Follow the money: Trump’s refusal to concede is a scam in the purest form of the word

Republicans obviously want to show that they’re still loyal to Trump—in the case of those like Sen. Lindsey Graham, disgustingly so. But Trump hasn’t exactly made it a secret what this is about. From the night of the election, Trump supporters have been receiving emails asking them to donate to the “Official Election Defense Fund” or the new “Save America PAC.” Some supporters report that they have received up to 18 solicitations in a single day asking for money for one or both of these projects.

Trump voters are being told that these funds are going to support an “emergency recount” of votes in Wisconsin. Or that they are being used to present “proof” of voter fraud in court. Only Trump’s campaign has not actually asked for a recount in Wisconsin, much less ponied up the $3 million that’s required. And it’s certainly not what Trump’s actual attorneys are saying in actual courts.

What it’s about is raking in millions for Trump. Not only does the money being brought in pay Rudy Giuliani to stand in front of landscaping stores and spread lies, the money is also being used to pay down debts Trump ran up during the campaign. In the case of solicitations from the “Make America Great Again Committee,” exactly none of the money goes to actual investigation of the fraud they know never happened. Instead, 40% of the money goes to the RNC while 60% flows to Trump’s campaign.  

But why would other Republicans be going along with this? Well, this maneuver from South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem provides a good clue. In an online solicitation, Noem urges voters to “help us bring it home for the president” and warns that Trump “needs our support while the far-left Dems declare a victory for Biden before all the votes are counted.” However, none of the money going into this fund is connected with funding investigations into campaign fraud. It’s not even going to Trump’s campaign. 100% of the donations instead flow into Noem’s own reelection fund.

Daily Kos Follow the money: Trump’s refusal to concede is a scam in the purest form of the word