CEO of MyPillow Lindell must pay for removing election fraud

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Michael James Lindell, also known as the My Pillow Guy, speaks before a rally for former US President Donald Trump at The Farm at 95 on April 9, 2022 in Selma, North Carolina.

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An arbitration panel ordered MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell to pay $5 million within 30 days to the Nevada software developer for proving Lindell was wrong in his claim that certain data related to 2020 presidential election and alleged voting machine fraud.

The panel said, in its 23-page decision released Wednesday, that Robert Zeidman “confirmed that the data provided by Lindell LLC, and that it represented information from the November 2020 election, was not it featured November 2020 election data.” Zeidman, a software developer, entered the “Prove Mike Wrong Challenge” at a cyber conference in August 2021.

The American Arbitration Association panel, which held a three-day hearing in January on the case, also said Lindell LLC’s “failure to pay Mr. Zeidman the $5 million” offered as the contest’s stated prize” constituted a violation on the contract, allowing him to recover.”

Zeidman called the ruling “brilliant” in an interview with CNBC.

“I knew from the beginning that I would win,” Zeidman said, citing his review of the data, which Lindell believed showed China had interfered in the 2020 election. the several states and effectively removed President Donald Trump from re-election.

When Zeidman dug into the source of some of the data “I found a [Microsoft] A Word document that was basically a big table of numbers. “

“This was clearly false data,” Zeidman said.

He said the data pushed by Lindell is part of a “fraud among people on the right” who argue that Trump is the real winner of the 2020 election.

“I’m a right-wing conservative,” Zeidman said, adding that he voted for Trump in both 2016 and 2020.

But Zeidman also said, “I don’t expect to see the money” Lindell was ordered to pay.

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“I think Lindell has bigger issues with the Dominion case,” he said, referring to a $1.3 billion lawsuit Lindell is facing from Dominion Voting Systems for allegedly harm that voting machine company with his accusations.

Lindell faces a separate defamation lawsuit from another voting machine company, Smartmatic.

“He will delay my payment and I don’t know if he will have money after Dominion.”

Lindell called the settlement decision “a terrible decision.”

He also told CNBC that he would challenge the arbitration panel’s decision in court.

“The evidence was from 2020,” Lindell said of the data at issue in the contest. “This is the only one that says it wasn’t.”

Lindell is one of the most prominent proponents of claims that Trump was removed from victory in the 2020 election by tampered voting machine results.

He told CNBC in December 2021 that he had spent $25 million of his own money to promote claims that the election was stolen from Trump.

Bill Barr, who served as attorney general under Trump, has said there was no widespread voter fraud in the election.

The US intelligence community, according to an unclassified report in 2021, has said that there is “no indication that any foreign actor attempted to alter any technical aspect of the voting process in the 2020 US elections , including registering voters, casting ballots, tabulating votes, or reporting results.”

On Tuesday, Fox Corp. agreed. and its cable networks to pay $787.5 million to Dominion Voting Systems to settle a lawsuit over false claims about Dominion’s machines influencing the outcome of the 2020 election.

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