Republicans fear Trump's sore-loser campaign could undermine the party in Georgia

Republicans fear Trump's sore-loser campaign could undermine the party in Georgia
Kelly Loeffler

Ever since his definitive loss in the presidential race became clear, Donald Trump and his campaign team have been working overtime to suck up as much money as possible from Republican donors.

Not only has Trump formed a so-called leadership PAC that's designed to take in small donations from the masses, but his campaign manager Bill Stepien also made a last-minute push for high-dollar donations to Trump's legal defense fund last Saturday, just before the major networks called the race for Joe Biden.

Now, as the fate of the Senate rests on two Georgia runoffs, some GOP donors and lawmakers are realizing that loser Trump's selfishly futile fundraising efforts are siphoning precious resources away from the battles that actually matter in Georgia, according to Politico.

Senate Republicans have also made a joint fundraising page to collect money for Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue — but it didn't attract the widespread social media attention of Trump's efforts.

Sorry, suckers.

On top of that, the high-profile recount Trump forced in Georgia may not even be legal, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The rules governing a Georgia election audit call for reviewing only a random sample of ballots rather than every single one.

"The audit would have concluded when all ballots were counted and the odds that the full tabulation was incorrect was less than 10%, according to State Election Board rules. But instead of pulling a smaller sample of ballots, Raffensperger plans to audit every ballot," writes AJC.

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who has been under fire from his GOP colleagues for Trump's failures in the state, has justified the full hand recount by insisting "the margin is just so close right now."

For the record, 14,000 votes may be close, but it's not recount close. No way. Recounts almost never change election results, particularly when the margin is anywhere over several hundred votes.

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

Close
alternet logo

Tough Times

Demand honest news. Help support AlterNet and our mission to keep you informed during this crisis.