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Trump unveils Sh23bn fundraising haul after election in effort to overturn result

By Reuters | December 4th 2020 at 10:31:28 GMT +0300

FILE PHOTO: Signs by supporters of US President Donald Trump hang outside the US Supreme Court building in Washington, US November 10, 2020. [Reuters]

President Donald Trump’s campaign and the Republican National Committee have raised Sh23 billion ($207.5 million) since Election Day, according to a statement on Thursday, gathering donations to pay for challenges to Democrat Joe Biden’s win in the November 3 poll.

The post-election fundraising haul brought the combined fundraising of Trump committees between October 15 and November 23 to Sh54.8 billion ($495 million), the Trump campaign said.

Biden’s campaign raised  Sh12.4 billion ($112 million) during the same period, according to a filing with the Federal Elections Commission on Thursday.

Trump has refused to concede defeat and alleged without evidence that Biden’s victory came thanks to widespread voter fraud.

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Trump’s campaign manager, Bill Stepien, said in the statement that the fundraising haul “positions President Trump to continue leading the fight to clean up our corrupt elections process in so many areas around the country.”

Trump and his allies have filed numerous lawsuits in battleground states but have failed to present proof of widespread fraud or problems that could have affected the results.

Soon after the election, Trump’s campaign began sending solicitations to supporters by email and text making pleas for donations to an “Official Election Defense Fund” to “protect the results and keep fighting even after Election Day.”

The fine print made clear most of the money would go to other priorities, including retiring the debts of Trump’s campaign.

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