Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe’s marketing campaign has made a late-game push earlier than the election, spending almost $60,000 on a high-profile legal professional recognized for representing Democrats and masterminding some election-related authorized challenges.

Less than a month earlier than the tip of McAuliffe’s race in opposition to Republican Glenn Youngkin, data present, the Democrat’s marketing campaign spent $53,680 on the providers of the Elias Law Group, a brand new agency began earlier this yr by Marc Elias.

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Elias’ title has been linked to Democrats working for workplace for years, as he was beforehand a associate on the regulation agency Perkins Coie. That is identical agency that was employed by the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 marketing campaign, and it was Elias who was concerned in bringing on Fusion GPS to conduct opposition analysis on Donald Trump – the analysis that included Christopher Steele’s file.

Elias based the agency in August of this yr after leaving Perkins Coie. Several months earlier, in March, a decide ordered sanctions in opposition to Elias in a case the place he represented Democrats difficult a Texas regulation barring “straight ticket voting” going into the 2020 election. Elias and different attorneys filed a movement within the case in February with out mentioning that they’d already filed what the courtroom known as a “nearly identical” movement in September 2020 that had been denied.

The decide known as for sanctions in opposition to Elias and his colleagues together with affordable legal professional’s charges and courtroom prices” that the other side incurred related to the February motion, as well as “double prices.” The court said that the attorneys are also “inspired” to review the applicable section of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, and to go through one hour of Continuing Legal Education related to ethics and professionalism, “particularly candor with the courtroom.”

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Just days later, House Republicans accused Elias of having a “severe battle of curiosity” when he represented Iowa Democratic candidate Rita Hart in her effort to overturn the outcomes of her extraordinarily slim loss to Republican Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks. GOP members House Administration Committee mentioned that Elias had a battle as a result of he and Perkins Coie – the place he nonetheless labored on the time – additionally represented half of the Democratic committee members who could be deciding the case. 

Fox News reached out to McAuliffe’s marketing campaign however they didn’t instantly reply.

Elias’ former Perkins Coie co-worker, Michael Sussmann, is now going through a federal legal cost for allegedly mendacity to the FBI about not performing on behalf of any consumer when he met with brokers to supply data associated to attainable ties between a Russian financial institution and the Trump Organization. That data in the end didn’t lead wherever, and prosecutors allege that Sussmann was performing on behalf of the Clinton marketing campaign when he organized the assembly.