Fundraising Rises in Races for Election Watching Roles in United States, Report Says

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 12 (Reuters) – Campaign donations are increasing for candidates for election checkpoints in the United States, according to a report released Wednesday, a sign that former President Donald Trump’s false allegations of electoral fraud are raising the stakes in November of this year. elections.

According to the non-partisan report from the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University.

At least 10 Republicans running for secretary of state in five presidential battlefield states have adopted Republican Trump’s false claim that he lost a “rigged” election last year, according to a Reuters analysis.

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The former president supported three of these candidates, in Arizona, Michigan and Florida.

Democrats warn that having supporters of Trump’s debunked claim that his defeat was the result of widespread fraud in charge of the electoral process in swing states threatens the integrity of future elections, especially if Trump is running for president again in 2024.

In two states that played a pivotal role in Biden’s victory last November – Georgia and Michigan – candidates for secretary of state received 2.5 times more campaign funds than they received had at a comparable time in either of the last two election cycles, according to a fundraising analysis. data from the Brennan Center.

In the race for secretary of state in Georgia, a state Biden won by less than 12,000 votes, four candidates each raised more than incumbent Republican Brad Raffensperger had at this point in 2018. Raffensperger refused Trump’s demands to overturn Biden’s victory and faces an uphill battle for his re-election.

Republican Congressman Jody Hice, who voted to overturn Biden’s victory following the Jan.6 attack on the United States Capitol by Trump supporters, has been endorsed by Trump and is defying Raffensperger. He raised over $ 500,000, more than any other candidate.

The Georgia Secretary of State’s contest also shows how these normally obscure races were nationalized.

Non-state donors have so far made 22% of contributions to this race, nearly double the number from 2018, when it was 13%.

In Michigan, outgoing Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has raised $ 1.2 million, six times what the last incumbent had raised at this point in 2014.

His Trump-backed Republican challenger Kristina Karamo raised more than $ 164,000 through more than 2,600 contributions.

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Reporting by Tim Reid; Editing by Scott Malone and Aurora Ellis

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