Election official may have broken the law by accepting ride on Lindell plane

  • Mike Lindell, CEO of MyPillow, said he took Colorado election official Tina Peters on his jet in August.
  • Under a Colorado law, Peters was not allowed to accept gifts — including travel — worth more than $65.
  • Lindell said he also paid $800,000 for Peters’ legal defense out of his own funds.

Former Colorado election official Tina Peters may have flouted a state ethics law by accepting a private plane ride from MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell.

Lindell revealed 9News journalist Marshall Zelinger on Tuesday that he had taken Peters on his private jet in August when he was flying her to his cyber symposium in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

“I took them – I’m taking people from all over the country to the cyber symposium,” Lindell told 9News. “She came to the cyber symposium with the group from Colorado. I picked up people. I invited all 50 states. All 50 states were represented. There is your answer.

However, Peters’ acceptance of the space ride may have violated Amendment 41, a Colorado policy that prohibits officials like Peters from accepting gifts — including trips — that cost more than $65.

“Unless you are a close friend or family member of an elected official or public employee in Colorado, the only gift you can give someone is $65 per calendar year,” Jane Feldman, former executive director of the Colorado Independent Ethics Committee, told 9News.

Lindell told the outlet that he didn’t know Peters before meeting her at the symposium. Feldman said such a statement could potentially jeopardize any claim that Lindell was Peter’s “close friend” when he flew her to Sioux Falls, according to 9News.

Lindell also said he poured $800,000 into Peters’ legal defense, though he didn’t specify the time frame for that case, according to the outlet. “I just put all the money into myself,” Lindell said. “I don’t know, I probably put three, four, five, maybe 800,000 in it [dollars] of my own money.”

Insiders spoke to Lindell on Tuesday, who reiterated his contribution to paying Peters’ legal fees. He noted the funds came from his “personal money,” which was diverted through one of his platforms called the Lindell Legal Offense Fund.

Peters was indicted by a grand jury in March for leaking sensitive voting machine data. She was charged with 10 counts related to the violation, including attempting to influence an officer, criminal identity theft and identity theft.

In a separate interview with Insider in March, Lindell defended Peters and claimed that the Colorado state government had falsely accused Peters of crimes.

“She’s a Gold Star mom. She’s never had anything in her life, she’s never had a jaywalking ticket. She’s as clean as ever. said Lindell, calling Peters a “hero.”

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