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Fact Check: Who Is Really Behind Legal Challenges To NC’s Voter ID Law?

Fact Check: Who Is Really Behind Legal Challenges To NC’s Voter ID Law?

“Liberal billionaire activist George Soros is single-handily bankrolling opposition to voter ID in North Carolina and other states, with Hillary Clinton’s campaign lawyer helping lead the charge to overturn NC’s voter protections, all in attempts to make it easier for union-funded allies to bus their members into North Carolina to cheat in our historically close elections.” 
– NCGOP Chairman Hasan Harnett

Background:

Fact: “George Soros Bankrolls Democrats’ Fight in Voting Rights Cases”

  • “A Democratic legal fight against restrictive voting laws enacted in recent years by Republican-controlled state governments is being largely paid for by a single liberal benefactor: the billionaire philanthropist George Soros.” (Maggie Haberman, “George Soros Bankrolls Democrats’ Fight in Voting Rights Cases,” New York Times, 6/5/15)
  • “Two suits that Mr. Soros is supporting were filed in Ohio and in Wisconsin last month. He is also helping to pay for a case that Mr. Elias and several other groups filed last year in North Carolina.” (Maggie Haberman, “George Soros Bankrolls Democrats’ Fight in Voting Rights Cases,” New York Times, 6/5/15) 

Fact: Hillary Clinton’s campaign lawyer is one of the lead lawyers in the case against North Carolina’s voter ID law 

  • “The lawyer, Marc Elias, who specializes in voter-protection issues, was in contact with Mr. Soros in January 2014 when Mr. Elias was exploring a series of federal lawsuits before that year’s midterm election and in advance of the 2016 campaign, according to Mr. Soros’s political adviser, Michael Vachon.” (Maggie Haberman, “George Soros Bankrolls Democrats’ Fight in Voting Rights Cases,” New York Times, 6/5/15)
  • “Mr. Elias’s clients include four major national Democratic Party committees — as well as the Clinton presidential campaign, which is not a party to the lawsuits, though her team has spoken favorably of them.” (Maggie Haberman, “George Soros Bankrolls Democrats’ Fight in Voting Rights Cases,” New York Times, 6/5/15) 
Fact: NCGOP uncovered more than $2 Million in payments from out-of-state labor unions to Moral Monday leaders to protest GOP laws (Jon Camp, “State GOP questions the money behind ‘Moral Monday‘ protests,” WTVD, 7/15/15)
Fact: Out-of-state labor unions have bused in and paid their members to protest NC’s voter ID law (Jon Camp, “State GOP questions the money behind ‘Moral Monday‘ protests,” WTVD, 7/15/15)

To read the full New York Times article “George Soros Bankrolls Democrats’ Fight in Voting Rights Cases,” click here.