Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Monday, April 05, 2021

Despite deteriorating finances, the Trump campaign was able to stay afloat last year in part thanks to what amounted to "an interest-free loan from unwitting supporters at the most important juncture of the 2020 [presidential] race," a New York Times investigation found. Reporter Shane Goldmacher writes that the campaign used pre-checked boxes, which became "dizzyingly complex" as finances worsened. If donors missed the fine print, what they thought were one-time donations wound up recurring weekly. Another pre-checked box automatically added cash to the amount given.


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The Times provided details about specific cases, including one man who donated $500, but soon discovered the campaign had reeled in $3,000 from him within 30 days, depleting and freezing his bank account.

When all was said and done, the Trump campaign refunded $122 million or 10 percent of what it raised online in 2020, and Goldmacher notes the number will likely still increase. For context, the Biden campaign refunded $20.2 million, or 2.2 percent of its online donations, over the same span.

Jason Miller, a spokesman for former President Donald Trump, downplayed the refund requests and fraud complaints the campaign received, noting only 0.87 percent of transactions were subject to formal credit card disputes. But, Goldmacher writes, that 0.87 percent rate translates to 200,000 donations accounting for $19.7 million.

A fraud investigator for Wells Fargo told the Times that complaints against the Trump campaign and WinRed, the company that processed its online donations, surged around the time the recurring donation box appeared. "It started to go absolutely wild," the investigator said. Read more at The New York Times.


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Give money to a swindler and get swindled.

Still amazes me people still believe that Trump was for anything but himself and his wallet.

#1 | Posted by jpw at 2021-04-05 09:02 AM | Reply

Jeff Tiedrich

are you telling me the guy who cheated to get into college and cheated to get out of Vietnam and cheated on wives and cheated at golf and cheated donors to his fake charity and cheated students at his scam university has been cheating his campaign donors? get the ---- out of here

#2 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2021-04-05 11:02 AM | Reply | Funny: 3

Trump wants GOP fundraising to go through him first which he then disperses to other GOP campaigns. Its the best thing an anti-Trumper could hope for.

Of course, GOP party members should be angry that they and their party are getting bilked for hundreds of millions, but instead they're angry at the baby eating libs. The GOP is getting screwed by their own savior but are just too stupid to figure it out. Lol at you, dummies!

#3 | Posted by horstngraben at 2021-04-05 11:35 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The RNCC just sent out a fundraising email with the recurring donation boxes pre-checked at the bottom of the page.

They have become the party of the Orange Lard Barge.

#4 | Posted by Nixon at 2021-04-08 07:11 AM | Reply

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