looking forward to bragging about it when we do.”