Media / 07.18.22

Democracy Advocates Call for Cyber Ninjas Debarment as Hearings Proceed

PHOENIX Today, the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law released a letter on behalf of All Voting Is Local, LUCHA, and Mi Familia Vota calling for the debarment of Cyber Ninjas and its CEO Doug Logan, which led the disastrous sham election review of the 2020 election results in Maricopa County, Arizona.

The letter states: “…Cyber Ninjas is not a presently responsible contractor… Cyber Ninjas remains embroiled in litigation, in large part due to their ‘refusal to turn over public documents in their physical possession despite previous Court orders which have been affirmed on appeal.’” 

The letter also states: “If Cyber Ninjas is permitted to continue engaging in publicly-funded operations, the company will continue to undermine confidence in our federal elections.” 

The company, which has previously been awarded multiple contracts from the federal government, including several with the Federal Communications Commission, is facing legal problems including:

  • Being the subject of scrutiny from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division over concerns about their possible violation of federal statutes for voter intimidation and failure to adequately safeguard federal election records.
  • They engaged in “sloppy, insecure practices” during the flawed election audit, according to U.S. House Oversight Committee chairwoman Carolyn Maloney. This led Maricopa County to announce that it would replace all voting equipment it had turned over to Cyber Ninjas, at cost to taxpayers.
  • They were held in civil contempt earlier this year and sanctioned with a $50,000 per day fine for their failure to turn over public documents in their physical possession, despite the fact that the court orders were affirmed on appeal.

The letter can be read in its entirety here.