Misinformation & Disinformation

State AG to investigate false election fraud claims

Following a GOP report disproving election fraud claims, state officials plan to go after those profiting from misinformation.

Michigan’s Attorney General Dana Nessel is opening an investigation into people allegedly making a profit off spurious claims of fraud during the 2020 presidential election.

Last month, the GOP-led state legislature released a much-anticipated report that found no evidence of widespread election fraud. Authored by State Senator Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan, the report also requested the investigation.

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The Senate Oversight Committee urged Nessel’s office to dig into “those who have been utilizing misleading and false information about Antrim County to raise money or publicity for their own ends.”

Antrim County is the source of many accusations of election fraud despite having completed a hand recount of paper ballots.

McBroom has come under fire from a number of Republicans for the report and its investigation request.

“We found circumstantial, but substantial, evidence that some people were committing fraud and extorting people for money,” McBroom told Bridge Michigan. “It’s possible that we’re wrong, but we didn’t have the tools, the expertise, or the mechanisms to explore that issue further.”

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