In the best axis of Friday’s request, the Trump-led PAC raised the issue of Trump’s share of the money going to Save America. Now, 75% of every contribution goes to saving America. It was reduced by 60% last week.
A black-and-white photo in the email on Friday showed Trump sitting at a desk in the hospital as he recovered from a corona virus infection at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in October.
Campaign finance experts say Trump’s request for money may mislead donors and have not read the legal penalties that spell out how their contributions will be used.
Under those terms, the first 75% of each contribution of up to $ 5,000 goes to Trump’s newly formed leadership PAC. The money will go into the campaign account only after that gateway is completed.
In addition, 25% of the funds go to the Republican National Committee’s operating account.
“Fundraising appeals give donors the appearance that their money will help them reconsider and support post-election lawsuits,” said Brendan Fischer, director of federal reform at the Campaign Law Center. “But really, every donor’s money goes to Trump’s loosely regulated post – election political vehicle.”
This report has been updated with additional reporting.
The report was co-authored by Dana Bosch and Betsy Klein.