Pro-Trump Fundraisers Allegedly Mislead The Elderly With Deceptive Practices
According to Campaign Legal, a “joint investigation by Campaign Legal Center (CLC) and Axios documented how the Presidential Coalition capitalized on its founder’s ties to President Trump to raise millions of dollars but devoted less than 3% of its spending to political activities.”
The organization’s report also states that “the Presidential Coalition raises funds using a telemarketing firm that former employees have accused of targeting the elderly,” adding that the group drew “the majority of its donations from small-dollar and elderly donors.”
- “The investigation prompted a stinging rebuke from President Trump’s campaign—and, according to new records, led to a precipitous drop in fundraising activity,” the report stated.
“The initial CLC/Axios investigation revealed that the Presidential Coalition, led by former Trump deputy campaign manager David Bossie, saw a jolt in fundraising after the 2016 elections from its small-dollar and retired donor base—some of whom thought they were sending money to support Trump directly—but that the group plowed most of the funds raised back into more fundraising, payments to other groups affiliated with Bossie, purchases of Bossie’s own books, and administrative costs.
- Campaign Legal reported that “Two days after the investigation was published, the Trump campaign issued a statement denouncing ‘dishonest fund-raising groups’ that ‘deceptively use the president’s name, likeness, trademarks or branding and confuse voters.’ The statement didn’t mention the Presidential Coalition by name, but it was widely reported that Bossie and his group were the target.”
- “The latest chapter in the story of the Presidential Coalition illustrates the effect that heightened public scrutiny can have on a deceptive political operation—of which the Presidential Coalition is only one of many,” Campaign Legal wrote. “But most scam PACs fly under the radar without attracting national or an official rebuke from a sitting president’s campaign.”
“Groups like the Presidential Coalition can deceive vulnerable voters, underwrite self-enrichment schemes, and divert resources away from more effective political operations,” Campaign Legal concluded. “Shining a spotlight on such groups is important. And so is foreclosing the paths for their abuses in the first place.”