Dark money network gives top Dem lawyer 'nearly unlimited funding' for voting rights lawsuits, watchdog says

A top Democratic lawyer uses a massive dark money network to push voting rights and redistricting lawsuits across the country, a setup that a government watchdog said would provide “nearly unlimited funding.”

Marc Elias, who has become one of the most influential liberal attorneys in Washington, recently departed the Perkins Coie law firm to start the Elias Law Group. Elias’ firm will focus on electing Democrats, supporting voter rights and “help progressives make change,” according to a Perkins Coie press release

But before departing the heavyweight firm used by an extensive list of powerful Democratic politicians, Elias positioned himself with several groups tied to a dark money juggernaut that would help in efforts to push back against the likes of voter identification and redistricting lawsuits across America.

Elias in July 2020 registered Democracy Docket LLC, a site dedicated to acting as a hub for opinion, advocacy and information on voting rights, elections and redistricting, Virginia business records show.

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As part of the efforts, the Democracy Docket Legal Fund, led by Elias, was created. The legal fund is a fiscally sponsored project of the Hopewell Fund, a nonprofit managed by

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