Trump’s Bogus “Election Defense Fund” Scammed $250 Million Off Americans…

and no one should be surprised. He’s been doing iterations of the same grift for decades.

Martie Sirois
8 min readJun 21, 2022


“Donald Trump — Drum Major Clown” by DonkeyHotey, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

In the final point of her closing statement, at the end of day two in the January 6th hearings, Rep. Zoe Lofgren delivered a mic drop. Building up to this moment (which we’ll get to shortly), she said she wanted to outline some additional actions the Trump campaign had taken beyond their litigation efforts. Of course, Trump and his team already knew these efforts were futile because their case — built on the premise of a “stolen” or “fraudulent” election — was a big fat lie. Lofgren found it noteworthy the efforts continued at all since litigation generally does not continue past the safe harbor date of December 14th.

“But,” she continued:

the fact that this litigation went on, well, that decision makes more sense when you consider the Trump campaign’s fundraising tactics. Because if the litigation had stopped on December 14th, there would’ve been no fight to defend the election, and no clear path to continue to raise millions of dollars.

It was suddenly a grab-the-popcorn-and-get-comfortable kind of moment.

We were introduced to a video presentation featuring Amanda Wick, Senior Investigative Counsel with the House Select Committee. Wick clearly and concisely outlined how the Trump campaign used Trump’s election lies to concoct fundraising schemes which ultimately scammed $250 million from the American people.

Through brief summary and visuals, she brought to light a massive public pressure campaign led by Trump and his allies. At the center was an aggressive marketing strategy which included sending millions of fundraising emails to Trump supporters — as many as 25 a day — claiming things like the “left-wing MOB” was “undermining the election.” These emails implored supporters to “step up” to protect election integrity, and gave them a tangible way to do so. Emails encouraged them that they could “fight back” by donating to the Official Election Defense Fund — a fund that did not exist.

Sidenote: I can vouch for the 25 emails a day because I got them myself, delivered straight to my fake email account



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