Trump’s Campaign Amassed a Massive $76 Million Meant to Challenge His Loss; None of It Was Spent on the Causes He Cited
After then-President Donald Trump lost the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden, he began raising money to put in a political slush fund, claiming he needed the money not only to challenge his own loss but to help two Republican senators win their runoff elections in Georgia. He was able to raise a stunning $76 million. Guess how much of it he spent on the causes he cited? NOT ONE DIME.
One top Republican who is familiar with Trump’s fundraising operation spoke out on condition of anonymity and said, “He put nothing back. He didn’t care.”
The source said that Trump plans to use the money to pay his personal, non-election-related, legal bills, and added, “He put all this money in the bank for his own legal fights. He never cared about Georgia’s races.”
Trump’s legal fees are likely to be astronomical as he stares down a plethora of legal problems – from civil to criminal. He’s looking at sexual misconduct allegations, tax fraud inquiries, and his second Senate impeachment trial is on the horizon since he is being charged with inciting the insurrection on the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, leading to the death of 5 people.
Some Republicans believe that Trump did anything BUT help the GOP win the Jan. 5 runoff elections in Georgia. Instead, they say, his lies about the election having been rigged and stolen from him actually lowered the turnout among Republican voters – a move that ultimately cost them control of the Senate since both of the Georgia senators lost.
Trump has a leadership committee known as “Save America” and he can use that in any way he sees fit, including paying himself. “Save America” ended 2020 with $31.2 million in the bank. It can also take an additional $45 million that is in an joint fundraising account with the Republican National Committee.
That joint operation is called the “Trump Make America Great Again Committee” and from Nov. 11 through Jan. 6, just minutes before the deadly siege of the Capitol, it sent out hundreds of fundraising emails and texts on Save America’s behalf.
On Jan. 6th, as Congress had gathered to certify the Electoral College votes, an email went out at 1:23 p.m. that said, “TODAY will be a historic day in our Nation’s history. Congress will either certify, or object to, the Election results. Every single Patriot from across the Country must step up RIGHT NOW if we’re going to successfully DEFEND the integrity of this Election. President Trump is calling on YOU to bolster our Official Defend America Fund.”
The truth of the matter is that the only money the “Save America” committee spent by the end of the year were payments that totaled $343,000 to WinRed, a GOP campaign payment processing company.
None of Save America’s money was spent to assist the Georgia Republican senators in their battles either, even though 39 emails and 9 text messages were sent out about those races.
One text on Dec. 1 read: “Dem Elites are funneling MILLIONS into Georgia to RIP AWAY the Senate. Pres Trump needs YOU to step up.”
On the day of the runoff, a text that cited potential voting glitches as a reason to donate money was sent out, saying, “If it’s true that voting machines briefly stopped working in Georgia today, then we must remain vigilant! Don’t wait ― ACT NOW.” It failed to mention that the money went to Save America, and that the Georgia cause wouldn’t see a penny of it.
These type of “leadership PACs” are loosely regulated and frequently used by politicians. Those in control of leadership PACs can use the money for own personal expenses, unlike regular committees.