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Politics Donor to pro-Trump group sues to get his money back after dropped election lawsuits

01:15  28 november  2020
01:15  28 november  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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A North Carolina businessman and Republican donor filed suit in federal court saying he was duped by a Texas group that claimed they would file lawsuits After refusing to answer Eshelman's demands for a refund of his .5 million donation , True the Vote offered Eshelman million not to sue the

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A North Carolina donor who gave $2.5 million to a group promising to help President Donald Trump's effort to overturn the results of the general election is now suing to get his money back.

Fred Eshelman, who has donated tens of thousands of dollars to Republicans in 2020, according to Federal Election Commission data, says in his lawsuit that the organization True the Vote had not fulfilled the conditions of his monetary gift.

The organization disputes the lawsuit's claims as "not accurate."

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Fred Eshelman, 71, is a North Carolina venture capitalist who made his fortune through pharmaceutical companies. He is suing True the Vote, a Texas He gave .5million to an organization called True The Vote, hoping the money would be used to prove election fraud robbed Donald Trump of victory.

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According to the suit filed Wednesday, Eshelman allegedly wired $2 million on Nov. 5 and an additional $500,000 on Nov. 13 that was intended to be put toward True the Vote's "Validate the Vote" strategy.

The initiative was designed to investigate and litigate claims of voter fraud and "solicit whistleblower testimonies," "build public momentum," "galvanize Republican legislative support in key states," "analyze data to identify patterns of election subversion" and "file lawsuits ... with the capacity to be heard by the Supreme Court of the United States."

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HOUSTON (BLOOMBERG) - A pro - Trump group that promised to challenge the Nov 3 election results and expose fraud was sued by a North Carolina money manager who donated US.5 million (S.35 million) to the cause but says he didn't get his money 's worth.

A Big Trump Donor is Asking for his Million Back after a Pro - Trump Group Failed to Overturn Investor Sues to Get His .5 Million Back After Supporting True the Vote’s Flailing Pro - Trump A pro - Trump group that promised to challenge the Nov. 3 election results and expose fraud was sued

Eshelman said in his lawsuit that True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht told him she believed Validate the Vote was necessary because of "significant evidence that there were numerous instances of illegal ballots being cast and counted in the 2020 general election."

What Eshelman's lawsuit says

Eshelman's lawsuit alleges that True the Vote's "consistent delay and inability to make progress on the goals ... suggested that many of those goals might not be met since many important deadlines relating to state election results were rapidly approaching."

Engelbrecht and the organization were "vague" and unresponsive to requests by Eshelman for updates on their progress in the days after Election Day, he claimed.

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True the Vote says on its website that it aims to "empower and equip citizens to ensure that our election process is protected from fraud and exploitation."

"While we stand by the voters’ testimony that was brought forth, barriers to advancing our arguments, coupled with constraints on time, made it necessary for us to pursue a different path," Engelbrecht wrote in a statement on Nov. 17.

The lawsuit also states that an attorney for the group, Jim Bopp, said $1 million would be returned if Eshelman agreed not to sue.

Engelbrecht said in a statement to USA TODAY that the funds were used for the goals of the Validate the Vote initiative, and that those efforts are ongoing despite the lawsuits being dropped.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Donor to pro-Trump group sues to get his money back after dropped election lawsuits

Donor sues pro-Trump group over failure to prove voter fraud: 'Empty promises' .
A donor has sued a pro-Trump group for $2.5 million over "empty promises" after he says it failed to prove voter fraud in the presidential election.Fred Eshelman sued Houston-based True the Vote Inc., which promised to "investigate, litigate and expose suspected illegal balloting ad fraud in the 2020 general election," Bloomberg reported. Eshelman, founder of Eshelman Ventures LLC, claimed that he "regularly and repeatedly" asked for updatesFred Eshelman sued Houston-based True the Vote Inc., which promised to "investigate, litigate and expose suspected illegal balloting ad fraud in the 2020 general election," Bloomberg reported.

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