MyPillow CEO’s legal advisor has ties to GOP super PACs and has pushed false claims about Kamala Harris, Covid

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  • MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell has brought on William Olson as a legal advisor as he battles a subpoena from the House committee investigating the January 6 Capitol attack.
  • Olson’s firm has done legal work for the GOP super PAC that supported Ben Carson during the 2016 presidential election and then-President Donald Trump in the 2020 election.
  • Olson has also helped spread the false conspiracy theory that Vice President Kamala Harris is not a naturalized citizen and not qualified for her office.

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A member of MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell’s legal team has links to the Republican Super PAC and has pushed false conspiracies about Vice President Kamala Harris and COVID-19.

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According to a new filing made in federal court in Minnesota, Lindell has brought in William Olsen as one of his legal advisers.

Olson’s firm has done legal work for GOP super PACs, which supported Ben Carson during the 2016 presidential election, backed then-President Donald Trump in the 2020 election, and in the 2018 Senate race against former Rep. Cruz, promoted to R-Texas. Beto O’Rourke, according to Federal Election Commission records.

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Olson’s recent legal work includes submitting an amicus brief that falsely claims that Harris is not a natural born citizen of the United States and is not eligible to be vice president. Harris was born in California. The plot about Harris — the first black American vice president — echoes the racist birther theory other presidents spread about Barack Obama.

Olson has also used her Twitter account to push forward certain claims about the coronavirus that have been disputed by the FDA or deemed misleading by social media platforms.

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Olson’s presence on Lindell’s legal team was disclosed in a recent court filing. That filing asks a Minnesota federal court judge to allow Olson to appear and submit the filing on behalf of Lindell, where he is challenging a subpoena for his phone records from the House committee, which Investigating the origins of the January 6 riots on Capitol Hill., Since Olson is not admitted to practicing law in Minnesota, she needs a judge’s permission to appear in a case there.

Lindell has come under committee scrutiny after repeatedly making false claims that election fraud led to Biden’s 2020 victory over Trump.

Longtime defense attorney Alan dershowitz Also representing Lindell as he fights the summons. Dershowitz represented Trump in his first impeachment and worked for former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who pushed for the 2020 results to be reversed as Trump’s lawyer.

In response to CNBC’s written questions about mentoring Olsen, Lindell responded with the following statement: “Brian, why aren’t you an actual journalist and report the 2020 election crimes? I have your terrible journalists with me today.” No time to entertain.

Lindell has put forward a number of claims about the 2020 election that federal and state officials have called untrue. William Barr, who served as attorney general under Trump, has said there was no widespread voter fraud during the 2020 election. Courts have ruled against the former president’s attempts to reverse the results dozens of times. Trump continues to spread conspiracy theories about the election results more than a year after he lost.

Olsson did not respond to an email seeking comment.

Olsson’s Links to the GOP Super Pac

Olson’s firm’s website says it practices in campaign fundraising. Firm, William J. Olson PC, states that it specializes in “negotiating fund-raising agreements; reviewing fund-raising requests; complying with federal, state and local charitable solicitation laws; participating in the federal government’s joint federal campaign”.

FEC records show that since the 2016 presidential election, Olson’s firm has been paid more than $160,000 by at least two different PACs, described as “legal fees” in all forms. has gone. The clients did not provide any further details on what their firm did to the committees, which could legally spend and raise an unlimited amount.

One of the PACs that paid Olson’s firm changed its name from the 2016 Committee to the Stars and Stripes Forever PAC after the 2016 election. The group supported Carson during the Republican primary and then backed Trump when he faced Hillary Clinton in the general election.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the 2016 committee spent $5 million to support Carson. It paid out a combined $1 million in the general election, backing Trump over 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 that Olson still represents the PAC, planning to remain active during the 2022 midterm elections. Used to be.

“He was our lawyer and kept us out of trouble with the Fed,” Sosa said of Olson in an email on Wednesday. He did not respond to emails seeking specific examples of what Olsen did for PAC. He said his definition of “the Feds” in this case was the FEC.

CRP data said Sousa’s PAC spent $115,000 to support Trump during the 2020 election and $48,000 to oppose Biden.

A top donor organization during the 2016 election was Juliana Hahn Holt, who Was President and Co-CEO of Spurs Sports & Entertainment, the company that owns the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs.

Mother Jones previously told That Sousa ran a PAC supporting former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpio when he successfully ran for re-election in Arizona in 2012. Trump pardoned Arpio in 2017 after he was convicted of criminal contempt for defying a judge’s order to prevent detaining immigrants because he lacked legal status.

Olson’s firm was also paid for legal work by the Hispanic Victory PAC, the filing says. CRP data shows the group spent more than $40,000 in 2018 supporting Cruz and more than $30,000 against O’Rourke.

The former chairman of the Hispanic Victory PAC did not return an email seeking comment.

covid and kamla harris

Olson recently signed a brief against the dismissal of a lawsuit that claimed Harris is not a natural born citizen and could not legally be a vice president. Olson a. were representing outside group,

This theory about Harris was debunked by several fact checkers, including FactCheck.org, during the 2020 campaign. The website at the time said, “Kamala Harris, former Vice President Joe Biden’s running mate, is eligible to serve as US President, contrary to the false claims of viral posts on Facebook. Her mother is from India and her father is Jamaica.” – but Harris was born in Oakland, California.”

Nevertheless, Olson submitted a brief in early November 2020 after election day that incorrectly concluded that Harris is not a natural born citizen.

“Being neither a ‘natural born citizen’ nor a citizen of the United States at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, he is not eligible to be Vice President and (or President) of the United States,” the filing reads.

Since then, Olson has taken to Twitter to spread false COVID information. A tweet published in December on Olson’s account, the month when COVID cases rose across the country, was dubbed “misleading” by the social media company.

The tweet cited an article on Zero Hedge and said, “Ivermectin prophylaxis used for COVID-19 reduces COVID-19 infection and mortality.” The Food and Drug Administration has said that it has not authorized or approved an antiparasitic drug, ivermectin, to prevent or treat COVID-19 in humans or animals.

In another tweet in December, Olson seemed to encourage people not to vaccinate against COVID: “Everyone should take this advice to heart – don’t get shots – the tide is turning – as Dr. Malone says , ‘Just hang on.'”

Dr. Malone has the same name as a doctor the Atlantic calls a vaccine scientist spreading fake news,

Trump himself has encouraged people to get vaccinated.

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