GOP Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen told President Obama’s top lawyer a letter raising concerns about training the Romney campaign provided poll watchers “has all the trappings of campaign activity, not a criminal complaint.”
Obama general counsel Robert Bauer sent Van Hollen a letter earlier this week following media reports that training seminars for GOP poll watchers included several inaccuracies and encouraged them to sign in at precincts as “concerned citizens” rather than revealing their partisan affiliation. Bauer asked Van Hollen to review a “campaign of misinformation” that was “directed against voters, recklessly or intentionally misleading them about requirements of voting.”
Van Hollen responded Bauer’s letter included “vague allegations” about the training materials, but did not provide a copy, did not include any witnesses, did not identify any voters who may have been intimidated and includes no evidence that a Wisconsin law has been violated. The AG also complained the letter had been released to the media before DOJ received it.