The firm leading a widely criticized, Republican-backed audit of election ballots in Arizona has received $5.7m in donations, the majority from supporters of Donald Trump, it revealed on Wednesday.
Cyber Ninjas, a Florida-based company with no prior experience in election audits, said it had received $3.25m from Patrick Byrne, the CEO of the furniture sales company Overstock, who has falsely described the 2020 election as â€œriggedâ€, with more money pouring in from figures who have peddled lies about the legitimacy of the vote.
The firm was hired by Arizonaâ€™s GOP-led senate to review the 2020 election in Maricopa county, home to Phoenix and most of the stateâ€™s Arizonaâ€™s registered voters.
Doug Logan, Cyber Ninjasâ€™ CEO, released the detail on the companyâ€™s donors after the congressional House oversight and reform committee demanded the information, citing the Cyber Ninjasâ€™ â€œlack of experience in conducting election-related auditsâ€ and â€œsloppy and insecure audit practicesâ€.
The Arizona senate allowed Cyber Ninjas to collect private donations even though the company was being paid $150,000 for the audit.
Information from Cyber Ninjas showed that it has collected $976,512.43 from Americaâ€™s Future, a rightwing non-profit organization chaired by the Trump ally and QAnon devotee Michael Flynn. The company received $605,000 from Voices and Votes led by Christina Bobb, a correspondent for the hard-right media organization One America News Network.