The Michigan Secretary of State’s office has reviewed portions of the movie “2000 Mules” pertaining to Michigan and sees nothing illegal.

“The film clips involving Michigan that have been shared with the department are explained by standard election practices well within state and federal law,” said A.K. Crisp, press secretary for Democrat Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, in an email to The Epoch Times.

The film’s maker, Dinesh D’Souza, said of Benson’s assessment of the evidence presented in his documentary, “I find the response quite shocking as paid ballot trafficking is illegal in all 50 states.

“How can they refuse to even investigate?”

D’Souza answered his own question in his statement to The Epoch Times, saying, “Well, I guess the answer has to be that this is cheating that helps their own party.”

Crisp went on to say, “Michigan’s 2020 election was found to be secure and accurate by hundreds of audits, numerous courts, and the Republican-led state Senate Oversight Committee.”

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson speaks in Detroit on Aug. 18, 2020. (Rebecca Cook/Reuters)

The 88-minute film highlighted a 15-month investigation by the public interest group True the Vote into ballot trafficking.

The investigation used cell phone signal tracking, geofencing techniques, and video evidence to discover and document the unlawful conduct.

The study found that in Wayne County, Michigan, at least 500 intermediaries called “mules” engaged in ballot trafficking by collecting thousands of absentee ballots from voters and depositing them in ballot drop boxes for money.

Ballot trafficking is a process by which the safeguards of a chain of custody of a voter’s ballot and official supervision of the handling of that ballot are evaded.

True the Vote cyber expert Gregg Phillips estimates that at least 4.8 million votes were trafficked nationally in 2020.

The True the Vote figures are based on an examination of election practices in Michigan, Georgia, Arizona, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Texas, where most absentee ballot drop boxes were placed in neighborhoods recognized as Democrat strongholds.

A segment of “2000 Mules” alleges through mathematical analysis of voting results that without the illegally trafficked ballots Trump would have carried the battleground states of Michigan, Georgia, Arizona, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania as he did in 2016 and been reelected.

Over the period of May 9 through May 11, The Epoch Times asked the governors, attorneys general, and the highest-ranking election administrators in each of the five battleground states mentioned above what they thought about the evidence of large-scale election fraud presented in the D’Souza film.

The officials were also asked what was being done about it in their states.

Only Benson and Michigan’s Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat, and the office of Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, a Republican, responded by press time.

Nessel’s office offered this terse comment, “Allegations of fraud should be reported to law enforcement for proper review.”

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Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich speaks at a news conference in Phoenix on Jan. 7, 2020. (Bob Christie/AP Photo)

Brnovich did not comment directly on the movie or the activities of the 202 mules who operated in Maricopa County during the 2020 election season, as revealed in the movie.

But spokesperson Katie Conner told The Epoch Times that there were ongoing investigations underway into aspects of that election.

“While we are limited in what we can say, we can confirm that several individuals have been indicted on charges related to ballot harvesting and voter fraud,” said Conner.

Last year Brnovich successfully won a major election integrity lawsuit against the Democrat National Committee in the United States Supreme Court.

Conner also said that Brnovich had identified and reported on “areas of serious vulnerability within our voting system that must be addressed by the legislature.”

Steven Kovac


Steven Kovac is an Epoch Times reporter who covers the state of Michigan. He is a former small businessman, local elected official, and conservative political activist. He is an ordained minister of the Gospel. Steven and his wife of 32 years have two grown daughters. He can be reached at

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