The Donald Trump campaign has brought on a controversial GOP operative with ties to the Koch brothers to run the campaign’s “election protection” program, the Guardian reported.
Mike Roman, Trump’s new elections monitor, is perhaps best known for his involvement in the New Black Panther controversy in 2008, as his website first posted the video and he continued to ring the alarms bells that the group was engaging in voter intimidation, even as the Department of Justice was divided about the case. He also led an “intelligence agency” connected to the Koch brothers’ Freedom Partners network, Politico reported in 2015, that sought to monitor the election-related activities of Democrat-supporting groups.
Multiple sources confirmed with the Guardian that Roman was joining the campaign. His involvement comes as Trump has pushed the theory that the election is “rigged” against him, while urging his supporters to engage in vigilante monitoring at polling places.
Roman, a GOP researcher, has a history of claiming that the left was engaged in inappropriate activities to influence elections. His website, the Election Journal, blared the 2008 video of two members of the New Black Panthers lingering outside of a Philadelphia polling place, one of them holding a night stick. It prompted allegations of voter intimidation that became a conservative cause célèbre. The George W. Bush administration’s Department of Justice brought a civil case against the group that was ultimately dropped after President Obama took office — prompting discord within the agency — while Roman continued to publicize any New Black Panther political activity, often posting to Breitbart.
Source: Talking Points Memo | TIERNEY SNEED