The majority of the money comes from organizations linked to people aligned with former President Donald Trump and his bogus allegations of stolen elections.
Cyber Ninjas, a Florida-based company hired by Republicans who control the Arizona Senate to perform the so-called “audit,” released the donor list Wednesday night – after months of secrecy. The main contributor: The America Project at $ 3.25 million. The group is led by Patrick Byrne, the former CEO of Overstock.com, who wrote a book and produced a film claiming that electoral fraud deprived Trump of the presidency.
The Washington Post also reported that Byrne met with Trump in the Oval Office in December to discuss ways to overturn the election results.
Cyber Ninjas said an additional $ 605,000 came from Voices and Votes, a group created by One America News personality Christina Bobb.
The Arizona Senate allocated $ 150,000 for the audit, with one-third of the money prepaid. But it has been clear for months that public funding would only cover a fraction of the partisan enterprise.
The review of 2.1 million ballots cast in Maricopa County has been widely criticized. Cyber Ninjas was previously not known for auditing elections, and the office of Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs has detailed numerous security concerns related to the process. Jack Sellers, the Republican chairman of the Maricopa County Supervisory Board, accused the state Senate of “carrying out a scam disguised as an audit” and called the contractors he hired incompetent.
This week’s disclosure by Cyber Ninjas follows an investigation by the United States House Committee on Surveillance and Reform. The committee’s requests included obtaining more information on private funding sources.
This story and title has been updated with revised Cyber Ninjas numbers.