Conservative group alleging voter fraud ends its lawsuits
HOUSTON – A conservative group on Monday moved to dismiss voter fraud lawsuits it had filed in four states days after the group’s leader made baseless allegations questioning the integrity of the election. Lawyers for True the Vote filed notices to dismiss cases in Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania less than a week after suing in all four states. Jim Bopp Jr., an attorney for the group, declined to say why they were ending their lawsuits, but confirmed there were no other cases pending from the group. Based in Houston, True the Vote is one of several conservative groups that have tried to sow doubts about President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. Several other lawsuits filed by the Trump campaign and its have been rejected by judges, dismissed voluntarily, or settled.
Wealthy donors pour millions into fight over mail-in voting
Meanwhile, a well-funded conservative group best known for its focus on judicial appointments is spending heavily to fight cases related to mail-in balloting procedures in court. They reveal vast infrastructure that funnels money from wealthy donors, through philanthropic organizations and political groups, which eventually trickles down to smaller nonprofits, many of which operate under murky circumstances. That includes educating the public about vote by mail, a difficult task when door-to-door canvasing isn't an option. The firm recently registered a handful of trade names for groups that appear to be focused on voting rights, records show. The group is preparing for potential foreign hacking of state voting systems, election day or post-election day violence, as well as contested results.