(Mark Pellin, Headline USA) Democrat attorney and elections-fixer Marc Elias, a Steele dossier co-conspirator and recidivist lawfare vulture for the Clinton cabal, stands to make a mint from helping Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs salvage a win in her controversial governor’s race against challenger Kari Lake.
The Trump-endorsed Lake had her legal challenge of the race dismissed Saturday after a judge rejected her claims that the grossly flawed and widely-criticized election had disenfranchised tens of thousands of voters.
Elias represented Hobbs during the challenge, in her dual roles as secretary of state and as Democrat candidate for governor, and could pocket the lion’s share of sanctions that Hobbs, in her dual capacity this time as alleged-Gov. Elect and incumbent secretary of state, and Maricopa County filed Monday, according to documents posted by AZ Law Blog.
The nearly $700,000 in lucre being sought for helping defeat Lake’s attempt to uphold election integrity includes “definite” fees for court work at last week’s trail to the tune of $56,585. Of that total, $37,762.50 is for the Elias Law Group and $20,822.50 for the Perkins Coie law firm, the same legal hyenas who employed Elias during their bagman work for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election.
The sanctions being sought by Hobbs and Maricopa County also include what the filings consider estimates “for additional legal services in connection with the election contest,” which would funnel an additional $457,032.50 to the Elias Law Group and $93,177.50 to Perkins Coie.
“This matter was brought without any legitimate justification, let alone a substantial one,” argued officials from Maricopa County, who oversaw widespread voting machine malfunctions and tabulating issues on Election Day, in the governor’s race Hobbs allegedly won by about 17,000 votes.
During last week’s trial, Lake’s team produced evidence that showed nearly 43% of ballots were invalid and that voting-machine issues caused massive GOP voter disenfranchisement. The judge still ruled against Lake’s challenge.
When she shared a tweet from a Townhall column cracking that Elias had “ghostwritten” the judge’s decision, Maricopa County cited that as one of the reasons for seeking sanctions.
The column’s author, Rachel Alexander, was a former assistant attorney general for Arizona and former deputy county attorney for the Maricopa County attorney’s office.
As the former Maricopa County Elections atty, and a Maricopa County prosecutor who represented Sheriff Joe Arpaio going after corrupt Maricopa County Supervisors, I see what went on with the judge dismissing @KariLake‘s election lawsuit. #TravestyofJustice https://t.co/vQtzkEp5nX
— Rachel Alexander (@Rach_IC) December 26, 2022
Lake’s attorneys in filings on Monday asked the judge to not “punish” them for fighting to uphold election integrity, arguing that meting out the nearly $700,000 being sought in sanctions would send exactly the wrong message.
“Trust in the election process is not furthered by punishing those who bring legitimate claims as Plaintiff did here,” they wrote. “In fact, sanctioning Plaintiff would have the opposite effect.”