allegedly Scammed Donors into Contributing to a Fund That Never Existed
AVA Law Group is investigating former President Trump's Save America PAC for possibly misappropriating funds raised for supposed election fraud.
Immediately following President Joe Biden's 2020 election win, Trump launched the Save America PAC. With aggressive and relentless marketing tactics, Trump bombarded his supporters with emails promising that contributions would go directly to this official election defense fund to "Stop the Steal" and overturn the 2020 election results.
According to Amanda Carpenter's reporting for The Bulwark, Trump's aggressive marketing did so well that within eight weeks, it "raked in upwards of $30 million." Furthermore, Carpenter notes that "the overall haul was reportedly more than $250 million." 1
There's just one problem.
No official defense fund existed, and, according to the Washington Post, "75 percent of each contribution to the joint fundraising committee would first go toward the Save America leadership PAC, and the rest would be shared with the party committee to help with the party's operating expenses." 2
In short, the whole Save America PAC was a scam to benefit Trump and his family.
Long History of Deception
Trump's shady business practices didn't start when he lost the 2020 election. The former president has a long history of leaving contractors, lawyers, and others working for him holding the bill.
Trump's shady practices extend beyond stiffing his workers out of a paycheck.
In 2018, Trump University settled a 25 million-dollar lawsuit. According to NBC News, from 2005 to 2010, students spent thousands of dollars on workshops and classes which promised to teach the "secrets of success in the real estate industry." 3
The lawsuit alleged that Trump University "used false advertising and high-pressure sales techniques." Students were then "sold expensive seminars and told they would be mentored by real estate gurus, leading to the loss of thousands of dollars in tuition." 3
Whenever entrusted with people's money, Trump seems to use his position to line his pockets.
In 2019, the New York Attorney General found that the Donald J. Trump Foundation had misallocated funds, including taking money meant for kids with cancer and shifting it to his business organization. After an investigation, the New York AG ordered the foundation to dissolve and fined Trump two million dollars.
According to The Bulwark, the investigation into the Donald J. Trump Foundation determined that charitable donations went to Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, the commission of a portrait of Trump, marketing for Trump hotels, and Trump's personal legal fees.
"In short, Trump abused his foundation's special tax status as a charity to help himself," journalist Amanda Carpenter points out. 1
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When Trump and his team created the Save America PAC, they used the same aggressive marketing campaigns that have worked for him for over a decade. Instead of taking advantage of students or sick children, Trump set his sights on a different demographic: America's working class.
According to The Washington Post, the former president and his team funded the Save America PAC most by "tapping into the president's base of loyal and fervent financial supporters, who tend to contribute the most when they feel the president is under siege or facing unfair political attacks." 2
Following the 2020 election, the former president and his team mass-distributed emails that used fear-mongering tactics. Emails declaring, "Despite the Left's attempt to undermine the Election, I will NEVER stop fighting for You!" and "We cannot let the Democrats STEAL this Election from your all-time favorite President" flooded inboxes across America.
One Twitter user allegedly received more than eleven emails from the Trump campaign and supporters in one day. All the emails urgently requested donations to support an official election defense fund.
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Where Did All the Money Go?
Where did it go if the money raised for Trump's Save America PAC didn't fund a legal defense to contest the 2020 election results?
So far, most of the money raised has gone to Trump's personal gain and interests.
Trump allocated some PAC money to his legal fees and expensive lawyers to defend the former president in matters unrelated to the 2020 election. Bulwark reports that "Save America paid more than $3.1 million in "legal consulting" fees." 1
However, most of the consulting fees seem to be thinly veiled bribes. According to Bulwark, "salaries for a number of former Trump aides who were subpoenaed to testify to the Jan. 6th Committee and who have been subpoenaed for other inquiries related to the seizure of classified documents at Mar-a-Lago." 1
Reports also show that over 8 million dollars of the Save America PAC went to Event Strategies Inc., the company behind Trump's January 6th rally.
Bulwark reports that, to date, Trump and his team spent most of the Save America PAC money between March 2021 and June 2022, long after the 2020 election certification.
WHAT TO DO
if You Donated to Trump's Save America Scam
The restrictions on the use of PAC money are loose. There are not a lot of laws governing how to allocate funds. However, that doesn't mean that Trump didn't break the law by falsely advertising an election defense fund to donors.
Trump's Save America PAC contributors weren't millionaires with money burning a hole in their pockets. Most were passionate "small-dollar" donors who donated to a cause they believed in and in Trump's promises. Instead of fighting for the cause, Trump misappropriated campaign funds for personal gain.
Politicians must be held accountable for corruption, especially those elected to the country's highest offices.
AVA Law Group has a long history of representing the people against the powerful. As part of our commitment to advocacy, our office continues investigating President Trump's shady "official election defense fund."
Call our office today if you or someone you know donated money to Trump's re-election fraud campaign. You may be able to get your money back.
Call an AVA Law Group legal expert today to learn more.
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