From her bio at the People For the American Way Action Fund: "Benson is an Associate Professor of Law at Wayne State University Law School and previously worked with organizations such as the Southern Poverty Law Center, the ACLU, and the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. A Harvard Law School graduate, she worked at the Harvard Civil Rights Project as the Voting Rights Policy Coordinator, and was a vocal proponent of the Help America Vote Act.
Bio as of 2009
From Jocelyn Benson's personal website as of 2009 when she was running for Secretary of State in Michigan:
- "Jocelyn Benson has dedicated her career to working for fair elections. As an election law expert, Benson fights to eliminate barriers to voting and preserve the integrity of our elections. As our Secretary of State, Jocelyn Benson will promote access and accountability. She will advocate for a responsive government that serves all Michigan citizens.
- Benson is one of the leading election law experts and educators in the state of Michigan. She is a nationally recognized educator, attorney, and voter advocate dedicated to promoting access and protecting the integrity of the election process.
- Prior to attending law school at Harvard, Benson lived in Montgomery, Alabama, the cradle of the Civil Rights Movement. She worked for the Southern Poverty Law Center as an investigative journalist, researching white supremacist and neo-Nazi organizations. By the time she left Alabama to earn her Masters degree as a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University in the UK, she was instilled with a sense of responsibility for continuing the work of the voting rights advocates who risked their lives in Selma, Alabama, in order to ensure the one person, one vote promise in the Constitution became a reality.
- During the 2004 Presidential election, Benson was hired to develop the first nationwide Election Protection program for the Democratic National Committee. Benson selected, recruited, and trained Voter Protection coordinators in 21 states. The program resulted in deployment of over 17,000 trained election law lawyers.
- Since 2004, Benson has worked with Michigan Democratic Party’s election protection effort in 2006, and has developed and supervised two statewide nonpartisan election protection efforts in Michigan, in 2007 and 2008. During the 2008 election, she was called to testify before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, where she called on Secretary Land to ban the use of foreclosure lists to challenge voters’ eligibility on Election Day. She is a frequent commentator on voting rights and election law on several local news and radio broadcasts."
Contested 2020 Election
During the Contested 2020 Election, Jocelyn Benson gained national attention for refuting President Trump's efforts to halt the vote counting process in her state, charging that ballot fraud was infecting the counting process. Jocelyn Benson said the lawsuit was "frivolous," and claimed poll workers had been “following every rule meticulously” as they tallied the vote, “transparently with people from both sides of the aisle — both looking on.”
Support from Onward Together
Fake Tea Party
Republicans and tea party organizations claim that Jocelyn Benson was linked to a fake tea party group called "The Tea Party", "which was unsuccessful in seeking political party status on the November ballot and which has been labeled a fake." According to an article published in October 2010, the GOP leaders "claim that former Oakland County Democratic Party Chairman Michael McGuinness was Benson's former operations director and that McGuinness and former Oakland Democratic Party employee Jason Bauer both contributed to her campaign. They also say Bauer notarized 12 of 23 of the candidate filings for 'The Tea Party group'".
- "McGuinness and Bauer both quit their positions with the county Democratic party after allegations of election fraud in the filings of some of the candidates listed with The Tea Party organization." Speculation was that the motive was to split the Republican vote.
The Agenda for the November 4, 2006 Greater Detroit Democratic Socialists of America meeting at the Royal Oak Senior/Community Center, 3500 Marais Avenue, included item (9) Jocelyn Benson on “Voter Protection: Making Sure Every Vote Counts”.
- At our next general membership meeting, Jocelyn Benson, a law professor at Wayne State University and a board member of the Michigan ACLU, will discuss election fraud in light of the 2000 and 2004 Presidential elections.
Benson worked for the Democratic National Committee as the National Field Director for Election Protection during the 2004 presidential election, organizing and developing a program that trained and placed over 17,000 volunteer lawyers in precincts throughout the nation.
According to Greater Detroit Democratic Socialists of America "Benson worked for the Democratic National Committee as the National Field Director for Election Protection during the 2004 presidential election, organizing and developing a program that trained and placed over 17,000 volunteer lawyers in precincts throughout the nation. She has also worked as a summer associate for voting rights and election law for the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, as a legal assistant to Nina Totenberg at National Public Radio, and as an investigative journalist for the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, AL.
Benson has received the endorsement of EMILY’s List, the Michigan AFL-CIO, the American Federation of Teachers, Democracy for America, the Women Under Forty PAC, U.S. Rep. John Conyers and state Rep. Rashida Tlaib.
People for the American Way support
The Justice Caucus
- "Jocelyn Benson is exceptional... Benson created the first nationwide Election Protection program for the Democratic National Committee. She recruited and trained Voter Protection coordinators in 21 states, resulting in the deployment of over 17,000 well trained election law lawyers... Benson has a deep commitment to every person’s right to vote. Her work with the Southern Poverty Law Center informs her vision to ensure that our Constitution’s promise of one person - one vote is a continuing reality. As Voting Rights Policy Coordinator of the Harvard Civil Rights Project, she helped to achieve passage of the landmark Help America Vote Act... Not only is Benson exceptionally qualified for the job, she is an outstanding candidate... She will be an asset to Democratic candidates up and down the ticket and a gift to the people of Michigan."
Arab American Political Action Committee
A conservative blogger from Michigan compiled donors for Jocelyn Benson in 2010 (commentary included):
- Alida Messinger, New York City - $3400, one of the Rockefellers. Senator Jay's sister.
- Secretary of State Project, Santa Cruz, California - $3200
- Rob McKay, San Francisco - $3400, Taco Bell heir and part of Soros's "Democracy Alliance
- Megan Hull, Washington DC - $3400 - Secretary of State Project
- Ellen Kurz, Cambridge MA - $2000 - Former staffer of Mike Dukakis
- Blair Hull, Chicago - $3400 - Former Senate Candidate, trader, sold his company to Goldman Sachs
- Craig Kaplan, New York City - $1370 - Project Vote Board of Directors
- Mary Delaney, Oakand CA - $1500 - Akonadi Foundation (Also big Emily's List donor)
- Tom Cosgrove, Cambridge MA - $500 - Dukakis worker, and Huffington Post poster
- Dan Payne, Newton MA - $500 - Massachusetts political consultant
- Amy Pritchard, Washington DC, $500 - DC Consultant
- Jack Corrigan, Brookline MA, $500 - Head Lawyer in Palm Beach County for Gore "Re-re-re-count" efforts.
- Patricia Bauman, Washington DC, $750 - Bauman Foundation, Pew environmental
- Joe Ganley, Wellesley, MA, $500 - Former Campaign manager to Chris Gabrieli (lost to Patrick in 06 primary)
- Lani Guinier, Cambridge MA, $500 - Clinton's nomination for Assistant Attorney General, supports pure racial quotas and proportional representation on local levels.
- Laura Quinn, Washington DC, $500 - Al Gore's former Communications director
- Ann McPhail, Arlington VA, $500 - International Monetary Fund
- Holly Schadler, Chevy Chase MD, $500 - Lobbyist, Sierra Club, Clintonite
- Tom Hsieh, San Francisco CA, $500 - Former member San Francisco Board of Supervisors, consultant
- Celinda Lake, Washington DC, $500 - Al Gore's Pollster
- Bill Roberts, Brooklyn NY, $500 - Atlantic Philanthropies - supports Illegal aliens, Aspen Institute, left wing "vote protection" (ie fraud doesn't exist), *League of Conservation Voters, Tides Foundation (George Soros),
- Michael Kieschnick, Palo Alto CA, $2000 - One of the founders of the Secretary of State Project and CREDO (Working Assets)
- Joseph Sandler, Bethesda MD, $750 - DNC lawyer, MoveOn.org advisor,
- Myles Duffy, Brooklyn NY, $450 - Howard Dean guy
- Gene Karpinski, Arlington VA, $400 - League of Conservation Voters
- Chip Amoe, Washington DC, $366.89 - Lobbyist
- Spencer Overton, Chevy Chase MD, $250.00 - Obama's Deputy Assistant AG for office of legal policy. Worked with "Common Cause" and NAACP's election team.
- Noah McCormack, Cambridge MA, $250.00 - Harvard Fellow
- Scott Nielsen, Chicago IL, $250.00 - Tied to George Soros, Joyce Foundation, and Democracy Alliance (Sec of State Fund)
- Alvaro Bedoya - Washington DC, $250.00 - Counsel to Al Franken, also associate of Soros
- Caron Atlas, Brooklyn NY, $300.00 - Fractured Atlas, Brooklyn Arts organization
- Sanford Newman, Takoma Park MD, $250.00 - Project Vote, associate of ACORN. Where Obama got his start in politics.
- Sujata Tejwani, New York City, $250.00 - Camp Wellstone (former MN senator Paul Wellstone)
- Andrew Tobias, Miami, $250.00 - Treasurer for democrats, pushed for no fault insurance requirements in California, and absolutely loves current no-fault insurance law in Michigan (but lives in Florida)
- Anne Bartley, San Francisco, $250.00 - Rockefeller funds, Democracy Alliance, and "Grass Roots" Policy Project (SEIU)
- Christopher Edley, Berkeley CA, $750.00 - Dean of University of Cal Berkeley Law School
- Becky Bond, San Francisco, $250.00 - Working Assets/CREDO - (Which raises money for Greenpeace and Planned Parenthood [Barrenhood])
- Kenneth Robinson, Providence RI, $250.00 - Bank Lobbyist
- Jonah Goldman, Washington DC, $250.00 - Glover Park Group, and Democrat voting pusher
- Mark Friedrichs, Washington DC, $250.00 - Department of Energy
- Julia Cohen, Washington DC, $250.00 - Campus Progress (and heads up for vote fraud on campuses)
- Thurgood Marshall Jr, Arlington VA, $250.00 - Former Clinton Attorney, Third Way
- Jackie Bray, Washington DC, $250.00, Staffer for Terry McAuliffe campaign (Clintons's DNC guy)
- Greg Speed, Washington DC, $250.00 - America Votes (George Soros, Peter Lewis, Herb Sandler and Marion Sandler) - also has ties to ACORN, Brady Gun grabbers, *Emily's List, SEIU, and a who's who of leftist causes
- Jonathan Barry, Brooklyn NY, $250.00 - Goldman Sachs
- Shaunna Thomas, Washington DC, $250.00 - People for the American Way
- Angelique Pirozzi, Boston MA, $250.00 - Organizational Specialist of the National Education Association
- Robert Richman, St Paul MN, $250.00 - Paul Wellstone guy. Grass Roots Solutions. Consulting Firm tied to AFL-CIO. One of his favorite organizers - Saul Alinsky
Since then, besides a lot of donations from Washington DC, New York, and San Francisco...
- $10000 from American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees Union
- $100 from Jason Bauer who was Oakland County Democrat director that notarized the fraudulent BSTP (BS tea party)
- $500 from Heather Booth of Washington DC. There's a real winner. Weather Underground, NAACP Vote Fraud support organization, AFSCME, SDS, ACORN, etc,etc.
- $375 from Robert Brandon, a DC Democrat lobbyist.
- $200 from Christine Chae in DC area. Fannie Mae trader. (Bailout!)
- $100 from Chicago's Robert Creamer. Convicted Felon and husband of Chicago Congresscritter Jan Schakowsky.
- $1000 from Howard Dean's group, Democracy for America (What the hell does he want with Michigan's downticket race)
- $350 from Berkeley's Maria Echaveste, part of George Soros's Center for American Progress and former Clinton aide
- $5000 from Radical Pro Abortion Emily's List.
- $350 from Ivan Frishberg in DC. "Environment America" which opposed our auto industry.
- $250 from Lindsay Hodel of Denver. "Colorado Progressive Coalition". What the hell are they doing here?
- $15000 from IBEW
- People for the American Way Action Fund Michigan candidates bio
- Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson calls Trump ballot lawsuit ‘frivolous’ (accessed on November 6 2020)
- Onward Together website: PAC (accessed on June 12 2019)
- GOP questions SOS candidate's tie to fake tea party (accessed on November 5 2020)
- Two charged with election fraud for fake Tea Party filings(democrats) (accessed on November 5 2020)
- GDDSA newsletter archives, 2006
- People For the American Way Action Fund Michigan candidates bio
- People For the American Way Action Fund Michigan candidates bio
- The Justice Caucus website: 2010 Justice Caucus Endorsements (accessed on Jan. 28, 2011)
- Justice 4 Michigan: Jocelyn Benson Endorsed for Secretary of State (accessed on Feb. 17, 2011)
- AAPAC website, Oct. 26, 2010 (accessed on Feb. 15, 2011)
- Stop Jocelyn Benson (accessed on 11/5/2020)