MyPillow CEO's legal advisor has ties to GOP super PACs, pushed false claims about VP Harris, Covid

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Mike Lindell, main enforcement serviceman of My Pillow Inc., speaks to members of the media portion arriving to national tribunal successful Washington, D.C., U.S., connected Thursday, June 24, 2021.

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A subordinate of MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's ineligible squad has ties to Republican ace PACs and has pushed mendacious conspiracies astir Vice President Kamala Harris and Covid-19.

Lindell has brought connected William Olson arsenic 1 of his ineligible advisors, according to a caller filing made successful national tribunal successful Minnesota.

Olson's steadfast has done ineligible enactment for GOP ace PACs that backed Ben Carson during the 2016 statesmanlike election, supported then-President Donald Trump successful the 2020 predetermination and boosted Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, successful his 2018 Senate contention against erstwhile Rep. Beto O'Rourke, according to Federal Election Commission records.

Olson's caller ineligible enactment includes submitting an amicus little that falsely claims Harris is not a earthy calved national of the United States and is not eligible to beryllium vice president. Harris was calved successful California. The conspiracy astir Harris — the archetypal Black U.S. vice president — echoes the racist birther mentation Trump and others dispersed astir President Barack Obama.

Olson has besides utilized his Twitter relationship to propulsion immoderate claims astir the coronavirus that person been disputed by the FDA oregon deemed misleading by the societal media platform.

Olson's beingness Lindell's ineligible squad was disclosed successful a caller tribunal filing. That filing asks a Minnesota national tribunal justice to let Olson to look successful that tribunal and taxable filings connected Lindell's behalf successful a lawsuit where helium is challenging a subpoena for his telephone records from House committee investigating the origins of the Jan. 6 riot connected Capitol Hill. Because Olson is not admitted to signifier instrumentality successful Minnesota, helium needs a judge's support to look successful a lawsuit there.

Lindell came nether the committee's scrutiny aft helium repeatedly made mendacious claims that predetermination fraud led to Biden's 2020 triumph implicit Trump.

Longtime defence lawyer Alan Dershowitz is besides representing Lindell arsenic helium fights the subpoena. Dershowitz represented Trump successful his archetypal impeachment and has worked for erstwhile New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who arsenic a lawyer for Trump pushed to overturn the 2020 results.

In effect to CNBC's texted questions astir Olson advising him, Lindell responded with the pursuing statement: "Brian, wherefore don't you beryllium a existent writer and study the predetermination crimes of 2020? I don't person clip to entertain you horrible writer today!"

Lindell has pushed aggregate claims astir the 2020 predetermination that national and authorities officials person said are untrue. William Barr, who served arsenic lawyer wide nether Trump, has said that determination was nary wide elector fraud during the 2020 election. Courts ruled against the erstwhile president's efforts to overturn the statesmanlike results dozens of times. Trump is inactive spreading conspiracy theories astir the predetermination results much than a twelvemonth aft helium lost.

Olson did not respond to an email seeking comment.

Olson's links to GOP ace PACs

Olson's firm's website says it practices successful run fundraising. The firm, William J. Olson P.C., says it specializes successful "negotiation of money raising agreements; reappraisal of money raising solicitations; compliance with federal, authorities and section charitable solicitation laws; information successful the national government's Combined Federal Campaign."

FEC records amusement that since the 2016 statesmanlike election, Olson's steadfast has been paid conscionable implicit $160,000 by astatine slightest 2 antithetic PACs for what is described connected each the forms arsenic "legal fees." The clients gave nary further statement of what his steadfast did for those committees, which legally tin walk and rise an unlimited magnitude of money.

One of the PACs that paid Olson's steadfast changed its sanction aft the 2016 election, to the Stars and Stripes Forever PAC from the 2016 Committee. The radical backed Carson during the Republican superior and past Trump erstwhile helium faced Hillary Clinton successful the wide election.

The 2016 Committee spent $5 cardinal supporting Carson, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. It shelled retired a combined $1 cardinal successful the wide predetermination backing Trump implicit Clinton.

John Philip Sousa IV, who runs the PAC and is the great-grandson of the bandleader who composed "The Stars and Stripes Forever," says Olson inactive represents the PAC, which plans to enactment progressive during the 2022 midterm elections.

"He was/is our lawyer and kept america retired of occupation with the Feds," Sousa said regarding Olson successful an email connected Wednesday. He did not respond to travel up emails asking for circumstantial examples of what Olson did for the PAC. He noted that his explanation of "Feds" successful this lawsuit was the FEC.

Sousa's PAC spent implicit $115,000 supporting Trump during the 2020 predetermination and different $48,000 opposing Biden, CRP information says.

A apical donor the enactment during the 2016 predetermination was Julianna Hawn Holt, who was president and co-CEO of Spurs Sports & Entertainment, the institution that owns the NBA's San Antonio Spurs.

Mother Jones antecedently reported that Sousa ran a PAC supporting erstwhile Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio erstwhile helium successfully ran for reelection successful Arizona successful 2012. Trump pardoned Arpaio successful 2017 aft helium was convicted of transgression contempt for defying a judge's bid to halt detaining immigrants due to the fact that they lacked ineligible status.

Olson's steadfast was besides paid for ineligible enactment by the Hispanic Victory PAC, filings say. CRP information shows the radical spent implicit $40,000 backing Cruz successful 2018 and conscionable implicit $30,000 against O'Rourke.

The erstwhile seat of the Hispanic Victory PAC did not instrumentality an email seeking comment.

Covid and Kamala Harris

Olson precocious signed an amicus little against the dismissal of a suit that claimed Harris is not a earthy calved national and legally cannot beryllium vice president. Olson was representing an outside group.

This mentation astir Harris was debunked during the 2020 run by respective information checkers, including by The website astatine the clip said, "Kamala Harris, erstwhile Vice President Joe Biden's moving mate, is eligible to service arsenic U.S. president, contrary to the mendacious claims of viral posts connected Facebook. Her parent is from India and her begetter from Jamaica — but Harris was calved successful Oakland, California."

Still, Olson submitted an amicus little dated aboriginal November 2020 aft Election Day that falsely concludes Harris is not a earthy calved citizen.

"Being neither a 'natural calved Citizen,' nor a Citizen of the United States, astatine the clip of the Adoption of this Constitution she is not eligible to beryllium either Vice President and (or President) of the United States," the filing reads.

Since then, Olson has taken to Twitter to propulsion mendacious Covid information. A tweet published connected Olson's relationship successful December, the period erstwhile Covid cases surged astir the country, was labeled "misleading" by the societal media company.

The tweet cited an nonfiction connected Zero Hedge and says, "Ivermectin prophylaxis utilized for COVID-19 reduces COVID-19 corruption and mortality rates." The Food and Drug Administration has said it has not authorized oregon approved ivermectin, an antiparasitic medicine, for usage successful preventing oregon treating Covid-19 successful humans oregon animals.

In different tweet successful December, Olson seemed to promote radical not to get vaccinated against Covid: "Everyone should instrumentality this proposal to bosom -- don't instrumentality the changeable -- the tide is turning -- arsenic Dr. Malone says, 'just bent on.'"

Dr. Malone is the aforesaid sanction arsenic a doc that The Atlantic says is simply a vaccine idiosyncratic spreading misinformation.

Trump himself has encouraged radical to get the vaccine.