Trumpy Republicans are using baseless allegations of electoral fraud in 2020 to fill their coffers for this year’s Senate primaries.
Why is this important: Immediately after the Jan.6 attack, even former President Trump’s staunchest supporters were unwilling to fight the certification of the election and fueled far-right claims Joe Biden failed to win. A year later, this is no longer true.
- GOP candidates topping the tickets in the nation’s most competitive Senate races are gaining popularity and popularity by feeding off the lies perpetuated by Trump and his supporters.
- They not only use it to gain popularity among the MAGA base, but also to fill their campaign coffers.
Who we are looking at:
Adam Laxalt: the The Nevada Senate candidate, a former Republican state attorney general and state co-chair of the Trump campaign, participated in the 2020 election challenges and said he plans to launch new challenges in 2022.
Jim Lamon: the The Arizona Senate candidate has supported a number of lawsuits attacking the 2020 election results, including suing former Vice President Mike Pence for his role in certifying the results.
- Lamon “strongly believes that election and government audits should be more common, not less,” a campaign spokesperson told Axios in an email.
Ron Hanks: Hanks attended the “Stop the Steal” rally on January 6 and said he walked with supporters to the United States Capitol, although nothing placed him inside the Capitol during the insurrection.
Mo Brooks: The current House Republican and Senate candidate from Alabama has been a major supporter of the allegations of voter fraud.
Marjorie Eastman: The US Army veteran, who recently entered the North Carolina Senate race, declined to say whether Biden had been legitimately elected. Its campaign website includes a section on “election integrity”.
Go further: After Nevada certified its results, Laxalt filed another complaint, which the state of Nevada dismissed. Laxalt has since threatened to preemptively prepare legal challenges to the 2022 election.
- He is now fundraising on these plans. In an email to supporters Nov. 11, his campaign wrote: “In 2020, Adam Laxalt stood by President Trump and fought for the integrity of the election.”
- In response to our report, Laxalt told Axios: “[Democrats’] The partisan transformation of the Nevada system gave election officials an untested process that generated over 750,000 mail-in votes, dirty voters lists, loose ballots, and virtually no signature checks.
- “Nevadans deserve more transparency, and voters deserve to have confidence in the accuracy of election results, and I will fight proudly for them.”
Lamon too funded security audit in Maricopa County, Arizona.
- He has run campaign ads on Facebook touting his lawsuits against Pence and Governor Doug Ducey, and claims he is “the only candidate who has fought for election integrity since day one.”
- Days before Lamon entered the Senate race, he donated $ 2 million to right-wing nonprofit Look Ahead America. He was a key player in efforts to overturn the 2020 election results.
- Look Ahead America recently restored its 501 (c) (3) tax status, which means that Lamon’s donation – which funds a voter registration and participation program in Arizona – will be retroactively tax deductible.
- “I don’t know why he wouldn’t take a deduction,” his spokesperson said.
Hanks hosted the Colorado Elections Conspiracy Forum to discuss what he claimed to be “election anomalies” and said Republicans “cannot be graceful losers.”
Infamous brooks was talking at the “Save America” rally on January 6 in front of the White House.
He told protesters “to do whatever it takes to fight for America” and then signed a House Republican amicus brief to the Supreme Court in support of overturning the election results.
- After the election, Brooks quickly clung to Trump’s false claims, stating that “if only legitimate votes of eligible US citizens were cast, Donald Trump would win the Electoral College by a significant margin” – among other similar claims.
- He ran ads on Facebook with videos and photos of him speaking at the rally that called for sending “a fearless fighter” like “MAGA Mo” to the Senate, and saying America can no longer tolerate “more Republicans. curled up and wimps ”.
- Brooks’ campaign spokesperson told Axios: “The 2020 presidential election was the most fraudulent in American history. Congressman Mo Brooks believes … that if only ballots of legitimate votes cast by eligible U.S. citizens were counted, Donald Trump won the 2020 election. “
Shortly after Eastman entered the race, a new super PAC has emerged to support it, dubbed Restore Common Sense USA.
- He has spent over $ 400,000 on his behalf since mid-December.
- Documents filed by the FEC show the group is linked to Fred Eshelman, a wealthy pharmaceutical executive from North Carolina. He did not respond to requests from Axios.
- Eshelman previously gave the conservative group True the Vote $ 2 million for its efforts to root out the alleged 2020 election fraud. He then sued the group to recover the money, citing allegedly lackluster efforts.
Be smart: Widespread fraud in the 2020 election, while non-existent in reality, has become an article of faith among the conservative base.
- During the primary season, this means that addressing the lie can convince a candidate of the main GOP voters – and generate huge sums of money in the form of small financial support.