Trump Lawyer Sidney Powell Raised Millions Off False ‘Election Fraud’ Claims
Sidney Powell, the discredited “Kraken” lawyer who has helped spearhead former President Donald Trump‘s campaign to have the 2020 election overturned, raised millions of dollars off of the “Big Lie” that was funneled into her new non-profit, Defending the Republic.
“The group’s financial statement, publicly filed last month in Florida, shows the organization raised $14.9 million between Dec. 1, 2020, and July 31. Of that, it spent about $5.6 million, mostly on legal fees and unspecified awards and grants. It gave $550,000 to help fund the Republican-commissioned ballot review in Arizona, according to a separate accounting by the contractor that led the review,” according to The Washington Post. “The group’s assets at the end of that period included nearly $5.3 million in cash and $4 million in mutual funds, the audit says.”
This comes on the heels of an investigation that was published last week which details how Powell began soliciting donations before Defending the Republic was a legally established entity.
Questions remain about how much cash flowed through Powell’s coffers in the period leading up to Defending the Republic’s inception.
The newspaper was also unable to determine who, exactly, was tasked with officially running the operation after it went live on December 1, 2020.
Howard Kleinhendler, an attorney representing Defending the Republic, said in a statement that the organization “is pleased that its audited financials clearly refute and put to rest previously reported allegations of financial impropriety” and that “Defending The Republic will continue to focus on its important work for #WeThePeople.”
Powell, MyPillow founder Mike Lindell, ex-New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Michael Flynn, Trump’s first national security adviser who was granted a presidential pardon after pleading guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, are the primary drivers of Trump’s allegations of rampant voter fraud, vote-machine rigging and other trickery that they claim was carried out by President Joe Biden, China, Venezuela, Dominion Voting Systems, immigrants, the Democratic Party and other alleged villains.