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.

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Martie Sirois

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