GOP strategist’s daughter leaks secret files

Her father was a longtime political operative, and she just released his secret files to the public. This is why you should care.

Thomas Hofeller was the Republican Party’s gerrymandering mastermind

Now his daughter has released his secret files to the public — shedding light on how he helped shape elections in the U.S. Gerrymandering was named after Elbridge Gerry, who as governor of Massachusetts in 1812 reshaped a district so much it resembled a salamander. Despite being used at the local level by the GOP and Democrats historically, Thomas Hofeller was behind the gerrymandering strategy used to win GOP elections for decades since the 1980s — But when he died in 2018, he left a treasure trove of files.

Her father's work with the GOP

This included recommending a citizenship question to the census to be “advantageous to Republicans and Non-Hispanic whites.” After hearing of her father’s death, she found his bag of hard drives detailing his gerrymandering methods. She then made them public. They became evidence in a successful case against Republicans drawing illegal districts in North Carolina.

“They were having literally secret meetings where the maps were getting drawn so that the public may not even other members of the legislature, much less the public, even could be present while it was happening. What started to happen in the 90s, and I'm afraid my father was really in on the ground floor is there started to be a shift, a real strong shift to the point where Republicans in general were squarely not the majority of the population. And, well, the Republican leadership didn't like that. My father was the first person that I knew of that made a really cogent point. And that is, "Hey. If we control the state legislature in a state, a purple state, you know, let's say. Doesn't that mean that we would control the redistricting process?" If my father was drawing district lines, well, then he was doing something that affects every single one of us”, Stephanie Hofeller tells Brut.


The next major redistricting cycle will follow the 2020 U.S. Census. Hofeller hopes her decision to make her father’s work public serves as a wakeup call for voters.The Republicans are still in the process right now of trying to get my drives erased. They filed motions just the other day trying to get those destroyed, trying to get them suppressed, trying to get them declared classified. How the audacity that they can call how they draw our representative districts, a trade secret. How can the government have a trade secret? They work for us.


17/01/2020 12:57
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  • Tim S.
    un jour

    The key to redistricting is to put it back in the hands of the people. In 2018, The voters of the state of Michigan successfully passed a ballot initiative to create a panel of ordinary citizens to redistrict the state. Michigan Republicans were so alarmed by this that they tried to gut the measure in secret (ie: circumvent the will of the people) during their final lame duck session. Fortunately, they did not succeed.

  • Jess A.
    2 jours

    Id excuse the gerrymandering of both parties, if we could get term limits

  • Scott L.
    3 jours

    This isn't some mystery, I learned about this in my junior high civics class. It’s been going on for decades before Reagan. Big reveal here. The Democrats want as many illegal aliens in this country in order to register them to vote with the motor voter. That way, after the census is complete that’s when representatives and districts get added and drawn by population. Go look up that term, &motor voter laws, etc. They are not even hiding it, they legalized it.! This is why states like California and New York give licenses to illegal aliens, they are automatically registered to vote in that state. When the Democrats cross-reference those that have gotten new drivers licenses (same list that goes into jury summons.) Then the dems see which jury summons go un-answered ( because they don't want to be deported by ice) the left requests mail in ballots for all of those illegal aliens and they fill them out by the tens of thousands. Or they do ballot harvesting. This is where Democratic operatives go door to door and request to take your mail in ballot (that they requested for you) to fill it out and mail it in for you. Boom this is voter fraud Chicago style and this sh!t been going along along time.

  • Paul L.
    3 jours

    Word “Democrat” not used in this expose??? They are masters at voter suppression or getting complete cemeteries to come out to vote!

  • William H.
    4 jours

    Yeah she's totally credible. NOT.

  • Brenda H.
    4 jours

    Thats all republicans do is cheat thats how they win noone in their right mind especially a low middle class or poor people would vote for any republican give me a fking break

  • Bryan E.
    4 jours

    Daddy issues

  • Brody R.
    5 jours

    Yea and Democrats paid immigrants in housing and food stamps for a vote and to still have hold of there ancestors plantations. Jefferson vs Lincoln the Confederate is the dems you sleeping insect's

  • Ronald C.
    5 jours

    This poor girl is gonna get killed

  • Jesse Y.
    5 jours

    You trash, stay off the internet.

  • Harold B.
    5 jours

    Both parties do it dont be blaming one party on this then it makes it a lie.

  • Max V.
    5 jours

    And how is this funny to you

  • Keith C.
    5 jours

    Republicans are puke. This angers me

  • DeRycke S.
    5 jours

    Hillary lost that's the problem lol

  • Andrew M.
    5 jours

    This story was on NPR as well. It is NOT “fake news”.

  • Nicholas L.
    6 jours

    Done it for many years

  • Nicholas L.
    6 jours

    Both sides do that it's nothing new people

  • Jeremy K.
    6 jours

    No better than a nazi

  • Leonard M.
    6 jours

    cheaters from way really does come down to one race trying to maintain control

  • Ryan C.
    6 jours

    An that’s the face of racism! I am so glad she decided to show this to the world!