MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell has been ordered by an arbitration panel to pay $5 million to a software developer who took him up on a challenge and debunked his claims of mass voter fraud in the 2020 election, CNN reported.
During a so-called “cyber symposium” hosted by Lindell in South Dakota back in 2021, he announced a “Prove Mike Wrong Challenge” where anyone who could prove his data was unrelated to the 2020 election could win a multimillion dollar jackpot.
That when Robert Zeidman stepped up, agreed to the challenge’s contractual terms and found Lindell’s data to be bogus.
“Based on the foregoing analysis, Mr. Zeidman performed under the contract,” the arbitration panel wrote in its decision. “He proved the data Lindell LLC provided, and represented reflected information from the November 2020 election, unequivocally did not reflect November 2020 election data. Failure to pay Mr. Zeidman the $5 million prized was a breach of the contract, entitling him to recover.”
“The Contest did not require participants to disprove election interference. Thus, the contestants’ task was to prove the data presented to them was not valid data from the November 2020 election,” the arbitration panel wrote.
“The Panel was not asked to decide whether China interfered in the 2020 election. Nor was the Panel asked to decide whether Lindell LLC possessed data that proved such interference, or even whether Lindell LLC had election data in its possession,” according to the arbitration panel. “The focus of the decision is on the 11 files provided to Mr. Zeidman in the context of the Contest rules.”
Zeidman’s lawyer, Brian Glasser, said that said the panel’s decision marks “another important moment in the ongoing proof that the 2020 election was legal and valid, and the role of cybersecurity in ensuring that integrity.”