Over 60 percent, or almost 2.1 million of the ballots cast in the state of Arizona in the November presidential election came from Maricopa County. Due to concerns about the integrity of the county’s vote, particularly regarding absentee ballots, the Arizona state Senate has pushed for a full hand recount. And Democrats have sent in the big guns to try to stop it.
According to a statement released in March by the Republicans in the GOP-controlled chamber, Senate President Karen Fann said they were planning a “preferred forensic audit“ which she indicated would be “broad and detailed.” She said, “The team will include, but is not limited to, testing the machines, scanning the ballots, performing a full hand count and checking for any IT breaches.”
You may recall Fox News called the state for President Joe Biden just before midnight on election night. At the time, Biden was up 9 percentage points over former President Donald Trump. The Associated Press called the state for Biden the next morning, and were immediately followed by NPR which gets its data from the AP. Biden was ahead by 136,000 votes and 80 percent of the vote had been counted.
No additional networks called the state over the next eight days as Biden’s lead steadily dwindled to just over 10,000 votes. Finally on November 12, NBC, ABC, CBS and CNN called it for Biden, handing him the state’s 11 electoral votes.
Allegations of election fraud have lingered in the Grand Canyon state ever since.
— AZSenateRepublicans (@AZSenateGOP) March 18, 2021
My colleague, Richard Edward Tracy, who resides in Arizona, explained it succinctly in a recent post. He wrote, “The Arizona Senate Republicans recently got into more than just a contretemps with the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors (who also hold a GOP majority) over the 2020 election audit. Suits filed lawsuits. The Board appeared to want a quick and dirty audit while the state Senate wanted to dig deeper.”
Suffice it to say that the two sides have disagreed intensely and loudly over the Senate Republicans’ claims of irregularities in the election. The county’s Board of Supervisors have tried repeatedly to prevent the detailed audit the Senate is demanding. employing every imaginable tactic they can conjure up.
The Gateway Pundit’s Joe Hoft has followed this story closely and frequently provides updates on his site. Most recently, he’s reported that the Democrats have sent Washington, D.C. attorney Marc Elias to the state to try to stop the audit.
Elias is a partner at the Perkins, Coie law firm. If his name sounds familiar, it’s because it was Elias who laundered funds from Hillary Clinton and the DNC through his firm to pay Fusion GPS, an opposition research firm owned by Glenn Simpson, to produce the infamous Steele dossier in 2016. More recently, Elias represented two House Democrats who hoped to overturn their November defeats. Fortunately, both efforts failed.
The first was New York Democrat Anthony Brindisi who lost to Republican Claudia Tenney in the state’s 22nd Congressional District race. Ironically, Elias argued, “In this case, there is reason to believe that voting tabulation machines misread hundreds if not thousands of valid votes as undervotes … and that these tabulation machine errors disproportionately affected Brindisi. … In addition, Oswego County admitted in a sworn statement to this Court that its tabulation machines were not tested and calibrated in the days leading up to the November 3, 2020 General Election as required by state law and necessary to ensure that the counts generated by tabulation machines are accurate.”
More recently, he represented Democrat Rita Hart in her attempt to steal the seat from Republican Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, who was declared the winner in IA-02. Rather than going through traditional channels, which would have meant an appeal through Iowa’s court system, Elias filed a “Notice of Contest” with the U.S. House Administrative Committee seeking to overturn the results. Elias was trying to get a House Committee with a Democratic majority to overturn the race.
That may have been too much detail, but I wanted to illustrate the type of man the Democrats have tasked with stopping the forensic audit in Arizona.
The stakes are high. In a recent post, Hoft pointed out that those who question the results of the November election all agree “that if just one of these swing states fall, they’ll all fall like a house of cards.”
“So, to prevent ‘this house of cards from falling’ and any election tampering and fraud from being exposed,” Hoft explains, “the Democratic hit team blew into Arizona, a top Democrat-run nonprofit at the helm, with three law firms in tow to shut this thing in Arizona down.”
Hoft details the organizations that are part of Elias’ operation which he describes as “massive, nationwide, well-funded, expertly planned and professionally linked-up, it is made up of a literal ARMY of righteously indignant, justice-seeking, Democrat activists secretly under his thumb.”
“This army could and did stop any attempts at proving the fraud and the steal and securing a fair and honest election,” he notes, “and they’re at it again in Maricopa County, Arizona.”
In a separate post, Hoft reports on an op-ed Elias published on the far-left site, Democracy Docket, on Thursday. In the piece, Elias discredit the Arizona state Senate, the firms they’ve hired to conduct the audit and the fact that they’re accepting outside donations to fund the audit.
Hoft notes that Elias neglects to tell readers the reason the Senate needs additional funding. In their latest attempt to derail the audit, “the corrupt Maricopa County Board of Supervisors won’t allow the Senate to perform their audit in the facility where the ballots are housed.” Therefore, it will be more expensive than they had planned. It didn’t need to be this way.
Elias directs readers to “an April 12 Tuscon.com article by a progressive-leaning reporter, Howard Fischer of Capitol Media Services.” According to Hoft:
[Fischer] has had a monopoly on progressive media output in this part of AZ for decades. With the honorary title of the ‘dean of the Capitol press corps‘ in Arizona, Fischer has been reporting since 1982, and “At last count, [he] has 24 separate publications, dailies and weeklies, plus provide audio to KJZZ.”
Fischer also regularly provides content to NPR radio stations in Arizona, whose content is “the furthest left” of any media source in the United States today, according to data from the respected investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson.
This demonstrates a smooth, seamless connection between attorney Marc Elias and his Democracy Docket and Four Pillars lawfare operation and its related, Democrat-progressive-co-opted nonprofit empire and Howard Fischer, the far-left, progressive media mouthpiece and his empire in Arizona, Capitol Media Services.
Elias controls the strings of not only a mammoth U.S. nonprofit cabal of 400+ NFPs, and a related U.S. progressive attorney network of 40,000+ attorneys, but he also has his finger on the pulse of the network of top progressive reporters which favorably cover Democrat-progressive issues in any states where Elias and/or Perkins Coie have got lawfare action going.
These Democrat-progressive weapons are all being pointed directly at the Arizona Senate and the four firms it has hired to conduct a transparent, accurate, and truthful audit of the 2020 Maricopa County election results.
They need to shut the audit down. What are they hiding?
The audit is scheduled to begin on April 22.