GOP candidates cash in on Trump’s false election claims

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Trump Republicans are using baseless 2020 election fraud claims to fill their coffers for this year’s Senate primaries.

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Why this matters: In the immediate aftermath of the January 6 attack, even the most ardent supporters of former President Trump were unwilling to fight against certifying the election and fueling far-right claims of Joe Biden not winning. A year later, this is no longer true.

  • The GOP candidate at the top of the ticket in the most competitive Senate race in the country is gaining momentum and popularity by feeding off the lies being perpetuated by Trump and his supporters.
  • They are using it not only to gain popularity among the MAGA base but also to replenish their campaign coffers.

Who are we looking at:

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Adam Laxalt: Nevada Senate candidate, a former Republican state attorney general and Trump campaign state co-chair, Participated in the 2020 election challenges And said that he plans to start new challenges in 2022.

Jim Laman: Arizona Senate Candidate Supported many lawsuits Attacks on 2020 election results, including Former Vice President Mike Pence sued For their role in validating the results.

  • “Lamone believes that audits and government in elections should be more common, not less,” a campaign spokesperson told Nerdshala in an email.
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Ron Hanks: hanxo 6 Jan participated in the “Stop the Steel” rally and said he marched with supporters to the US Capitol, although nothing kept him inside the Capitol during the rebellion.

Moe Brooks: Current House Republicans and Alabama Senate candidates have been major proponents of electoral fraud claims.

Marjorie Eastman: A U.S. military combat veteran who recently jumped in the North Carolina Senate race, refused to say Was Biden legitimately elected. His campaign website includes a section on “Electoral Integrity”.

go in: After Nevada certified its results, Laxalt filed another lawsuit, Who Nevada State Rejected, Laxalt has since intimidated To prepare in advance the legal challenges for the 2022 election.

  • He is now fundraising from those plans. In a November 11 email to supporters, his campaign wrote: “In 2020, Adam Laxault stood shoulder to shoulder with President Trump and fought for electoral integrity.”
  • In response to our reporting, Laxalt told Nerdshala: “[Democrats’] Nevada’s partisan change to the system provided election officials with an untested process that generated more than 750,000 mail-in votes, inaccurate electoral rolls, loose ballots and virtually no signature verification.
  • “Nevadan deserves more transparency, and voters deserve confidence in the accuracy of election results, and I will proudly fight for them.”

lemon too funded security For audit in Maricopa County, Arizona.

  • They have launched Facebook campaign ads promoting their Doug Ducey’s lawsuit against Pence and the government, and claims that he is “the only candidate to have fought for electoral integrity from day one.”
  • A few days before Laman ran for Senate, he donated $2 million to the right-wing non-profit organization Look Ahead America. It was a key player in efforts to reverse the 2020 election results.
  • Look no further America recently reinstated its 501(c)(3) tax status, meaning that Laman’s donation—which is funding the voter registration and voting program in Arizona—is retrospectively tax-deductible. Will happen.
  • “I don’t know why he won’t make the cut,” his spokesman said.

hanxo Colorado election conspiracy forum hosted To discuss what he claimed was “election anomalies” and that Republicans “cannot be serious losers.”

Brooks infamous spoke “Save America” ​​on January 6th Rally outside the White House.

He told protesters to “do what it takes to fight for America” ​​and later signed a House Republican Amicus informed the Supreme Court In support of reversing the election results.

  • After the election, Brooks immediately caught hold of Trump’s false claims, by stating “If only valid votes were cast by eligible US citizens, Donald Trump won the Electoral College by a significant margin”—among other similar claims.
  • he’s been run facebook ads video showing and Photos of him speaking at the rally Joe calls on the Senate to send “a fearless fighter” like “Maga Mo”, and says the US can’t tolerate “any more scary, scary Republicans”.
  • Brooks’ campaign spokesman told Nerdshala: “The 2020 presidential election was the most fraudulent in US history. Congressman Mo Brooks believes … that, if only valid ballots cast by eligible US citizens were counted. If Donald Trump wins the 2020 election.”

Shortly after Eastman entered the race, A new Super PAC emerged to support that, called Restore Common Sense USA.

  • More than $400,000 has been spent on his behalf since mid-December.
  • FEC Filing Show The group is joined by Fred Eshelman, a wealthy North Carolina pharmaceutical executive. He did not respond to Nerdshala’ inquiries.
  • Eshelman previously gave $2 million to the conservative group True the Vote for its efforts to root out 2020 voter fraud. He later sued the group To recover the money, citing allegedly tardy efforts.

Be smart: The widespread fraud in the 2020 election, while virtually none, has become an article of faith at the conservative grassroots level.

  • In the primary season, that means leaning in lies could engage a candidate with core GOP voters — and run big bucks in small-dollar financial backing.

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