MADISON —The Assembly Campaign and Elections Committee holds a hearing today amid new complaints about another “WI-5” city and growing concerns surrounding Wisconsin’s unattended absentee ballot drop boxes.
The committee has spent the past year looking into myriad election law violations and irregularities in the hotly contested 2020 presidential election.
Catherine Engelbrecht, founder of Houston, Texas-based True the Vote, is expected to testify about the geospatial technology her organization used in tracking trillions of data points around drop boxes in Milwaukee, Green Bay, Racine and other so-called Wisconsin-5 cities.
The geofencing project tracked individuals repeatedly going to and from liberal activist groups and drop boxes, Engelbrecht said.
“Some people were going to as many as 12 to 15 drop boxes a day,” she told Wisconsin Spotlight in an interview. Engelbrecht called the individuals “mules,” like drug mules, but in this case illegally carrying votes.
“This is organized crime,” she said.
Engelbrecht recently told Newsweek her group spent $1 million to obtain geospatial information from several marketing services that she agreed not to name. True the Vote spent another $20,000 to obtain video via open records requests to counties and cities in five states where it appeared Republican incumbent President Donald Trump was winning, until mail-in and drop-box ballots were counted and Democratic challenger Joe Biden pulled out the win.
True the Vote tracked data from Georgia, Arizona, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, the key battleground states that narrowly went for Biden. From there, Engelbrecht told Newsweek that she and her staff cross-referenced the times and locations of the cell phones whose users visited multiple drop boxes with the 4 million minutes of video obtained from city and county governments.
Engelbrecht said she would not release the names of the individuals or the nonprofit organizations involved. She said her group presented the information to the FBI a year ago, but were told the issue was a state-level matter.
“There is no way to know who the votes were cast for. But what we do know is the claim that 2020 was ‘the most secure election ever’ is false,” Engelbrecht said.
True the Vote joined forces with conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza in producing a documentary exposing, among other things, the complete lack of security around the ballot drop boxes that became so prevalent during the pandemic. In 2000 Mules D’Souza uses video he says was obtained through open records requests that allegedly shows “mules” stuffing ballot boxes.
“This one mule made 53 trips to 20 drop boxes,” D’Souza says in the documentary.
The point, D’Souza tells Newsweek, is not to convince moviegoers that the presidential election ought to be overturned, “only that the reflexive claim that there were no major irregularities is untrue.”
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has agreed to take up a case charging the use of ballot drop boxes was and remains illegal.
Engelbrecht tells Wisconsin Spotlight True the Vote is using the same geospatial techniques that liberal agents for the Center for Tech and Civic Life pushed on elections officials in Wisconsin’s largest cities. CTCL, which nationally passed out hundreds of billions of dollars in “election administration grants” funded by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, employed a network of liberal voting activist groups. Emails show how they pitched geofencing to help Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, Kenosha and Racine with illegal get-out-the-vote campaigns — to target traditionally Democratic voters. A Wisconsin Spotlight investigation found liberal activists embedded in election offices infiltrated the 2020 election.
Racine-area activist Jay Stone this week filed a complaint with the Wisconsin Elections Commission alleging WEC administrator Meagan Wolfe abused her authority in referring and sanctioning long-time Democratic Party operative Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein, part of the CTCL network, to undertake election duties in the Wisconsin-5 cities.
And a Milwaukee voter on Wednesday filed a complaint against former Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Acting Mayor Cavalier Johnson, and city clerk Jim Jim Owczarski, alleging the officials violated state election bribery law by accepting millions of dollars in CTCL election grants. The money was used in part to purchase absentee ballot drop boxes. The complaint alleges Milwaukee’s privately funded absentee ballot drop boxes in the 2020 election were illegal under multiple Wisconsin Statutes and violated federal law.
“We can’t undo the wrongs of the 2020 election,” said Erick Kaardal, special counsel for the Thomas More Society, which is representing the Milwaukee citizen. “But it is incumbent upon us to ensure that the corruption that infected Wisconsin’s voting process is rooted out and that the state’s election integrity is preserved. Wisconsin’s voters deserve to know the truth and they need to be assured that the corruption has been eliminated, allowing for fair and honest elections from this point forward.”