Rift between Arizona Senate and Cyber Ninjas grows: Firm says its owed $100K for work

Doug Logan, CEO of Cyber Ninjas, answers questions at a hearing of sorts to discuss the issues with the current Senate-ordered audit of Maricopa County election returns.

By Mary Jo Pitzl & Ryan Randazzo | Arizona Republic

Cyber Ninjas say the Arizona Senate owes it $100,000, as the firm that conducted the review of the 2020 election continues to complain that it is insolvent and therefore cannot provide public records as ordered by Arizona courts.

The Senate has “failed and refused to pay” the $100,000 balance on the contract it signed with Cyber Ninjas, the company’s attorney Jack Wilenchik wrote in a letter last week to the Senate’s attorney.

In addition, the Senate has made it clear it won’t pick up the tab for any costs outside of the $150,000 contract it signed last spring to conduct a review of the Maricopa County election results, Wilenchik wrote.

Cyber Ninjas has incurred attorney fees and document-production costs stemming from a public-records lawsuit filed by the nonprofit organization American Oversight and another filed by The Arizona Republic. American Oversight, which was formed to investigate fraud in the Trump administration, is seeking documents related to the firm’s work on the Senate audit and has prevailed in the courts, as has The Republic.

In light of the court rulings, the Senate has directed Cyber Ninjas to turn over the relevant records, but the firm thus far has failed to do so.


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December 2021