Surprise credit card charges: New Report Details How Trump Campaign Bilked Millions From Supporters

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  1. FryDaddyJr

    FryDaddyJr Well-Known Member

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    “A Scam”: New Report Details How Trump Campaign Bilked Millions From Supporters – Mother Jones

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    When Donald Trump’s campaign budget was largely tapped this fall, his staff resorted to deceptive online fundraising practices that tricked donors into signing up to make extra or recurring credit card payments.

    According to a New York Times report, the strategies, which involved automatically checking boxes above language consenting to the donations buried below lines and lines of near gibberish, sparked a huge number of complaints, which helped push the campaign to refund an eye popping $64.3 million dollars. According to insiders interviewed by the Times in credit card fraud departments, complaints about unwanted and unexpected charges from Trump donors accounted for as much as 3% of all traffic for periods during the campaign—a stunning number when compared to the massive amount of non-political credit card transactions the companies process. “It felt,” one victim tells the Times, “like it was a scam.”

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    From the New York Times.
    The Trump campaign paid out many of those refunds after the November election, as new piles of cash were coming in, purportedly earmarked to fund legal battles related to his false claim that his reelection was stolen. As the Times reports, “the money that Mr. Trump eventually had to refund amounted to an interest-free loan from unwitting supporters at the most important juncture of the 2020 race.”

    Since leaving office, Trump has kept his political money machine operational. Just last month he sent cease and desist letters to the Republican National Committee and other party arms demanding they stop using his name and likeness in fundraising, and told donors to instead give to a PAC he controls.

     
  2. FryDaddyJr

    FryDaddyJr Well-Known Member

    so far 10 percent of these charges have been refunded, Just think of how many have been swndled and didn't catch it.

    How Trump Steered Supporters Into Unwitting Donations - The New York Times (nytimes.com)

    Trump Donors Cry ‘Scam’ Over Recurring Donations (lawandcrime.com)

    A 63-year-old cancer patient in Kansas City named Stacy Blatt told the Times that he gave $500 to the campaign in September, despite living on less than $1,000 a month, and was completely blindsided by what followed.

    “That single contribution — federal records show it was his first ever — quickly multiplied,” the report stated. “Another $500 was withdrawn the next day, then $500 the next week and every week through mid-October, without his knowledge — until Mr. Blatt’s bank account had been depleted and frozen.”

    He was forced to seek help from his brother after his utility and rent checks bounced and he learned his account had been drained of $3,000 in under 30 days.


    “It felt like it was a scam,” Russel told the Times, adding that the family reported the Trump campaign withdrawals to the bank because it thought Stacy had been the victim of fraud.

    Another 78-year-old from California made what she thought was a one-time donation of $990 that wound up costing her more than $8,000.

    The plan resulted in the Trump campaign refunding almost eleven percent of what it raised online in 2020, or more than $122 million, a figure that may increase as more claims roll in.

    The campaign was also reportedly planned on the strong likelihood that it would have to pay back at least some of the recurring donations — so it used the funds like a loan.

    “The recurring donations swelled Mr. Trump’s treasury in September and October, just as his finances were deteriorating. He was then able to use tens of millions of dollars he raised after the election, under the guise of fighting his unfounded fraud claims, to help cover the refunds he owed,” the Times report stated.

    “In effect, the money that Mr. Trump eventually had to refund amounted to an interest-free loan from unwitting supporters at the most important juncture of the 2020 race.”
     
  3. clembo

    clembo Well-Known Member

    Mr. "law and order" skirts them whenever possible.

    He is the guy that gave us Trump University after all.

    Why don't these people learn?

    Stupid people shouldn't breed. I guess nobody told their parents this.:(
     
  4. JoeNation
    Angelic

    JoeNation Patron Saint of Idiots

    A fool and his money.... These aren't the brightest bulbs and when it comes to bilking rubes, Trump is the master.
     

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