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GAO To Investigate Trump Voter Fraud Commission, After Senate Dem Request

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The Democrats — Sens. Michael Bennet (D-CO), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Amy Klobucher (D-MN) — asked the the GAO to look at the commission’s funding, its methodologies, what information it is using to base its conclusions, its compliance with relevant regulations, how it is protecting the voter information it has collected and what it is doing to address voter participation.

The commission has been under fire — including from some of its own members — for its lack of transparency. A Republican member of the commission, Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson, told reporters Wednesday that the commission’s work was on pause while it navigated some of the lawsuits against it. That has not been confirmed by its executive director Andrew Kossack nor by Vice President Mike Pence’s office (Pence is the commission’s chair), which both did not respond to TPM’s inquiries about Lawson’s comments Wednesday.

Read the GAO’s letter to the Democratic senators confirming the launch of the probe below:

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Tierney Sneed is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked for U.S. News and World Report. She grew up in Florida and attended Georgetown University.