Court records and interviews conducted by the Post show donor Fred Eshelman has worked to get his millions back from True the Vote, a Texas-based group that vowed to expose voter fraud.
Eshelman, who wasn’t familiar with True the Vote before Election Day, had “thought about the range of possibilities around vote fraud” when he made his donations, according to the newspaper.
“There was already noise around cities like Detroit, Milwaukee, Atlanta and Philadelphia.” He added: “I wanted to determine if this was legit. Can we find a real smoking gun?”
True the Vote’s election lawsuits were ultimately abandoned, the newspaper reported, prompting Eshelman to demand that his money be returned. After the organization offered to return just $1 million, Eshelman launched two lawsuits.
While his federal lawsuit has since been withdrawn, the other suit is ongoing in a Texas state court, the Post said. Both lawsuits alleged that True the Vote had not spent his donations as it claimed it would.
The organization has pushed back on that claim in court documents reviewed by the newspaper, asserting that Eshelman’s money was used properly. A lawyer for the group, James Bopp, also told the Post that Eshelman had not placed any conditions on his donation.
To this point, Eshelman hasn’t gotten any of his money back, the Post reported, citing court documents.
The trajectory of True the Vote’s efforts mirrors that of the Trump campaign’s legal team, which sought to overturn Biden’s win through a stream of lawsuits that were roundly dismissed or withdrawn.
Eshelman told the Post he still thinks there was “some misbehavior” in the presidential election.
“But do I believe it might have risen to a degree that would change the electoral outcome?” he said. “I don’t know.”
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