Sarbanes Says Arizona Election “Audit” Reinforces Need to Enact the Freedom to Vote Act [VIDEO]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 7, 2021
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) spoke about the dangerous role of dark money groups in the election “audit” in Maricopa County, Arizona and the need to enact the Freedom to Vote Act’s campaign finance reforms.

“We know the Arizona Senate only agreed to pay Cyber Ninjas I think $150,000 for the audit, which was far short of what was ultimately needed to conduct this thing,” Congressman Sarbanes said. “Instead, what happened was the Republican Party in Arizona went out to raise funds from dark money groups, these 501(c)4 groups with ties to President Trump and ties to the Big Lie narrative. They raised $6.7 million from those groups which was 98% of the cost of the audit overall.”

Sarbanes continued, “When your salary and your security and 98% of the entire audit is paid for by people who want to overturn the election, and maybe even the losing candidate himself…that should make everyone question its impartiality and its result.”

Congressman concluded, “I’m glad you mentioned the Freedom To Vote Act, this is another reason we have to pass it – to shine a light on this dark money in politics and require all organizations involved in political activity to disclose their donors. The current system allows big money contributors, special interests to hide the source of their political spending – we have to fix that. We have to do it for the public and to lift up the credibility of our political system.”

See below for a video of the Congressman’s full remarks.