Conan Hayes might not be a household name, but the surfwear brand he launched, RVCA, can be recognized by many.
The former pro surfer made millions with the company before selling it to the biggest clothing company Billabong, but lately he’s been focusing on something completely different: proving that Donald Trump’s election defeat in 2020 was fraudulent.
The author of an anonymous Twitter account who has been called a “election disinformation super-broadcaster,” Hayes is part of a network of people connected to allegations of electoral fraud across the country, including Michigan, Colorado and the United States. ‘Arizona. The connections he has include a who’s who of Arizona’s self-proclaimed election “audit” players, including the man at the head of the effort, Cyber Ninjas CEO Doug Logan.
Logan and Hayes both attempted to contact Ron Watkins. pic.twitter.com/yJfPxqG5Ih
– DISCOVERY TRAPEZODE (@get_innocuous) May 18, 2021
Who exactly is Hayes and how does he relate to the Arizona Election Review?
County Antrim, Michigan.
Before the Arizona Senate decided to begin its review of the ballots, Michigan attorney Matthew DePerno was working to gather suspected evidence of voter fraud in County Antrim, a small county in the North. West Michigan that Trump easily won.
County Antrim quickly became a focal point for electoral fraud on election night due to an initial error in reporting unofficial results which was quickly corrected. The election worker error, led electoral fraud conspiracy theorists to swarm the state and accuse Dominion Voting Systems, the company that made Antrim’s election machines, of changing votes.
Maricopa County, the focus of the Arizona Senate “audit”, also uses Dominion machines.
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DePerno was a key player in pushing debunked electoral fraud allegations about Antrim and a continued to fight for them in court, although they were repeatedly thrown. In these court documents, DePerno claimed by both Logan and Hayes were “expert witnesses” who could substantiate his allegations of fraud.
The surfer and former owner of a clothing company has been listed as an expert on “security of applications, systems, processes, generally accepted programming practices, standards of care, with respect to the development of sensitive systems applications.
DePerno then said that Hayes contributed to a flawed and debunked Allied Security Operations Group report alleging fraud at Antrim by gathering “forensic information.” The report confused the ridings of Minnesota with those of Michigan, among so many other mistakes.
ASOG almost got hired by the Arizona Senate to perform the “verification.” Its director, Phil Waldron, continued to spread unfounded lies about the election, appearing at a Cyber Symposium last month who promised to provide proof of electoral fraud, but completely missed.
Mesa County, Colorado.
The Cyber Symposium was designed by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, who ensured that it would prove that the presidential election was “hacked” to ensure Trump’s downfall.
During the event, electoral conspiracy theorist Ron Watkins – who is believed to be behind the dangerous QAnon movement – discussed the records he had obtained from Mesa County, Colorado, which Watkins claimed to show evidence of electoral fraud.
These documents were donated to Watkins by Hayes.
Someone who took a look at the Mesa EMS images posted online let me know that they had metadata with the reviewer’s name listed as “cjh” – aka Conan James Hayes.
Images were captured with EnCase, and the examiner’s name cannot be changed after creating the evidence file pic.twitter.com/6xMqsVWiGQ
– DISCOVERY TRAPEZODE (@get_innocuous) August 12, 2021
But the files were apparently stolen from the county, possibly to the knowledge of Tina Peters, the county-elected Republican archivist who promoted the theories of voter fraud. His whereabouts remain a mystery; she stays under a federal criminal investigation but she claims to “work remotely”.
Peters would turn off security cameras and allowed a person to obtain the data using Gerard Wood’s name.
Watkins said at the event that he was “not sure” whether Hayes had permission to share the files publicly or not. Researchers and experts who examined the Mesa County files noticed Hayes’ initials in the file, indicating that he had downloaded the data to his own computer.
Mesa County Voting Machines have been banned from use due to the data breach, and election and security experts are concerned about Dominion voting software that has been released also during the Cyber Symposium.
One of the right-wing organizations that funded DePerno’s failed Michigan litigation, Election Integrity Funds for the American Republic, has paid at least $ 280,000 to fund the Arizona “audit.”
Cyber Ninjas declined to answer questions from Arizona mirror whether Hayes participated in the “audit”, as a paid contractor or as a volunteer.
It is not entirely clear what Hayes’ role is in the Arizona “audit”, if any, however, if he has a role it could be similar to what he did when he did. ‘he worked with ASOG. On his old Twitter, Hayes shared images of Michigan voters lists ahead of the ASOG report’s release with his own analysis.