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    Schmidt Wrote: Yes they will continually find new ways to perpetuate doubt while never showing the results of their "audit". It is a money making endeavor for as long as they can continue the charade. Trump supporters open their pocket books so easily, and now with Trump giving another two hour rambling incoherent rally speech at Phoenix, the cash registers will be working full time. Follow the money.

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    A private contractor conducting a Republican-commissioned review of 2020 presidential ballots in Arizona’s largest county announced late Wednesday that it has collected more than $5.7 million in private donations to fund the process.

    It has been clear for months that the lengthy ballot review, which was conducted by dozens of workers, some working nearly round-the-clock, was being largely financed by allies of former president Donald Trump. The newly released figures put that fact in sharp relief: More than 97 percent of the audit’s costs have so far been shouldered by donations from five organizations led by people who have promoted the false claim that the election was stolen.

    The Post has reported that Trump’s political PAC raised about $75 million in the first half of this year, using his false claims that the election was stolen to motivate donors, but has given no money to finance the Arizona ballot review.

    The announcement from Cyber Ninjas came as Arizona Senate President Karen Fann announced Wednesday that the audit has concluded its public efforts — ballots will be returned Thursday to Maricopa County. The county’s Republican-led board of supervisors has been deeply critical of the effort.

    Fann has said a final report of Cyber Ninjas’ findings is expected in August.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/arizona-ballot-review-costs/2021/07/28/d9b093c6-f010-11eb-bf80-e3877d9c5f06_story.html

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    E.J. Montini had a few comments about the "audit" this morning:

    Imagine if you found out, after the NBA Finals concluded, that the league had not paid the salaries of the referees who were officiating the games.

    Imagine if you found out that, instead of the NBA, a wealthy group of Milwaukee Bucks fans had gotten together and paid the refs.

    And, not only did they pay them, but they shelled out millions of dollars.

    Just how much credence would you put in the series' results?

    That’s pretty much what has happened with the sham election audit orchestrated by Arizona Senate President Karen Fann and her Republican colleagues.

    https://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/ej-montini/2021/07/29/5-7-million-new-reasons-why-arizonas-sham-election-audit-fraud/5412349001/

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    It only shows on how corrupt this country has become; in other words it is just an"money" game, nothing else. It also means that the "rich" don't know what to do with their money, as well it seems they are running the whole show. Yes this country has become the same as they had in 1500 where the castle lords dictated the people and had slaves. Just an"modern" version of it.

    Democracy is out of the window ; it are the "rich" who are running the show and influence the government all the way. But Biden keeps on sleeping.

    Amen

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    Maricopa County supervisors and Dominion Voting Systems refused to produce additional election material on Monday in response to new subpoenas filed by the Arizona Senate.

    The subpoenas, issued July 26 by Republican Senate leaders, demanded that representatives for the county Board of Supervisors and Dominion appear and produce the materials by 1 p.m. Monday at the state Capitol.

    The supervisors responded with a letter from the County Attorney's Office stating that they already provided much of what was requested through their response to the original subpoenas filed in December and January. They also wrote that some of what was asked for is in the custody of the Recorder's Office, which was not named on the subpoena.

    But county leaders flatly refused to provide routers that were requested, which they have done since they were first requested as part of earlier subpoenas.

    In a separate letter to senators, Board Chairman Jack Sellers bashed the Senate's ongoing audit of the county's November 2020 election and the inexperienced contractors they hired to do the work, writing that if they "haven't figured out that the election in Maricopa County was free, fair and accurate yet, I'm not sure you ever will."

    "The board has real work to do and little time to entertain this adventure in never-never land," Sellers wrote.

    Dominion officials also responded with a letter saying they would not comply with the subpoena, arguing it "violates (the company's) constitutional rights and ... exceeds the Legislature’s constitutional and statutory authority. Doing so would cause grave harm."

    https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/elections/2021/08/02/maricopa-co-and-dominion-face-monday-deadline-ariz-senate-election-subpoenas/5434136001/

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    This is getting silly.

    A state senator has invoked a law to prompt an attorney general investigation into the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, one day after the board rebuffed a subpoena related to the ongoing audit of the November 2020 election.

    The request from Sen. Sonny Borrelli, R-Lake Havasu City, could imperil millions of dollars of sales tax revenue the state shares with the county. It also turns up the heat on a Senate-county struggle that appeared to hit a pause after Monday's inaction.

    After the supervisors sent Senate President Karen Fann a letter explaining why they would not comply with the Senate subpoenas, Fann said she would review the Senate's potential next steps. The subpoenas again requested, among other things, the routers used on county vote-tabulation machines and passwords to those machines — items the Senate had asked for earlier this year and which were rejected.

    Under a state law passed several years ago, lawmakers can request such investigations if they believe a city, town or county has adopted a policy that violates state law.

    If the investigation finds the local government did indeed violate state law, the town, city or county has 30 days to resolve the situation or lose its share of state-shared sales tax. For the budget year that ended in June, Maricopa County received $715 million.

    The provision was successfully used to shut down local gun ordinances and to end Bisbee's local ban on plastic-bag use.

    https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/arizona/2021/08/03/arizona-audit-sonny-borrelli-prompts-attorney-general-probe-maricopa-county-supervisors/5473457001/

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    The official slogan of the Washington Post since 2017 is "Democracy Dies in Darkness". All you need to verify that truth is to follow the "audit" in Arizona.

    Arizona Senate President Karen Fann and other Republicans in her caucus are fighting to keep secret the records of the 2020 election audit they are directing despite a judge's order that they "immediately" hand over all communications related to the effort.

    Fann, R-Prescott, Sen. Warren Petersen, R-Gilbert, and the Arizona Senate filed a petition in the Arizona Court of Appeals on Wednesday in hopes of overturning the order.

    The case initially was brought by American Oversight, a nonprofit group founded in part by former Obama administration officials to investigate the Trump administration. The Arizona Republic also sued the Senate for communications related to the audit, including messages between the Senate and Cyber Ninjas. That separate lawsuit also named Cyber Ninjas as defendants.

    After Kemp issued that order last month, Cyber Ninjas released information showing that nonprofits aligned with former President Trump have spent more than $5.6 million funding the audit.

    The financial figures provided by Cyber Ninjas, a company ostensibly hired for its counting prowess to run the audit, included a $50,000 discrepancy.

    Many of the individuals raising money for the audit have repeatedly claimed, without evidence, that Joe Biden's win in Arizona was fraudulent.

    Cyber Ninjas also continues to fight the lawsuit brought by The Republic. After a request for a change of judge was denied, Cyber Ninjas asked the Arizona Supreme Court for a new judge.

    https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/arizona/2021/08/05/arizona-senate-appeals-court-order-releasing-cyber-ninjas-records-election-audit/5485920001/

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    A Republican official from Arizona's Maricopa County warned that people have threatened to slaughter the families of local leaders after they stood up for the integrity of the 2020 election, as former President Donald Trump and other Arizona GOP lawmakers attempt to undermine it.

    Bill Gates, a Republican member of Maricopa County's Board of Supervisors representing District 3, spoke with CNN on Friday regarding the threats he and other county leaders have received as they've pushed back against lies and misinformation being spread about the last election.

    https://www.newsweek.com/arizona-gop-official-says-family-threatened-slaughter-after-he-defended-elections-integrity-1617208


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    This crazy farce makes the United States look totally ignorant. It should be given 72 hours to produce evidence or to pack up and just go away. This is unacceptable and it should be put into perspective right away. Put into perspective with no words over 8 letters so the Republican minions can understand most of it.
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    that guy in AZ Wrote:

    The official slogan of the Washington Post since 2017 is "Democracy Dies in Darkness". All you need to verify that truth is to follow the "audit" in Arizona.

    Arizona Senate President Karen Fann and other Republicans in her caucus are fighting to keep secret the records of the 2020 election audit they are directing despite a judge's order that they "immediately" hand over all communications related to the effort.

    Fann, R-Prescott, Sen. Warren Petersen, R-Gilbert, and the Arizona Senate filed a petition in the Arizona Court of Appeals on Wednesday in hopes of overturning the order.

    The case initially was brought by American Oversight, a nonprofit group founded in part by former Obama administration officials to investigate the Trump administration. The Arizona Republic also sued the Senate for communications related to the audit, including messages between the Senate and Cyber Ninjas. That separate lawsuit also named Cyber Ninjas as defendants.

    After Kemp issued that order last month, Cyber Ninjas released information showing that nonprofits aligned with former President Trump have spent more than $5.6 million funding the audit.

    The financial figures provided by Cyber Ninjas, a company ostensibly hired for its counting prowess to run the audit, included a $50,000 discrepancy.

    Many of the individuals raising money for the audit have repeatedly claimed, without evidence, that Joe Biden's win in Arizona was fraudulent.

    Cyber Ninjas also continues to fight the lawsuit brought by The Republic. After a request for a change of judge was denied, Cyber Ninjas asked the Arizona Supreme Court for a new judge.

    https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/arizona/2021/08/05/arizona-senate-appeals-court-order-releasing-cyber-ninjas-records-election-audit/5485920001/

    Both the Arizona senate and Cyber Ninjas are digging themselves into a deeper hole.

    Cyber Ninjas, the Florida-based company reviewing Maricopa County's ballots for the Arizona Senate, missed its deadline to send Congress information about its procedures, funding and other matters relating to its examination of the election results.

    The House Oversight and Reform Committee, the House's main investigatory panel, gave Doug Logan, the company's CEO, until July 28 to produce the information it requested two weeks earlier.

    The Democratic-led committee remains hopeful Logan and Cyber Ninjas will produce the information, but it was unclear Monday when — if at all — any information will be handed over.

    Neither Logan nor his company have experience doing the kind of ballot review they have undertaken in Arizona.

    As I mentioned above, Karen Fann is trying to keep the records of the audit secret IN DEFIANCE OF A JUDGE'S ORDER. Now, Cyber Ninjas did not complete with the House Oversight Committee. Since the committee has subpoena power, it is going to get the records anyway, so Dough Logan is pretty well screwed, no matter what.

    https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/arizona/2021/08/09/cyber-ninjas-misses-deadline-to-send-information-congress/5547093001/

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    To quote an old saying, "sue the bastards".

    Dominion Voting Systems Inc. is suing a partisan cable channel and its on-air personalities — some of whom helped raise money for a review of the election in Maricopa County — for more than $1.6 billion for making false claims about the 2020 election.

    Dominion filed suit in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the parent company of One America News Network, or OAN, as well as the cable channel's executives and two people who appear on the channel purporting to be news reporters.

    Guests on the channel as well as the personalities have repeatedly suggested that Dominion machines, which were used in Maricopa County, somehow flipped or changed votes from Donald Trump to Joe Biden, despite a lack of any evidence to corroborate such claims.

    "OAN helped create and cultivate an alternate reality where up is down, pigs have wings, and Dominion engaged in a colossal fraud to steal the presidency from Donald Trump by rigging the vote," the lawsuit states, adding that OAN saw the election as nothing more than a business opportunity to draw viewers who became disenfranchised with Fox News once it was clear Trump lost the election.

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    Dominion is including the $600,000 it has spent on additional security among the expenses it hopes to recover from defendants. It also is including the $700,000 it has spent combating the "disinformation campaign."

    Also Tuesday, Dominion filed two other defamation lawsuits against Newsmax Media Inc. and Patrick Byrne, former CEO of Overstock.com. The three new lawsuits are in addition to similar suits Dominion previously filed against Trump-aligned lawyer Sidney Powell, Fox News, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell.

    One on-air personality named as a defendant in the new OAN lawsuit is Christina Bobb, who Arizona Republican senators gave special access to the review of the Maricopa County election and who also has raised money to pay for the work.

    https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/arizona/2021/08/10/dominion-voting-systems-sues-one-america-news-network-defamation/5554656001/

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    Arizona, the picture you present day in day out, makes this country totally ready for the crazy house. How can such continue without the Federal Government stepping in and say "this is the end of it" Why have an "Federal oversight" as dictated by the Constitution, and not use it. Biden is an enormous weakling in all respects. Also related to idiots like Abbott and DeSantis.

    Either you have an "central government" like they do in other countries, or "chaos" because you just let the States do whatever they like. Nuts for sure!! It is time Biden shows that the Federal Government is in "charge" so that this country looks like an "unified " something, but not all kind of individual States who instead dictate the Fed's. Crazy for sure.

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    Here's the latest on the "never ending story":

    Maricopa County is threatening to take the Arizona Senate to court unless it pays $2.8 million to compensate the county for the cost of replacing voting machines that were handed over to the Senate’s election review team.

    The county on Wednesday filed a notice of claim, which is a statutorily required precursor to any lawsuit filed against a government entity in Arizona. The Senate now has 60 days to settle the issues before the county can sue.

    https://www.azmirror.com/blog/maricopa-county-threatens-to-sue-senate-to-replace-voting-machines-decertified-by-audit/

    The "fraudit" started in April, but it's difficult to say when the final report will be made public - and it really doesn't matter, because no one will believe its conclusions anyway.

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    Two agencies that oversee Arizona elections went on the offensive Thursday to debunk and discredit the soon-to-be released results of the Senate's unconventional and partisan review of Maricopa County's 2020 general election.

    Two reports released by Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer, a Republican, and Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, highlighted the erroneous and insecure nature of the audit conducted by Senate contractors. They also reiterated the ways that the county and state verified the election was sound.

    The bipartisan effort to discredit the results from lead contractor Cyber Ninjas before they are released was not coordinated, Richer said. But both were seemingly aimed at the same purpose — getting ahead of misinformation or inaccuracies that may be in the Cyber Ninjas report.

    The Senate contractors are expected to deliver a final report to the Senate soon, with a spokesperson indicating that it could be as soon as Monday. Their review wrapped up last month, after starting in April.

    https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/elections/2021/08/19/2-arizona-elections-officials-rip-audit-ahead-cyber-ninjas-report/8203872002/

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    Trump's "go to" strategy has always been "delay, delay, delay".

    Doug Logan was paying attention.

    COVID-19 derailed the expected delivery Monday of a draft report of the Republican-led Senate audit of the 2020 election results.

    Senate President Karen Fann, R-Prescott, dialed back expectations of a full draft report, but said she expected partial results to be sent to the attorney representing the Senate. By the close of business Monday, though, attorney Kory Langhofer said he had not received a report.

    Earlier Monday, Fann, R-Prescott, announced the delay is due to three members of the Cyber Ninja's audit team, including CEO Doug Logan, contracting COVID-19. Fann said they were "quite sick" and suggested some were hospitalized.

    https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/arizona/2021/08/23/arizona-audit-cyber-ninjas-staff-have-covid-19-delaying-election-report/8245851002/

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    A new report by CNN’s investigative journalist Kyung Lah suggests that the firm behind the dubious GOP review of 2020 election ballots in Arizona’s largest county is actually a sham corporation.

    The CNN reporter ultimately did not find a great deal of substance behind the company, other than its founder, Doug Logan.

    What she found was a rented mailbox inside a UPS store that had been described as a fourth-floor suite in an office building.

    “No one ever answers the official business phone number,” said Lah, playing a recording of a woman saying, “Thank you for calling Cyber Ninjas.

    She then uncovered something even more disturbing, every single extension redirects callers to Doug Logan’s voicemail.

    “I’m still waiting for Doug Logan to call me back,” said Lah. “He never returned any of our inquiries. What we can tell you on paper that the Cyber Ninjas … were paid $150,000 by Arizona taxpayers to conduct this audit in addition to millions that were funneled into this effort. We don’t know if they got millions, but millions was funneled into this effort to conduct this so-called audit.”

    https://dailyboulder.com/cnn-investigative-report-opens-can-of-worms-for-arizona-auditors-cyber-ninjas/