LDF Files Freedom of Information Act Requests in Response to Voter Fraud Commission

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) has filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in response to the executive order filed earlier today that establishes a commission to investigate President Trump’s false allegations of widespread voter fraud in the 2016 election. This commission is a thinly veiled attempt at delegitimizing Black and Latino participation in the political process, and should be of grave concern to all Americans.

Our FOIA requests ask for the release of a wide range of documents related to the executive order, including a list of the commission’s members, any evidence of alleged voter fraud, and any reviews of the commission’s legality prepared by the Department of Justice.

We strongly believe that the American people have a right to know about the decision-making process that led to the creation of this commission, which has the potential to do real harm to the fairness and credibility of our elections. We will continue to closely monitor the commission’s activities in the days ahead, and we look forward to the agencies’ prompt compliance with our request for transparency and accountability.


LDF FOIA Request to Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel 

LDF FOIA Request to Department of Justice Office of Legal Policy 

LDF FOIA Request to Office of Management of Budget  

LDF also sent FOIA requests to Kansas Secretary of State Kris W. Kobach and Governor Eric Holcomb of Indiana.  


Founded in 1940, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the nation’s first civil and human rights law organization and has been completely separate from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) since 1957—although LDF was originally founded by the NAACP and shares its commitment to equal rights. LDF’s Thurgood Marshall Institute is a multi-disciplinary and collaborative hub within LDF that launches targeted campaigns and undertakes innovative research to shape the civil rights narrative. In media attributions, please refer to us as the NAACP Legal Defense Fund or LDF.