Top election attorney says a candidate “commits criminal election fraud,” claiming under oath to “represent” Democratic Party, exposing themselves & conspirators to fines and/or jail time
Last summer, when Republicans hatched their despicable, anti-democratic “fake candidate” scheme, the public, the media and even regulators were as much baffled about what to do as they were offended. Well it’s official: Republicans intend to replicate their sleazy manipulation of democracy, causing needless and costly delays, in the upcoming recall elections.
This time, however, no one’s getting caught off guard.
In an opinion rendered by one of Wisconsin’s top elections attorneys after substantial research on the issue, it appears that the falsification of information under oath on these candidates’ Declaration(s) of Candidacy constitutes felony election fraud. Furthermore, the memo makes clear that any crime committed likely extends beyond the candidates themselves to GOP operatives and even petition circulators:
Any and all who knowingly participate in efforts to have a supporter of the Republican Party or one of its incumbents run as Democratic primary candidates in recall elections against the Republican incumbent commit felony election fraud in violation of § 12.13(3)(a), Wis. Stats.; see also § 12.13(3)(am), Wis. Stats.
The memo, being sent via certified mail to all four fake Democrats running in senate recalls as well as the GOP’s fake candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor, details the exact potential violations of the law – as well as penalties that include fines as much as $10,000 and 3½ years in prison. Copies of this legal memo will also be distributed to the District Attorneys in the relevant jurisdictions of the candidates committing these apparent felonies.
“Everyone knew the Republican scheme to run fake Democratic candidates was a sleazy corruption of Wisconsin democracy that needlessly wasted taxpayer dollars,” said We Are Wisconsin executive director Kristen Crowell. “Thankfully, this time around, there’s recourse available against this travesty, as it appears it’s also illegal.”