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House Members Ask Senate Committee to Deny Von Spakovsky Nomination PDF  | Print |  Email
By Rep. Solomon Ortiz Press Release   
September 26, 2007
Several Members of the United States House of Representatives sent a letter to a Senate Committee on Tuesday asking Senators to reject the nomination of Hans von Spakovsky – who holds a recess appointment to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) – to serve a full term at the FEC.  

U.S. House Members from Arizona, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, Ohio and Texas – all states where illegal redistricting schemes were perpetrated on voters in this decade – urged Senator Diane Feinstein (Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, which will act on von Spakovsky’s nomination at a hearing on Wednesday, September 26, at 10am in 301 Russell Building), and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, “to take a strong stand against the damage Hans von Spakovsky did to voting rights and electoral processes around the nation at the Justice Department, when he substituted his short term political judgment for professional, reasoned judgment of longtime attorneys who knew the law and the Constitution.”

Following is the full text of the letter; attached is the letter from career attorneys who detailed von Spakovsky’s aversion to voting rights. 


Dear Chairwoman Feinstein and Majority Leader Reid:


On behalf of several states and millions of disenfranchised voters across the United States, we respectfully ask that the Senate Rules Committee oppose the appointment of Hans von Spakovsky – who holds a recess appointment to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) – to serve a full term at the FEC.

 

By virtue of his actions in the Justice Department, Hans von Spakovsky had done irreparable damage to the course of democracy and voting rights all over the United States.  This damage invalidates his ability to serve as an FEC Commissioner.  Enclosed with this letter – compiled by six career attorneys at the Justice Department – is a detailed version of events in which Mr. von Spakovsky personally intervened inappropriately in voting rights matters at the Justice Department.

 

We implore the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration to take a strong stand against the damage Hans von Spakovsky did to voting rights and electoral processes around the nation at the Justice Department, when he substituted his short term political judgment for professional, reasoned judgment of longtime attorneys who knew the law and the Constitution.  

 

Please oppose Mr. von Spakovsky’s nomination to the FEC.  If there is any place (besides the Justice Department) Mr. von Spakovsky should not serve, it is the Federal Election Commission.

Signatories to the letter included Representatives:  Solomon Ortiz, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Sheila Jackson Lee, Ciro Rodriguez, Chet Edwards, Nick Lampson, Silvestre Reyes, Charlie Gonzalez, Lloyd Doggett, and Gene Green (all of Texas); Sanford Bishop, Jim Marshall, and David Scott (all of Georgia); Raul M. Grijalva (of Arizona); Marcy Kaptur (of Ohio); Kendrick B. Meek and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (both of Florida); and Rush Holt, Donald Payne, and Albio Sires (all of New Jersey).

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