The state of Michigan
's attorney general and state police
have launched investigations into individuals suspected of spreading false information about the presidential election
in order to profit.
According to The Detroit
Free Press, Attorney General Dana Nessel's office announced that she has agreed to do so at the request of state legislators concerned about fundraising scams
linked to false claims that the election was rigged.
Lynsey Mukomel, Nessel's spokesperson, told local news
outlets on Thursday that Nessel "has accepted" the invitation to investigate, and that Michigan State Police are "also assisting in the matter."
A 55-page report by the GOP-led state Senate
Oversight Committee, which was adopted earlier this week by all Republican
legislators on the committee, found no evidence of widespread election fraud
and urged the AG to investigate those who “use misleading and false information” about the election to “raise money
or publicity for their own ends.”
According to the report, Michigan residents should be confident that the election tally represents the “true results,” as Joe Biden
defeated Donald Trump
in the battleground state by about 155,000 votes
, or 2.8%.
“The committee strongly advises citizens to keep a critical eye and ear on those who have promoted demonstrably false theories for their own personal gain,” the panel wrote.
The report didn't say who should be investigated, but it did mention conspiracy
peddler My Pillow
and Trump ally Mike Lindell
, and his "ignorant" video pointing to baseless claims of rigged Michigan votes.
It also slammed an election fraud lawsuit
filed against a Michigan county that was cited by many to advance bogus election conspiracies, which was dismissed. The attorney who filed the suit's website includes an appeal for donations
to the "Election Fraud Defense Fund."
The lawsuit was filed after conspiracy theorists falsely claimed, without evidence, that a voting
tally error in Antrim County
was caused by voting machines rigged to switch votes.
Trump has raised millions of dollars in donations to contest election results that he has falsely claimed were rigged on numerous occasions.