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Thu May 12, 2022, 01:02 PM

Arizona Republican election audit contractor Cyber Ninjas spent $8.8m, documents show

Source: Independent

Some subcontractors may never be paid because the company that ran the partisan audit has filed for bankruptcy

Andrew Feinberg
Washington, DC
36 minutes ago

Cyber Ninjas, the contractor run by an election conspiracy theorist that was tasked with running the partisan audit of Maricopa County, Arizona ballots, ended up spending $2.1m more than it had on hand to determine yet again that Joe Biden won Grand Canyon State’s most populous county in the 2020 election.

According to records released by a watchdog group, American Oversight, the audit ordered by Republicans who control the Arizona state Senate cost approximately $8.8m — including $5.2m allocated to pay and labour costs — a number far higher than the relatively paltry sum of $150,000 the company had originally quoted in a “statement of work” prepared for the Arizona senate.

Yet at the same time, Cyber Ninjas was promising comparatively exorbitant payments to subcontractors. One of them, inventor and conspiracy theorist Jovan Pulitzer, initially indicated he would charge $2.1m for use of what he described as a technology that could detect “kinematic artifacts,” or folds in paper ballots. Mr Hutton’s alleged technology was employed in hopes of proving that many of the postal ballots cast in majority-non-white Maricopa County were fraudulent because they were never folded to be mailed.

Mr Pulitzer later discounted his fee to $210,000 — more than the original budget Cyber Ninjas quoted in their offer to senators — but it appears he was lucky to get paid as much as he was.

Read more: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/arizona-audit-cyber-ninjas-debt-b2077681.html

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Reply Arizona Republican election audit contractor Cyber Ninjas spent $8.8m, documents show (Original post)
Judi Lynn May 12 OP
dalton99a May 12 #1
TheRealNorth May 12 #2
C_U_L8R May 12 #3
CrispyQ May 12 #4
in2herbs May 12 #5
CrispyQ May 12 #6
PSPS May 12 #7
Turbineguy May 12 #10
sinkingfeeling May 12 #8
samsingh May 12 #9
BumRushDaShow May 12 #11
Grins May 13 #12
MissMillie May 13 #13

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu May 12, 2022, 01:06 PM

1. Nice scam

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu May 12, 2022, 01:06 PM

2. Almost 9 million dollars for that half-assed job?

Somebody took the money and ran.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu May 12, 2022, 01:06 PM

3. What a racket

Nothing more than crooked republicans stuffing their pockets at cyber speed.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu May 12, 2022, 01:10 PM

4. Holy shit! What a grift!

I can't believe that EVERY Arizona taxpayer isn't POd about this.

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Response to CrispyQ (Reply #4)

Thu May 12, 2022, 01:13 PM

5. We are, at least most of us are. nt.

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Response to in2herbs (Reply #5)

Thu May 12, 2022, 02:11 PM

6. Sorry, I should have been more specific. Why aren't REPUBLICAN taxpayers pissed? -nt

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Response to CrispyQ (Reply #6)

Thu May 12, 2022, 02:45 PM

7. Because the system is rigged so that republicans don't pay any taxes.

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Response to PSPS (Reply #7)

Thu May 12, 2022, 04:57 PM

10. There are income taxes in AZ.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu May 12, 2022, 04:38 PM

8. Grifters gotta grift. Scammers gotta scam.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu May 12, 2022, 04:39 PM

9. another repug run business files bankrupcy

repugs are the worst most whiny business people, yet they have convinced members of the stupid public that repugs are good for the economy - they are good at destroying it

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu May 12, 2022, 06:26 PM

11. I remember some nonsense about "bamboo fibers" in the ballots that could prove "fraud".

In fact here is a story about the CT -

Arizona Republicans hunt for bamboo-laced China ballots in 2020 ‘audit’ effort

Sam Levine in Phoenix, Arizona
Thu 6 May 2021 12.30 EDT
Last modified on Thu 6 May 2021 12.53 EDT



Arizona Republicans are examining whether there is bamboo fiber in ballots that were used in the 2020 election, an activist assisting with the ongoing audit of the ballots told reporters this week. The latest claim underscores how rightwing conspiracy theories continue to fuel doubt about the results of the results. “There’s accusation that 40,000 ballots were flown in to Arizona and it was stuffed into the box and it came from the south-east part of the world, Asia, and what they’re doing is to find out whether there’s bamboo in the paper,” John Brakey, a longtime election audit advocate, told reporters.

Brakey told reporters he didn’t personally believe auditors would find bamboo fibers. “I do think it’s somewhat of a waste of time, but it will help unhinge people,” Brakey said on Wednesday. “They’re not gonna find bamboo … If they do, I think we need to know, don’t you?” The search for bamboo fibers illustrates how the latest GOP audit of all 2.1m ballots cast in Maricopa county, home to a majority of Arizona voters, is elevating absurd claims about the 2020 election.

After election day, rightwing activists falsely claimed that China had imported ballots to tip the election for Biden and that those ballots could be identified because there was bamboo in the paper. Earlier, workers were using UV lights to examine ballots; while the purpose of doing so was never clear, there was a conspiracy theory after the election that Trump had watermarked ballots (the UV examinations have stopped).

There are about a dozen tables on the audit floor at Veterans Memorial Coliseum where auditors are taking pictures of ballots and then running them under microscopic cameras that are supposed to provide high-quality images of the ballots. Those images are supposed to help auditors verify the authenticity of the ballots by allowing them to examine fibers, as well as folds in the paper and ink marks on ballots.

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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/may/06/arizona-republicans-bamboo-ballots-audit-2020


They need to fill up their private prisons with this bunch of miscreants.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri May 13, 2022, 12:02 AM

12. This is a Trump worthy grift!!!!!

A $150,000 proposal that got into the upper 7-figures? Nice. Not as good as the $32 million Trump ripped off from his “university” scam, but forgive them. They’re new.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri May 13, 2022, 07:29 AM

13. Well then, "Mission Accomplished!" Successful grift

$5.2m on "labor costs" (I've read that the Ninjas have 6 people on the payroll, and that the "audit" was mostly conducted by volunteers.)

2.1m for Jovan Pulitzer.

The only thing that makes me smile about this (and only a little bit) and that this money--for the most part--came from stupid GQP donors. I do feel sorry for AZ taxpayers that had to kick in.

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