Who is David Brock? And what is he up to in Michigan?
Simply put, David Brock is a smear artist, a literary hit man Even more odious, Brock has managed to be an “equal opportunity” serial smear artist — first for the left, then for the right, and now for the left again. The Nation has described Brock as a “conservative journalistic assassin turned progressive empire-builder.” The National Review described him as a “right-wing assassin turned left-wing assassin.” Politico called him a “former right-wing journalist turned pro-Clinton crusader.” But all three publications missed the fact that Brock started as a fairly conventional liberal, then veered right into the conservative orbit, then turned sharply left as he became an apologist for Hillary Clinton.
But it is Brock’s latest project that should be raising alarm bells, in Michigan and elsewhere. According to Axios magazine, “A dark money group with ties to Democratic Party heavyweights will spend millions this year to try to disbar more than 100 lawyers who worked on Donald Trump’s post-election lawsuits . . .”
Importantly, David Brock is advising and perhaps directing this Group, which is going by the name of the “65 Project,” a name that apparently derives from the number of lawsuits challenging the 2020 election results. Brock evidently told Axios in an interview that the idea is “not only to bring the grievances in the bar complaints, but to shame them and make them toxic in their communities and in their firms.” [See Lachlan Markay, Jonathan Swan, “High-powered group targets Trump lawyers’ livelihoods,” Axios, March 7, 2007, emphasis supplied; See also Joel Pollak, “David Brock Launches ‘Dark Money’ Effort to Disbar, Shame, Impoverish Trump Election Lawyers,” Breitbart News Network, March 7, 2022].
It is widely speculated that the 65 Project’s targeted lawyers with Michigan connections are those upon whom federal Judge Linda V. Parker levied sanctions in King, et al v Whitmer, et al, the most prominent challenge in Michigan to the 2020 election. Parker’s edict is under appeal, but the lawyers she fingered are:
· Howard Kleinhendler (New York, New Jersey),
It’s an interesting question as to whether Brock himself came up with the disbarment strategy or whether Michigan Democrats’ effort last year spurred him on. But whether these efforts arose independently or in concert, they are, as Dershowitz put it, “contemptible.” And every attorney in the state should oppose them, both out of self-interest and out of a desire to protect the right of counsel that is at the heart of our legal system.