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Barry Loudermilk met prominent election conspiracy theorist

Eric Levay

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Posted May 24, 2022 Updated May 24, 2022 12:31 PM CDT

A far-right activist with close ties to Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.) said in a Jan. 6, 2021 interview that she had just presented him with a conspiracy-charged affidavit showing massive voter fraud, which he should use this evening to to reverse Georgia’s vote for President Joe Biden.

Lobbyist Maria Strollo Zack has long been one of the main figures pushing Italygate, a bogus conspiracy theory that Italian satellites meddled voting machines to steal the 2020 election from then-President Donald Trump.

According to records verified by the Daily Dot, she appears to have had ties to Loudermilk since at least 2006.

Zack said she gave Loudermilk the affidavit at 1:12 p.m. on Jan. 6, 2021, in which an engineer from an Italian company testified that he witnessed a voice reversal.

The interview is from the online streaming show America, Can We Talk with Debbie Georgatos. Loudermilk discussion begins at 8:00 am.

Although the Daily Dot has not independently verified the exchange, lobbying records from Georgia’s Campaign Finance Commission show that Zack has met with Loudermilk on a number of occasions.

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In the interview, host Georgatos says that Zack was in Washington and delivered the affidavit to Congress, meaning it was personal. But it’s not clear if Zack met with Loudermilk in person.

But the revelation that a right-wing lobbyist sworn an affidavit into one of the most bizarre conspiracies of the 2020 election just moments before the day’s riot unfolded adds to the intrigue surrounding Loudermilk and the January 6 riot in the Capitol at.

The Daily Dot exclusively reported last week that Loudermilk spoke to WBHF radio during the riot and admitted that the day before he had met with “about a dozen people” who were planning to attend the Jan. 6 protests.

It differs from three other reports of the day. Loudermilk previously denied giving Capitol tours the day before the riot. Then, when the January 6 committee asked him to speak with him about leadership, he switched to saying he had met with a constituent family. He later updated this and said the family had brought guests.

In the interview about Italygate’s affidavit, Zack said she also gave it to staffers of Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), who has since left to run Trump’s social media service, and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) passed. who worked with Ali Alexander, one of the organizers of the January 6 protests.

Zack said she personally met with Gohmert’s office to update them on the delivery of her memo.

During Zack’s interview on the far-right online show America, Can We Talk?, Zack said: “[she] Written and submitted to Congress this afternoon at 1:12 p.m.,” an affidavit to “a very good man that I have known for a few decades, Congressman Barry Loudermilk…a dear friend.”

Zack called her information on Italygate the “who, where and how” and explained it was smoking proof of “admitting voter theft.”

It’s unclear if the interview was pre-taped and scheduled to air later. Zack continued, “Today at 5:00 p.m [Loudermilk] in just half an hour, the georgia survey will be conducting on the house floor.

If the interview were live, the 2020 election certification would likely have been delayed already.

In Loudermilk’s interview, also taped on Jan. 6, he said, “I wasn’t on the floor at the time … I decided I’d just wait until Georgia’s debate, which was going to be later in the evening, and just myself.” would incorporate my office by then.”

Georgia was one of several states, including Pennslyvania, where pro-Trump congressmen tried to prevent the results from being certified to prevent Biden from being officially declared the 2020 election winner.

That Washington post Office reported that Maria Zacks 501(c)(4), Nations In Action, worked with the Institute for Good Governance at Italygate.

According to the Post, the conspiracy made its way to the White House, with Trump’s then-Chief of Staff Mark Meadows sharing the theory that Italian defense contractor Leonardo worked with the CIA to swap votes. Meadows reportedly sent it to the acting attorney general as Trump pressed Meadows to find cases of alleged fraud that could be used to overturn the election.

Zack also claimed she shared the theory with Trump at a Christmas party she attended in Mar-a-Lago.

According to the post Office, Meadows announced the conspiracy days after Zack presented it to the President. Zack, Loudermilk and Gohmert did not respond to requests for comment from the Daily Dot.


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*Initial publication: May 24, 2022 at 12:10 p.m. CDT

Eric Levay

Eric Levai hosts and produces the Counter Intelligence podcast. He is a California-based national security journalist. Contact him with tips at 202-430-6968 or [email protected] Reach him on Twitter at @ericlevai.

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