As post-election audits continue to pop up nationwide, a group of Never Trump Republicans is launching a new campaign to quash efforts they call a “waste of time and money.”
Republicans for Voting Rights (RVR) have kicked off a quarter-million-dollar billboard campaign across the country, calling on state lawmakers to reject frivolous audits of the 2020 election results. The billboards feature an image of former President Donald Trump alongside the text: TRUMP LOST. NO MORE “AUDITS.”
Dozens of billboards are now live in high-profile locations in major markets and across 8 states where new audits are being considered, including Florida, Georgia, Texas, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Additionally, several billboards will be plastered across the Sunshine State, with many being featured in Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, and Tampa Bay. Most of the billboards are near state capitol buildings and will stay up for the next few weeks.
“The 2020 election was secure and fair,” said RVR Director Amanda Carpenter. “These sham audits are a waste of time and money.”
Thie multi-market billboards follow a recent ad campaign that RVR ran in Arizona featuring sitting Arizona state Republican leaders explaining how the “partisan audit” of the 2020 election by the Cyber Ninjas is going to “desecrate our democracy.”
In the spring, the Republican-dominated Arizona Senate hired Cyber Ninjas, a Florida-based firm, to review the 2020 elections results in Maricopa County. On Sept. 24, the firm upheld the election results in the county where Phoenix is located, claiming they found no evidence of widespread voter fraud.
“If you aren’t willing to speak up now as a Republican, when are you going to? You can’t worry about your electoral prospects because we may not have a democracy by the time you have a re-election,” added Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Bill Gates.