Marc Elias – A 21st Century Democratic Carpetbagger

By: Jeffrey Winograd

Post-American Civil War history teaches us that carpetbaggers were northerners who came to the devastated south to reap private gain under reconstruction governments.

Marc Elias is the 21st century version of a carpetbagger who, instead of being vilified, is being touted by the adoring news media and lapdog Democrats as one of America’s foremost election law attorneys.

Make no mistake, Elias fits the dictionary definition of a carpetbagger as an outsider, especially a nonresident who seeks private gain from an area by meddling in its politics.

For those who need reminding, Marc Elias also was the paymaster behind the “Steele dossier” and the architect of the “Vote By Mail” corruption of American electoral values and law. He knows how to bring the big Democratic bucks into a law firm.

Elias Says Facts Don’t Count

Earlier this month, Elias hit the airways via CNN to lambast President Trump for saying the election results were still not final.

“No, [Trump’s] comment is not true and it’s important for the American public to understand this,” Elias said, adding that it is “well past time for Republican leaders to tell the president and the public” that it is over.

“There is no dispute,” declared Elias, who boasted that the Trump campaign has already lost more than 50 lawsuits.

He then lambasted 18 state attorneys general of the Republican persuasion who have been supportive of Trump’s court battles. “This is shameful in a way we have just not seen in our history in recent years,” pronounced Elias.

“There is only one factual side … [and to say otherwise] is a lie through and through,” he said.

However, the very next day a Wisconsin court boldly stated that there are important facts Elias denies exist.

Wisconsin High Court Sets The Record Straight

The Wisconsin Supreme Court in a December 14 ruling on a lawsuit (Mark Jefferson and the Republican Party of Wisconsin v. Dane County, Wisconsin and Scott McDonell, Dane County Clerk) challenging the legal authority of officials in Dane county (home of the city of Madison) and Gov. Tony Evers to allow voters to declare themselves homebound and “indefinitely confined,” thereby evading the statutory requirement of providing photo identification to receive an absentee ballot.

The lawsuit was filed on March 27 and oral argument was held on September 29.

The court concluded that Wisconsin election law holds that only an individual elector – not a municipal, county or state official – can declare himself “indefinitely confined.” In addition, the governor’s Emergency Order #12, which was a response to COVID-19, did not render all Wisconsin electors as “indefinitely confined.”

The respondents in the case, Dane county and the Dane county clerk, argued that the issue presented was moot, in part because the election occurred and Emergency Order #12 had expired.

The court rejected this, stating:

However, even in cases where an issue is moot, we may nevertheless reach the merits of the dispute. We may do so when “(1) the issue is of great public importance; (2) the situation occurs so frequently that a definitive decision is necessary to guide circuit courts; (3) the issue is likely to arise again and a decision of the court would alleviate uncertainty; or (4) the issue will likely be repeated, but evades appellate review because the appellate review process cannot be completed or even undertaken in time to have a practical effect on the parties.”

It should be noted that there were no outright dissents among the seven justices, only two dissents in part. The court majority prevailed.

Judicial Finaglers

So, having clearly stated that what occurred in the state was outside the bounds of lawful conduct, the Wisconsin Supreme Court, also on December 14, ruled in another lawsuit that the results of the vote tabulation cannot be changed.

In a 4-3 ruling, the court turned thumbs down on Trump’s attempt to toss out some 220,000 absentee ballots cast in Milwaukee and Dane counties, the state’s most Democratic strongholds. Declared the majority of justices:

The challenges raised by the Campaign in this case, however, come long after the last play or even the last game; the Campaign is challenging the rulebook adopted before the season began. Election claims of this type must be brought expeditiously. The Campaign waited until after the election to raise selective challenges that could have been raised long before the election.

The chief justice, who dissented, voiced his frustration, stating:

“[The majority] does not bother addressing what the boards of canvassers did or should have done, and instead, four members of this court throw the cloak of (timing) over numerous problems that will be repeated again and again, until this court has the courage to correct them.”

It would seem that in the Jefferson v. Dane County lawsuit, the initial filing was back in March and with oral arguments in the Wisconsin Supreme Court held on September 29, an expeditious ruling would have overcome the claim that the Trump campaign did not file expeditiously.

Facts See Light Of Day

The Epoch Times, a conservative-leaning, staunchly anti-Chinese Communist Party publication, has been doing yeoman’s work in covering the election dispute,

In early December, the newspaper published an “Election Fraud Allegations: Infographic” which contained a litany of allegations that have never seen the light of day in any courtroom, a situation which has immeasurably tarnished the American judiciary at every level.

Extremely disturbing allegations cited in the infographic ranged from batches of pristine ballots in Georgia that were 98% for Biden to ballots counted multiple times in Michigan to backdating of ballots in Detroit.

However, the infographic was just a primer on electoral abuses compared to a document that was recently released.

The Navarro Report

On December 17, Peter Navarro, director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, published a report titled “The Immaculate Deception: Six Key Dimensions of Election Irregularities.”

The report examined six dimensions of alleged election irregularities in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. 

As described by Navarro, “Evidence used to conduct [the] assessment includes more than 50 lawsuits and judicial rulings, thousands of affidavits and declarations, testimony in a variety of state venues, published analyses by think tanks and legal centers, videos and photos, public comments, and extensive press coverage.”

A matrix outlining the six allegations as they relate to the six battleground states “indicates that significant irregularities occurred across all six battleground states and across all six dimensions of election irregularities,” the report said.  

Elias Unleashes Unprecedented Nationwide Legal Onslaught

As previously reported, Elias, acting under the guise of a lawyerly do-gooder, is the person behind an operation called Democracy Docket.

The website provides a roadmap to its activities, which appear to be funded by the Democratic National Committee and various unidentified deep pockets,   

Elias’s name appears on numerous motions to intervene in lawsuits involving 2020 elections in battleground states such as Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Among the names of law firms appearing along with Elias as an intervenor in various state court cases is Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP. Rather impressive as is one of the leading names frequently cited as an intervenor – Seth Waxman, former solicitor general of the United States under President Clinton. There are no indications that he and various associates are participating pro bono. How much do these guys get per hour?  

Quite striking is the appearance of an article on the Democracy Docket website titled “How Georgia Went Blue” and authored by none other than the infamous Stacy Abrams, the failed candidate for Georgia governor in 2018. Wrote Abrams:

Legislation and litigation, including lawsuits by the indefatigable Marc Elias, began to chip away at the superstructure of suppression. Consent decrees created cure options for voters who sought to vote by mail. Legislative changes neutered “exact match” and slowed the purges for the time being. Other suits improved voter access and education.

Community investment led to drop boxes in 80% of Georgia counties—a direct rebuke to the weaponization of the U.S. Postal Service. Organizations heralded the best practice of making a plan to vote and then helped Georgians make those plans real.

Chutzpah To An Extreme

Bearing in mind that Marc Elias was the paymaster for the Steele dossier, which he has admitted under oath that he could have stopped in its tracks, he probably didn’t even blush when, on December 21, he published an article titled “Profiles in Cowardice.”

Playing off JFK’s “Profiles in Courage,” Elias mocked 17 of the state attorneys general who participated in the lawsuit brought to the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as 126 GOP members of Congress who supported the lawsuit, labeling them, in Yiddish, “schlimazel” (meaning extremely unlucky or inept).

“[They] were like court jesters, just there to bow and scrape in front of Dear Leader for his amusement,” he wrote.   

This comes from a guy who prostrated himself at the feet of Hillary Rodham Clinton, the failed Democratic candidate for president in 2016, and who was a key provider of the funding for the Steele dossier.

Among those who have displayed political courage, wrote Elias, were local election workers and officials “who took pride in the work they did and the elections they ran. They are the real heroes of this election.”

How blessed American democracy would be if Marc Elias were to take his carpetbag full of dirty political and legal trickery and head off into the sunset.


Marc Elias – The Democrat Who Singlehandedly Destroyed American Democracy

By: Jeffrey Winograd

Marc Elias’s partisan legal career may appear to glitter like gold but even a cursory examination reveals his legal ethics are, at best, dubious.

In fact, Elias likely has done irreparable harm to the United States of America.

Who is this guy?

In short, he was the paymaster behind the “Steele dossier” and the architect of the “Vote by Mail” ploy that seemingly has stolen reelection from President Donald Trump.

Elias’s Public Face

Elias is a partner in the Seattle-based law firm of Perkins Coie and serves as the chair of its Political Law Group. As described on the firm’s website:

          “Marc represents dozens of U.S. senators, governors, representatives and their campaigns as well as the Democratic National Committee, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, National Democratic Redistricting Committee, Priorities USA, Senate Majority PAC and House Majority PAC. Marc served as general counsel to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2016 and John Kerry’s presidential campaign in 2004.”

In his various capacities, Elias, who is situated in Washington, D.C., is heavily involved in fighting lawsuits challenging the results of the presidential elections in key battleground states.

He poses as the virtuous protector of the voting rights of the downtrodden masses who have succumbed to COVID-19 fear mongering and lack the courage to appear in person to vote.

However, Elias’s true character can be judged by a typical ploy he embraces – accuse a political opponent of the same reprehensible conduct that he, in turn, resorts to. For example, here is an Elias quote that appeared on September 21 in The New Republic:

           “Donald Trump has shown a willingness to violate every norm that one associates with the president of the United States, and even the law, in order to advance his political interests, and I expect that between now and the election we will continue to see him do everything he can to win reelection,” Elias told {the reporter]. “And that will include things ranging from using [his] bully pulpit to bad-mouth voting by mail to worse.”

Grilling By House Intelligence Panel

On December 13, 2017, Elias appeared before an executive session of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence to answer questions about his knowledge of and involvement with the Steele dossier.

The Steele dossier was a central element in the contrived Russian collusion hoax ostensibly linking Donald Trump and people in his presidential campaign to Russia. It resulted in the naming of Robert Mueller as special counsel to conduct a far-reaching probe with a hefty price tag.

Under intense questioning by then-Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), Elias’s lawyer provided him substantial protective cover behind the legal shield of attorney-client privilege and work-product exemption.

However, Elias’s true character shone through at the tail end of the interview while he was being queried by an unidentified questioner.

It was revealed that sometime in late September or early October in 2016, Elias met in his office with Fusion GPS representatives and Christopher Steele. Perkins Coie was paid somewhere between $5 million and $6 million by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign for the law firm’s services. Neither the DNC nor the Clinton campaign knew about the meeting, Elias stated.  

According to Elias, “a relatively small part [of that money] would involve” Fusion GPS. “Probably about a million dollars,” he added. Elias acknowledged he would have to sign off on those transactions.

In response to a question, Elias stated he “did not direct” Steele to the specific media outlets he was sent to but he “was aware of it.”

The exchanges that followed speak for themselves:

            Q. You could have also told them not to do it?

            MR. ELIAS: Hypothetically, yes.

                Q. Why did you not stop Mr. Steele from speaking to media in the fall of 2016 after he was in your Washington, D.C., law offices?

            MR. ELIAS: I thought that the information that – I thought that the information that he or they wished to convey was accurate and important.

          Q. So the information that Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele wished to portray to the media in the fall of 2016 at that time, you thought, was accurate and important?

MR. ELIAS: As I understand it.

Q. As you understood it. Sitting here today, do you still consider that information that was relayed to the media in the fall of 2016 after the meeting in your law offices to be accurate and important?


Q. Have you had the opportunity to verify it independently?

 MR. ELIAS:  No.

Q.  So how do you know it’s still accurate and important?

MR. ELIAS: You asked me my opinion.

          Q. Was there any information that was accurately portrayed in that dossier that was relayed by Christopher Steele to the media in the fall of 2016?

            MR: ELIAS: There were — there was information in it that I was familiar with. There was information in it that I was not familiar with. Some of the information that was in it I think has actually proved true. So, you know, my opinion that it was accurate and important, I think l was right.

            Q. Would agree that there’s parts of that dossier that remain unverified to this day?

MY. ELIAS: I assume there are.

A Phony Do-Gooder

On March 18, 2020, in an article penned by Elias titled “Four Pillars To Safeguard Voting Rights With Vote By Mail,” he said:

          Increasingly, we are seeing calls for states to adopt no-excuse absentee and vote by mail. This is a very important step in ensuring the right to vote, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

So, it is apparent that from the get-go, Elias saw the COVID-19 situation as his vehicle of choice for achieving the goal of voting by mail, at least in what are considered swing states.  

The article appeared in an impressive sounding report called “Safeguarding Our Democracy With Vote By Mail” which appears on a website called Democracy Docket that was created by none other than Elias.

Here is what prominently appears on the website:

          Democracy Docket focuses on detecting, highlighting, and combating suppressive voting laws and practices that will have the greatest impact on the outcome of the 2020 elections and which are not otherwise being addressed. Put simply, we spotlight those laws and practices that restrict the right to vote but may not be the most newsworthy.

And what are the so-called “Four Pillars” that Elias considers sacrosanct:

  1. Postage for mail-in ballots must be free or prepaid by the government.
  2. Ballots postmarked on or before Election Day must be counted.
  3. Signature matching laws need to be reformed to protect voters.
  4. Community organizations should be permitted to help collect and deliver voted, sealed ballots.

It all sounds kosher until one remembers that the devil is in the details.

POSTAGE: This is simply a means to boost voting by individuals who would otherwise not think it was worth the money for a stamp just to vote or even worthwhile to exercise their right to vote by going to a polling place.

POSTMARKS: Place the blame for late delivery on the U.S. Postal Service. “This is simply wrong and unfair to voters who have done everything right but have their ballots thrown out because of delays with the postal service,” Elias wrote. In fact, Democrats made a big stink about this issue while complaining about proposed reforms to postal delivery that were announced several months prior to Election Day. In reality, people who want to vote have ample time to mail their ballots to ensure they will arrive on time.

SIGNATURE MATCHING: Elias would handle this problem as follows: “Absentee ballots with questionable signatures should be reviewed by three election officials. Only if all three find beyond a reasonable doubt that a signature does not match should it be set aside.” Presumably, at least one of the three election officials would be a Democrat and, consequently, this requirement makes the whole matching issue meaningless.

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS: In plain words, ballot harvesting is an honorable practice and not subject to any abuse such as helping voters complete their ballot. Republicans oppose this as a way to suppress the vote, says Elias, adding that “voters without easy access to secure and reliable outgoing mail, or who need extra help to get their ballots delivered, rely on this practice.”

A Rigged Election?

No doubt that political partisans will view the entire election debacle through red or blue lenses.

It would seem that the growing mountain of vote-related irregularities, if not outright illegalities, warrant prompt, efficient and unbiased investigation by federal law enforcement agencies.

How can anyone forget the photos from the Detroit vote counting center where workers were busy blocking the windows of the rooms where tabulations were being done?

How can anyone ignore affidavits, sworn to under penalty of perjury, of election and postal workers who reported such things as backdating receipt of ballots and instructions not to question a voter’s signature or ask for identification?

How can anyone sweep under the rug that many thousands of people who came to vote were told their mail-in ballot was already recorded and the people stated they had never even received a ballot by mail?

These are just a very brief sampling of serious allegations arising from the 2020 presidential election.

Marc Elias, who has proven to be a master at pulling the wool over the eyes of the American people, said this:

          “Vote by mail is always good policy, but right now it is a critical part of democracy.”

Yes, a democracy that Marc Elias has transformed for the worse for evermore.