At 4:20 p.m. on Jan. 18, 2021, Doug Logan was allowed inside an elections office in rural Georgia to examine voting machines. He admittedly did not have authorization from any government agency.
As Logan walked down a sidewalk and approached the brick building in Coffee County, about 200 miles southeast of Atlanta, he could not conceal his smile.
Already inside was an all-too-willing elections supervisor who had unlocked the door for Logan’s coordinated visit, which was confirmed by a security camera.
Logan, along with a colleague named Jeffrey Lenberg, left nearly four hours later, only to return the next morning. Logan stayed much longer this time, altering dates on computers, reconfiguring settings, and scanning over 6,400 ballots, according to a lawsuit document that also alleged: “one precinct scanner was physically opened to inspect the internal parts.”
Logan’s visit is part of a broader investigation that could lead to the first criminal charges for those involved in the push to overturn President Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump in 2020.
Logan – a Sarasota County resident who doubted the veracity of the presidential election – spent nearly 13 hours inside the elections office with Lenberg and a county elections official named Misty Hampton who no longer works in that job.
Hampton granted the pair unfettered access to voting machines, admittedly without the authorization or knowledge of the Georgia Secretary of State, which is a potential violation of state law, according to attorneys.
Logan, however, said in a deposition he assumed that proper channels were adhered to and that someone in his working group had received the proper assurance their activities were lawful.
“If there were any indication that it wasn’t authorized, I would not have done it,” Logan said in a deposition.
A mortgage, a PPP loan and an office sale
On Jan. 25, 2021, a week after the visit, records show Logan – father of 12 children – paid off a $422,750 mortgage on his Sarasota County home. It took him less than four years.
On the same date, government records show, a Payment Protection Loan of $99,081 granted to his business called Cyber Ninjas Inc. for payroll during the pandemic was forgiven.
Cyber Ninjas Inc. also sold an office on Fruitville Road on Dec. 10, 2020, for $153,000, property records show.
“The last bit of money to finally pay off my house came from the sale of the Cyber Ninjas condo,’’ Logan said in an email to the Herald-Tribune. “I’ve had a 25-year goal of owning my home debt free, and I busted my butt to make it happen.
“I’m so sick of these arguments trying to imply it’s because I broke the law and it was from PPP loans, or Patrick Byrne paid it off. I had a successful business. It’s not news that I own my home.”
‘The bigger movement later’
After Logan’s two visits to the Coffee County elections office, he wrote a “Special Report” based on his observations.
The possibility of using the information in Logan’s report to decertify a crucial runoff vote for a United States Senate seat was discussed, according to an email revealed in a Georgia civil lawsuit that involves voting machines.
The email, at the time, referenced the upcoming certification of Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff’s crucial win over Republican David Perdue for a Senate seat that would decide the majority.
The email to Logan was written by a colleague named Jim Penrose, and it read:
“Here’s the plan. Let’s keep this close hold. We only have until Saturday to decide if we’re going to use this report to try to decertify the senate runoff election or if we hold it for a bigger movement later.”
It is unclear “what the bigger movement later” was.
Defending the Republic
According to CNN, the potential breach in Coffee County involving Logan is part of a larger criminal investigation into 2020 election interference by Fulton County district attorney Fani Willis, who is expected to announce this summer the results of an investigation that could bring racketeering charges against multiple individuals who bought and peddled Trump’s election fraud falsehoods.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has also said it is looking at the Coffee County activities involving Logan.
Logan’s involvement in obtaining information about the inner workings of Dominion voting machines was more far-reaching.
Logan was active in several counties in Michigan, along with Georgia, Nevada, New Hampshire, Arizona, and Pennsylvania, records show and was copied on numerous emails of importance to a group mission.
Activities in at least two of those states were funded by a nonprofit called Defending the Republic, which was run by Sidney Powell, a former attorney for Trump and Ret. Gen. Michael Flynn, who lives in Englewood.
Powell’s nonprofit was under federal investigation. It is unclear if it remains so.
The nonprofit, which received contributions of $16,390,340 between Dec. 1, 2020, and Nov. 30, 2021, according to its 990 tax filing, has used several Sarasota addresses in recent years for business filings, including a downtown office space and a small home near Siesta Key.
The home belongs to a woman named Mary Pat Coughlin, who has been listed as the chief financial officer of Defending the Republic for the last several years. She signed the non-profit’s most recent 990 tax form on Aug. 14, 2022, a form that listed her as working 40 hours per week for Powell.
The same form also said the non-profit gave Cyber Ninjas, Logan’s former company, a cash grant of $700,128 for “equipment.” Cyber Ninjas conducted the Maricopa audit in Arizona in 2021. Logan said the company lost over $2 million and is now out of business.
How Coughlin became involved with Powell is unclear. Little is known about Coughlin, though records show she is a long-time Sarasota accountant who has been involved in a company that has produced movies about the Florida Skunk Ape.
Coughlin did not come to the door of her house when told by a man living there that a reporter was asking about Powell.
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Criminal investigation in Michigan over voting machine tampering
Logan, who said in a deposition he likely signed a confidentiality agreement with Defending the Republic at one point, remains part of a criminal investigation in Michigan centered on voting machine tampering, and according to the Detroit News, a special grand jury was hearing testimony as recently as March.
Last August, Dana Nessel, Michigan’s Attorney General, said in a petition that Logan was one of nine people involved in a “conspiracy” to gain unauthorized access to voting machines in that state, a felony that can carry up to five years in prison.
Logan, according to the Attorney General’s petition, was one of four people who took five tabulators to hotel rooms or Airbnb property rentals in Oakland County and “broke into the tabulators and performed tests on the equipment.”
Logan’s involvement in the quest to prove voter fraud occurred in the 2020 election apparently began on a plantation in South Carolina owned by attorney Lin Wood called Tomotley.
Logan was at the property from Nov. 14, 2020, through Christmas Eve, he said in a deposition, leaving at least once to attend a strategy meeting in D.C.
Two Sarasota County residents – former CEO of Overstock.com and Flynn – were at the meeting, according to a deposition.
The plan, Logan said in a deposition, was to identify counties that displayed what the group believed to be abnormalities in voting machines, file lawsuits funded by Powell’s nonprofit, Defending the Republic, and obtain forensic images from the machines to support litigation.
By Christmas 2020, Logan said he was unable to find counties that would cooperate with an examination, until, he said, someone made contact with Coffee County. That surprised him.
According to a civil lawsuit, “Georgia’s voting system was breached by a team from forensics firm SullivanStricker, was orchestrated by Coffee County Republican Chair Cathy Latham, election officials Misty Hampton and Eric Chaney, and Cyber Ninjas CEO Doug Logan.”
The lawsuit also said, “An organization funded and operated by Sidney Powell, an attorney for the Trump campaign, paid for the infiltration.”
Logan said they reached out to the Altanta-based SullivanStricker to help them because the forensics company was a “highly reputable firm who would do it the proper way so it would be legally admissible.”
Lenberg, a colleague of Logan’s, first visited the Coffee County office on Jan. 7, 2021, the day after the insurrection in Washington D.C.
Logan was not there.
An invoice shows that SullivanStricker billed Sidney Powell, and Defending the Republic, $26,000 for work in Coffee County on that day.
Back in Coffee County
Lenberg was back in Coffee County on Jan. 17, 2021, sending an email to Logan that said, “I am in Coffee County now. It will be Monday evening. She thinks she can do it then.”
Lenberg, apparently, was referring to Hampton, the elections official who would let the men into the office on Jan. 18 and 19, 2021. Security camera footage shows she did just that.
Logan said he did not touch any voting equipment during the 13 hours he spent inside the office, nor did he scan any ballots. He said he gave instructions to Hampton to perform certain tasks instead. And she would.
A court document said, “SulivanStricker uploaded the data it collected from Georgia’s voting system – including protected software from nearly every component of that system – to a cloud-based ShareFile site and provided login credentials to download the data to individuals identified by Sidney Powell. Anyone with login credentials could access the data.
“Mr. Logan uploaded several files, including virtual machine copies of the voting system components and a new version of the EMS server files to the ShareFile site from a location in Florida on Jan. 16, 2021.
“SullivanStricker did not know why Mr. Logan uploaded these files, what they were, or where they came from. Others apparently downloaded data from locations as far-reaching as California, Kansas, England, and Italy.”
During a deposition on Nov. 11, 2022, Hampton, the former elections official, was asked:
“Did you inform anyone at the Secretary of State’s Office before Mr. Lenberg and Mr. Logan came to the Coffee County Office?”
“I did not,” she said
“And why did you not let the Secretary of State’s Office know?”
“I take the fifth,” she said.
Hampton was also asked:
“Was the visit by Logan and Lenberg to your office on Jan. 18th and 19th related to any effort to decertify the Senate runoff election?”
“I have no idea,’” she said.
During Logan’s deposition on Nov. 18, 2022, he was asked by an attorney the same question as Hampton.
“Do you recall how your report would have been used to decertify the Senate run-off election?”
“I don’t think I ever knew that,” Logan said. “So no, I have no idea.”
“Was one of the purposes of your being (in Coffee County) to get evidence to decertify the Senate runoff election?”
“I don’t recall that being discussed at any point in time,” Logan said.
“Is it possible your work was going to be used for purposes you did not intend it to be used for?”
“I mean, that’s always a possibility,” Logan said.
‘What they could have done’
David Cross, a D.C. attorney who deposed Logan, Lenberg, and Hampton, among others, tried to sum up the Coffee County office visit before a judge during a hearing.
“This is how I think about it,” he said. “If we are going on a skydiving trip and we saw a bunch of bad actors unpack our parachutes, take them all apart and repack them, and then the pilot said, ‘Don’t worry, your parachute is probably fine, so go ahead and jump,’ and you find out in the air, no one would jump.
“This is where we are. We have lots of people who are widely considered bad actors because of the lies they spread about the 2020 election who had unmitigated access to the election system – not pieces, not disconnected pieces, but the actual system – for the better part of two weeks.
“And we don’t know what they all did.
“But we do know what they could have done.”
This article originally appeared on Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Investigators target Cyber Ninjas CEO Doug Logan of Sarasota