A Big Trump Donor is Asking for his $2 Million Back after a Pro-Trump Group Failed to Overturn Election Results

It may have taken a few days to call the election, but Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential race. And while Donald Trump hasn’t been willing to admit his loss in public, he has solicited donations to fight the results. Other outside groups have also collected money to help the Trump campaign.

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One of these groups, called True the Vote, has attempted to fund lawsuits aimed at overturning the election results. Healthcare investor Fred Eshelman gave them $2.5 million. Eshelman is now asking for his money back after the group’s lawsuits fizzled out.

The donor was contacted by True the Vote’s president Catherine Engelbrecht on November 5th, the day after the election. He wired her over $2 million.

A suit filed by Eshelman’s lawyers reads:

“Based upon Ms. Engelbrecht’s representations regarding defendant’s comprehensive plans to investigate, litigate, and publicize illegal balloting and other election fraud as part of its Validate the Vote 2020 efforts, plaintiff agreed to give an initial gift of $2 million to defendant on the condition that the funds would be used to fund the initial stages of the Validate the Vote project. Specifically, $1 million of that initial pledge was intended to fund efforts to communicate defendant’s findings via the contemplated litigation. Plaintiff advised he would contribute more as the project progressed.”

You can read more about Eshelman’s suit at the Law and Crime website.


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