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OAN correspondent who is covering the Arizona election audit has been aiding the effort since at least December, documents show

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A reporter with One America News Network worked at a campaign rally with President Donald Trump on September 25, 2020, in Newport News, Virginia. Drew Angerer/Getty Images
  • OAN's Christina Bobb has been covering the Arizona election audit and fundraising for the effort.

  • Bobb aided Arizona Senate Republicans with the effort as early as December, new documents showed.

  • The recount is winding down, with reports that auditors may end ballot-counting this week.

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A correspondent for the far-right One America News Network, who is covering the ongoing Maricopa County election audit, has been aiding the GOP-backed recount effort since at least December and using her visibility on the pro-Trump channel to fundraise for the audit.

Audit-related documents requested and published by The Center for Public Integrity and We Are Oversight showed that Christina Bobb, the host of "Weekly Briefing" on OAN, was supplying Arizona Senate President Karen Fann with witness declarations, statements, and expert testimony in early December to help bolster the Republican-led effort to undermine the election results in Maricopa County, where President Joe Biden beat former President Donald Trump by 45,000 votes.

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Fann has been spearheading the ballot-counting, which has been decried by elections experts. Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs has alleged security violations, software malfunctions, and personnel issues, while the US Justice Department has said the recount may even violate federal law.

In emails between Bobb and Fann from December, Bobb appeared to be acting as a liaison between Fann and Rudy Giuliani, Trump's lawyer, providing Fann with declarations from election observers on behalf of the president's attorney.

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An email from Christina Bobb to Karen Fann. The Center for Public Integrity

In a December 4 email, Fann also asked Bobb to pass along lists containing names of "deceased or illegal aliens who voted" that Bobb's team said they would send. An additional document shared by The Center for Public Integrity's Carrie Levine includes a report from Donald J. Trump for President to be presented by Giuliani, which appeared to be referenced in the email.

Experts have found no evidence of any "deceased" voters, except for one Pennsylvania man accused of pretending to be his dead mother to cast a vote for Trump. Claims of noncitizens voting have been widely debunked.

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Emails sent between Karen Fann and Christina Bobb. The Center for Public Integrity

Earlier this year, the state's GOP-controlled Senate chose Cyber Ninjas, a private firm, to carry out another count of the 2.1 million ballots in Maricopa County. Cyber Ninjas has no previous election experience and is spearheaded by a Trump supporter who promoted conspiracy claims last fall. The recount decision was made in spite of the county's Republican-controlled board of supervisors objecting to it since the election had already been audited more than once by credible firms.

In addition to playing a longtime behind-the-scenes supportive role, Bobb has been covering the audit since it began in April. BuzzFeed News reported earlier this year that Bobb and OAN were getting special access to the effort that other local outlets had been denied. The Trump-approved network was also given primary access to livestream the audit process.