A federal judge dealt a deathblow to “faithless electors” who challenged Colorado’s law requiring electors to vote for the candidate who won the state’s popular vote in November.
A lawsuit was brought forward to set a legal precedent across the United States, unbinding electors from their requirement to vote for the candidate who won the popular vote in their respective states in order to convince enough electors to switch their vote for Hillary Clinton or an establishment Republican, stealing the election from Donald Trump.
United States District Judge Wiley Daniel denied the injunction request from Polly Baca and Robert Nemanich, two Colorado electors who argued that the law binding their vote to Hillary Clinton, the state’s popular vote winner, violated their First Amendment rights and the intent of the framers of the Constitution.
Judge Daniel, who was nominated by Bill Clinton in 1995, lambasted the electors for their overt effort to change the law in order to deny Trump the presidency.
“Part of me thinks this is really a political stunt to prevent Donald Trump from becoming president,” he said.
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams sought further clarification from a Denver judge on how to prevent electors from voting for a candidate who did not win the state’s popular vote.
Judge Elizabeth Starrs ruled that any elector who fails to do so can be replaced immediately when the Electoral College convenes in Denver on December 19.
The most recent setback for the so-called “faithless elector” movement comes after confirmation that the public relations firm representing them has close ties to Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Black Lives Matter.
Megaphone Strategies, which provides “media relations, strategy, and training services to causes doing high-impact work for social justice”, was founded by former Obama “green jobs czar” Van Jones. Molly Haigh, the co-founder and president, worked for Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.
Diane May, the organization’s communications manager, worked for Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns as well as Bernie Sanders’ campaign against Hillary Clinton.
Vien Troung, a Megaphone board member, headlined a fundraiser for Clinton in September; she currently serves as the director of Green for All, an organization founded by Van Jones that has received financial support from George Soros.
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