Hamilton Defenders

“The office of President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications” — Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers : No. 68


Aide to Three Presidents Urges “Country Above Party”

I am one of nine electors for Colorado and one of 538 electors nation-wide. We are the Electoral College we all hear so much about every four years. We meet to vote for the President and Vice President on December 19. Until we vote, there is no such thing as a president-elect. In modern U.S. history, the Electoral College has never chosen someone for President other than the person who seemed to have “won” on election night. This year, we, the Electoral College, must invoke our extraordinary constitutional power and vote for someone other than Trump/Pence.

I have worked for three Presidents of the United States and have known numerous candidates for President and Vice President. I have had many disagreements with politicians of all stripes, but I have never found any of them to be so radically disqualified, unprepared, and irresponsible as Mr. Trump. That is why I hope that on December 19, 2016, my fellow electors are free to exercise their good judgment and vote for someone who is responsible, qualified, and puts country above party. That person can be a Republican, a Democrat, or anyone that we all agree is qualified.

It seems odd that our Constitution, the foundation of our democracy, has a system so seemingly undemocratic as the Electoral College. But the Founders designed the Electoral College for exactly a moment such as this: to stop someone like Mr. Trump.

Alexander Hamilton explained the Electoral College in Federalist Paper No. 68. The electors are to be “detached” from the “heats and ferments” that can sometimes influence public opinion. “The process of election affords a moral certainty, that the office of President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications.” When Alexander Hamilton spoke of preventing those with “talents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity” from becoming President, he was talking about people like Trump. We take our job as elector very, very seriously and we will not let this country be upended by this person.

If we can unify behind a qualified person on December 19, 2016, a person that everyone will pray and cheer for their success, no matter if you’re on team blue, red, or none of the above, we can at least begin to heal our country and begin to work in the interests of the people of our country. If you know someone who is an elector, in any state, reach out to them and urge them to vote against the unqualified Mr. Trump.

About Polly Baca:

Polly Baca served in the Colorado House of Representatives (1975- 1978) and the Colorado Senate (1979-1986), the first Latina to serve in both chambers in her state. She is the first woman elected to chair the Democratic Caucus of the Colorado House (1977), the first minority woman and first Hispanic woman elected to the Colorado State Senate (1978-1986), the first Hispanic woman to be nominated by a major political party for the United States Congress (1980), and the first Hispanic woman to co-chair two National Democratic Conventions (1980 and 1984).

Sen. Baca served as Vice Chair of the National Democratic Party from 1981 to 1989. She has served three US Presidents: as Public Information Officer for a White House Agency during the Lyndon B. Johnson Administration; as Rocky Mountain States Coordinator for President Jimmy Carter’s 1980 Presidential campaign; and as Special Assistant to President Bill Clinton for Consumer Affairs and Director of the United States Office of Consumer Affairs. In 2012, Sen. Baca served as a National Co-Chair of Catholics for Obama.

She is an inductee of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame, the National Hispanic Hall of Fame, the World Who’s Who of Women, Who’s Who in American Politics, and Who’s Who in the West. Sen. Baca received a B.A. degree in political science from Colorado State University, an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Northern Colorado and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa. In April 2012, the Denver Post listed Sen. Baca as one of the 75 Most Influential Women of Colorado.

About Hamilton Defenders:

Hamilton Defenders is a 501(c)(4) organization that coordinates pro bono legal services and other volunteer services to aid Presidential Electors in the research and exercise of their rights and responsibilities under the Constitution of the United States. www.hamiltondefenders.org


  1. Mary Flesher
    December 6, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    Please list the 24 states where the Electors can change their vote by paying a fine.
    This information should be available to all US citizens.

  2. Barbara Devine
    December 6, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    Thank u so much for ur patriotic stand. Patriots fought a tryant to create our country. We must continue to stand &fight all attempts to destroy our basic freedoms & democratic principles.I stand across party lines, race, gender, creed to support a third candidate who will unite our country & stand for FREEDOM!!!

  3. Judith McCaskill
    December 15, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    Electors, please protect America against Russian influence on our 2016 election.

    Thanks for your service.

  4. December 17, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Trump’s Business Empire is a Constitutional Train Wreck, and Divesting Won’t Help
    But there are two things the electors can do about it

    A lot of helpful suggestions have been offered for how Donald Trump can avoid violating the Constitution’s ban on a President receiving income from foreign powers, the Emoluments Clause – sometimes called the “foreign bribery” clause.

    His current plan of keeping ownership of all his properties but turning over their day-to-day management to his two sons solves absolutely nothing. Foreign powers would still be free to put vast sums in the presidential pocket, by renting the presidential suite at his DC hotel for the inauguration (half a million dollars!), or holding lavish celebrations at any Trump property (as Bahrain and Azerbaijan have done), and then bragging about it to the President, to “curry favor,” as they say. Which is precisely why Alexander Hamilton and the other Founding Fathers wrote the Emoluments Clause in the first place.

    Brilliant legal minds, from Democratic senators like Elizabeth Warren to ethics experts like Republican Richard Painter and Democrat Norm Eisen, say that the only real solution is for Trump to divest – to place all his assets in a blind trust, where an impartial financial trustee would sell everything and replace it with other good investments. Trump would be totally in the dark. All his assets would be hidden behind an impenetrable wall, rendering Trump “blind” to what he really owns. Perfect!

    But wait. Trump’s assets are not mere stocks and bonds in publicly traded companies – a portfolio like prior presidents had, which could be sold and swapped for random other companies. They are one-of-a-kind real estate properties, with the name “Trump” plastered all over them. In fact, the Trump name is an inextricable part of their value. Like “Hilton,” it signifies quality and luxury. Take away the name and the value diminishes. Any buyer would be foolish to pay full price for the building without the brand. And any trustee would breach their fiduciary duty to maximize value if they insisted on omitting the Trump name.

    These divesting transactions simply cannot be quiet, and blind. They will be easily visible to the media, to Trump, to foreign powers, and to the American public.

    So failure to divest is toxic. But so is divesting.

    Trump’s situation is inexorably toxic. Either way, foreign powers will have a clear path to purchase his favor.

    He is constitutionally tainted from Day One.

    (OK, there’s one possible solution – donating all Trump-branded properties to charity, and putting all other assets into a blind trust – but somehow, that doesn’t seem very likely….)

    In two days the electors will meet to formally ratify Trump’s election. Is there anything they can do while they have all this power, and Trump’s undivided attention? Well, at the very least, they should demand to see his tax returns. They are constitutional officers, at least until Monday, and have a duty of fealty to the Constitution that created their office. They must at least check the official record to see whether Trump receives income from foreign powers, which will, a few short weeks from now, be a violation of the Constitution, and an impeachable offense.

    Failure to make that demand, in light of the blindingly obvious warning signs of a looming Emoluments Clause train wreck, would be elector malpractice.

    But really, because the likelihood of a constitutional train wreck is near 100 percent, the electors should simply reject Trump, thereby throwing the election into the House of Representatives, where of course the winner will still be Trump. But at least the electors will be able to sleep at night, their conscience clear, their constitutional duty fulfilled.

    And if they need a little extra convincing, they could consider the emerging evidence that Russia hacked the election, specifically to elect Trump. But that’s a whole nuther story….

    The author, Scott Wallace, is an attorney, former counsel to Republicans on two US Senate committees, and current co-chair of the Wallace Global Fund, a foundation based in Washington DC founded by his grandfather, former US Vice President Henry A. Wallace.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *