The Trump Campaign Tricked Supporters Into Making Large Unexpected Donations and the FEC is Now Looking to Ban the Practice

During last years election season, Donald Trump’s campaign charged donors who thought they were making a one time donation multiple times. The Federal Election Commission is now looking to ban the practice.

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For a number of reasons, the Trump campaign was in a heavy cash crunch last year. The “death star” originally built by Brad Parscale was collapsing and Joe Biden was out-raising Trump each week. And some of the donations Trump was getting were being acquired in an unscrupulous way.

In April of this year, The New York Times spoke with multiple donors who said they were charged multiple times. The Trump campaign calls this a “money bomb” According to the report, “the tactic ensnared scores of unsuspecting Trump loyalists — retirees, military veterans, nurses and even experienced political operatives. Soon, banks and credit card companies were inundated with fraud complaints from the president’s own supporters about donations they had not intended to make, sometimes for thousands of dollars.”

Yesterday the board of the FEC voted unanimously to ban the practice. Ellen L. Weintraub, a longtime Democratic commissioner on the FEC, explained, “It’s important that donors be able to exercise their choices freely. If their money is being taken from them because of some reverse checkoff option they didn’t notice, then they are not giving their money freely. It’s almost like theft. I don’t want to see donors tricked.”

While the FEC wants to see the practice banned, they can’t make that decision alone. Their recommendations have been sent over to congress.

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