The Guardian reported on Friday that former President Donald Trump made a covert $1 million donation to support the contentious “audit” of the 2020 votes in Maricopa County by the private Florida security company “Cyber Ninjas.”
Brendan Fischer and Ed Pilkington said in their article, “Who made a covert $1 million gift to the contentious election ‘audit’ in Arizona? One of the great mysteries surrounding the frantic attempts to overturn Donald Trump’s defeat in the 2020 presidential race has been uncovered. “The identity of one of the main funders of the debunked audit of Arizona’s vote-counting process is cloaked in mystery.
The Guardian can now confirm that Trump was the one who helped finance the failed effort to show that the election was rigged against him.”
The Arizona audit’s money was linked to Trump’s Save America Pac, according to a report from the monitoring group Documented. The group “followed the money as it went from Trump’s fund through an affiliated conservative group, to a shell firm, and from there to contractors and people involved in the Arizona audit.”
In the 2016 presidential election, Biden won Arizona by just over 10,000 votes, but Trump was one of the greatest proponents of the theory that the state had been stolen from him. No supporting data are still available for this assertion.
The Cyber Ninjas audit, which was commissioned by pro-Trump allies in the Arizona State Senate, drew harsh criticism for its secrecy, its disregard for any established procedures for recounting ballots, and its investigation of odd conspiracy theories like looking for bamboo fibers in ballots to see if they were forged in China.
A local right-wing talk radio presenter even criticized the entire exercise as a “clown show” when one report claimed that they had basically made up their stats. After receiving a court fine for refusing to provide access to public information, Cyber Ninjas stated last year that it would be closing down and terminating all of its employees.
Earlier this week, it was reported that the CEO of Cyber Ninjas, Doug Logan, and a number of his staff members were secretly seeking guidance and financing from Trump as the process was taking place.