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December, 2017 - United States of America



Patterson Belknap Scores Win in Suit Against Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity


On December 22, 2017, Patterson Belknap secured a significant victory for Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap when a federal judge ruled that Secretary Dunlap cannot be excluded from participating in the work of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity (PACEI) on which he serves as a member. Together with American Oversight, Patterson Belknap filed the lawsuit in November.

According to a press release issued by American Oversight, “The ruling from Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia largely agreed with Secretary Dunlap's argument that he has a fundamental right as a member of the commission to participate in the commission's work and he must be given access to substantive commission documents. The order indicated that the court found it necessary to intervene given the commission's previous exclusion of Sec. Dunlap and noted that Sec. Dunlap had attempted to participate in the past. The opinion rejected the arguments made by the PACEI that it could deny Dunlap access to certain documents, stating that the government's position was ‘indefensible’ and ‘ignores the law.’”


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