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Dominion: Ex-Michigan state senator 'sowing discord in our democracy' with election fraud claims

Dominion Voting Systems has sent a cease-and-desist letter to a former Michigan state senator who the company says is making false claims about its products and the 2020 election to drive donations to his personal business.

The letter, which was obtained by the Detroit News, demands that former state Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R) stop spreading "lies" about Dominion, including his claims that Dominion machines were used to falsify votes for President BidenJoe BidenAtlanta mayor won't run for reelection South Carolina governor to end pandemic unemployment benefits in June Airplane pollution set to soar with post-pandemic travel boom MORE in the state. Biden won Michigan in November, four years after the state narrowly went for former President TrumpDonald TrumpVeteran accused in alleged border wall scheme faces new charges Arizona Republicans to brush off DOJ concern about election audit FEC drops investigation into Trump hush money payments MORE in 2016.

"You are knowingly sowing discord in our democracy, all the while soliciting exorbitant amounts of money — totaling over $1 million so far — from your audiences paid directly to your personal business," reads Dominion's letter.

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"If foreign countries, hackers, Democrats, space aliens, or anyone else had hacked into the Dominion machines in Antrim County and manipulated the vote tallies in those machines, then the machine tallies would not match the votes on the paper ballots in the possession of the Republican county officials," it continued. "In fact, they do match, as confirmed by a hand recount of the paper ballots."

Colbeck testified before the state Senate Oversight Committee in December that he had evidence showing voter fraud occurred in Michigan, the News noted, a claim that has been debunked by federal officials including former Attorney General William BarrBill BarrThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Facebook upholds Trump ban; GOP leaders back Stefanik to replace Cheney Judge's decision on Barr memo puts spotlight on secretive DOJ office Trump allies launching nonprofit focused on voter fraud MORE.

The former senator's claims have been "repeatedly debunked by bipartisan election officials, actual election security experts, judges and numerous Trump administration officials and allies," wrote Dominion lawyers.

The newspaper said Colbeck did not immediately return a request for comment.

Dominion attorneys have targeted a number of pro-Trump figures who made unproven claims about election fraud and the company's equipment in recent months, including the president's former lawyer, Sidney Powell, as well as Fox News.