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    The closing paragraphs of Michelle Cottle's column in the New York Times are classics:

    Serious, well-run audits play an important role in safeguarding the integrity of elections. What Arizona’s Republican senators arranged, by contrast, is what you’d get if you crossed a clown pageant with a QAnon convention and made the whole thing open bar. The whole mess would be entertaining if it weren’t so destructive.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/24/opinion/arizona-results-trump-republicans.html

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    We should change the name of the planet to Scamboland or maybe just list each country numerically e.g..

    Country Name: SCAM 1 - SCAM 2 - SCAM 3 - SCAM 4 etc.

    Scams, lies, con games, and those who perpetuate unreality are worldwide. With the WWW, they have become intensified. They can and do come from everywhere. It's hard to say with certainty what the biggest scam is but I'm thinking Religion.

    The signs are ominous when scams, lies, so on and so forth, extend into the realm of our, supposedly sacred, democracy and affect the very core of our government. It doesn't take much more than a child to see what's going on here.

    Lawmakers ought to consider BIG penalties for the people and groups (Rubishlicans, Q, KKK etc.) who are perpetrating these harmful destructive hoaxes. Send Flynn to gitmo! Lock them up! Put them in and get them treatment in an institution for the mental illnesses they obviously have. They are criminals!! The 3 stooges got more on the ball than our leaders do.

    F'em up BIGTIME. In my lifetime I've been prosecuted and humiliated for stealing food and being drunk in public. These SOBs are committing exponentially more egregious crimes than some of those doing time have... not only are they getting away with it, they're profiting!!! STUPID and nationally self-destructive to let them get away with this.

    Kick em out of the country, banish them to someplace nice like Talibanistan.

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    Jason:

    The two guys who were involved with a robocall scam in Detroit were just fined more than $5 million by the FCC.

    The robocalls were designed to discourage voter turnout of black residents.

    https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/local/2021/08/25/fcc-proposes-5-million-fine-for-2-accused-of-voter-intimidation-through-robocalls/#:~:text=FCC%20proposes%20%245%20million%20fine%20for%202%20accused,each%20go%20to%20jail%20for%2012%20years%20each.

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    I guess we'll see if the fine and jail time are symbolic or solid. Yup...keep up the good work!

    Here's a link to the deviously constructed call supposedly from Tamica Taylor.

    There is more trouble coming for Wohl and Burkman and others involved in this. The calls were made in several other states. Below is a portion of what New York state filed against them. It's a real conspiracy. NYAG PDF Link:

    In advance of the 2020 presidential election, Wohl and Burkman expressed an interest in interfering in that election by, among other things, spreading disinformation to suppress voter turnout through a self-proclaimed “conservative political intelligence and advocacy organization” called the Arlington Center for Political Intelligence (ACPI). The details of ACPI’s mission to “affect political outcomes in the interest of advancing conservative candidates and the financial interests of our backers” were disseminated in a 12-page document, dated January 2019, to solicit donors to fundraise for ACPI’s goals. Indeed, by February 2019, Wohl, who had previously partnered with Burkman to engage in political activities, told USA Today that he was “already plotting ways to discredit Democrats in the 2020 election with lies and other disinformation, using his large following on social media to cause disarray similar to what the Russians did during the 2016 election.” 25. In June 2019, Wohl admitted to The Washington Post that he had sought investors through ACPI to fund the scheme outlined in the ACPI prospectus: to use fraudulent news stories about candidates to suppress voter turnout and manipulate political betting markets.

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    Months ago, Arizona Senate President Karen Fann had hoped for a fairly quick review of election procedures to look for ways the voting system could be improved. The Arizona audit originally was expected to last a month; it is now entering its fifth month.

    Senate President Karen Fann, R-Prescott, announced last week that the preliminary report was delayed because Cyber Ninjas CEO Doug Logan and two other members of his team contracted serious cases of COVID-19. The Senate still hasn't received that document, Langhofer said.

    Langhofer said the preliminary report is expected to come in three volumes, and one volume is not yet written. He said it will be "at least two weeks" before a final report is produced.

    https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/elections/2021/09/01/arizona-election-senate-audit-cyber-ninjas-maricopa-county/5673563001/

    The Arizona Senate is continuing its fight to keep secret nearly 3,000 emails and text messages sent by lawmakers and others that relate to the Maricopa County election audit, their lawyer told a judge Wednesday.

    The Senate turned over thousands of pages of communications on Tuesday after ordered to do so by two judges. But the Senate also provided a log of approximately 2,900 messages that were withheld or redacted because the Senate does not believe turning them over is required under the state Public Records Law.

    Among those are most, if not all, of the communications between lawmakers who ordered the unprecedented election audit and Cyber Ninjas, the Florida company hired to conduct the audit.

    American Oversight, the left-leaning group that sued the Arizona Senate for records from the election audit, will challenge many of the documents the Senate has not turned over, said the group's attorney, Roopali Desai.

    She said the group substantially disagrees with the Senate's claims that so many of the records can be withheld.

    https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/arizona/2021/09/01/arizona-audit-senate-continue-fight-keep-records-public/5684650001/

    We’ve long known that the so-called independent audit is being conducted by Trump supporters and funded by Trump supporters.

    Now, Senate documents released Tuesday show:

    • That audit spokesman Randy Pullen was consulting with Trump’s former chief of staff in December about who to hire to conduct the audit.
    • That the audit’s official Twitter account was run by Trump supporters who contributed at least $3.25 million to help pay for this official state audit.
    • And that none other than Donald Trump himself may have helped pay for the audit.

    Is there seriously any person alive who is still buying Senate President Karen Fann’s assurances that this audit is independent? That it is unbiased?

    https://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/laurieroberts/2021/09/01/senate-election-audit-involved-team-trump-records-show/5681990001/

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    Like I said before on the Lindell thread...I don't know exactly/completely what they are doing. These actions intent seem obvious to me. These are unqualified amateurs who are technically an enemy trying to destroy us! What are the Repugs doing really? They are spying on and studying the systems from top to bottom so they can devise methods to subvert the voting process and the technology. The whole thing is a subversive act taking place openly! While pretending to look at rigging an election, they are teaching themselves just how to do it. Whoever is in charge of keeping the so called "audit" legitimate, is letting it happen. Do you think the repugs would stand by and let this happen to them? I don't get it! The government seems to be standing around doing nothing while the integrity of participatory government, our actual voting process, is being destroyed! Stupid!!!

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    Arizona and Jason both have great replies. It only confirms what I wrote many times ago, is that the "system" here allows all these "total" idiotic things. If the laws and "responsibility" would be properly defined, then we would not be in this mess as it is now. The "zillion" lawyers here are the only ones who "profit" from it . Yes this country has become un-governable, due to the fact that the Federal Government and the outdated Constitution gives way too much leverage to the individual States, who now make an huge mess and dictatorship of their States. Sorry but it is no longer an "uniform" country with "uniform laws" and "rules, lacking the oversight of the Federal Government, which has become an "elephant in sheeps clothes". Also the Supreme Court has become an total joke as Trump managed to "appoint" an replacement due to "DNC weakness" and the "un-investigated" murder by the GOP of an Supreme court member just a few weeks before the election.

    Continuing in this path will only create more "corruption" and "chaos" certainly by the GOP; when will we need an separate "passport" to enter Texas?


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    Taxpayers have footed nearly $425,000 for the costs of the audit Senate Republicans are conducting, with thousands of dollars more in bills yet to come, state records show.

    The largest expense is for $223,000 in legal fees paid through July, followed by $68,100 for security costs at the state fairgrounds in May.

    Security officers were paid $60 an hour for 12 hour shifts at the fairgrounds, and security was provide for 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    Senate President Karen Fann said she decided to pick up a portion of the security costs after the Senate realized it could not conduct its ballot review in Maricopa County's secure ballot center, something it had not accounted for in its contract with Cyber Ninjas, the lead contractor. That agreement covered only 39 days, as that's how long the Cyber Ninjas expected to be doing work on-site. If its work exceeded that time, Fann said, the contractor was on its own.

    She hinted that the Senate might try to recoup some costs from Maricopa County. "We might very well do that," she said. "When it's all said and done, we'll see."

    Meanwhile, Maricopa Country has sued the senate for $2.8 million, since new voting machines have to be purchased since the old ones are "tainted" and can no longer be used.

    The audit is in its fifth month, and the Senate's attorney said earlier this week that a final report could be out by mid-September. However, as of Friday, Fann said no draft report has been delivered to the Senate.

    Costs have far exceeded the $150,000 the Senate agreed to pay the Ninjas for its work. The Senate made a $50,000 down payment in April, with the rest due when the work is completed.

    The Senate's costs are coming out of its taxpayer-funded $18 million budget. Private fundraising efforts, which as of July had reached $5.7 million, are covering the bulk of audit-related expenses. That appears to include security procured by the Guardian Defense Fund.

    https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/arizona/2021/09/03/taxpayers-pick-up-425000-audit-costs-with-more-coming/5716978001/

    https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/elections/2021/09/03/shiva-ayyadurai-hired-ballot-review-maricopa-county-election-audit/5697839001/

    The Arizona Senate has hired an election conspiracy theorist and anti-vaccine activist to conduct its review of voter signatures on mail-in ballot envelopes in Maricopa County.

    Cyber Ninjas, the Senate's lead audit contractor, hired the same man to review images of all 2.1 million ballots cast in the 2020 election.

    Shiva Ayyadurai, or "Dr. Shiva" as he is known to far-right adherents, was tapped for both reviews in the waning weeks of the audit process, records show. However, he had participated in discussions with Arizona Republicans about challenging the state's election results as far back as November.

    Ayyadurai has four degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He claims to have invented email as a high school student in New Jersey in 1979, a claim widely disputed by technology writers and industry analysts.

    Ayyadurai first came to his attention on Nov. 30, when Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, met with Arizona Republicans at a hotel in downtown Phoenix to discuss concerns about Arizona's election.

    Ayyadurai made a presentation via Zoom and talked about election challenges he had made in other states, Pullen said. Arizona Rep. Mark Finchem, R-Oro Valley, later vouched for Ayyadurai and made introductions.

    Mark Finchem is a candidate for Secretary of State. He is at a QAnon conference this weekend. Finchem is a Trump supporter, and was a the Capitol on January 6.

    The digital reviews are supposed to augment the Senate's audit of Maricopa County election results, which was prompted by allegations, made without evidence, of voter fraud.

    "I don't know why it is that Senator Fann goes out of her way to find unqualified people to do this work," said Benny White, a longtime Republican data analyst in southern Arizona who lost a bid in November to become Pima County recorder. "It might be that she is looking for a particular result."

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    A Republican state senator who has criticized the ongoing review of the 2020 election was threatened in an email sent the same day a prominent conspiracy theorist urged his followers to contact her.

    The Sept. 9 email to Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita, R-Scottsdale, begins with a racial slur.

    It goes on to say, "You have one chance to give the American people the Audit report or were [sic] coming for you, we know where you live, we know where you get groceries, and we know where your family lives. You better do the right thing or your [sic] going to feel the consequences. You Understand? We the people are no longer willing to play."

    It's only the latest threat against an Arizona public official since Trump lost the November election here, sparking a backlash by supporters across the country who demanded a review of the results.

    https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/arizona/2021/09/10/arizona-sen-michelle-ugenti-rita-threatened-following-audit-criticism/8281653002/

    Katie Hobbs, the Democratic Secretary of State, was assigned Department of Public Safety protection in May after receiving death threats related to the election for a second time. After November's election, protesters came to her home, chanting "we are watching you."

    But after a dispute with fellow state Sen. Kelly Townsend, R-Mesa, over election bills earlier this year, Ugenti-Rita found herself booed off the stage by angry Trump supporters during a Turning Point Action event on July 24. Hours later, she posted on social media that the "audit has been botched" and lamented a "total lack of competence" by Fann.

    Turing Point was founded by Charlie Kirk, who I wrote about on another link,

    It's unknown what prompted the threat against Ugenti-Rita, but the same day, prominent election conspiracy supporter Seth Keshel referred to the July 24 event and told his approximately 150,000 followers on Telegram to get "answers" from her on a local effort by Trump supporters to canvass voters about the election.

    Canvassing (harassing) voters is illegal under Federal law.

    Until this morning, I had never heard of Seth Keshel, but he should be locked up as soon as possible.

    He claims that Trump won the election in seven states, including Arizona and Pennsylvania.

    https://celebpie.com/seth-keshel-wikipedia/


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    When is this horror story going to end? Looking at all your excellent "threads" about this subject, then this country should be ashamed all the way and no longer trustworthy at all. The "outside world" looks at amazement towards this so called "democratic country" which in fact is "la la land" sublime. How can any next election being taken serious after this circus?

    How can an country sink so deep and still thinks it is number one in the world? Don't let me laugh out loud.

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    6:45 p.m. Sept. 9: Draft reports expected by middle of next week

    Senate President Karen Fann confirmed Thursday that the full draft report of the audit the Senate commissioned earlier this year should arrive at the Senate by the middle of next week.

    The long-anticipated draft was first expected to arrive in late August, but its completion was delayed by a COVID-19 outbreak among three of the Cyber Ninja auditors.

    The draft report will be examined by the Senate’s nine-person legal review team, which will review it for “clarity, accuracy, proof and documentation of any findings,” Fann has said.

    In addition, the legal review team is expecting reports on two other audit-related checks it ordered, according to Randy Pullen, the audit's spokesperson and one of its chief fundraisers. They are the machine count of the number of ballots cast in the election, and a review of the signatures on mail-in ballot envelopes.

    "Middle of next week" means tomorrow, September 15.

    https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/elections/2021/09/01/arizona-election-senate-audit-cyber-ninjas-maricopa-county/5673563001/

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    6:45 p.m. Sept. 9: Draft reports expected by middle of next week

    Senate President Karen Fann confirmed Thursday that the full draft report of the audit the Senate commissioned earlier this year should arrive at the Senate by the middle of next week.

    The long-anticipated draft was first expected to arrive in late August, but its completion was delayed by a COVID-19 outbreak among three of the Cyber Ninja auditors.

    The draft report will be examined by the Senate’s nine-person legal review team, which will review it for “clarity, accuracy, proof and documentation of any findings,” Fann has said.

    In addition, the legal review team is expecting reports on two other audit-related checks it ordered, according to Randy Pullen, the audit's spokesperson and one of its chief fundraisers. They are the machine count of the number of ballots cast in the election, and a review of the signatures on mail-in ballot envelopes.

    "Middle of next week" means tomorrow, September 15.

    https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/elections/2021/09/01/arizona-election-senate-audit-cyber-ninjas-maricopa-county/5673563001/

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    Arizona Senate President Karen Fann on Wednesday directed the CEO of Florida-based Cyber Ninjas to turn over all communications related to the ongoing audit of the Maricopa County election.

    Fann's letter to Doug Logan comes a day after the Arizona Supreme Court upheld a lower court's order for the Senate to make the Cyber Ninjas' documents public as part of a public-record lawsuit.

    Cyber Ninjas' lawyer John "Jack" Wilenchik filed an appeal of that order Wednesday, asking the Court of Appeals to put a hold on that order so that Cyber Ninjas didn't have to produce "thousands" of records this week.

    • Logan made a declaration in the court pleading, saying he doesn't have the time or staff to comply with the order, but possibly could if given 30 days.

    Meanwhile, the Republican Attorney General wants Maricopa County to turn over all its routers (even though there is no voter information on them, but a LOT of personal, and information that is unrelated to voting). Brnovich is threatening to withhold funding form the country, and state funding is 42% of the country budget.

    The county has given the Senate nearly everything asked for under the subpoenas, including the ballots and voting machines that launched the audit, but not the county’s routers.

    County officials have said it would be a security risk to hand over the routers. They also say the Senate’s contractors don’t need them — they already gave them the network logs, voting machines and other materials that would allow the contractors to ensure the voting system wasn’t connected to the internet during the November general election.

    The county’s election system and voting machines don’t use routers to transmit election results, and an independent audit in February found that no internet connections occurred during the election.

    https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/arizona/2021/09/15/arizona-audit-karen-fann-asks-cyber-ninjas-hand-over-records/8352371002/

    Did I mention to you that Mark Brnovich is a candidate for a U.S. Senate seat ?

    That Senate seat, incidentally, is why he is the first attorney general in the nation to sue over Biden's vaccine mandate.

    Biden’s vaccine order is illegal because .... ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. He even managed to work in a nifty chart showing the

    surge of migrants apprehended at the border.

    The AG’s Office was transformed into Brnovich's campaign annex in May, after former President Donald Trump chided the “lackluster” attorney general for not being sufficiently enthusiastic about the state’s Senate’s election audit.

    Don’t look for the state of Arizona's lawsuit to get anywhere, other than to get Brnovich facetime on those all-important conservative media sites.

    Which was the point of the whole thing anyway.

    https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/arizona/2021/09/15/arizona-audit-karen-fann-asks-cyber-ninjas-hand-over-records/8352371002/

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    Arizona Bullsheit show. The fake investigation is going to be investigated. I already said these investigations are a fishing trip to find methods to subvert the voting mechanisms. We already have gerrymandering right under our noses. I seen this movie already...I've even lived parts of it, crap so obviously wrong yet continues to happen.
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    Jason, Yes I'm just about sure that someone will make an movie/documentary of the whole thing (making also lots of "money" from this debacle) ; then at least the whole world will see how "nutty" this country has become. I also saw that the number of "death" of the Covid has increased by 25% lately. Opening all the "football" stadiums without "masks" certainly will help. Just like you said : this country is "rudderless" and "lawless" for sure. The GOP is making sure that no one anymore beliefs in our voting "system" and some are right, if you let the GOP corrupt leaders run this "show" in certain States. Since everything nowadays is "partisan" and "corrupt" then also "elections" become "corrupt because of all the "money" floating around in it and is "connected" to it. Greed shows its ugly head as is "common" practice here.

    But yeah, elections without "money" and "corruption" has become impossible here and likely also in the future, ask the Trump ass crawlers who still represent about 35% or more of the voters.. Shaking my old head in disgust.