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Pro-Trump group demands Georgia Secretary of State Raffensperger retract 'defamatory claims'

Look Ahead America says Raffensperger falsely said group's executive director believed thousands of dead people's identity used in 2020 elections.

Updated: May 24, 2021 - 3:23pm

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A nonprofit group run by former Trump campaign and administration officials has sent a letter to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger demanding he retracts "defamatory claims" about the nonprofit's executive director and voter integrity project.

Attorneys for the group, Look Ahead America, said in their letter that Raffensperger made defamatory remarks about Executive Director Matt Braynard and the group’s Voter Integrity Project during a January 2020 call with then-President Donald Trump.

In the phone call, which was leaked to The Washington Post, Raffensperger allegedly told Trump that Braynard believed over 5,000 dead people's identities had been used to vote in the 2020 election in Georgia illegally.

Braynard's attorneys say he never made such claims.

"Your statement is false," the attorneys' letter said. "As Mr. Braynard has never claimed that 5,000 dead people voted in the Georgia election. In fact, in November 2020, Mr. Braynard publicly stated that his analysis did not find a targeted effort to cast the ballots of deceased voters."

Braynard said in a statement that Raffensperger "told a straight-up lie to President Trump and the public regarding the work I and LAA’s Voter Integrity Project submitted to his office."