Lindell has to pay $5 million over false election claims

There are so many lawsuits going around over the lies told about the 2020 election that this one went under my radar. It was not a lawsuit exactly, but something that was referred to an arbitration panel that ruled that Mike Lindell, the founder of the My Pillow company and ardent advocate of Trump and the Big Lie, has to pay $5 million to someone who took up his challenge to prove that Lindell’s data claiming to support the Big Lie was wrong.

He announced his “Prove Mike Wrong Challenge” at a “cyber symposium” in South Dakota in 2021, saying he would give $5m to anyone who could disprove what he claimed was genuine election data he had obtained.

The arbitration panel said that the challenge had been successfully met.

Mike Lindell must make good on a promise and pay $5m to a software expert who debunked data the conspiracy theorist touted in advancing Donald Trump’s lie that his 2020 presidential election defeat was the result of voting fraud, an arbitration panel decided.

In its decision, the panel said: “The data Lindell LLC provided, and represented reflected information from the November 2020 election, unequivocally did not reflect November 2020 election data.”

On Wednesday, a panel of the American Arbitration Association ruled in a dispute between Lindell and Robert Zeidman, an expert who took up the challenge.

Based on its analysis, the panel said, “Mr Zeidman performed under the contract … Failure to pay Mr Zeidman the $5m prized was a breach of the contract, entitling him to recover.”

Lindell has vowed to take this matter to court. Of course he will. That is what he does.

There was a parenthetical comment in this news report that said that Lindell “is recovering from substance use disorder”. I wondered why he always seemed to be hyper-energetic in his public appearances, talking non-stop and at a high volume. This may be the explanation.


  1. Oggie: Mathom says

    I wondered why he always seemed to be hyper-energetic in his public appearances, talking non-stop and at a high volume. This may be the explanation.

    Or he could be channeling a 4-year-old (specifically, one of my twin granddaughters) who is almost always hyper-energetic (just today, I removed a blueberry from ON TOP of the kitchen cabinets), and, now that she has begun talking, talks non-stop and at a high volume.

    She makes far more sense than Lindell, though.

  2. says

    He knows the battle well. Lindell abused heavy drugs much of his life, starting with cocaine in 1982. He switched to crack cocaine in the late 1990s.

    By spring 2008, his drug use had gotten so bad that his three crack dealers got together and did something that defies logic: they attempted an intervention.

    When your dealers have abmn intervention, you’re an epic addict.

  3. says

    I can hear his defense now: “I was just KIDDING when I made that promise! Everyone knows I’m nothing but a walking sewer-main and can’t ever be taken seriously! You liberals can’t take a joke! You have no sense of humor! Look at how I triggered the libs, everybody, I’m owning the libs! Neener neener neener!”

  4. xohjoh2n says


    He can own the libs as much as he wants, but he ain’t owning that $5 million no more.

  5. says

    I hope this Zeidman guy can sleep well at night!

    What? He doesn’t have to use a MyPillow as part of this? Oh, well then I’m sure he’ll sleep just fine then.

  6. steve oberski says

    That $5 million is pocket change compared to what Dominion’s lawyers are going to do to Mr. Lindell.

  7. machintelligence says

    I saw an interview with Mr. Zeidman an it turns out he is pretty much a libertarian conservative who voted for Trump twice (and will again if it is Biden vs Trump.) He does think Lindell is a nutcase, however.

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