Pennsylvania’s Republican Party-controlled Senate is spending up to $ 270,000 to investigate the outcome of the 2020 presidential election in the state.
A contract, which has yet to be made public, was agreed to by the Senate. Majority Leader Kim Ward (R) and Envoy Sage, an Iowa company, will conduct a “forensic investigation” of the election results, Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee spokesman Jason Thompson announced Friday. The Associated Press. reported.
Thompson said a redacted version of the contract will be released to the public in the near future, according to the AP. Ward agreed to give the company $ 270,000 from a taxpayer-funded leadership account.
The agreement between state officials and the company comes in the wake of the 2020 elections, which saw President BidenJoe BidenHouse Democrats push vote on social spending plan through Friday Fauci says all adults should ‘go get a boost’ Senate confirms Park Service director after years of sitting bosses MORE best ex President TrumpDonald Trump Republican Senate Candidate Says Fauci Is A ‘Mass Killer’, Should Be Imprisoned Instead Of A ‘Hero’ Rittenhouse Overnight Health Care – Presented By Emergent Biosolutions – Pfizer, The COVID-19 Pill Deal US Strike On The Money – House Democrats Ready To Build Back Better MORE in Keystone State by about 80,000 votes.
Following his defeat, Trump alleged that the election as a whole was tainted by widespread electoral fraud, and the former president and his allies launched legal challenges to the results in several undecided states, including Pennsylvania. However, there has been no substantial evidence of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 elections.
The forensic investigation is part of a push by lawmakers from the Republican state of Pennsylvania to investigate the 2020 results following Trump’s claims.
Envoy Sage President Steve Lahr said there are “no preconceived notions of what we will or will not find” in the investigation.
Committee Chairman Cris Dush (R) will lead the investigation that will examine the 2020 elections, with a view to reforming state electoral law.
However, the investigation is not a full audit like the one carried out in Arizona.
“The goal is to determine what flaws exist in our electoral system and correct them through legislation,” Thompson said.
The Associated Press reported that Lahr had previously made donations to the Republican National Congressional Committee and Sen. Lindsay Graham (RS.C.).
The ad follows a subpoenana, currently held in court, by the committee to collect information on voter data in the executive branch.
Democrats in the Senate have opposed the audit, saying it is a “witch hunt.” Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D) said Democrats on the Intergovernmental Operations Committee were not involved in selecting the consultant, according to AP.
“They agreed to wait, and then went ahead with hiring their own firm to carry out this unnecessary and expensive political witch hunt,” Costa said in a statement, according to the cable service.
The Hill was contacted with Ward for comment.