Trump’s Latest Scam – The Save America PAC’s 0 Million Treasure

Trump’s Latest Scam – The Save America PAC’s $100 Million Treasure

Former President Donald Trump raises his fist as he leaves Trump Tower in Nueva York, miércoles August 10, 2022, to head the office of the Attorney General of Nueva York to declare under oath in a civil investigation of sus negocios inmobiliarios.  (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

Former President Trump outside Trump Tower in New York this month. Do your constant persuasion emails fool the Republican faithful? (Julia Nikhinson / Associated Press)

Donald Trump says he’s naming me “Patriot of the Month.” But the defeated president told me this month after month in fundraising emails, including every day this week.

No service to the country is needed on my part, only payment to Trump: a contribution to his growing political coffers in the “Save America PAC”. Fortunately, he’s already ticked the box that says I agree to “make this a monthly recurring donation.”

This is patriotism, Trump style.

“For your eyes only”, pitches can begin, or “DO NOT SHARE”. Get an autographed copy of his speech at the rally, they promise, or get bookmarks like the ones he used to sign the bills as president, or vulgar “LET’S GO BRANDON” baseball caps for your donation.

I refused to participate – I know, hard to believe. But many hard-working, cash-strapped Americans are duped by these cons, er, offers. Trump has raised well over $100 million for his PAC since leaving office.

Here’s what’s more disgusting: so-called Republican leaders are so intimidated by Trump that they don’t speak up when he’s deceiving his own voters. And fraud isn’t even what bothers them.

What bothers them is that Trump is aspiring so much from small donors and channeling almost nothing to party candidates. This is despite his claims to potential donors that he is helping Republicans gain control of Congress in this year’s midterm elections.

Democrats were quick to criticize Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, when they were in office, for not sharing more of their donors, but even Republicans in particular are remarkably quiet about Trump’s hucksterism.

“I don’t hear much about it,” longtime Republican national strategist Doug Heye told me, “in part because, as with all things Trump, there’s a resignation that this is exactly what he’s going to do. You Does hear a lot that he is not spreading the wealth. He’s accumulating the money and keeping it – that’s what people are talking about.”

As with most things Trump, it’s a norm-breaking. “To my knowledge, no other former president has ever held a PAC, let alone a PAC with nine-figure cash on hand,” said Adav Noti, who for more than a decade was a lawyer for the Federal Election Commission. I. “As they continue to target donors and engage in extremely nasty and deceptive fundraising practices, I think one of the main questions is where all this money goes.”

The money from so-called leadership PACs must go to the candidates. By law, however, Trump can convert it for personal use — unless he becomes a candidate again. As Noti said, “the laws around candidates who help themselves with their own campaign money are pretty strict.”

Non-candidate Trump’s greed for money has surged lately, bringing in as much as $1 million a day, the Washington Post reported, as he taps into his and his supporters’ grievance sentiment over what he falsely calls the “unwarranted invasion” of the United States. FBI. ” in Mar-a-Lago, August 8. He needs the money, he begs, to fight back.

Likewise, days after the 2020 election, Sore Loser created the Save America PAC and began tirelessly emailing small dollar donors, claiming they needed money for an “Official Election Defense Fund.” But “there was no such fund,” Representative Zoe Lofgren, a San Jose Democrat on the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, insurrection, said at his second hearing in June. “So, there wasn’t just the ‘Big Lie’, there was the ‘Big Heist’.”

Trump continues to raise even as the GOP struggles. Its campaign arm in the Senate, the Senate Republican National Committee, is so limited that it has shelved plans to buy television ads for its candidates in several battleground states, according to the Post, while Democratic candidates are dominating radio waves and fundraising.

This caused Republicans to openly complain, but not about Trump, about Senator Rick Scott of Florida, chairman of the Senate campaign committee. However, if the Republicans don’t get a majority in the Senate, it’s not Scott’s fault. After all, Republicans have other sources of campaign money, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s wealthy Senate Leadership Fund and, as the New York Times reported this week, a new conservative fund seeded with $1. .6 billion from a little-known nonagenarian electronics mogul run by right-wing activist Leonard A. Leo.

No, if Republicans fall short in the Senate races, it will be because Trump — with his endorsement of sycophantic and election-denying MAGAts vis-a-vis more traditional rivals — has saddled them with candidates who are extremist losers, including Herschel Walker in Georgia, Mehmet Oz. in Pennsylvania and Blake Masters in Arizona.

Even McConnell no longer seems confident about the Republicans’ chances in the Senate. “The quality of the candidate has a lot to do with the outcome,” he said last week, without, of course, naming Trump as the quality control violator.

Trump, of course, has no qualms about naming and shaming McConnell. In both a post on his Truth Social website and a fundraiser email I received on Wednesday, the defeated president suggested, without evidence, that McConnell and his wife, Elaine Chao, who was Trump’s Secretary of Labor , could be criminally liable for conflicts of interest in mixing up their government positions in their family’s transport business with China.

“A new Republican Senate leader must be chosen immediately,” Trump wrote in his email – above the usual red “DONATE” button. The separate Truth Social post was richly ironic: McConnell, Trump wrote, “should spend more time (and money!) [Republicans] be elected”.

As usual, Trump is projecting, attributing his sins to others. But if Republicans don’t care enough to stand up to the man who is hurting their electoral prospects, why should the rest of us?

Here’s why: because millions of well-meaning citizens are literally buying Trump’s lies with their meager savings. If the huckster is a Nigerian email scammer or a former president, this is wrong.

@jackiekcalmes

This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.

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