Trump campaign continues fundraising with no path to victory. Where will the money go?

Trump campaign continues fundraising with no path to victory. Where will the money go?
President Donald J. Trump gives a fist bump to the press Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, prior to boarding Marine One en route to Joint Base Andrews, Md. to begin his trip to Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour)

It's clear that President Donald Trump has no path to remain in the White House, but that has not stopped his campaign team from fundraising on his ill-fated efforts to challenge the election results in court.

In fact, Trump's legal battle has actually accelerated his campaign's fundraising efforts and it appears his base is receptive to supporting the cause. According to NBC News, the Trump campaign has raised more than $27 million in a four-day span during a fundraising spree.

As the campaign raked in donations, courts were dismissing their lawsuits. In fact, a Pennsylvania judge recently dismissed a Trump campaign case with prejudice due to lack of evidence. Trump has even acknowledged the General Services Administration (GSA) will be moving forward with preliminary protocols to facilitate the transition of power to the Biden administration.

Although he has vowed that to never concede, the president on Monday insisted he "recommend(ed)" the GSA "do what needs to be done with regard to initial protocols" for the transition.

He later denied that he was acknowledging an electoral loss.

"What does GSA being allowed to preliminarily work with the Dems have to do with continuing to pursue our various cases on what will go down as the most corrupt election in American political history? We are moving full speed ahead," he tweeted.

With Trump's post-election legal battle likely coming to an end over the next couple of weeks, there are questions about where the newly raised funds will go. According to The Washington Post, Trump has been telling his donors that the funds are being used for recounts and post-election legal battles, but that is not the case:

"The campaign is raising money off false assertions that have apparently helped it pay down its outstanding debt and will help finance the leadership PAC that could allow Trump to retain influence in the Republican Party even after leaving office."

With a disclaimer in campaign emails that suggests funds donated to the Trump campaign may be redirected to other causes, there is also speculation that Trump is using his "Save America" PAC for personal benefit or future political endeavors.

The Post also reports "Trump has spent the past four years defying norms and the law, and we shouldn't be surprised if he also seeks to exploit legal gray areas with his new leadership PAC. When the FEC's quorum is restored, it should act swiftly to adopt rules that prevent Trump or any other candidate from abusing donor funds held in a leadership PAC."

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