MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell wants to file lawsuits in all 50 states to keep pushing election fraud claims

MyPillow chief executive Mike Lindell, speaks to reporters outside federal court in Washington, Thursday, June 24, 2021.
MyPillow chief executive Mike Lindell outside federal court in Washington DC last year.

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  • Mike Lindell wants to file lawsuits in all 50 states to continue to push baseless fraud claims.
  • MyPillow chief previously said he wanted voting machines to be ditched and filed an Arizona lawsuit.
  • Watchdogs said Lindell’s lawsuit spree is promoting conspiratorial views, the Guardian reported.

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell would like to file lawsuits in all 50 states to continue pushing baseless claims about widespread fraud in the 2020 elections, the Guardian reported.

Lindell has been pushing voter-fraud claims for some time and previously told Insider he has spent $25 million doing so. “I didn’t come all this way not to succeed. We’ve got to get rid of them all,” he told the Guardian. 

The pillow entrepreneur, once known for his TV adverts, has become a reliable ally to Donald Trump and wants him to return to the White House. He is a major GOP donor and has repeatedly supported the former President’s claims challenging the integrity of the election.

Lindell did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider.

Michael Teter, director of Project 65, a bipartisan legal ethics watchdog group, told the Guardian that lawyers have a duty to abide by some rules, including not “lying to a court, bringing frivolous claims, and misrepresenting facts.”

“Lindell may be willing to pay hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars to these lawyers to continue the effort that began in 2020 to discredit our elections through bogus lawsuits grounded in falsehoods, conjecture, and distortions,” he said.

Teter added: “But the lawyers who take Lindell’s money and allow the courts to be abused as part of political theater can, and we hope will, face professional consequences.”

Last month Lindell put about $500,000 into an Arizona lawsuit, filed by Mark Finchem and Kari Lake, two candidates backed by Trump and Lindell for secretary of state and governor, respectively.

Dominion filed a defamation lawsuit in February against Lindell seeking $1.3 billion in damages. However, Lindell told Insider that Dominion had “zero, zero, zero” chance of succeeding and claimed the lawsuits were part of cancel culture. 

Melanie Sloan of American Oversight, a government ethics watchdog group, is among those who have criticised Lindell for spreading unsubstantiated conspiracy theories and undermining confidence in US elections.

She told the Guardian: “These ridiculous lawsuits are designed to continue undermining Americans’ confidence in every aspect of our electoral system, allowing Lindell and his cronies to decry any outcomes they don’t like as fraudulent.”

Last year Lindell launched Cause of America, a grassroots group that aims to “restore trust in local elections.” He is contributing up to $200,000 a month to the group, he told the newspaper.

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