On Monday, former President Donald Trump pushed back against a The New York Times report detailing a questionable fundraising scheme by his presidential campaign that duped his supporters into donating multiple times without their knowledge, claiming that people “were so enthusiastic that they gave over and over.”
Trump issued a statement claiming that his campaign’s fundraising success was due to voter enthusiasm and the fact that his supporters were motivated to donate repeatedly to his campaign. He did appear to acknowledge, however, that his campaign had issued refunds to donors who “would give too much.”
“Before our two campaigns, 2016 and 2020, Republicans would always lose small dollar donations,” he said. “Now we win, or do very well, because we are the Party of Working Americans, and we beat the Democrats at their own game.”
“We learned from liberal ActBlue – and now we’re better than they are! In fact, many people were so enthusiastic that they gave over and over, and in certain cases where they would give too much, we would promptly refund their contributions,” Trump continued, referencing the Democratic online fundraising clearinghouse ActBlue. “Our overall dispute rate was less than 1% of total online donations, a very low number.”
Trump’s claim comes on the heels of a story published by The Times on Saturday highlighting how the Trump campaign had issued tens of millions of dollars in refunds to donors after many called their banks to report fraud.