Dominion Voting Systems sues ‘audit’ boosters Byrne, OAN for defamation

By Jeremy Duda | AZMirror

Dominion Voting Systems, the company that provides Maricopa County’s ballot tabulation machines, filed several new defamation lawsuits against people and organizations that have promoted false claims of election fraud, including against leading fundraisers and supporters of the Arizona Senate’s election review. 

The company is seeking $1.6 billion apiece from former Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrne and the pro-Trump media outlets One America News Network and Newsmax for lost profits resulting from what Dominion described as a sustained disinformation campaign. The lawsuits also seek punitive damages to be determined at trial. OAN personalities Chanel Rion and Christina Bobb, who has been a regular fixture at the self-styled audit of Maricopa County’s election and has used her broadcasts to raise money for the review, are also named in the suit. 

The complaints are replete with references to the long-running review of the 2020 general election in Maricopa County that was ordered by Senate President Karen Fann. The America Project, a nonprofit group founded by Byrne, paid more than $3.2 million of the nearly $5.7 million that outside groups have spent to fund the “audit.” Voices and Votes, a nonprofit created by Bobb, paid another $605,000, according to a fundraising breakdown released by Cyber Ninjas, the company leading the review. 

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