Big Law has joined the chat.
“As corporate America continues to push back against a wave of restrictive voting laws under discussion across the United States, Big Law is joining the fight.
A coalition of 60 major law firms has come together “to challenge voter suppression legislation and to support national legislation to protect voting rights and increase voter participation,” said Brad Karp, the chairman of the law firm Paul Weiss and the organizer of the group, which has not been formally announced.
On Saturday afternoon, more than 100 corporate leaders attended a Zoom meeting to discuss what they should do, if anything, to shape the debate around voting rights. …
Many of Wall Street’s most powerful firms are also part of the effort, including Simpson Thacher; Skadden Arps; Akin Gump; Cravath, Swaine & Moore; Ropes & Gray Sullivan & Cromwell; Weil, Gotshal & Manges and Wachtel Lipton. …
“It puts legislators on notice that if there are laws that are unconstitutional or illegal they will face pushback from the legal community,” said Michael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center. “This is beyond the pale. You’re hearing that from the business community and you’re hearing it from the legal community.” …
Yet the business community appears to be emboldened, with more companies and business groups preparing to get involved. “All these C.E.O.s came together days after McConnell admonished corporations to stay out of politics,” said Tom Rogers, founder of CNBC, who attended the meeting. “In convening, they were saying as a group that they were not going to be intimidated into not voicing their views on their issues.”
I wasn’t really interested in the election integrity issue.
As the archives show, I didn’t think that Donald Trump lost the 2020 election because of voter fraud in majority black cities. It sure looked to me that he lost the election because he lost so much ground in the suburbs and because so many people had voted by mail due to COVID. Donald Trump actually increased his support among blacks and Hispanics and lots of big cities like Philadelphia swung toward Trump.
I’ve kind of done a big eye roll over all of these election integrity laws. None of this will actually do anything about the wealthy, college-educated suburban professionals who have cosmopolitan values who are True Cons who swung the election to Joe Biden. The Georgia election integrity law was also more of a sop to the Republican base. The point of passing the law was to restore confidence in the system without really doing anything that would have had a significant impact on who can vote. It was clearly a token gesture and something that had to be done after Republicans lost the Georgia Senate races because their own voters didn’t show up. They all believed Trump when he said the election had been stolen from him.
Well now, this symbolic token gesture of an election integrity law has blown up into a huge deal that is pitting Corporate America, Wall Street and Big Law against Republican voters who have lost confidence in the system with Mitch & Co. trapped in between. Joe Biden is saying that Georgia has been transformed into a Jim Eagle state after voting for Democrats. Perhaps this impression that the system is rigged will be dispelled by these people coming out and trying to force their views on state legislatures?
Maybe more people will be persuaded and come around to our point of view now on Big Business and plutocracy? Things were already snowballing in that direction in January. We’re champing at the bit here to bring back the glory days of William Jennings Bryan and Huey Long.