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David Brock’s “65 Project” Targeting Republican Lawyers An “Insidious Attack on Democracy”

David Brock’s “65 Project” Targeting Republican Lawyers An “Insidious Attack on Democracy”

The message to lawyers who would represent Republicans in election disputes is clear: We will come after you, so do yourself a favor and stay away. 

“It’s an insidious attack on democracy when you attack the lawyers who were trying to ensure that elections are free and fair,” says Victoria Marshall at The Federalist.

She’s right, and if anything, understating it. We covered the effort to attack Republican lawyers previously, Dem Operative David Brock To Launch Attack On Republican Election Lawyers: “make them toxic in their communities and in their firms”,

The issue is even more important as we approach the November elections. Democrats are trying to deplatform the Republican legal team.

Thanks to President Biden’s epic first two years in office, all signs point to a Republican wave in the November mid-term elections.  Voters are poised to hand the President and his party a slice of humble pie.  But wait!  Not so fast!  Here comes The 65 Project.

The home page of The 65 Project ever-so nobly frames itself as “A bipartisan effort to protect democracy from abuse of the legal system by holding accountable lawyers who engage in fraudulent and malicious lawsuits to overturn legitimate election results and fuel insurrection.”  Bi-partisan, huh?  Actually, it is “is a dark money-fueled nonprofit tied to Democrat Party bigwigs.”

Their mission is described as follows:

“Following Biden’s victory an army of Big Lie Lawyers filed 65 lawsuits based on lies to overturn the election and give Trump a second term. While the nation’s legal institutions stood up to this attempted “coup-via-courtroom,” Trump has worked to further seize control of state and local election processes and ramp up malicious election litigation efforts — which only embolden future fraudulent legal actions aimed at overturning legitimate elections. Simultaneously, the lies and disinformation included in these lawsuits continue to give oxygen to the Big Lie, which festers in right-wing political and media circles and social media discussions and is a long-term threat to American democracy.”

Wow! “The Big Lie Lawyers” and “coup-via-courtroom” sounds like some scary stuff!

And now for the lecture portion of how they are going to save the Republic:

“Lawyers take an oath to stand as officers of the court, bound by a code of conduct and ethical requirements that do not apply to the public more broadly. They cannot uphold that duty while lying to the court or the public about the factual grounds for phoney claims. The 65 Project will work to hold accountable the lawyers who raise fraudulent claims to overturn legitimate elections results, while also creating a rule-based system to prevent future attempts and to strengthen the mechanisms for accountability and deterrence.”

Gaslighting, much?

The 65 Project “Filings” tab is the manifestation of the politics of personal destruction. It lists names and links to the ethics complaints filed against over 20 lawyers who The 65 Project decided to target.  The undertones are hardly subtle- they are sending a message to those who dare to point out election irregularities or challenge the victory of who they want to put into office.

The goal is to prevent Republican attorneys from challenging election results in the future, including the upcoming 2022 midterms.

The message is clear: we will come after you, so do yourself a favor and stay away.  Linda Kerns, a Pennsylvania attorney targeted by The 65 Project explained what happened to her: “It was all nonsense, but the average person isn’t going to know that. They did what they set out to do: They embarrassed me and got the message out to the public that this lawyer did something wrong…They want to destroy our livelihoods.”  The 65 Project leaked the story to the press intentionally violating what is supposed to be a private process to protect the reputation of the attorney, and The Philadelphia Inquirer ran the story about her on its front page.

What To Do?

Jeffrey Clark, Former Assistant Attorney General at the U.S. DOJ proposes a three-part counter-attack:

“First, we need to fund, on a dollar-per-dollar basis, a Project 65 counterproject. If left unchecked, then at the least Project 65 will burden and frighten any lawyer willing to take on Republican clients. At its worst, Project 65 will go on to create lasting structural and systemic change in the American legal system. Canceling Trump-adjacent lawyers is just Brock’s starting point. The end goal is to create a reality where left-wing ideology and the legal system are one and the same. If America’s businessmen and right-leaning donors aren’t willing to step up now and fund a counter-Project of their own, then they should not be surprised if the day comes where they can’t get a lawyer either.”

Second, “Personal knowledge should be required for bar authorities to open an investigation into any Project 65 complaint….Joe Officious Intermeddler shouldn’t be able to read a Washington Post article or search state and federal election lawsuit databases and gin up carbon-copy complaints about the conduct of Trump-hired lawyers they have had no personal contact with.”

Third, “Any lawyer who participates in drafting a Project 65 bar complaint should be required, under penalty of perjury, to disclose his identity to the bar authorities where he or she files such a complaint. And the drafters of “model” bar complaints that Project 65 takes off the shelf to adapt to launch against any single lawyer should similarly not be allowed to hide in the shadows.”

Mr. Clark gives a dire warning: “Attacking the dignity of the bar will be the death knell of our Anglo-American legal system and for fair, competitive politics more generally. Project 65’s lawsuits are an assault on the principle of equal protection under the law and on the Constitution’s Petition Clause. This is a fight that patriotic Americans must win, or the United States will just be the latest example of a republic decayed into a phony, failed oligarchy.”

Pay attention America!


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These people think they are the good guys but they can’t compete straight up they always have attack from the shadows. They are exactly the villainous “Heroes” from The Boys.

    Peabody in reply to Martin. | July 31, 2022 at 2:13 pm

    These people know they are the bad guys but want us to think they are the good guys.

    Socratease in reply to Martin. | July 31, 2022 at 3:41 pm

    If they thought they were the good guys, they’d be fighting in court on a level playing field to prove it. Instead they’re mugging the opposition on their way to court.

“If America’s businessmen and right-leaning donors aren’t willing to step up now and fund a counter-Project of their own, then they should not be surprised if the day comes where they can’t get a lawyer either.”

Or worse, getting a fake, leftist lawyer who pretends to protect your rights. The law schools should be ashamed, as should the bar.

David Brock, no doubt as simpering and ridiculous looking then as now, simply wasn’t beaten up enough in elementary/high school.

    Martin in reply to Dimsdale. | July 31, 2022 at 3:41 pm

    20 years max you won’t be able to get a lawyer unless you a connected mobster or Democrat but I repeat myself.

      The Gentle Grizzly in reply to Martin. | July 31, 2022 at 3:54 pm

      As is stands now, you can’t get a good one unless you are wealthy or have a bunch of Hollywood types to fund a good one.

      Just is for those who can afford it.

    henrybowman in reply to Dimsdale. | July 31, 2022 at 3:47 pm

    It’s never too late.

The Packetman | July 31, 2022 at 2:56 pm

“David Brock, no doubt as simpering and ridiculous looking then as now, simply wasn’t beaten up enough in elementary/high school.”

And herein lies the solution …

Brock is the Joseph Goebbels of the Dem party. He is well funded and when Dems say ‘by any means necessary.’.. believe them. These are evil people.

David Brock used to be one of the darlings of the conservative movement. I still have a copy of his book: “The Real Anita Hill — The Untold Story.” It was a genuine expose of the left’s attempt to derail the confirmation of Justice Clarence Thomas. The left hated him. Now they love him.

    M Poppins in reply to JR. | August 1, 2022 at 3:50 pm

    another indication that people of a particular persuasion can’t be trusted, even when they pretend to be on your side.

Colonel Travis | July 31, 2022 at 3:52 pm

David Fink is the only one of the 4 who doesn’t look like a member of a Kraftwerk cover band.

Good Lord, those stupid photos. I can hear them making noises. Mmmmmfffh. Sank you for taking zee photossmmmmsmff.

I don’t think they have thought this through to a logical conclusion. Like most leftists they stop short of secondary and tertiary effects. If there is no ability for the right to have effective representation in the legal process surrounding election laws the left will have successfully trashed the system by eroding confidence in the system and have created a pre ordained result.

Cool beans guys now what? You will have alienated half the population who are now unwilling to use representative democracy to decide who governs. That would be the side you demonized for 6 decades …the side with the pickup trucks, toxic masculinity and all those guns you hate. The ones with coal mines, agriculture and oil wells.

Maybe these morons should consider rethinking this whole ‘hey, let’s provoke a civil war and win by using our self declared virtue’ idea. Twitter FB and YTube won’t be able to effectively ban or block your opponents from taking action on a damn battlefield.

    txvet2 in reply to CommoChief. | July 31, 2022 at 5:18 pm

    Why do you think they’ve spent the past half century creating their own private army mob and unleashing them on the law-abiding populace?

      CommoChief in reply to txvet2. | July 31, 2022 at 9:02 pm

      Mobs are best dealt with by gold or by lead if neither then they run rampant until they run out of steam or topple the existing power structure. That’s the short history of mobs. Anitfa and blm are not stupid enough to operate outside an area where they wouldn’t be tolerated to some degree. They haven’t yet in any numbers. Remember the several videos of them trying to expand out to the suburbs or exurbs and being met with ad hoc citizen roadblocks?

      Lets examine TX. I don’t see how an anitfa or BLM mob is going to prevail in say Midland or Odessa. Houston maybe but maybe not lots of folks in Houston know exactly where the bread is buttered and don’t want to risk losing their jobs iby burning down their employer.

      How about El Paso? Not a chance the La Raza Brown shirts share power with blm. Austin? Meh. I doubt the funky ‘weirdos’ in Austin truly want to be ruled by anarchists, those limousine liberals are about signaling virtue not living up to any sort of virtuous lifestyle, no matter the stripe. Willie Nelson may smoke weed but I bet he owned firearms. DFW might be interesting.

      If you are outside a blue enclave then anitfa and blm violence offers relatively little if any threat. They ain’t ten feet tall.

        txvet2 in reply to CommoChief. | July 31, 2022 at 11:11 pm

        Anti-fa and BLM are a tiny part of their “army”. No, they won’t make much impact on Texas, but we’re only the sane corner of a very out of control republic.

          txvet2 in reply to txvet2. | July 31, 2022 at 11:15 pm

          They’ve been brainwashing a significant chunk of the populace for decades, and they’ve been waging war against us for most of that time (actually, for over a century, but not so out in the open). It’s only recently becoming clear how serious they are, and how unprepared we are to defend ourselves.

          CommoChief in reply to txvet2. | August 1, 2022 at 8:22 am


          You described leftist mobs as dangerous, under the control of unnamed d/prog as an Army. I pointed out that the success of both anitfa and BLM is almost exclusively limited to blue enclaves. Then you seek to minimize anitfa and blm as a small part of of the left; which is actually true but is a shift of the goalposts.

          The d/prog aside from anitfa and blm enthusiasts are not much of a physical threat which is my point. Some over credentialed and underemployed barista with $50K in student debt wants to preach online about their virtue while blaming the ‘white, cisgender, patriarchal hierarchy’ …whatever. That’s annoying but not a threat.

          There are plenty of areas in the Nation outside of TX that remain quite sane and unimpeded by anitfa or blm crazies. There are several thousand Counties and anitfa operates in what maybe two dozen? Blm rioting was likewise confined to a couple dozen or so counties.

          Don’t allow their propaganda as some unseen, unstoppable force striking from the shadows at the behest of some cabal to succeed in intimidating you.

Fecal Matter for America is what that asshole’s group actually is.

Marxists have declared a non shooting war.

    txvet2 in reply to Skip. | July 31, 2022 at 11:16 pm

    Their proxies have been doing plenty of shooting. We just haven’t been able to shoot back.

2smartforlibs | July 31, 2022 at 5:57 pm

There are no words you can use here to describe him.

Close The Fed | July 31, 2022 at 5:59 pm

Brock, being homosexual, was probably abused at some point, and that abuse damaged his development and understanding of boundaries.

It’s no surprise when homosexuals ignore the boundaries the rest of us understand and respect. His were probably violated and so he thinks it’s fine for him to do the same to others.

What a shame. He needed therapy.

Okay, lets talk about the Project 65 counterproject!

I think this is a good development: it will flush out the oppressors in our country and put a target on their backs.

The existing system of election suits against illegal actions by State and other officials has to be fixed. Right now it has four phases:
-“Yes, the actions the Leftist Sec. of State are doing now are in direct violation of the law, but the election hasn’t taken place yet, so you don’t have standing to sue.”
-“The votes are still being counted so the court will not rule on anything until the count is over.”
-“Election’s over, votes are counted, anybody whining about it is just a sore loser and enemy of Democracy, no you can’t see the ballots because they’re locked up and secured somewhere we think maybe. Go ahead and sue. You’ll get a court date in January if the case isn’t thrown out for standing.”
-“The new official has already been sworn in so it’s too late to sue. Out go all the cases for lack of standing and whatever else we can think of.”

Steven Brizel | July 31, 2022 at 10:57 pm

This is yet another attempt at suppressing dissent

I hate to say it, Prof, but he’s looking more and more like your crazy brother.

Lawyers usually protect their own. Brock is threatening the whole ecosystem.

Do judges get threatened the same way? It seemed like it based on some of the strange turns in some of the cases.

Similar things are happening in the medical field.

What needs to happen is for the red state governors to take licenses to practice medicine, law, or anything else out of the hands of the politicized professional organizations. Makes attacks like this one MUCH less effective.

Remove immunity from filers of ethics complaints and lawsuits.

The practice of law should be open to all citizens, not confined to a cult of self-appointed tyrants.

In 1981 the RNC entered into a consent decree as a result of Democrats’ accusations of voter intimidation in a New Jersey Governor’s race.
“The case was settled, and the two parties entered into a court ordered consent decree limiting Republican involvement with any Poll watching operation. But Dickenson Debevoise, the Jimmy Carter-appointed judge who oversaw the agreement, never let them out of it, repeatedly modifying it and strengthening it at the Democrats’ request. Debevoise only served as a judge for fifteen years, but he stayed twenty-one years in senior status, a form of semi-retirement that enables judges to keep serving in a limited capacity. It literally took Debevoise’s dying in 2015 for Republicans to get out of the consent decree. Upon his passing, a new judge, appointed by President Obama, was assigned the case and let the agreement expire at the end of 2018.” From the book “Rigged” page 20, by Mollie Hemingway. Apparently the Democrats got used to the idea that RNC lawyers can’t participate in election lawsuits and want to keep it that way. They had a pretty good run of doing just that for almost 40 years.