WASHINGTON—House Committee on Oversight and Reform Ranking Member James Comer (R-Ky.), Committee on House Administration Ranking Member Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), and Government Operations Subcommittee Ranking Member Jody Hice (R-Ga.) today wrote the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) to learn more about its policies and procedures used to distribute and oversee $825 million in grant funding during 2020.
In the letter, the lawmakers question EAC’s ability to oversee the hundreds of millions of dollars awarded in grants given then-California Secretary of State Alex Padilla awarded a $35 million contract to SKD Knickerbocker, Joe Biden’s main election campaign advisory firm, to contact voters. Republican leaders have repeatedly urged EAC Inspector General Patricia Layfield to investigate the highly questionable contact, but she has not launched an investigation despite ample evidence the contract likely violated federal law.
“This past election, the Election Assistance Commission was tasked with stewarding nearly a billion dollars of taxpayer money. We’ve uncovered a highly questionable contract awarded to a pro-Biden firm to contact voters. To date, the agency and its Inspector General have refused to take action. This raises serious concerns about additional, potentially uncovered, improper spending. Congress must hold the EAC accountable for the distribution of taxpayer dollars and ensure its procedures work in the best interest of the American people—that includes returning unused grant money to the Treasury,” said Ranking Member Comer.
The full letter is available here.