On Thursday, American Oversight released initial findings from its open records investigation of the Arizona Senate’s partisan “audit” of Maricopa County’s 2020 presidential election. Drawing from the hundreds of pages of documents and emails uncovered by American Oversight, as well as public reporting, the report identifies key issues that undermine the credibility of the audit effort.
While the Arizona Senate has continued to withhold many requested records — arguing in court that documents in the possession of audit contractor Cyber Ninjas should be exempt from release — American Oversight has already obtained more than 1,400 pages of records, including emails of Senate President Karen Fann and audit spokesperson Randy Pullen, among others.
Drawing from those initial records and public reporting, American Oversight has identified three primary categories of issues that compromise the credibility of the audit and cast doubt on the legitimacy of potential findings that audit leaders may release.
Despite a pledge of transparency, leaders of the Arizona audit have kept many details hidden from the public — refusing to release basic information about the audit’s funding, methods, or management. American Oversight has submitted more than two dozen requests under Arizona’s public records law seeking the release of documents, including:
This is a preliminary report, and more records are expected to be released. On July 15, an Arizona court ruled that records in the possession of Cyber Ninjas are not exempt from the state’s public records law. American Oversight has asked the Arizona Senate to immediately release those documents to the public.
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