Dems Accused of Vote Harvesting

( – The Biden administration’s move to fund college students for on-campus get-out-the-vote campaigns has sparked pushback from nearly 20 Republican state attorneys general.

The attorneys general argue that using federal funds for these efforts could lead to partisan vote harvesting for Democrats.

They emphasized that even seemingly nonpartisan voter registration activities can have political implications, potentially influencing election outcomes.

Moreover, the controversy arose from guidance issued in February by the Department of Education, allowing federal work-study funds to be used for “broad-based get-out-the-vote activities.”

These funds are typically used to help students cover tuition costs through part-time campus jobs.

The Department of Education defended its stance, stating that such activities are part of the regular administration of government and do not violate standards of bipartisanship.

An activist with the group contacted Wisconsin state officials in January about the plan — one month before Vice President Kamala Harris announced the government would pay students to “promote voter participation.”

While Republican lawmakers criticized the move, Democrats supported it, seeing it as a means to mobilize voters, particularly among young demographics.

This strategy aligned with Democratic efforts to court voters in the college student demographic, which is seen as leaning left.

“Biden signed EO14019 ordering federal govt to use taxpayer $ to mobilize (his) voters,” Republican Senator Bill Hagerty stated on X. “…Sounds like the election-year plan is underway.”

Other top Republicans in Congress have also denounced the plan.

According to Representative Virginia Foxx, Republican chair of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, the effort is “about as crooked as it gets. Every time I think this administration can’t stop any lower, I’m proven wrong.”

In contrast, Michael Dannenberg, a policy aide at the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education and a former official in the Obama administration, celebrated the move on X saying that the U.S. Dept of Ed was allowing work study students to be paid from their awards for non-partisan voter registration, poll worker, and get-out-the-vote work.

Democrat candidates in the 2020 election campaigned on bailing out student loans, which hoped to court voters in young demographics. Many analysts credited Democrat wins in the 2022 midterms to the political activism of liberal college students.

Student loan forgiveness is a significant issue for young voters, so the Biden administration sees it as a focal point for reelection despite legal challenges to previous attempts at loan forgiveness.

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