That headline would be just as correct but more fair!
Instead, the headline in our favorite Madison morning daily newspaper reads:
‘Ron Johnson campaign paid $20,000 to law firm of attorney
tied to Donald Trump’s effort to overturn 2020 election’
The State Journal picked up on the story from NBC News, which reported that Ron Johnson paid $20,000 to former Dane County Circuit Judge Jim Troupis to prepare for the possibility of a contested, cliffhanger election in purple, battleground Wisconsin.
The judge, a personal friend of mine, helped shepherd former state Supreme Court Justice David Prosser through an election challenge in the infamous missing Brookfield vote caper. Jim Troupis is a nationally known expert on legislative districting and election recounts. Tellingly, NBC puts the word “recount” into snotty quotation marks, trying to infer some back channel payoff.
What got NBC News all hard and randy is that Judge Troupis represented Trump in his state election challenge and apparently transmitted Wisconsin’s contingent, alternate slate of Trump electors to the senator’s office, intended for eventual delivery to the vice president, which was never completed. At least the Wisconsin State Journal attempted to balance its story, somewhat. It reports, way down in the story, that Mandela Barnes is also buying recount insurance:
Federal campaign reports show the Barnes campaign has paid the Elias Law Group, led by Democratic election lawyer Marc Elias, around $90,000 in the past year. Elias brings his own baggage, having been accused of “rigging the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries to thwart Bernie Sanders and facilitating a deluge of big money into politics,” The New York Times reported in 2018.
The sleaze goes deeper than that. Marc Elias is the bag man between Hillary Clinton and the infamous, fake Steele dossier — a complete pack of lies that fueled the discredited Trump Russian collusion hoax — the Democrats’ attempt to subvert the 2016 election.
Attorney Jonathan Turley, who testified at the first Senate impeachment trial, writes:
Elias, the former general counsel for the Clinton Campaign and partner at the firm Perkins Coie, lied to conceal the campaign’s funding of the infamous Steele dossier. The Federal Elections Commission found that Clinton campaign and DNC payments to Fusion GPS were funneled through Perkins Coie and Elias. As the campaign denied funding the dossier, these payments were concealed as “legal advice and services.”
On 03-29-2022, the FEC fined the Clinton campaign $8,000 and the DNC $105,000 for their lies — all facilitated by Elias. His latest client is the crime organization Black Lives Matter. He is trying to defend BLM’s “questionable finances,” as the New York Post puts it in their own snotty quotes.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Marc Elias just reeks. That Mandela Barnes would hire this dirty trickster proves he is just another Deep State, on-the-make Hillary Clinton (but without the body count). And NBC News is a just a whore.