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May 19 8 tweets 2 min read
NEW: A Wisc. judge found that the state Assembly and Speaker Vos had not yet done enough to avoid potential penalties over their continuing failure to turn over public records related to the partisan election review.… The judge also ordered Vos and the Assembly to produce an affidavit from lead election investigator Michael Gableman.
May 19 17 tweets 4 min read
As other state legislatures — namely Pennsylvania’s and Wisconsin’s — have initiated their own sham election investigations, proponents of the Big Lie are increasingly looking to replicate the Arizona “audit” in their own states. #AZBigLie Records we’ve obtained show that those activists were frequently in touch with those involved in the Arizona effort.

In June 2021, Randy Pullen, who served as “audit” spokesman, received a text from William “Sparky” Smith, who was from the Election Integrity Project group.
May 19 6 tweets 3 min read
Citing the unfounded allegations of fraud that motivated the Arizona Senate’s sham “audit,” state legislators have made the state a national leader in advancing voter-suppression legislation. #AZBigLie Image This year, Arizona state lawmakers put forward a huge number of election-related bills seeking to impose new restrictions on voting. CNN called Arizona “ground zero” for election changes. #AZBigLie…
May 19 7 tweets 2 min read
We’ve uncovered more than 90,000 pages of records that show the politically biased and conspiracy rooted-origins of the Arizona “audit.”

But the state Senate continues to withhold records. Here are important remaining questions:
#AZBigLie… Who paid for the “audit” and what was the total cost? Public records have provided details about costs and subcontractors, but the public still needs to see additional documentation regarding how much money was raised and how much was paid to various subcontractors.
May 18 5 tweets 2 min read
NEW: In response to our litigation, the Arizona Senate has released records related to its partisan “audit” previously held by Cyber Ninjas. The records reveal new details about “audit” subcontracts and payments.… The records include a number of invoices from individuals and firms that subcontracted with Cyber Ninjas. Several of the invoices are for amounts in the hundreds of thousands.
May 18 21 tweets 6 min read
The Arizona Senate’s widely discredited “audit” of the 2020 election results in Maricopa County exemplifies why election reviews are so dangerous: Its widely discredited “findings” have been used to push anti-voting legislation that disproportionately harms people of color. This year, Arizona state lawmakers put forward a huge number of election-related bills seeking to impose new restrictions on voting. In Feb., @azebtrak listed the ~100 bills submitted in the state Legislature relating to election security & voting rights.…
May 17 13 tweets 3 min read
The Arizona Senate’s election “audit” was led and encouraged by people with a political interest in finding evidence of wrongdoing or voting irregularities. That predetermined conclusion was the goal, and the “audit” was tainted by that bias. #AZBigLie Partisan actors operating under the (false) assumption that voter fraud occurred in Maricopa County and elsewhere have been involved at nearly every stage of the “audit” process.
May 17 14 tweets 4 min read
The votes are in! More than 50 percent of you voted to learn more about former President Donald Trump’s connections to the Arizona Senate’s partisan election “audit.” So here’s a thread. Emails we obtained reveal Arizona Senate President Fann’s deference to the Trump campaign’s goals.
May 16 14 tweets 3 min read
For the past year, we’ve been fighting in court to uncover the facts about the Arizona sham “audit.”

Throughout this week, we’ll feature content that examines the partisan interests funding and promoting it.

Today, we’re reviewing what actually happened with the “audit.” President Joe Biden won Arizona’s 11 electoral votes in the 2020 election. In the weeks that followed Biden’s victory, Trump and his allies tried to cast doubt on these results. Some Arizona legislators demanded investigations into their state’s election.
May 10 11 tweets 3 min read
NEW: In response to our lawsuit, the Arizona Senate has released over a thousand pages of records from Cyber Ninjas related to the 2020 election “audit.” We’re still reviewing the files. We’ll post updates in this thread and here:… Some of these are records that we first requested more than a year ago — including cost and contract documents — and that Cyber Ninja and the Arizona Senate fought repeatedly to keep from the public.…
May 10 5 tweets 2 min read
Today the Arizona Supreme Court heard oral arguments in our ongoing legal effort to uncover documents from the state Senate’s partisan "audit." The AZ Senate appealed lower court rulings that found it must release more than 1,000 records.… We filed records requests related to the sham “audit” in March 2020. After the Senate failed to respond to our requests, we sued in May 2021.

In the past year, our work has helped release more than 90,000 pages of records — but the Senate is still withholding others.
May 10 4 tweets 1 min read
Last week, attorneys for Doug Logan notified us that they would turn over 1,062 pages of records to the Arizona Senate.

But, according to an attorney for the state Senate, the documents have yet to arrive.… Multiple courts have ruled that records held by Cyber Ninjas — Logan’s firm that conducted the Arizona Senate’s sham “audit” — are public records and must be released.
May 9 11 tweets 3 min read
Arizona “audit” litigation update: Tomorrow the Arizona Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in our ongoing legal effort to uncover the facts about the Arizona Senate’s partisan review of the 2020 election. The court will hear oral arguments regarding the state Senate’s appeal of lower court rulings that had found the Senate must release to us more than 1,100 records related to the discredited election “audit” of Maricopa County.
May 6 16 tweets 6 min read
We’ve been investigating white supremacy in the U.S. military.

We previously received responses to our FOIA requests and records that illustrate how branches of the military are not adequately tracking incidents of white supremacy within their ranks.

#FoiaFriday Image Records we obtained and @USATODAY reported on detailed 13 major investigations into white supremacist activity in the Marine Corps and Navy and show military leaders have quietly discharged the people involved in the incidents.…
May 5 4 tweets 2 min read
Here, we’ll help.

In the past two years, we’ve filed 49 public records requests with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.

We are still waiting on records in response to 18 of those requests.
For example, in July 2021, we sent a records request to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office seeking email communications with and about prominent pro-gun advocacy groups.

We’re still waiting for records.…
May 5 4 tweets 2 min read
A Trump appointee at the State Department was investigated for allegedly vetting State employees for “disloyalty.”

We obtained emails written by former appointee Mari Stull that provide compelling examples of this behavior.… Image In 2018, Stull emailed a White House official about a candidate for a UNICEF job and made it clear she thought he should not be considered because he was not sufficiently loyal to former President Donald Trump:
May 4 5 tweets 2 min read
LITIGATION UPDATE: A Wisconsin judge ordered the state Assembly and Speaker Robin Vos not to destroy records from the early stages of the ongoing partisan election review, specifically records of contractors, including Michael Gableman.… In March, Dane County Circuit Court Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn found the Assembly and Vos in contempt of court for their continued failure to turn over public records, in violation of a court order.…
May 4 6 tweets 3 min read
A Nov. 2020 memo sent to Jim Troupis, an attorney with the Trump campaign, outlined the plan to use phony electoral slates to contest the election.

Records we obtained suggest Troupis had been approached about the Arizona sham “audit.”… In March 2021, Reince Priebus — who had led Wisconsin’s Republican Party before serving as RNC chair & then Trump’s chief of staff — discussed the review of the 2020 election with “audit” spokesperson Randy Pullen.
May 3 9 tweets 3 min read
In the last weeks of the Trump presidency, Arizona state Rep. Mark Finchem asked federal cybersecurity officials to conduct “a full spectrum forensic examination” of voting machines, records we obtained show.… Image This request was elevated to Brandon Wales, the acting director of DHS’ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, on Dec. 24, 2020. “We need to do a call on this today,” Wales emailed several people, including CISA’s then-deputy chief external affairs officer. Image
May 3 6 tweets 2 min read
In a recording released last week, Arizona Senate President Karen Fann said that if the state’s attorney general verified the findings of the sham “audit,” then the AG must take the issue to court and the election could be “uncertifiable.”… This statement seemingly contradicts Fann’s earlier statements about the Senate’s review of the 2020 election in Maricopa County. Fann has previously said the review was done to find ways to improve elections and has stated Joe Biden won the vote in Maricopa.
May 3 7 tweets 2 min read
The Wisconsin Assembly’s election investigation’s website recently posted a set of records. We reviewed these documents and found additional evidence of the inquiry’s ties to election-deniers and partisanship.… The documents come from the Assembly’s Office of Special Counsel, the office led by lawyer Michael Gableman and created last year to conduct the investigation. The records include contracts for key figures working on the election review.