Politics

Congressional Oversight Committee Demands Audit Documents From Cyber Ninjas

The scene inside the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum during the audit.
The scene inside the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum during the audit. Maria Polletta/Pool Photo
Two ranking Democratic members of Congress are demanding that the organizers of the Arizona election audit hand over records, citing concern that the audit is an effort to "promote baseless conspiracy theories."

New York Representative Carolyn Maloney, who chairs the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Maryland Congressman Jamie Raskin, who chairs the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, issued a letter today requesting that the private company behind the so-called election audit in Arizona produce certain documents by July 28.

The letter is directed to Doug Logan, the CEO of the Florida-based company Cyber Ninjas. Logan and his firm were selected by Arizona Senate President Karen Fann to run the audit of ballots cast in Maricopa County in the 2020 election despite his documented enthusiasm for spreading conspiracy theories about the 2020 election.

In the letter, the lawmakers laid into Cyber Ninja's handling of the election audit and requested that Logan produce a host of documents, such as records regarding the financing of the audit, the conspiracy theories raised by Logan, and the company's procedures. They also requested all communications between Logan or other Cyber Ninjas employees and former President Donald Trump, his representatives, former members of his administration, Rudy Giuliani, and others.


"We are concerned about your company’s role in this highly unusual effort, given Cyber Ninjas’ apparent lack of experience in conducting election-related audits; reports that the company engaged in sloppy and insecure audit practices that compromised the integrity of ballots and voting equipment and were questioned by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ); and evidence that you and other individuals funding the audit have sought to advance the 'big lie' of debunked voter fraud allegations in the November 2020 presidential election," the letter states. "The Committee is seeking to determine whether the privately funded audit conducted by your company in Arizona protects the right to vote or is instead an effort to promote baseless conspiracy theories, undermine confidence in America’s elections, and reverse the result of a free and fair election for partisan gain."

Doug Logan and Cyber Ninjas did not respond to a request for comment. Ken Bennett, the Senate liaison for the audit, also did not respond to a request for comment.

The letter comes after the Arizona election audit, which took place at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, received a blitz of national scrutiny in recent months. The whole affair is rife with absurdities and has been widely criticized as a partisan farce. The audit organizers famously told the media that they were looking for trace amounts of bamboo in ballots based on the theory that ballots were smuggled in from Asia. Maricopa County had to buy new ballot tabulation equipment due to concerns that machines had been tampered with by Cyber Ninjas. Meanwhile, the Arizona Rangers, a quasi-law enforcement group that provided security for the audit, is fundraising off the effort.

Arizona Senate President Karen Fann, who has pushed the audit from the get-go, recently admitted in an email to a constituent that President Joe Biden won the 2020 election. But that hasn't stopped her from indulging in conspiracy theories about the election on national television.

Now, the state Senate is conducting its own count of the ballots, while Cyber Ninjas is working on "reports" about their findings from the audit.

Read the full letter below:
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Josh Kelety is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. Previously, he worked as a reporter for the Inlander and Seattle Weekly.
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