The Arizona Attorney General’s office has requested a federal investigation into possible violations of the Internal Revenue Code by the conservative nonprofit True the Vote, which it says is trying to uncover voter fraud.
Reginald Grigsby, an investigator with the Arizona Attorney General’s office, said in a letter that the group “raised large sums of money on the grounds that it had evidence of widespread voter fraud,” but has not provided the evidence to his office, despite publicly stating so. information they shared with law enforcement agencies.
“Given TTV’s status as a nonprofit organization, it appears that further review of its finances is warranted,” the letter released Friday says in a striking move for an office overseen by a Republican. Brnovich sought to win over former President Donald Trump and his supporters in an unsuccessful bid for the Senate nomination earlier this year.
Grigsby detailed three meetings that representatives of the attorney general’s office had with Catherine Engelbrecht, who founded the Texas-based nonprofit, and Gregg Phillips, a contracted partner.
The meetings were spread over a year: the first took place in June 2021 and the next two in April and June of this year. Grigsby said that before each meeting, Engelbrecht and Phillips said they would provide information to the attorney general’s office to support their claims of voter fraud, but never provided any so-called evidence.
In a statement, True the Vote called the letter “a lie” and said it was retribution for “the AG’s decision to ignore suspicious voting activity.” The statement also responded that his data hard drive is “available to law enforcement who issues a legal subpoena” and said it “contains documentary records of correspondence with the State of Arizona and the FBI, detailing the evidence and details of its limitations.”
In its letter, the prosecutor’s office said it requested the information by email and US mail and by leaving voicemails after the last face-to-face meeting, but did not say whether it had formally subpoenaed the data.
An IRS spokesperson told CNN, “Due to privacy rules, the IRS will not comment on the status of an individual or organization.”
True the Vote and Engelbrecht have advanced claims of election fraud for years. But recently the group gained new prominence through the film “2000 Mules” produced by conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza. In the 2020 elections, “mules” were used to illegally collect and drop ballot boxes in key states.
True The Vote said it bought mobile phone geo-tracking data before the election to identify devices that were repeatedly located near drop boxes and certain nonprofits to argue that illegal vote-gathering occurred in key states.
Several verifiers have rejected these claims. And in testimony aired during a House Select Committee hearing investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol, former Attorney General William Barr called the film’s premise flawed.
The film has been praised by Trump and some Trump-aligned candidates. Earlier this year, the former president hosted a screening of the film at Mar-a-Lago, his Florida beach resort and home.