2 election integrity commission members protest lack of transparency

2 election integrity commission members protest lack of transparency
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Two members of President Trump's advisory commission on election integrity last week wrote letters to commission staff raising questions about the group's transparency, according to a new report on Sunday.

The two members requested more details about the commission's agenda and activities and charged that they were being kept in the dark about developments, The Associated Press reported.

Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, a member of the commission, said in an Oct. 17 letter that he feels uninformed about the group's work.


“I am in a position where I feel compelled to inquire after the work of the commission upon which I am sworn to serve, and am yet completely uninformed as to its activities,” Dunlap wrote in his letter to Andrew Kossack, the commission’s executive director, according to the AP.

He said he was "blind to" the commission's developments, noting he hadn't gotten any more information since the commission's last meeting in September.

A commissioner from Alabama, Jefferson County Probate Judge Alan L. King also sent a letter about the commission's openness.

He told the AP he isn't being kept up-to-date about developments.

“Here I am on this high-level government committee, and I don’t know when the next meetings are or how many meetings there will be,” he told the AP.

“I am in the dark on what will happen from this point on, to tell you the truth," he said.

King and Dunlap are both Democrats on the commission.

Last week, a group of Senate Democrats asked a government watchdog to investigate Trump's voter fraud commission.

Democratic Sens. Michael Bennet (Colo.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) and Cory Booker (N.J.) sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office saying the panel, known as the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, is a "cause for serious concern."

"Investigative reports raise questions about the partisan motives and actions of the Commission," the senators wrote.

They added that the panel has "ignored numerous requests" from lawmakers seeking to clarify its activities.

The commission was established to probe election fraud in the U.S. but has faced criticism due to statements made by President Trump about unverified widespread election fraud in the 2016 presidential election.