(Noted News) — In just a month, the Trump campaign has generated over $208 million from his supporters to wage at least 35 different lawsuits in 6 swing states, losing 34 of them for a success rate of 2.8%.
“These tremendous fundraising numbers show President Trump remains the leader and source of energy for the Republican Party and that his supporters are dedicated to fighting for the rightful, legal outcome of the 2020 general election,” Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien said in a statement.
The Trump administration also started a new leadership PAC called Save America, which requires a minimum contribution of $5,000 from donors, and has been taking in 75% of all donations to the Trump campaign since November 9.
Trump and Republicans are not just attracting support from the fringes, but from high profile, mega-wealthy financiers.
Stephen A. Schwarzman, philanthropist, and chairman and CEO of investment firm Blackstone Group ($571 billion AUM), donated $15 million to the Senate Leadership Fund, a super PAC linked to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel, to help Republicans win their run-off races in the state of Georgia.
Kenneth Griffin, CEO of hedge fund Citadel, donated $12 million between October and November. Long-time Trump ally and casino giant Sheldon Adelson donated $10 million to the Senate Leadership Fund as well. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Adelson contributed $180 million to Trump’s reelection, which, according to Trump, he has won.
In the unscheduled, unannounced speech, Trump went through all his bullet points for why the election was fraudulent, from his suspicions towards Dominion Voting Systems to mail-in ballots.
“On top of everything else, we have a company that’s very suspect. Its name is Dominion, with the turn of a dial or the change of a chip, you could press a button for Trump and the vote goes to Biden. What kind of a system is this?”
Trump said that the election should move to a paper system, and implied the U.S. should get rid of mail-in voting because European countries have strict restrictions on them.
“We have to go to paper, maybe it takes longer. But the only secure system is paper. Not these systems that nobody understands, including in many cases, the people that run them.”
“Many European countries have instituted major restrictions on mail-in voting, specifically, because they recognize the nearly unlimited potential for fraud. Out of 42 European nations, all but two prohibit absentee ballots entirely for people who reside inside the country, or else they require those who need absentee ballots to show a very, very powerful ID.”
Trump’s speech and continuous legal battles run contrary to the very slim path to a victory, with election results being certified in favor of Biden in Arizona, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin; virtually every state that mattered in swaying the direction of the outcome.
This forces Trump to rely on the U.S. Supreme Court, which so far hasn’t signaled much enthusiasm for getting involved. On Tuesday, Pennsylvanian Republican Mike Kelly requested that SCOTUS oversee a lawsuit that was thrown out by the state courts.
Kelly’s original lawsuit requested to either throw away all 2.5 million mail-in ballots or to annul the election results completely and allow the state Legislature to select Pennsylvania’s electors.
If Trump’s efforts to overturn the election fail, his fundraising may still go towards keeping a hold of the Republican party and keeping his brand alive.
Tim Murtaugh, a spokesman for the Trump campaign, said that this was always part of Trump’s plan.
“The president always planned to do this, win or lose, so he can support candidates and issues he cares about, such as combating voter fraud,” Murtaugh said.
Not all are convinced this is a viable plan for the president. John Bolton, Trump’s former National Security Advisor, says the entire campaign to maintain influence is futile.
“I think his power to influence will diminish dramatically once he leaves the Oval Office on Jan. 20, 2021. It’s a completely different ballgame…the dynamic will change dramatically.”