The scam begins.
Hours after former President Donald Trump was indicted by the federal government, House Republican Conference Speaker Elise Stefanik (NY) was already fundraising for the news — for Trump, but almost entirely for herself.
“President Trump has been charged with federal charges,” read the subject line of a Thursday night email from Team Elise, Stefanik’s joint fundraising committee.
“The Biden Armed Feds handed President Trump FALSE CHARGES for the ‘Box Hoax,'” the email reads. “They’re just trying to keep him out of the White House in 2024. President Trump needs ALL of his loyal supporters to stand with him at this crucial time.”
“SEND A DONATION TO OUR OFFICIAL TRUMP DEFENSE FUND TO SUPPORT PRESIDENT TRUMP,” the email shouts.
House Republican Conference Speaker Elise Stefanik wasted no time raising money for Trump’s indictment — for herself. Here is a screenshot of his email.
It’s pretty cheesy to raise funds on an indicted ex-president, but it’s not the worst part. Stefanik uses underhanded tactics in his fundraising email to try to get as much money from people as possible, even though they may not realize what they’re accepting.
His email is set up so that if you click to donate money to Trump, the website automatically ticks a little box making your donation a recurring monthly donation. You have to be careful to notice it.
Stefanik’s fundraising email automatically ticks a box that invites people to make recurring donations to her and Trump.
And even though Stefanik’s fundraising email and homepage indicate that these donations are for an official defense fund for Trump, when you read the fine print, you can see that almost all of this money is intended for Stefanik.
Beneath brightly colored graphics of suggested donation amounts that you can click directly on — $100, $500, or even $3,300, the maximum donation allowed — is a little phrase that says to click on it for details on the donation. how your donation will be allocated. This is where you can see where your money is automatically set to go.
There’s a little sentence in Elise Stefanik’s fundraising email that, if you see it and click on it, will show you that most of the money you donate to Trump is automatically set to go to Stefanik.
A $250 donation to the “OFFICIAL TRUMP DEFENSE FUND,” for example, breaks down to $247.50 for Stefanik and $2.50 for the joint Trump Save America fundraising committee.
A $500 donation translates to $495 for Stefanik and $5 for Trump.
A $3,300 donation breaks down to $3,267 for Stefanik and $33 for Trump.
You can change these allocations, of course. But first you have to pay attention to this little phrase and the fact that you can modify the predefined allocations.
A $3,300 donation to the so-called Official Trump Defense Fund breaks down to $3,267 for Elise Stefanik and $33 for Trump.
A spokeswoman for Stefanik did not respond to a request for comment on why she is fundraising on Trump’s indictment, or why she is fundraising for a so-called official defense fund for Trump when most of that money is expected to go directly to his campaign.
Democrats also hope to make money from Trump’s indictment.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-California), who is running for the Senate, sent out a fundraising email late Thursday warning that Trump will “go after his enemies” now that he has been indicted for the second time. Schiff said he was going to be “top of his list” for ugly attacks.
“Rush $10 for my campaign right now to help us prepare for the inevitable attacks from Trump – and ensure we defeat him and his MAGA movement in 2024,” the campaign email read. Schiff for the Senate. “Once for all.”
His email doesn’t automatically sign people up for recurring monthly donations, however, and he directs all donations to his Senate campaign.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-California) wasted no time raising funds after Trump’s indictment.
A spokesperson for Schiff did not respond to a request for comment on why he is raising money from the former president’s indictment.
The Democratic Governors Association also issued a fundraising appeal on Friday, asking its supporters in an email to respond to an investigation into Trump’s indictment that actually leads to asking for money. .
Of course, Trump, who regularly sends fundraising emails for himself, has already sent three such emails since his indictment on Thursday night.
The first is about “MY FIRST TIME SPEAK SINCE PROSECUTION,” and it leads to a four-minute video of Trump saying he’s innocent and a written plea for money. The second denounces “the endless witch hunts” facing Trump and leads to another video of the former president saying he is innocent. The third offers to throw in a free t-shirt if you give Trump money before midnight Friday.
None of his emails automatically sign people up for recurring monthly donations if they give him money, and all direct the full donation to his campaign.