Prominent election lawyer Marc Elias has spent years publicly protesting against alleged Republican political gerrymandering affecting Congressional districts. Recent public records filing show that he also makes millions in fees off of gerrymandering.
Federal Election Commission records released this week show that Elias’s firm received more than $1 million in just the last reporting quarter. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is one of his largest clients and uses his services to redraw New York and Maryland congressional districts.
Democrats are aggressively attacking every redistricting project as polls indicate significant opportunities for Republicans to gain seats in Congress in this fall’s midterm elections.
Elias has accused Republicans of political gerrymandering for many years and has recently brought lawsuits against North Carolina and Ohio remapping efforts. He launched his new firm, Elias Law Group, last August.
The DCCC paid the firm more than $424,000 in December, while the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee paid it more than $492,000. The PAC that operates on behalf of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) paid Elias another $162,000 the same month. Other clients of the new Elias firm include George Soros’ Democracy PAC and the anti-Trump Lincoln Project.
Work done by Elias on behalf of the DCCC could assist Democrats in picking up as many as seven seats this year. The proposed New York map alone could give Democrats 80 percent of the state’s House seats, compared to the 62 percent they won in 2020.
Elias has been associated with questionable political tactics in the past. His firm defended a political ad in Nevada produced by Schumer’s PAC that provided highly questionable Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) accounts. The ad was inflated and inaccurate, and several Nevada media outlets refused to air it. Elias was finally forced to admit that her accomplishments described as objective facts in the ad are “theoretical.”
Elias also operates a website launched in 2020, Democracy Docket. That site is dedicated to Elias’s legal cases and has received six and seven figure donations from charities and foundations operated by Warren Buffett and eBay founder Pierre Omidyar.
Elias was sanctioned last year by a Texas state appeals court for making false statements in papers filed with the court in a voting rights case.
Litigation is sure to run fast and furious in several states through the year as the critical midterms approach.