트럼프의 내부 서클과 연결된 비밀 기부자들이 뒷받침하는 애리조나 투표 감사

도널드 트럼프의 이너 서클에 묶여 있고 트럼프에 대한 근거없는 주장을 퍼뜨린 사람들이 뒷받침하는 다크 머니 그룹 2020 대통령 선거는 전례없는 210 만 개의 투표 용지 검토 자금을 지원하는 데 중요한 역할을하는 것으로 보입니다. 애리조나.

애리조나 주 상원의 공화당 원, 문의를 승인 한, 할당 $150,000 비용을 지불하기 위해 주 기금으로 – 예상 전체 비용의 일부, 아직 알려지지 않은. 주 상원은 조사 비용을 지불하기에 충분한 예산을 운영했습니다., 4 월에 보도 된 Arizona Mirror, 그러나 전액을 지불하지 않기로 결정했습니다..

대신, 노력은 개인 기부자에 의해 지불되고 있습니다, 대중에게 숨겨져있는, OpenSecrets와 Guardian의 리뷰에 따르면. 애리조나 공화당 원과 사이버 닌자, 검토를 감독하는 플로리다 기반 회사, 나머지 돈을 누가 제공하는지 말하기를 거부했습니다..

“애리조나 주 상원 의원이 제재 활동에 자금을 지원하는 메커니즘을 숨기는 것은 전적으로 부적절합니다.,”Adrian Fontes는, Maricopa 카운티에서 최고 선거 공무원을 역임 한 민주당 원, 투표 용지 검토 대상, 작년에 재선 입찰에서 패할 때까지. "투명성이 부족한 것은 그로테스크입니다."

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애리조나 상원이 Cyber ​​Ninjas를 고용 한 이유에 대한 조사에 직면하면서 자금에 대한 질문이 나옵니다., 대규모 검토를 감독 할 선거 감사 경험이 거의없는 회사. 더그 로건, 회사의 최고 경영자, 표현 선거가 트럼프로부터 도난 당했다는 생각에 대한지지.

카렌 판, 애리조나 주 상원 의원, 작년에 그녀는 트럼프로부터 전화를 받았다고 말했다.,” 이메일에 따르면 American Oversight에서 획득, 좌익 감시 그룹. 녹이다, 공화당 원, 루디 줄리아니와 이야기를 나눴다고, 트럼프 동맹, 작년에 여러 번.

적어도 $150,000 문의 자금 중 목소리와 투표에서 나온 것으로 알려져 있습니다., ㅏ 501(씨)(4) 크리스티나 밥이 운영, One America News Network의 앵커 (OANN), 선거 음모 이론에 영향을 준 우익 미디어 네트워크. 이 그룹은 또한 백악관 특파원 Chanel Rion 및 Courtland Sykes와 함께 운영됩니다., Rion의 약혼. Bobb은 리뷰에 대해 Trump와 이야기했습니다., 워싱턴 포스트에 따르면, 작년에 Giuliani를 대신하여 Fann 진술서를 이메일로 보냈습니다., 이메일 쇼.

Bobb은 쇼 중에 자주 노력을 막습니다., 그녀가 애리조나 리뷰를 다루는 곳, 그리고 소셜 미디어에서, 그러나 BuzzFeed에게 다크 머니 그룹이 여러 OANN 직원에 의해 운영되고 네트워크에서 승진되고 있음에도 불구하고 OANN이 그녀의 기금 모금과 "어떤 방식 으로든"관련이 없음. 목소리와 투표는 와이오밍에 통합 3 월, 문의가 발표되기 직전, 변호사 Greg Roeberg, 애리조나 변호사. 작년 트럼프 캠페인의 보도 자료에는 Greg Roeberg가 트럼프를위한 유대인의 목소리. Roeberg는 이메일에서 초기 법률 문서를 지원하는 것 외에 자선 단체에 관여하지 않았다고 말했습니다.. 그룹이 인터뷰 요청을 거부했습니다..

엘 린 우드, 작년 선거 결과를 뒤집 으려는 수많은 소송의 배후에있는 트럼프 친 변호사, Talking Points 메모 그의 비영리, 반격, 기부 $50,000 ...에 검토를위한 목소리와 투표. 그러나 그룹이 재무 공개 규칙을 거의 적용하지 않기 때문에 실제로 돈이 어떻게 될지는 분명하지 않습니다..

목재, Telegram에 대한 검토를 위해 모금 활동을 추진 한 사람, 또한 TPM에게 Cyber ​​Ninja 수석 Logan은 Wood의 집에서 일했습니다. 조사하다 2020 선거 유권자 사기 주장.

패트릭 번, Overstock.com의 전 CEO이자 열렬한 트럼프 지지자, 또한 노력에 자금을 지원하는 그룹을 이끌고 있습니다.. Byrne은 Axios가 "트럼프 대통령의 가장 미친 회의" – 12 월 2020 Michael Flynn이 포함 된 Oval Office에서, 그리고 시드니 파월, 투표 기계가 트럼프에게 표를 던졌다 고 거짓으로 주장하고 정부 자원을 사용하여 투표 기계를 장악 할 것을 제안했습니다.. Byrne은 또한 백악관 변호사 사무실의 대표들에게 비명을 지르는 것으로 알려졌습니다., 선거를 뒤집는 데 충분히 도움이되지 않았다고.

4 월, Byrne의 비영리 단체, 미국 프로젝트, 280 만 달러 모금을 목표로하는 Fund the Audit 캠페인 시작. Byrne은이 노력에 100 만 달러를 기부했다고 말합니다., 그러나 적어도 다른 $900,000 알려지지 않은 출처에서 왔습니다. Byrne의 비영리 단체는 또한 검토에 참여하는 수의사 근로자를 돕고 있습니다., 애리조나 공화국에 따르면.

Byrne은 또한 검토에 참여한 또 다른 다크 머니 그룹의 대표로 재직했습니다., 공화국 수호, 그는 4 월에 사임했다고 주장하지만. 제작자 Powell, Defending the Republic published every Arizona lawmakers’ contact info on their website and promoted a misleading “Election Fraud Facts & Details“ document authored for the Arizona Senate by Cyber Ninja’s Logan prior to the probe. The document contains disproven claims about voting machine software switching votes from Trump to Biden.

Powell’s group also previously hired Wake Technology Services, Inc. (Wake TSI), a subcontractor to audit election equipment in Fulton County, Pennsylvania, at the request of Doug Mastriano, a state senator who aggressively suggested the election was stolen, according to county documents obtained by the Guardian.

Paula Shives, a Democrat on the three-member county commission, was stunned that the company was allowed to inspect election materials last year. “Who authorized this? When was this scheduled? Who was notified and present during the process?” Shives wrote in a text message to the country’s election director and two commissioners that was obtained by OpenSecrets and the Guardian through a public records request.

Randy Bunch, a Republican county commissioner, replied that the review did not show any problems: “On a good note, they didn’t find one thing wrong and praise our team meaning Patty and our staff on how organized everything was and we come [sic] out with no flaws it all matched up.”

Wake TSI submitted a draft report to county officials in February that appeared to back up that assessment, 워싱턴 포스트에 따르면.

But the copy of the that Pennsylvania review uploaded on the county website contended Dominion Voting Systems did not meet the state’s certification requirements, documented “errors” in scanning ballots, and purportedly identified “non-certified” software installed in the county’s voting system. (Wake TSI did not respond to requests for an interview.)

Wake TSI abruptly withdrew from the Arizona review in May, and it’s unclear why. Mastriano was one of several Pennsylvania lawmakers who visited the audit site in early June, where he was interviewed by Bobb on OANN.

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For weeks, observers have pointed out that the procedures in place for the unprecedented inquiry are shoddy and do not resemble a neutral audit. But Trump has also become increasingly focused on the Arizona review and possible similar efforts elsewhere. Trump has reportedly told people close to him he expects to be “reinstated” as president this summer – something that would be impossible under the current legal system.

The influx of private funds comes as Republicans themselves, including in Arizona, have pushed to outlaw the use of private grants for election processes after charities stepped up to fund under-resourced election officials during the pandemic. In particular, Republicans have targeted grants from organizations backed by hundreds of millions dollars of donations from Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan.

4 월, Arizona governor Doug Ducey, 공화당 원, signed a law prohibiting election officials from accepting private money to help run elections, saying it could weaken confidence in elections. Similar provisions have been enacted in Florida그루지야 this year.

And dark money raised for the review may be going to more than just paying the firms conducting it.

Arizona state representative Mark Finchem, a strong supporter of the review and the “Stop the Steal” movement, 주장 that his 501(씨)(4) Guardian Defense Fund is “paying money for additional security at the site” in an interview with Steve Bannon on America’s Voice News.

Finchem is currently campaigning to be Arizona’s next secretary of state, and claimed he has talked to Trump about the 2020 election in an appearance on the Twitch stream of Redpill78, which the 뉴욕 타임즈 reported promotes QAnon conspiracy theories. His attorney previously represented Cyber Ninjas.

“Ironically, after outlawing transparent philanthropic funding of election administration, used to assist all voters, regardless of party, during a global pandemic, the Arizona Senate now relies upon secret funding for their ‘audit,’” said David Becker, the executive director for the Center for Election Innovation and Research, a group that received funding from Zuckerberg and Chan last year.

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Key individuals behind the dark money groups have also been using a network of Telegram channels to coordinate messaging and amplify each other’s content.

One of the main Telegram channels signal boosting the groups is Arizona Red Roots. Using Telegram and other messaging platforms, probe proponents have quietly coordinated efforts and distributed “AZ Ground Troops Updates” detailing strategies pushing for the ballot review.

An April “AZ Ground Troops Update” document downloaded from Telegram lists a number of key players in the Arizona review, including Power of the Meme, a site dedicated to making memes to promote the 애리조나 review and “Demand a Forensic Kinematic Audit”.

In messages throughout March and April, organizers in the channel pushed followers to pressure the Arizona legislature to hire Jovan Pulitzer, ㅏ treasure hunter best known for inventing a cat-shaped device that allowed people to scan barcodes in magazines to find the product online. PC World magazine ranked it as one of the 25 worst tech products of all time.

Pulitzer has become a kind of folk hero among those who believe the election was stolen (he has his own song) and Telegram messages in the channel told users Pulitzer was the only person who could do a necessary audit.

“If New Hampshire uses Jovan + other auditors, why not AZ? Jovan, since Nov 2020, was the first and only one to propose auditing paper ballots in an ingenious and novel way – never proposed & never before done! And it is what we need for the best chance to find ballots pre-printed from China. Or ballots filled out by the same fraudulent person,” reads one message.

The effort appears to have been successful. Pulitzer’s technology is reportedly being used by those running the Arizona review to inspect the quality of ballot paper and search for watermarks – a process election officials have said is unlikely to detect fraud. Officials are also reportedly using the technology to look for bamboo fibers in ballots, an echo of a conspiracy theory Pulitzer has endorsed suggesting ballots were flown into Arizona from Asia.

Even some people involved in advising the review are skeptical of Pulitzer’s involvement.

“This guy is nuts,” John Brakey, an activist who is helping with the Arizona process, told the Guardian in May. “He’s a fraudster.”

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Even as experts have warned of the dangers of the Arizona review, it has fast emerged as a model for similar efforts elsewhere. Trump on Friday called for the Pennsylvania Senate to authorize a similar effort, just days after Mastriano and other lawmakers visited the Arizona count. Activists in New Hampshire unsuccessfully tried to get Pulitzer involved in a probe of a local election there. And there are bubbling efforts in Michigan to conduct a “forensic audit” – language that mirrors what is being used to describe the Arizona effort.

Some of the firms and individuals conducting the review also stand to potentially benefit from a proliferation of similar efforts across the country.

recently dismissed Michigan case that was promoted and fundraised for in the Arizona Telegram channels featured Cyber Ninja’s Logan as an expert witness. Another expert witness in the case was Benjamin Cotton, the founder of CyFIR, a digital forensics firm that is helping conduct the Arizona audit.

The plaintiff’s attorney, Matthew DePerno, raised around $300,000 for an “Election Fraud Defense Fund“ to support the failed case in Michigan.

And while the amount of money raised through online fundraising platforms is publicly available, the total amount of money changing hands between each of the individuals and organizations involved in the efforts is subject to few disclosure requirements.

Fontes, the Arizona Democrat, said it was “wholly inappropriate” for the Arizona state senate not to disclose who was funding the effort.

“They have permitted this to happen, it happens under the authority of the Arizona state senate, this is senate president Karen Fann’s operation,”그는 말했다. “She can set whatever rules she wants to set. She has chosen secrecy. She has chosen to obfuscate. And she is trying to deflect responsibility for the lack of transparency.”

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