Claiming government officials violated state election law, a lawsuit was filed Wednesday against the acting mayor, the former mayor and the city clerk of Milwaukee, WI.
Milwaukee voter Jim Engstrand, represented by the Thomas More Society, filed the complaint before the state’s Elections Commission.
The complaint alleges Milwaukee Acting Mayor Cavalier Johnson, former Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, and Milwaukee City Clerk Jim Owczarski violated Wisconsin’s election bribery law, Statute § 12.11, by accepting private money from the Mark Zuckerberg-funded Center for Tech and Civic Life to facilitate in-person and absentee voting and purchase and place absentee ballot drop boxes, a news release from Thomas More Society said. The complaint says Milwaukee’s privately funded absentee ballot drop boxes in the 2020 election were illegal under multiple Wisconsin Statutes and violated federal law.
“The Milwaukee complaint contends that Barrett and Owczarski entered into an agreement with the Center for Tech and Civic Life, a partisan, special interest organization, to accept $3.4 million to facilitate in-person and absentee voting in the city, which is a violation of Wisconsin law. The Center for Tech and Civic Life is a non-profit Chicago-based organization, led and staffed by former Democratic activists and funded by billionaire Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, to influence the 2020 election,” the release said.
The Milwaukee filing follows complaints against Racine, Green Bay, Kenosha and Madison, which asserted violations of election law and bribery of election officials by the Center for Tech and Civic Life. Walworth County and Brown County are among counties that have banned or are considering banning the use of what has been called “dark money” for elections, the release said.
Thomas More Society Special Counsel Attorney Erick Kaardal said in the release that 16 states have passed laws to ban or regulate the acceptance and use of private funds by public election officers.
Former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Mike Gableman delivered a report March 1 to the State Assembly saying a “election bribery scheme” existed, voting in nursing homes was at an unprecedented high, and multiple incidents involved unlawful election activities. He said he has questions about the Center for Tech and Civic Life and the election operations in the “Zuckerberg 5” (Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, Racine, and Kenosha).
The Thomas More Society
The Thomas More Society is a right-wing public legal organization that promotes religious freedom, opposes abortion, and promotes voter integrity, among other things. Along with larger groups such as the Freedom Defense Alliance and the American Center for Law and Justice, the Chicago-based Thomas More Society is involved in many of the major cultural disputes in courtrooms across the country. It worked, which is why when the Illinois American Civil Liberties Union and gay rights group Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit against Illinois’ gay marriage ban — lawsuits that the Cook County State Attorney and the state’s attorney general refused to defend — The Thomas More Society has entered. The Thomas More Society, a non-profit Chicago-headquartered law firm known in Catholic circles for challenging religious freedom cases and defending the constitutional rights of pro-life activists, has launched a new “election integrity” initiative that coincides with President Donald’s efforts Trump to overthrow the results of the elections in the states of the battlefield, which he lost in November of this year. Show Source Texts
Philip Kline, former Attorney General of Kansas and current professor of law at Kansas Liberty University, leads the Thomas More Society’s Amistad Project. Former Kansas Attorney General and Liberty University law professor Philip Kline became director of the Amistad Project. Show Source Texts
Thomas Bracha worked as a business lawyer in Chicago and previously handled two cases that reached the US Supreme Court. While Thomas Brecha worked on the Cook County lawsuit, Brecha met with people from the anti-abortion and anti-abortion communities and realized that he shared their passion for the controversial issue of abortion. In 1997, the law firm he worked for stated that he could no longer afford the time Thomas Bracha spent in the Cook County litigation, so he resigned and founded the Thomas More Society of Chicago. Thomas Bracha, founder and president of the Thomas More Society, said Thomas Brecha did not know Ellis and was unaware of Ellis’ past when she first approached the Thomas More Society for legal assistance on behalf of the Protestant pastor he was suing. religious freedom in California. Show Source Texts
Lawyer William F. Kern is also a distinguished member of the forensic and legal community and treasurer of The St. Thomas More. Each year, the Society awards members of the legal community who have distinguished themselves by public service and adherence to the law. The St. Thomas More Society of Philadelphia aims to promote and promote high ethical principles in the legal profession in general and in the Catholic legal community in particular; provides a Catholic voice on matters pertaining to judges, lawyers, civil servants, and law students; and, most importantly, the Society encourages its members to apply the following ideals, exemplified by St. Thomas More, both in their personal and professional lives. Show Source Texts
The St. Thomas More Society is a group of advocates who meet quarterly in the chapel for lunch to talk and discuss ways to bring Christ and the teachings of the Church to their courtrooms, juries and classrooms. Each meeting includes a presentation on an issue of relevance to the Catholic legal community. Membership is open to anyone interested in Catholic views on legal and social issues. Show Source Texts
Attorneys at LiMandri & Jonna LLP are proud members of the Society of St. Thomas More of San Diego, an association of Catholic lawyers, judges and government officials in San Diego, San Diego. The March 6 attendees included more than 30 lawyers from across the United States, including representatives from academia, corporations, law firms, non-profit organizations, Catholic and church conferences, including representatives from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Canon Law Society. America. Show Source Texts
The remainder of March 6 was spent in discussion and dialogue, including further commentary by William Kirk of the Ave Maria School of Law, the Honorable Thomas J. Brennan, and Patricia Dugan of the American Canon Law Society. The “Red Mass” was open to the public and was attended en masse by people from western Massachusetts who are involved in the administration of law and justice. In the same statement, Thomas Brecha said voters deserve to be heard and stand up for their rights on “critical issues” such as protecting human life and preserving religious freedom. Show Source Texts
In 2015, the Thomas More Society sued in a civil lawsuit brought by actress Sofia Vergara, who was sued by her ex-boyfriend in a frozen embryo case, and actress Sofia Vergara was sued in a frozen embryo case. Ex-boyfriend sued. Fetus case of actress Sofia Vergara; Society joins other anti-abortion groups to ask courts to treat embryos as children (on the basis of “the best interests of the child” standard, not matrimonial property). In 2020, the company filed a lawsuit in the Nebraska Supreme Court in Dycus v. Dykus, urging the court to repeal Nebraska’s no-fault divorce law. In 2018, the Iowa Executive Committee, which includes Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds, hired the Thomas More Association to defend Iowa in lawsuits over Iowa’s newly passed abortion law, the strictest in the country. Abortion law. On its 2018 federal tax return 990, which reported more than $6 million in income, the Thomas More Society described its primary tax-exempt target as a public interest law firm dedicated to protecting fundamental civil and constitutional rights. . Show Source Texts
Rick Garcia of gay rights group The Civil Rights Agenda said that while he did not like the Chicago Thomas More Society’s message, he considered lawyers to be respectful opponents. Show Source Texts