The Foundation for Government Accountability has filed a cross-motion against the Department of Justice asking the court to immediately order the DOJ to release its “Strategic Plan” implementing President Biden’s executive order that directed a federal government takeover of elections — before the midterm elections on Tuesday.
As previously reported, Biden’s executive order directs all 600 federal agencies to “expand citizens’ opportunities to register to vote and to obtain information about, and participate in, the electoral process.” Multiple agencies subsequently decided to turn federal facilities — especially those that deal with federal benefits — into voter registration agencies. The agencies are also allowed to work with left-wing get-out-the-vote groups.
The FGA filed a lawsuit in April 2022 against the DOJ and several other executive agencies for failing to comply with Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests pertaining to Biden’s March 2021 directive. On July 12, 2022, a federal district court ordered the DOJ to deliver the documents to the FGA with a deadline of the November midterm elections.
While the FGA was due to receive the documents on Sept. 8, the DOJ did not fully comply with the court order and withheld key documents related to its “Strategic Plan” in carrying out Biden’s order.
“[A]lthough EO 14019 ordered DOJ to adopt election-related policies, and DOJ publicly touts its implementation, and another agency (Department of Defense) apparently had no problem with making its strategic plan publicly available, DOJ is erroneously asserting executive privileges under Exemption 5 and unlawfully withholding [its Strategic Plan] and other public records,” FGA’s motion argues.
According to one document obtained by the FGA through its FOIA request, back in May 2021, a senior White House official expressed his gratitude for the “ambitious and creative ideas that agencies across the government have already begun to develop in order to advance the EO’s mandate to expand access to voter registration and political participation.”
“Why is DOJ and the Biden administration working so hard to hide the full details of these ambitious and creative ideas?” asked FGA CEO and President Tarren Bragdon in a press release. “The Constitution does not envision a role for the president in administering elections, yet that is precisely what President Biden is seeking to do — and his administration is taking great pains to hide their efforts.”
The Biden administration’s intense secrecy and failure to release key details about the executive order raises questions on whether federal agencies are involved in a massive, taxpayer-funded get-out-the-vote scheme to swing elections in Democrats’ favor. Given that left-wing billionaires engaged in the same tactics during the 2020 presidential election and were largely successful, it makes sense that partisans within the federal government would also want to try it themselves.