Butthurt Pro-Biden Strategist Threatens to End Interview, Dismisses Dismal Polling Numbers as “Just Wrong”

DCNF(DCNF)—A pro-Biden strategist threatened to cut an interview short after a reporter questioned his characterization of polls showing Republicans leading key races as being “just wrong.”

Simon Rosenberg, a founder of the New Democrat Network, said during an interview with the New Yorker published Thursday that the “fundamental dynamic” of American elections since the Dobbs decision is one of “consistent Democratic over-performance.” When New Yorker reporter Isaac Chotiner pressed Rosenberg on his claims, citing FiveThirtyEight.com’s review of polling accuracy from the 2022 midterms, Rosenberg threatened to stop the interview.

“I’m ending the interview,” Rosenberg told Chotiner. “I’m ending the interview because what you’re doing is ridiculous.”

“Because I have definitive proof that what you’re saying is not true. And I don’t care,” Rosenberg added when Chotiner asked why. “I know what FiveThirtyEight wrote. I live this every day. And so, the point is what you’re saying is wrong. I am on record saying that what FiveThirtyEight has written is incorrect, and I’ve given you definitive proof otherwise. So if you want to keep coming back at this, do it. But this has become one of the most ridiculous interviews that I’ve ever done my entire professional career.”

Prior to the threat, Rosenberg dismissed FiveThirtyEight.com’s assessment of poll accuracy.

“They’re wrong about that,” Rosenberg claimed. “I mean, they’re just wrong. They’re wrong. I mean, I’m presenting you with facts.”

Rosenberg asserted that the Supreme Court’s June 2022 Dobbs decision, which overturned Roe v. Wade, realigned “the whole political landscape” in favor of the Democrats.

“I think there has been a tendency in recent years among commentators to overestimate the strength of Republicans and to underestimate our strength. And we saw that play out in 2022,” Rosenberg told Chotiner. “The fundamental dynamic of our politics, since the spring of 2022, has been consistent Democratic over-performance and consistent Republican underperformance. We saw it across the country in 2023. We’ve seen the same manifestation in 2024, with Trump struggling, and bleeding some of his votes, and underperforming polls in the primaries.”

Republicans underperformed expectations of a “red wave” in the 2022 midterm elections and had a disappointing 2023 election night, losing control of the Virginia General Assembly and failing to unseat Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear of Kentucky. Biden received support from 87% of black voters in 2020, according to a CNN exit poll.

Trump currently leads Biden by 1.0% in the RealClearPolitics average of general election polls for a head-to-head matchup, with the lead growing to 2.4% when Green Party candidate Jill Stein and independent candidates Cornel West and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. are included.

A New York Times poll released May 13 showed Biden trailing Trump in five out of six swing states polled, with Trump receiving 23% support from black registered voters in swing states in a head-to-head matchup, compared to 63% for Biden.

Rosenberg said that Trump’s lead over Biden in the 2024 election will slowly crumble as the campaigns get closer to election day.

“There are six things now that are true about him that were not true in 2020, that all voters are going to come to know in the following months,” Rosenberg claimed, citing the E. Jean Carroll case, the civil fraud trial, the classified documents case and the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021, while also pointing to Democratic claims that Trump said he would end democracy and the Dobbs decision.

The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Daily Caller News Foundation.

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Andy McCarthy Says There’s “Remarkable Contrast” in the Judicial Handling of the Hunter Biden and Trump Cases

DCNF(DCNF)—Former federal prosecutor Andy McCarthy said on Friday there is a noteworthy difference in the way judges are presiding over Hunter Biden’s case and former President Donald Trump’s trial.

Judge Maryellen Noreika, who is overseeing Hunter Biden’s federal case in Delaware, ruled on Friday that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will not be allowed to present certain evidence in the case, such as references to the president’s son being discharged from the Navy, his child support case and his upcoming tax trial, NBC News reported. Fox News host John Roberts on “America Reports” suggested the rules represents a difference in how Judge Juan Merchan has presided over Trump’s trial, which McCarthy emphatically agreed with.

“So the defense wanted to keep a whole bunch of information from the jury, including references to the child support proceedings in the Arkansas case, information related to Hunter’s discharge for the navy, money allegedly spent on adult entertainment and escort services, unnecessary salacious details regarding his lifestyle or previous addiction. The judge has agreed to that. It really then does sharpen the contrast between the Hunter Biden trial and the Trump trial in New York where the judge just let Stormy Daniels spew all of that,” Roberts said.

Merchan denied Trump’s defense attorney Todd Blanche’s move for a mistrial after porn star Stormy Daniels’ testimony about his client, which the lawyer referred to as “unduly prejudicial.”

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“It really is a remarkable contrast,” McCarthy responded. “And I actually think in the Hunter Biden case, they may be saving the prosecutors from themselves because the evidence of guilt on the narrow specific charges, it looks like it’s overwhelming. I think that’s why he wanted to dispose of everything in that plea agreement that blew up that you mentioned earlier. The prosecutors shouldn’t need all of that stuff, and they can only get themselves in trouble when they put in a bunch of extraneous evidence. I think they should stick to what they have, which looks pretty strong.”

Blanche claimed Daniels testified about irrelevant details to the case, which is regarding an alleged $130,000 payment from Trump to the porn star, with Merchan suggesting he will tell the jury only to take into account a restricted portion of her testimony. The judge questioned why Trump’s defense did not raise more objections during Daniels’ testimony.

The president’s son was indicted in September by special counsel David Weiss on three felony gun charges. His lawyers have sought to dismiss and delay the case, asserting there are constitutional issues with the indictment, that it breaches the terms of a pretrial diversion agreement that was part of his failed plea deal, that the special counsel was illegally appointed and that their client is the target of vindictive and selective prosecution.

The trial is slated to start June 3 in Delaware. Noreika recently rejected an effort by Hunter Biden’s attorneys to delay the trial.

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Top 10 Companies That Step on First Amendment Freedoms

(The Daily Signal)—Several major U.S. companies continue to flout First Amendment freedoms, according to a legal group’s new analysis and rankings.

Alliance Defending Freedom’s annual Viewpoint Diversity Score Business Index ranks dozens of corporations based on their “respect for free speech and religious freedoms” both inside and outside of the companies.

In its third edition, announced Tuesday, the Top 10 list of shame for flouting those freedoms includes many companies on the same list last year. The companies’ scores ranged from 1% to 100%, measuring 43 different factors, including employee trainings, charitable donations, and various policies for consumers that reveal ideological bias.

ADF, a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based legal nonprofit that advocates for First Amendment free speech and religious rights, analyzed the businesses’ overall histories and broke down what it regards as each company’s shortcomings. “Vague and subjective terms of service” emerged as a common factor.

1. X Corp.

The company running Elon Musk’s popular social media platform X, formerly Twitter, received the worst score in ADF’s index at 2%, dropping from 5% last year. ADF faulted the platform for maintaining a “hateful conduct” policy that continues to regulate users’ speech. The policy broadly says users may not engage in “hate speech,” which ADF flagged under “unclear or imprecise terms.”

The company’s score also suffered due to a lack of clear protections for employees’ personal beliefs, decisions by prior leadership before Musk took over, or because the company did not provide requested information to ADF.

2. Airbnb

Coming in second at 4%, the house-sharing service’s terms of use punish users it deems guilty of promoting “bias, prejudice, racism, or hatred,” which ADF labeled as vaguely defined. The legal nonprofit also noted “divisive” training that lectures employees about “social privilege” among white people and other demographics, and how to be an “ally” for the “marginalized.”

3. Apple

The tech company prohibits content on the App Store that it considers “discriminatory” or “mean-spirited” and decides each case based on what it called an “I’ll know it when I see it” policy, according to its website. Additionally, Apple “is known to require vendors, suppliers, contractors, or other equivalent third parties to adopt” diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, ADF’s report said. It gave the smartphone giant a 5% rating for these and other practices.

4. eBay

No sellers on eBay are allowed to list for sale “offensive materials” promoting “gender intolerance” and other undefined offenses. ADF criticized the vagueness of the policy and noted that it restricts speech “based on the personal characteristics or identifiers of” the offended person. eBay sits at 5% on the index.

5. Lyft

Another 5% scorer, the ride-sharing service’s terms of use say that it may restrict a driver from using its direct-deposit program “for any reason.”

6. Pinterest

ADF, rating Pinterest at 5%, noted a website policy that bans “hateful content or the people and groups that promote hateful activities.” Prohibited speech, listed under a “hateful activities” policy, includes “denial of an individual’s gender identity,” “conspiracy theories,” and more.

7. Amazon

“We don’t sell … content that we determine is hate speech … or other material we deem inappropriate or offensive,” say Amazon’s guidelines for book vendors. Like other companies, Amazon does not specify further what it considers offensive. The company received a 6% score. Amazon long ran a charity donation platform that discriminated against conservative and Christian nonprofits, including ADF.

8. Salesforce

Also scoring at 6%, Salesforce does not allow users to “display, store, process, or transmit … [h]ate-related material,” including any material that it deems “objectionable.”

9. PayPal

Customers may not use PayPal for transactions tied to “the promotion of hate” or “intolerance,” a policy that factored into its 6% rating. PayPal has a history of freezing the accounts of conservatives and others critical of the Left with little to no explanation.

10. Etsy

The online store also scored 6%, in part because of its policy against undefined “offensive” speech that applies to anyone “listing items, using community spaces, and writing reviews, or having direct communication with other [users].”

Previous rankings and signs of progress

In many cases, the companies’ lack of participation in the survey or lack of clear policies protecting free expression hurt their scores.

X (then Twitter), Amazon, Airbnb, eBay, Pinterest, and PayPal were among the Top 10 offenders in ADF’s 2023 rankings.

ADF’s report, however, noted some “signs of progress” in corporate America. It celebrated JPMorgan Chase ending a policy the legal group saw as discriminatory against conservatives.

“By the end of 2023, the bank had quietly dropped its payment processor WePay’s ‘social risk’ policy that included subjective terms like ‘hate’ and ‘intolerance’ and allowed bank employees to cancel or punish customers based on their viewpoints,” ADF said in a news release.

It also noted a pattern of “de-banking” conservative groups that prompted state investigations into Chase.

“Drawing on data provided by the Business Index, a sustained campaign has resulted in a major policy change that could reshape the broader financial sector’s approach to protecting free speech and religious freedom,” the organization said.

Of the 66 companies that appeared in last year’s report, 58% had improved their scores.

CNN Data Guru Explains Why Trump’s Massive Bronx Rally Should Terrify Dementia Joe

DCNF(DCNF)—CNN senior data reporter Harry Enten said on Friday that former President Donald Trump’s rally in the Bronx is a negative indicator for President Joe Biden’s reelection chances.

Trump on Thursday held a rally in the Bronx, New York, which is a largely Democratic area, with thousands of people attending. Enten on “CNN News Central” said this rally is representative of Biden losing Latino voters and Trump gaining them, which will make it more challenging for the president to secure reelection.

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“Look at the Crotona Park area, right? The Crotona Park precinct where that rally was held yesterday,” Enten told host Kate Bolduan. “It’s a majority Hispanic precinct, and I want you to take a look essentially at the election results over the last few cycles and what you would see there is essentially see, that look, this is a very Democratic precinct, right? But look at the margin trend line here.”

“You see Obama 94%, Obama 96%, Clinton 92%, Biden won it, but by only 69 points,” Enten continued. “Why is that important? Because look at that. That’s 23 percentage points less than Hillary Clinton won it by. This is a sign of the Hispanic movement that we saw last cycle, right, where we saw, although Hispanics still favored the Democratic candidate in Joe Biden, they were less likely to favor him than they did Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama both times. And it’s not just there that happened. We saw it in Hispanic precincts and counties across the country from southeast Florida, southern Texas, even in the Los Angeles area.”

A recent New York Times/Siena College poll found that Trump has narrowed the margin with Biden among black and Hispanic Americans across the six swing states. Biden is leading Trump 70% to 18% among black voters and 47% to 42% among Hispanic voters.

“We saw a trend among Hispanic voters from 2016 to 2020, where they became less Democratic,” Enten said. “Look at the trend that we’re seeing right now in the polling, right? So if you look back at Hispanic voters at this point in the 2020 cycle, Joe Biden had a 25 point lead. Look at where that lead is today. It’s just seven points. Donald Trump right now at 44%, if that held, would be the best performance for a Republican candidate among Hispanic voters since George W. Bush back in 2004.”

“And this is part of a larger trend line, Kate, that we’re seeing among nonwhite voters, we see among black voters as well,” he added. “We’ve discussed that on this program before, whereby they’re much more favorable to Donald Trump than they were four years ago. And of course, Donald Trump did better amongst both of those groups in 2020 versus how he did in 2016.”

Moreover, Trump’s lead against Biden expands among likely voters in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan and North Carolina when independent Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and other third-party candidates are included on the ballot, according to a Thursday poll by The Cook Political Report/BSG/GS Strategy Group.

“If you look nationally, Hispanics make up about 10% of likely voters,” Enten said. “All right, so where do they make up a lower percentage of that? They make him up in the Great Lake battleground states … 3% in Michigan, 2% of Pennsylvania, 4% in Wisconsin. We have been harping over and over and over again that Joe Biden’s best path to reelection is to run through the Great Lakes and polling and results that we saw like in Crotona Park in 2020 and the polling that we see in 2024 just reinforce that.”

“He is going to probably do best where white voters make up the vast majority of voters,” the reporter explained. “He still has a path to 270 at this point, even though he’s doing poorly, more poorly amongst Hispanics and black voters than he did four years ago because his numbers seem to be holding with white voters who make up the vast majority of voters in those Great Lake battleground states.”

Pollster Nate Silver on Thursday urged Biden to contemplate dropping out of the presidential race if it appears in August that he is “still struggling” to secure reelection by that point, which is when the Democratic National Convention is scheduled to take place in Chicago.

“If Biden is still struggling in August he needs to consider stepping aside,” Silver posted on X. “It’s not a great situation for Ds either way, but you have to do due diligence on the question. It’s an important election, obviously. It shouldn’t be taboo to talk about.”

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Fani Willis Whistleblower Claims Misuse of Grant Money Was Part of “Madame’s Vision”

(The Epoch Times)—A former staffer at Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’s office told a Georgia Senate hearing Thursday that she was wrongfully fired after blowing the whistle on plans by Ms. Willis’s office to misuse a federal grant worth nearly half a million dollars that was meant to help at-risk youth but was instead earmarked for ineligible expenses like travel, computers, and “swag.”

Amanda Timpson, former grant project manager at Ms. Willis’s office, told the Georgia Senate Special Committee on Investigations on May 23 that in the course of her work supervising the administration of federal grants, she became aware of “irregularities” and “problems” in the way the grant money was going to be spent.

The $488,594 grant was earmarked for intervention strategies that could dissuade youth from joining gangs in Fulton County, specifically for the establishment of the Fulton County Center of Youth Empowerment and Gang Prevention. The grant remains open and the center has not been built.

Ms. Timpson testified that when Ms. Willis took office in 2021, her then-supervisor Michael Cuffee, a former campaign aide to Ms. Willis, told her he planned to use the grant money in a way that was explicitly prohibited by the rules governing grant administration.

“He articulated that he wanted to spend the grant on computers, travel, and swag,” Ms. Timpson said, adding that Mr. Cuffee said he wanted some of the money to be spent on promotional items like pins, coffee mugs, and T-shirts as part of the Fulton County DA’s office “rebranding” after the election of Ms. Willis.

Ms. Timpson said she quickly interjected and clarified to Mr. Cuffee that the grant funds could only be used on expenses that were specific to programming requirements, namely to help at-risk youth.

Investigative committee chairman Sen. Bill Cowsert asked about Mr. Cuffee’s reaction when Ms. Timpson told him the way he wanted to spend the grant funds “was illegal.”

“Initially, he let me know that it was, um—the employees in the DA’s office called Ms. Willis ‘Madame’—so he let me know that it was ‘Madame’s Vision’ and I basically said ‘I understand that but it’s not what the grant says,’” Ms. Timpson testified.

A request for comment on Ms. Timpson’s allegations sent to the Fulton County DA’s office was not returned.

‘Madame’s Vision’

The hearing was part of the special committee’s investigation into Ms. Willis and allegations of impropriety after it was revealed she engaged in a romantic relationship with special prosecutor Nathan Wade, whom she hired to help prosecute an election interference case against former President Donald Trump.

Previous hearings before the GOP-controlled committee revealed that there was, as Mr. Cowsert said, “very little control” and oversight of Ms. Willis’ $36 million budget.

President Trump, who has pleaded not guilty in the case, has alleged that the charges are politically motivated and has called for Ms. Willis to be removed from the case.

During her testimony on Thursday, Ms. Timpson said that she persisted in her opposition to what she described as planned misuse of the grant funds at weekly meetings. In retaliation for flagging the intended misuse of the grant funds, she said she was shut out of the weekly meetings, intimidated, and subsequently fired for what she suggested was retaliation.

As resistance built to her objections about the planned misuse of grant funds, Ms. Timpson testified that she notified Ms. Willis of the situation by email—but that the email was ignored.

Ms. Timpson then said she had a meeting with Ms. Willis on July 26, 2021, during which she notified Ms. Willis that her objections to the grant appropriation were meant in good faith to protect the integrity of the grant allocation and that of Ms. Willis’s office itself.

The whistleblower added that, when she articulated her objections to the way Mr. Cuffee planned to spend the grant money, she was cut off by Ms. Willis and demoted—effective immediately—as punishment for persisting with her view that the grant funds should not be used in line with Ms. Willis’s vision.

‘Funny Style Business’

During Thursday’s testimony, Ms. Timpson said that she had another in-person meeting with Ms. Willis on Nov. 19, 2021, to discuss the grant fund appropriation.

She said she decided to record the meeting on her phone, fearful of what type of retaliation bringing up the intended grant fund misuse would trigger, because the last time she did so she was demoted.

Ms. Timpson said that she wanted to make Ms. Willis aware that there was more “funny style business” going on with grant appropriation that she became aware of. Ms. Willis told her that she “didn’t disagree” with her and that she “wasn’t necessarily wrong,” adding that sometimes things take a long time to get to her, per Ms. Timpson’s testimony.

A copy of this recording was obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

“He wanted to do things with grants that were impossible, and I kept telling him, like, ‘We can’t do that,’” Ms. Timpson is heard telling Ms. Willis at the Nov. 19, 2021, meeting, per the recording. “He told everybody … ‘We’re going to get MacBooks, we’re going to get swag, we’re going to use it for travel.’ I said, ‘You cannot do that, it’s a very, very specific grant.’”

“I respect that is your assessment,” Ms. Willis responded. “And I’m not saying that your assessment is wrong.”

Ms. Willis apologized to Ms. Timpson later in the conversation, saying that Mr. Cuffee had “failed” her administration.

During Thursday’s testimony, Ms. Timpson said she had a meeting on Jan. 14, 2021, with her new supervisor, Ramona Toole, during which she said she told Ms. Toole “everything” about the matter, including her allegation that she was intimidated and demoted for whistleblowing.

Ms. Timpson then said that she believes the conversation she had with Ms. Toole, whom she described as a close ally of Ms. Willis, went directly to Ms. Willis, while suggesting that Ms. Willis then ordered for her to be fired.

Ms. Timpson said she was abruptly terminated, ostensibly because she was an at-will employee and her services were no longer needed, and escorted out of the building by seven armed investigators.

An official separation didn’t come until two months later, she said, adding that it just stated “employee discharged.”

She also alleged that Ms. Willis made “completely slanderous and libelous statements” about her that affected her ability to find a new job because prospective employers could find those remarks relatively easily and viewed her as “a gamble.”

Ms. Timpson, who has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit that is pending, said that she applied for over a thousand jobs until landing in her current position.

While Ms. Willis’s office did not respond to a request for comment on Ms. Timpson’s allegations, her office provided a statement to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in August 2022 in response to the lawsuit, calling Ms. Timpson a “holdover from the prior administration” and that “all of her supervisors found her performance to be inadequate.”

Ms. Timpson testified on Thursday that her performance on the job never drew any objections from any supervisors—with the exception of her whistleblowing.

Here We Go Again: Ruling Class “Advances” Its “Plan” to Produce 4.8 Million Bird Flu “Vaccines”

(SHTF Plan)—The Health and Human Services arm of the ruling class is now “advancing” its preplanned scamdemic “vaccines” for the bird flu. In order to “prepare” for the next plandemic, the ruling class is going to be creating 4.8 million H5N1 avian influenza shots along with a propaganda campaign to convince the slave class to get injected, once again.

They say history repeats until we learn from it. Have we not learned our lesson that simply the existence of a ruling class (some still call it government) is immoral to begin with? Not to mention the mental gymnastics needed for the slaves to continue to accept that they should be controlled, ruled, and stolen from all for their own “good.” If we didn’t learn our lessons from the obvious scamdemic that was COVID-19, we certainly probably won’t learn them this time, now that it seems that the bird flu is the next planned hoax.

According to the University of Minnesota’s CIDRAP, Dawn O’Connell, JD, said health officials have identified a manufacturing line at one of its manufacturing partners for fill-and-finish steps, without disrupting the production of seasonal flu vaccine. Currently, the vaccine is in bulk form and will be produced in multidose vials.

She said it takes a couple of months to fill and finish the vaccine doses, which would save time in case a vaccine is needed. Federal health officials have said one of two H5N1 candidate vaccine viruses is well matched to the circulating strain. But how do they know how it’ll mutate once it can be spread from human to human? Or this is just another preplanned excuse to try to get whatever is in these syringes into the bodies of the slaves being ruled over?

Nirav Shah, MD, JD, principal deputy director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said potential trigger factors might include a change in transmission propensity, such as human-to-human in addition to animal-to-human spread, and any sign of increased illness severity.

He also said a change in the complexion of the cases might be a trigger, such as H5N1 infections cropping up in people who have no epidemiologic links to affected dairy farms. “And we’re always looking for mutations,” Shah said. “We’re in rich discussions across federal agencies.”

If they want this shot in the bodies of as many willing human cattle as possible, expect all or most of those situations to occur.

What the White House Doesn’t Think You Should Know About Traitor Joe’s Order on Mobilizing Voters

(The Daily Signal)—After President Joe Biden signed an executive order requiring federal agencies to work with private organizations to mobilize voters, senior White House officials asked agencies for “bold ideas” and explained plans to coordinate with “stakeholders.”

One message from the White House, obtained by The Daily Signal, said: “We look forward to working with you to”—but the rest of the content is blacked out by a redaction.

The specifics of those “bold ideas” and “stakeholders” isn’t knowable right now because “upon the advice of the White House Counsel’s Office, the information is being withheld under the presidential communications privilege,” according to a cover letter to The Daily Signal from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The letter accompanied 99 pages that The Daily Signal obtained from USDA through a request under the Freedom of Information Act.

Since Biden signed his executive order on elections in March 2021, members of Congress, the press, and watchdog groups have struggled to get basic information on how the administration is implementing the order. Some details have trickled out through FOIA law, which requires that basic information from the government be available to the public.

Earlier this month, two House committees intensified their investigations of Biden’s order on turning out voters.

Although records obtained previously by The Daily Signal under FOIA requests contained redactions and cited exemptions, the responses didn’t refer to “presidential communication privilege.”

“The presidential communications privilege protects communications among the president and his advisors,” the cover letter to the released but redacted documents says.

“The records being withheld here consist of email communications concerning President Biden’s Executive Order 14019 and attached records that were solicited and received by the president or his immediate White House advisers who have broad and significant responsibility for investigating and formulating the advice to be given to the president,” says the letter signed by Alexis R. Graves, director of the USDA’s Office of Information Affairs.

Other exemptions to disclosure cited in Graves’ cover letter include the deliberative process privilege and attorney-client privilege.

Critics of Biden’s executive order, some of whom refer to it as “Bidenbucks,” argue that its implementation could cause bureaucrats to violate the Hatch Act, a law that prohibits political activity using resources of the federal government. Critics also say the order may violate the Antideficiency Act, which prohibits agencies from spending taxpayers’ money for reasons not approved by Congress.

Separately, the Justice Department has invoked presidential privilege to shield documents about Biden’s order in a public records lawsuit brought by the Foundation for Government Accountability, a watchdog group.

“In recent years, the presidential communications privilege has become an increasingly common excuse used by federal agencies to sidestep their disclosure obligations under federal law,” Stewart Whitson, senior director of federal affairs at the Foundation for Government Accountability, told The Daily Signal.

“During the current administration, federal agencies have shown an increasing willingness to stretch the presidential communications privilege well beyond what is allowed under current law—documents or other materials that reflect presidential decision making and deliberations that the president believes should remain confidential—to any and all documents received by White House advisers and their staff,” Whitson said.

“If allowed to persist, federal agencies and the politically appointed bureaucrats leading these agencies will gradually render the FOIA law meaningless. Government transparency and our very democracy are under threat,” he said.

Stephonn O. Alcorn, then the associate director of racial justice and equity at the White House, sent an April 1, 2021, email to all federal agencies that is heavily redacted in the released version.

Alcorn’s email was about an interagency meeting to be convened eight days later, on April 9, by the White House Counsel’s Office and the Domestic Policy Counsel. The agenda is completely redacted.

Alcorn notified agencies that taking the White House lead on Biden’s election executive order would be Justin Vail, special assistant to the president for democracy and civic participation with the Domestic Policy Council, and Larry Schwartztol, an associate White House counsel.

In September 2021, Kumar Chandran, senior adviser for nutrition to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, notified Vail of a change of plans for how the USDA wanted to implement Biden’s order. In the released record, however, the change is blacked out from public view.

“After input from Sec. Vilsack this week, we are considering a change to one of our proposed actions, which would result in [redacted],” Chandran wrote.

“We need to do some further diligence to determine if it is viable, but if it is, we think it might be more meaningful,” he added.

A White House press release that month gave a broad overview of how the USDA would implement Biden’s order on mobilizing voters.

“The Department of Agriculture’s Rural Housing Service will encourage the provision of nonpartisan voter information through its borrowers and guaranteed lenders, who interface with thousands of residents in the process of changing their voting address every year,” the White House press release said. “In addition, Rural Development agencies—which are spread throughout field offices across the country where rural Americans can apply for housing, facilities, or business assistance—will take steps to promote access to voter registration forms and other pertinent nonpartisan election information among their patrons.”

Getting to the point of how the USDA would push Americans to vote appears to be a tedious process, based on what’s discernible from the released records.

Some messages were more heavily redacted than others. For example, a September 2021 message from USDA Deputy Undersecretary for Rural Development Farah Ahmad says only “This is” before the text is blacked out.

A June 2021 email from Vail to Chandran was about the “interim report template.”

“At this point,” Vail’s message began, followed by several lines of redacted information. He continued: “We just want to ensure that all agencies are taking steps to generate bold ideas and begin to flesh out those ideas; it will also allow the opportunity for us to provide feedback.”

This statement is followed by more heavy redactions.

White House official Devontae Freeland, special assistant to the racial justice and equity team, notified agencies on July 2, 2021, about an upcoming conference with “stakeholders” on Biden’s executive order.

Separate document releases show that a Zoom conference the following July 12 involved Biden administration officials and numerous far-left political organizations, among them unions. The groups included the Southern Poverty Law Center, Demos, the American Civil Liberties Union, the George Soros-funded Open Society Foundations, the Stacey Abrams-founded Fair Fight Action, and the Al Sharpton-founded National Action Network.

“As you know, we’re coordinating some input from stakeholders, including what we hope you found to be an informative session yesterday afternoon with state and local election officials,” Freeland wrote.

“We’ve also planned a session for nonpartisan nonprofit organizations engaged in voting rights advocacy to provide their recommendations and thoughts on best practices; we will follow up shortly with an additional session from nonprofit organizations with substantial expertise in reaching out to and engaging particular populations of voters who may be more difficult to reach. We hope that each of these sessions will provide helpful feedback,” he wrote, before more redactions blacked out the text.

In another heavily redacted message, Vail wrote USDA officials in late September 2021 with the subject line “Voting EO/Follow up items.”

On Oct. 6, 2021, Vail wrote to agencies about meeting on Biden’s executive order in coming days.

“We look forward to working with you to [redacted],” he wrote.

The next interagency meeting would be Oct. 20, Vail wrote.

Spokespersons for the White House and the Agriculture Department didn’t respond to The Daily Signal’s inquiries about this report before publication.