Hans von Spakovsky tells TPMMuckraker that stories about him training Republican lawyers in Illinois on election law as part of GOP Senate nominee Mark Kirk’s efforts to send “voter integrity” monitors to parts of the state are “complete bullshit.”
Von Spakovsky, a former Justice Department official who worked closely with Bradley Schlozman and who was nominated to the Federal Election Commission during the Bush administration, said he was in Chicago this week to speak to the local chapter of the Federalist Society. His speech focused on a paper he wrote about a year and a half ago regarding a decades-old instance of voter fraud, he told TPM.
He did not work with the Kirk campaign, and isn’t working with any other campaign this election season, von Spakovsky said.
“These stories about me are a complete fabrication,” Spakovsky said.
Von Spakovsky also forwarded TPMMuckraker an e-mail he says he sent to Dan McDonald of the Alexi Giannoulias campaign, warning that if they made statements about him training lawyers at a press conference on Friday that they would be committing slander.
“If you persist in making such false statements, you will leave me no option other than legal action against you personally and anyone else at your campaign who has been involved in this,” he wrote.