|In case you missed it, here are the top takeaways:
1. The Election Assistance Commission (EAC)'s unchecked growth has resulted in federal grants potentially being misused by some states like California in the 2020 election cycle.
Chairman Bryan Steil (WI-01): "Chairman McCormick, you submitted a response to that report two weeks ago stating that you were pleased that the California audit recommendations have all been resolved and closed. The audit was conducted because California awarded a $35 million dollar contract, through an expedited process, to Joe Biden's main election advisory firm. This doesn't inspire confidence that our funds EAC has responsibility over are being properly used. And relating to the funds, the EAC budget five years ago was nine million dollars, in 2024 budget requests asked for almost $34 million, roughly a $25 million dollar increase from just five years ago and an almost 300% increase in funds. Commissioner McCormick, has the EAC's jurisdiction increased since its creation under HAVA?"
McCormick: "Only by the addition of the Northern Mariana Islands... We were also concerned about the California contract between SKD Knickerbocker and the California Secretary of State's office. In fact, we received several letters from this committee and we also asked our inspector general to look into that contract because of the concern of the inappropriate use of HAVA funds for get-out-the-vote and voter registration activities."
Rep. Steil: "If we look at the website, SKD Knickerbocker, I mean this wasn't overly complicated. You go to their website and it's 'Joe Biden for President. SKD is proud to be a part of Team Biden.' They're taking $35 million dollars of federal taxpayer money to run an election. They run an expedited grant process and the grant process can't be for get-out-the-vote, it has to be to properly administer their elections, and they gave $35 million dollars of federal taxpayer money to someone that's a 'Proud member of Team Biden.' And it's expected that the American people should have confidence that there's not political gamesmanship in this grant?"
McCormick: "We agree with you Congressman, that is not an appropriate use of HAVA funds."