Trump allies help Overstock founder Patrick Byrne lead group pushing false election claims
Patrick M. Byrne, then president and CEO of Overstock.com, represents a photo at an Overstock warehouse in Salt Lake City, Utah, the United States, Thursday, April 29, 2010.
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Former Trump administration aide and leader of pro-Trump Christian group help Patrick Byrne, the multi-millionaire founder and former CEO of Overstock, lead a nonprofit that has pushed false allegations of a campaign plot , according to a file reviewed by CNBC.
The group, called America Project, is led in part by Emily Newman, who served as an adviser in President Donald Trump’s administration, according to the document. The disclosure report was filed this month in Delaware, according to the Florida Corporations Division website. The America Project has a mailing address in Sarasota, Florida.
Rob Weaver, who has a leadership role with Jericho March, a pro-Trump Christian coalition, is listed on the form as the group’s chief financial officer.
Byrne has previously said he injected $ 1 million into the group. The nonprofit is not legally required to disclose its donors.
The American project spent over $ 3 million to fund an election audit in Arizona that ended up showing Joe Biden defeated Trump in Maricopa County. Its website also lists Three videos that claim there were major irregularities in the 2020 election. Federal and state officials said there was no widespread voter fraud in the last election.
Byrne isn’t the only wealthy businessman making false pro-Trump statements about election rigging. MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell told CNBC he spent $ 25 million to continue his own campaign crusade.
The America Project leadership revelation comes as a House select committee investigates the deadly riot on Capitol Hill on January 6 and the role of Trump’s allies in organizing the events leading up to the insurrection. That day, lawmakers were voting to confirm Biden Electoral College’s victory over Trump. Trump himself has continued to spread lies about the election.
Newman was the White House liaison with the Trump administration’s Department of Health and Human Services, and went on to become chief of staff to U.S. Agency for Global Media chief Michael Pack. her later worked with Trump’s legal adviser Sidney Powell and other attorneys in a failed Michigan election trial that challenged the state’s results. Biden won Michigan.
Byrne and Newman were among a group of Trump loyalists who met with the then president at the White House last December to convince him to use his presidential powers to try to continue fighting the election results, according to report by Axios. Powell was also reportedly at the White House meeting.
Weaver was an organizer of the Jericho March rally in Washington, DC, last December, according to a permit filed with the US Department of the Interior. The permit says the event was supposed to include a “manifestation of prayer and worship, consisting of peaceful protest, prayer and fasting, in support of integrity, transparency and electoral reform.”
Michael Flynn, a former Trump national security adviser who was pardoned by the former commander-in-chief, was a guest speaker at the Jericho March an event.
Flynn is featured in a video promoting The America Project. One of his brothers, Joseph Flynn, can be seen in several videos on the group’s Rumble account. Michael Flynn was among a group of Trump allies who were subpoenaed by the House Special Committee investigating the deadly riot on Capitol Hill that took place on January 6.
Byrne, who also served as longtime CEO of online furniture retailer Overstock, has an estimated net worth of around $ 75 million, according to data compiled by Celebrity Net Worth. Earlier this year, he self-published a book titled “The Deep Rig: How Election Fraud Cost Donald J. Trump the White House, By a Man Who Did Not Vote for Him”. Byrne told the new Tang dynasty network earlier this year that he had contributed at least $ 1 million to Project America.
In that interview, in which he announced the founding of the group, Byrne said the 2020 election was a “fraudulent election,” a claim that several government officials on both sides of the aisle were not true. Former Trump attorney general William Barr, for example, said there was no widespread electoral fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
During this interview with NTD, Byrne did not name the people who worked for the group, but described them as “killers” and “savvy operators I work with to continue the fight.” He went on to say that “we have some very smart and crafty initiates who do whatever moves you want to make.”
While the Arizona audit, the group’s aid fund found a some differences in the vote in Maricopa County in the 2020 election, county leaders said it also proved Biden won there, which is Arizona’s largest county.
Representatives for The America Project did not return a request for comment.