- MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell said he took Colorado election official Tina Peters on his jet in August.
- According to a Colorado law, Peters was not allowed to accept gifts — including trips — worth more than $65.
- Lindell said he also paid $800,000 for Peters’ legal defense costs out of his own personal funds.
Former Colorado election official Tina Peters may have flouted a state ethics law by agreeing to a private plane ride from MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell.
Lindell revealed to 9News reporter Marshall Zelinger Tuesday that he took Peters on his private jet in August when he took her to his cyber symposium in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
“I gave him a ride — at the cyber symposium, I bring people from all over the country,” Lindell told 9News. “She came to the cyber symposium with the Colorado group. I took people. I invited all 50 states. All 50 states were represented. Here’s your answer. Another dumb question from a dumb reporter.”
However, Peters’ acceptance of the car ride may have violated Amendment 41, a Colorado directive that prohibits public officials like Peters from receiving gifts — including trips — that cost more than $65.
“If you are not a close friend or family member of an elected official or public employee in Colorado, you can only give someone a gift of $65 per calendar year,” a Jane Feldman, former executive director of the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission, told 9News.
Lindell told the outlet that he didn’t know Peters until he met her at the symposium. Feldman said such a statement could potentially undermine any claim that Lindell was Peter’s “close friend” when he took her to Sioux Falls, according to 9News.
Lindell also said he invested $800,000 in Peters’ legal defense, though he didn’t specify when that happened, according to the outlet. “I just put all the money in myself,” Lindell said. “I don’t know, I probably put in three, four, five, maybe 800,000 [dollars] of my own money.”
Insider spoke with Lindell on Tuesday, who reiterated his contribution to reimbursing Peters’ legal fees. He noted that the funds came from his “personal money”, which was redirected 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 a public official, criminal impersonation and identity theft.
In a separate interview with Insider in March, Lindell defended Peters, saying 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 cleaner than ever. They’re trying to accuse her of things, like, you are you kidding me?” Lindell said, calling Peters a “hero.”