A survey conducted by the New York Times shows how the Trump campaign led several donors to make repeated donations to the campaign. In total, the campaign has had to repay more than a billion donor kroner.
In a long case from the American major newspaper New York Times, it appears that several believe they were tricked into giving large monetary gifts to the presidential campaigns of former President Donald Trump.
According to the newspaper, several people who chose to donate money to the campaign did not realize that they agreed to make repeated donations. The information that the donation amount they chose to give was to be deducted once a week and not just once, must have been well hidden from the donors.
Money was withdrawn without being aware of it
The newspaper writes, among other things, about the cancer patient Stacy Blatt (63) who had listened to the conservative political commentator Rush Limbaugh’s warnings about how badly the Trump campaign needed money. Blatt, who according to the newspaper, lives on less than 1000 dollars per month, chose to donate as much as his wallet could handle – 500 dollars.
State records show that this was his very first political donation ever – but it was not his last, due to the way the Trump campaign had set up the donation form. For the next day, a new $ 500 was deducted from Blatt’s account. The same thing happened every week, without the 63-year-old being aware of it, and until his bank account was emptied and frozen.
Eventually, with the help of his brother, he discovered that the Trump campaign had deducted $ 3,000 from his account in less than 30 days.
The newspaper has offered Gary Coby, digital director of the fundraising campaign, an interview in connection with the case, but he has refused.
Had to repay over a billion
In total, the Trump campaign had to repay 10.7 percent of all funds raised through the donor platform WinRed. At the time of writing, this corresponds to more than one billion Norwegian kroner (122 million dollars).
In comparison, the Biden campaign had to repay 2.2 percent of the contributions they received through the ActBlue platform, equivalent to almost 180 million kroner (21 million dollars).
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The New York Times has spoken with several bank representatives who claim the repayments from the Trump campaign at times accounted for between one and three percent of all fraud claims the banks processed.
Became more difficult to detect as the election approached
The newspaper writes that campaigners had to “wade” through a statement of responsibility in small print and manually print off that they agreed to the amount being deducted repeatedly.
As the election approached, the Trump campaign made the declaration of responsibility even less visible, according to surveys conducted by the New York Times. At this point, a second pre-election was introduced in the declaration of responsibility which doubled the donation amount one had entered.
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