Federal elections investigations under Fudge’s oversight

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge’s appointment to chair the House Administration Committee’s Subcommittee on Elections elevates her nationally as a congressional investigator just like the man whose 11th Congressional District footsteps she follows.  The late Louis Stokes, investigated the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.   Rep. Fudge in 2019 will be investigating the nation’s elections.

After the November 8, 2018 general elections Fudge talked with EJBNEWS and said she decided to challenge U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi for a seat as Speaker of the House knowing it would be a challenge to win.  Pelosi raised about $30 million to keep the seat.

One of Fudge’s goals had she defeated Pelosi was to reorganize the Subcommittee on Elections.  The need for it, she said, was obvious as a result of all the foreign and domestic intereference with the 2016 elections; and how voting citizens don’t know if their real vote was counted. 

The former Cuyahoga County assistant prosecutor said erosion of voter confidence had created a mandate for Congress to energize the nation around protecting voter rights. 

Fudge said she thought every system around the nation’s federal elections required an up-close Congressional examination.  Pelosi agreed to the reorganization and funding; and appointed Fudge to lead.

Fudge told EJBNEWS there exists an abundance of substantive federal elections-related controversies  where acts Congress has recently learned of through Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation require a comparison to federal voting rights protection laws.

Republicans abolished the two-year old committee in 2013.  It was chaired then by Rep. Candice Miller, a Republican from Michigan.   The committe made only a recommendation about the elimination of the existing public financing system for electing presidents, as well as abolishing the EAC that helps state and local officials improve voting systems.

With Democrats now leading the Congress, Fudge said the type of close “election integrity” examination Republicans avoided will be the reality for the 119th Congress.

Eric Jonathan Brewer

Cleveland's most influential journalist and East Cleveland's most successful mayor is an East Saint Louis, Illinois native whose father led the city's petition drive in 1969 to elect the first black mayor in 1971. Eric is an old-school investigative reporter whose 40-year body of editorial work has been demonstrably effective. No local journalist is feared or respected more.

Trained in newspaper publishing by the legendary Call & Post Publisher William Otis Walker in 1978 when it was the nation's 5th largest Black-owned publication, Eric has published and edited 13 local, regional and statewide publications across Ohio. Adding to his publishing and reporting resume is Eric's career in government. Eric served as the city's highest paid part-time Special Assistant to ex-Cleveland Mayor Michael R. White. He served as Chief of Staff to ex-East Cleveland Mayor Emmanuel Onunwor; and Chief of Communications to the late George James in his capacity as the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority's first Black executive director. Eric was appointed to serve as a member of the state's Financial Planning & Supervision Commission to guide the East Cleveland school district out of fiscal emergency and $20 million deficit. Former U.S. HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson told Eric in his D.C. office he was the only mayor in the nation simultaneously-managing a municipal block grant program. Eric wrote the city's $2.2 million Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant application. A HUD Inspector General audit of his management of the block grant program resulted in "zero" audit findings.

As a newspaper publisher, Eric has used his insider's detailed knowledge of government and his publications to lead the FBI and state prosecutors to investigations that resulted in criminal prosecutions of well-known elected officials in Ohio; and have helped realign Cleveland's political landscape with the defeat of candidates and issues he's exposed. Eric's stories led to the indictments of the late Governor George Voinovich's brother, Paul Voinovich of the V Group, and four associates. He asked the FBI to investigate the mayor he'd served as chief of staff for public corruption; and testified in three federal trials for the prosecution. He forced former Cuyahoga County Coroner Dr. Elizabeth Balraj to admit her investigations of police killings were fraudulent; and to issue notices to local police that her investigators would control police killing investigations. Eric's current work has resulted in Cuyahoga County Judge John Russo accepting the criminal complaint he guided an activist to file against 24 civil rights-violating police officers in the city he once led for operating without valid peace officer credentials. USA Today reporters picked up on Eric's police credentials reporting from his social media page and made it national.

Eric is the author of of his first book, "Fight Police License Plate Spying," which examines the FBI and local police misuse of the National Crime Information Center criminal records history database. An accomplished trumpet player and singer whose friendship with Duke Fakir of the Four Tops resulted in his singing the show's closing song, "Can't Help Myself": Curtis Sliwa of New York's Guardian Angels counts Eric among his founding chapter leaders from the early 1980's role as an Ohio organizer of over 300 volunteer crime fighters in Cleveland, Columbus and Youngstown, Ohio. For his work as a young man Eric was recognized by Cleveland's Urban League as it's 1983 Young Man of the Year.

Known in Cleveland for his encyclopedic knowledge of government and history, and intimately-connected with the region's players, every local major media outlet in Cleveland has picked up on one of Eric's stories since 1979. There is no mainstream newspaper, television or radio outlet in Cleveland that does not include an interview with Eric Jonathan Brewer in its archives over the past 40 years.