Biden Slapped With Another Lawsuit

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( – In the week since Congress issued a subpoena against the Small Business Administration (SBA) concerning its actions to channel resources to assist in registering voters in swing states, a government watchdog filed a lawsuit against the agency for its alleged hindering of its legal request for public records.

Last Friday, Mike Howell, the executive director of the Oversight Project alongside the Heritage Foundation, sued the SBA. 

In court filings, the watchdog argues the SBA did not comply with its public record requests to gain access to the “Memorandum of Understanding” the agency entered into with Michigan’s State Department.

The lawsuit alleges the SBA hadn’t supplied the documents requested on April 23rd via a Freedom of Information (FOIA) request. The Oversight Project, an initiative of the Heritage Foundation, requested access to the SBA’s memo, which contained internal communications relating to search terms about “ballot,” “register,” “voter,” and “vote.”

In the court filing, the agency suggests the FOIA request concerned an area of “widespread […] media interest” that may include questions relating to governmental “integrity” that would impact “public confidence.”

Kyle Brosnan, chief counsel for the Oversight Project, repeated Howell’s argument, explaining that there was considerable public interest surrounding the memo and the resources the SBA put into voter registration events, conducted in person.

Brosnan also suggested the communication between Jocelyn Benson, Michigan’s Democratic Secretary of State, and SBA had significant public interest.

After the Small Business Administration announced its “first-ever” voter registration agreement with Michigan in March, the House Committee on Small Business issued a subpoena to SBA aides on May 7th.

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