Report: leaked emails show GOP redistricting plans
The emails show the lengths that the consultants undertook to make sure that their plans would not show up in any public records.
Hundreds of pages of emails show a handful of Republican political consultants' efforts to influence Florida's redistricting process, according to report published Sunday from the Scripps-Tribune Capital Bureau.
The news organization obtained emails showing the consultants looked for ways to put more minority voters in specific districts. The emails were released as part of a lawsuit by several organizations alleging the 2012 redistricting process sought to pack Democrat-leaning minority voters into a few districts to make other seats more reliably Republican.
The Gainesville consulting firm Data Targeting fought to block the emails' release, but the Florida Supreme Court ruled against Data Targeting and the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal Friday. The documents were released as part of the lawsuit brought by groups including the League of Women Voters, alleging lawmakers drew congressional maps to favor Republicans. Such efforts counter anti-gerrymandering requirements in the Florida Constitution. Although the lawsuit focused on congressional districts, many of the emails referenced statehouse districts.