Everything we know about who funds the election audit in Arizona
The Arizona Senate audit of the Maricopa County election results is still ongoing and a number of pro-Trump and conspiratorial groups are raising money for it, although it is not known how many money has been raised, how much the audit will cost and who will do it. receive that money.
Cyber Ninjas, the Florida-based company leading the audit team, declined to say who pays him and how much he pays. The Senate agreed to pay the company only $ 150,000 – an amount that Senate Speaker Karen Fann admitted she knew was far less than what it would cost – and let it lift the remains with private sources, even though the Senate sits on a $ 3.5 million nest. he could have paid for the audit.
Ken Bennett, the Senate auditor liaison, said he would “fight” for information on private funding, but he also berated the public for questioning where the money was coming from. money, telling reporters: “It doesn’t matter who paid for it.
Likewise, Fann said to Arizona mirror that she wants the information about Arizona’s audit funding to be made public, but that she may not be able to force Cyber Ninjas to do so. The Senate contract with the company does not mention outside funding or oblige the company to disclose this information.
Arizona mirror has compiled a living list of what we know about the people who fundraise to pay for verification.
The pro-Trump news anchor
The first organization to announce that it was raising funds for the Arizona audit was the one created by the host of a Pro-Trump wired information network who has repeatedly spread false allegations about the election in Arizona and Across the country.
Christina Bobb of One America News Network started a 501 (c) (4) nonprofit called Voices & Votes which raised at least $ 150,000 for the audit. Bobb regularly tweets about the fundraising effort and mentions his nonprofit on his show, urging supporters to donate. She recently claimed that the audit was “dangerously underfunded. ”
Bobb was given exclusive access to Bennett and the audit site that other local and national media outlets have not been granted.
The pro-Trump businessman
Another group raising funds for the audit claims to have raised $ 1.2 million as of May 3.
Fund The objective of the audit is to raise $ 2.8 million. It was created by The America Project, a Florida-based nonprofit founded by former Overstock.com CEO and staunch Trump ally, Patrick Byrne.
Byrne’s Telegram string is full of election conspiracy theories, and he often shares information from other prominent pro-Trump figures that include baseless allegations of voter fraud. Some of these people, like Jovan Pulitzer, are also is part of the Arizona audit.
Byrne was a dominant voice in the 2020 electoral fraud allegations and denounced the so-called “deep state”. Some of his claims came after revealed he had an affair with accused Russian spy Maria Butina, which he claimed the FBI had encouraged him to do.
Byrne was also present at a hour-long meeting at the White House during the final days of Donald Trump’s presidency in which he, Sidney Powell and disgraced retired General Michael Flynn urged the president to overturn the election.
Bennett and others who control the official Twitter account for the Senate audit have promoted The Audit Fund’s effort.
According to reports from Washington post, Bennett was said to promote the fund by Doug Logan, CEO of Cyber Ninjas.
Logan’s Twitter account now deleted Retweeted accounts claiming Donald Trump actually won the 2020 election and lost to widespread fraud that favored Joe Biden. There is no evidence that has occurred, and such allegations have been refuted by recounts and post-election tests and audits, and courts have consistently rejected them.
The pro-Trump pillow seller
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell also helped fund the audit, but it’s unclear how much and in what capacity. Lindell said previously The daily beast that he funneled money to local conservative groups that helped to reminder of efforts and the audit, although it is not known how much money he committed to either effort.
Lindell has been a supporter of false allegations of electoral fraud and is currently the target of a defamation lawsuit by Dominion Voting Systems, who is seeking $ 1.3 billion in damages from the CEO for spreading false accusations.
Arizona Republican Party
One of the biggest supporters in Arizona of the discredited theories that there was voter fraud in Arizona has been the Arizona Republican Party and its president, Kelli Ward.
The party is currently using the audit to raise funds, using the Republican Party WinRed fundraising platform, although it is not clear whether the money will be used to support the audit or simply to fund AZGOP operations.
“Join us to support our work. We have not finished fighting. And we won’t be until we get the answers we deserve, ”the party said on its fundraising page.