The Daily Caller reports that it has obtained emails, through a Freedom of Information Act request, that show Attorney General Eric Holder’s Department of Justice (DOJ) staff communicating with the advocacy group Media Matters for America.
The emails show DOJ department public affairs chief Tracy Schmaler often communicating with Media Matters bloggers. Sometimes, the emails were in response to inquiries. Other times, Schmaler was pitching ideas to the web site.
Emails from late 2010 showed Schmaler working with Media Matters staffer Jeremy Holden over the New Black Panther Party voter intimidation scandal from 2008.
Nearly two months later, on Nov. 18, 2010, Holden wrote a new blog post titled “Right-wing commission to vote on flawed New Black Panthers report.'
In a January 2012 email chain, Schmaler sent Media Matters quotes from House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa's comments at a recent hearing.
Schmaler reportedly underlined passages where Rep, Issa tried to explain the difference between Operation Fast and Furious and other anti-gun running operations under former President George W. Bush.
Hours later, an article appeared on Media Matters' site titled 'Rep. Issa Ties Himself in Fast and Furious Knots.'
Another email showed Schmaler pointing out "false" statements made by Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips in a Fox News interview. Phillips called Operation Fast and Furious a "political operation," pushing a [debunked] claim that the administration let guns walk across the Mexico border to build a case for gun control.
Media Matters then wrote a blog slamming Phillips' "right-wing conspiracy theory," and also sent the text to Schmaler.