Update: Federal judge says candidate won't get a dime from Galvin.
Shiva Ayyadurai charges Secretary of State Bill Galvin used his immense influence over Twitter to get the platform to silence him for two weeks at a critical point in his write-in campaign for US Senate mere weeks after he had lost his bid to get on the ballot as a Republican - a campaign he says he was forced to undertake because the state committed "election fraud" - which is, of course, the only reason a household name such as himself could possibly have lost the primary to a nobody from nowhere, like what's his name, Kevin O'Connor.
In a suit filed today in US District Court in Boston, Ayyadurai says Galvin's manipulation of his influence over Twitter violates his federal and state constitutional rights and has left him damaged to the tune of $1.2 billion, which he wants a judge to order Galvin to pay him - after the judge first orders Galvin not to use his oversize influence at Twitter between now and Nov. 3.
According to Ayyadurai, at issue are seven tweets he posted after the primary in which he alleged the Secretary of State's office committed all that fraud by allegedly destroying images of a million primary ballots - in a primary in which only about 256,000 people cast Republican votes.
Not surprisingly, the Secretary of State's office denied destroying any ballots or ballot images and complained to Twitter about Ayyadurai's "election misinformation," according to an article on the fact-checking site Lead Stories.
Twitter then suspended Ayyadurai's Twitter account and said it would not restore it until he took down the tweets, which he alleges left him voiceless in a public forum even as he was steaming ahead with his write-in campaign.
In his complaint, Ayyadurai's only evidence of the Twitter-silencing hand of Bill Galvin is a link to the Lead Stories article, which actually concluded that Ayyadurai had no evidence to support his claim, that, in fact, the state could not hand over photos of ballots not because it had destroyed roughly four times as many ballots as votes cast in the Republican primary but because state law prohibits the taking of photos of ballots, so there were never any to begin with.
When not running for office, Ayyadurai has been busy this year filing lawsuits.
In May, he sued New York anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. for at least $95 million in a dispute over which man is lying more about the other man's record in opposing vaccinations. The next week, he sued a supporter of Kennedy's for $115 million over the same basic allegations.
In August, he sued Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and former Police Commissioner William Evans for what he charges was their deprivation of his First Amendment rights at a rally organized by white supremacists on Boston Common in August, 2017. In that case, similar to a $100-million suit against Walsh by another organizer, Ayyadurai argues he was only there to promote clean air and water, as well as peace and love and the fact that Black lives do matter, and that he couldn't possibly be a white supremacist because he was born in India.
Complete complaint against Galvin (1.8M PDF).