A political donor wants $2.5m he gave to a pro-Trump group returned after it abandoned legal efforts to turn up evidence of fraud in the 2020 US presidentialelection.
Fredric Eshelman, a businessman from North Carolina, donated the large sum to help expose and prosecute claims of fraud in the presidential election but now wants his money back after what he says are disappointing results.
Eshelman said he gave the money to True the Vote, a pro-Trump election ethics group in Texas that promised to file lawsuits in seven swing states as part of its push to investigate, litigate, and expose suspected illegal balloting and fraud in the 2020 general election.
Butaccording to a lawsuit Eshelman filed this week in Houston, True the Vote dropped its legal actions and discontinued its Validate the Vote 2020 campaign in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin on November 16, then refused to return his calls when he demanded an explanation.
Eshelman says he regularly and repeatedly asked for updates on the effort and was met with vague responses, platitudes, and empty promises of follow-up that never occurred, according to the lawsuit.
True the Vote initially didnt respond to emails by Eshelman seeking return of the funds and sought to delay giving back money, the lawsuit states.
According to theCharlotte Observer's Chacour Koop, the organisations attorney offered to return $1 million if Eshelman agreed not to sue.
In addition to the $2.5 million, the lawsuit seeks an order to stop spending funds from Eshelman.
Each day that passes makes it less likely that Plaintiff will be able to use the funds (True the Vote) is wrongfully withholding for the purpose he initially intended them to be used that is, to support efforts to investigate allegations of illegal and fraudulent conduct in connection with the 2020 general election,the lawsuit says.
US president-elect Joe Biden captured 306 electoral votes to Trumps 232 in the November 3 election. The Electoral College meets December 14 to confirm the results, which are being contested by Trump and others.
No one including the Trump campaign, which filed a slew of lawsuits in battleground states he lost has been able to proveTrump's claims of widespread voter fraud in court.