A few weeks back we discussed the Obama/ODP lawsuit against Secretary of State Husted and the fact that Husted (through the AG’s office) had hired William S. Consovoy from the firm Wiley Rein LLP to help defend his decision to remove (as per the legislature) early voting on the three days before election day – including the weekend before, which is highly favored by African American voters.

Consovoy, you may remember, is also defending Florida’s plan to reduce voting hours preferred by African American voters.  And he recently pushed an unsuccessful constitutional challenge in the South against the Voting Rights Act, landmark legislation which outlawed discriminatory voting practices.

According to documents obtained by Plunderbund from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office,  Wiley Rein was approved as “Special Counsel to Ohio Secretary of State in the matter of Obama for America v. Husted and DeWine” on August 13, 2012 for “a flat fee of $45,000.”

The law firm Bricker & Eckler was also approved as Special Counsel for the same case at $200 and hour – with a total budget of $20,000.

This month Bricker & Eckler was hired again to act as Special Counsel, with an additional $20K budget, to defend Jon Husted against claims (Lieberman v. Husted) by the Democratic elections officials in Montgomery County who were fired by SOS Husted for trying to establish early voting hours.

Based on responses from the Attorney General’s Office, it appears no external counsel was hired to handle the provisional ballot case.

Total cost so far for Husted’s early voting-related lawsuits: $85,000.