Attorney Seeks Probe Of California Electoral Vote Plan

Contra Costa Times: (reg. req'd)

A Lafayette attorney who specializes in election law is seeking a Congressional investigation into whether the White House was involved in pushing a California ballot initiative to change the way the state allocates its electoral votes.

Barry Fadem, who is working for the group opposed to the initiative, also made a Freedom of Information Act request with the White House on Friday to reveal all contacts between Bush Administration officials, the Republican National Committee and other political operatives discussing potential changes to the state's electoral college laws.

"We want to know if the White House improperly discussed this on taxpayer time," said Fadem, a Democrat. "But we also want to make people aware that this is not some new idea, not some good public policy that proponents keep claiming. This is truly only about one thing: stealing the presidency."

If it could be shown that the White House did discuss this on taxpayer time (good luck with that FOIA request, this administration is the most secretive in history), we have a clear cut case of violating the Hatch Act, which could lead to some very interesting hearings.


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