Bob Bauer, former Obama White House counsel, and veteran Republican election lawyer Ben Ginsberg are working together to offer election officials pro bono legal help, as reports of threats against the officials spike.

Ginsberg and Bauer will serve as the co-chairs of the Election Official Legal Defense Network, which will also be run by the Center for Election Innovation & Research and its executive director, David Becker. The three men said in a statement Wednesday that those administering elections “face an increasing wave of state laws subjecting them to criminal penalties for performing their professional duties, while at the same time facing threats of violence to themselves and their families.”