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Trump hails Texas Lt. Governor as he offers $1 Million of his own campaign funds

Donald Trump hails Texas Lt. Governor for offering $1 Million as reward for evidence of voter fraud

  • Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is offering up to $1 million of his own campaign funds for whistleblowers or tipsters who come forward with evidence of voter fraud
  • ‘I support President Trump’s efforts to identify voter fraud in the presidential election and his commitment to making sure that every legal vote is counted.’
  • ‘President Trump’s pursuit of voter fraud is not only essential to determine the outcome of this election, it is essential to maintain our democracy,’ Patrick said
  • Lt. Gov said that anyone who comes forward with evidence will receive a minimum $25,000 payment
  • Trump has made claims of widespread voter fraud but there has so far been no evidence 

Republican Texas Lt. Gov Dan Patrick on Tuesday offered up to $1 million in defense of President Donald Trump‘s unsupported claims of irregularities in the U.S. presidential election, saying he would pay out rewards for information that leads to voter fraud arrests and convictions.

The money put up by Texas’ second-in-command appeared to be a first among Republican officeholders who are backing Trump as he refuses to concede. 

A former chief Texas ethics regulator said paying out reward money, which would come from Patrick’s political campaign, could run afoul of federal campaign finance laws, although a Patrick spokeswoman pushed back on that suggestion.

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (pictured) sent out a press release offering $25,000 to $1 million for information on voter fraud

'I support President Trump's efforts to identify voter fraud in the presidential election and his commitment to making sure that every legal vote is counted,' he said in a statement

‘I support President Trump’s efforts to identify voter fraud in the presidential election and his commitment to making sure that every legal vote is counted,’ he said in a statement 

There is no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 election. 

In fact, election officials from both political parties have stated publicly that the election went well and international observers confirmed there were no serious irregularities.  

‘Whistleblowers and tipsters should turn over their evidence to local law enforcement. Anyone who provides information that leads to an arrest and final conviction of voter fraud will be paid a minimum of $25,000,’ Patrick said. 

‘I support President Trump’s efforts to identify voter fraud in the presidential election and his commitment to making sure that every legal vote is counted and every illegal vote is disqualified,’ he continued. 

President Trump has made claims of widespread voter fraud but there has so far been no evidence of such

President Trump has made claims of widespread voter fraud but there has so far been no evidence of such

'Thanks Dan. Big Win for us in Texas!' the president tweeted after hearing about the offer

‘Thanks Dan. Big Win for us in Texas!’ the president tweeted after hearing about the offer

‘President Trump’s pursuit of voter fraud is not only essential to determine the outcome of this election, it is essential to maintain our democracy and restore faith in future elections,’ Patrick said in a statement, which offered no evidence that fraud had occurred.

Jim Clancy, former chairman of the Texas Ethics Commission, said handing out large sums of reward money may be improper if it’s being used to help prove Trump’s baseless claims of voter fraud.

‘You could argue that this is an in-kind contribution to the Donald Trump campaign. That’s his problem,’ Clancy said.

Patrick spokeswoman Sherry Sylvester said the offer was about voter fraud ‘regardless of the outcome of the election’ – which Trump has lost – and restoring public confidence the electoral process.

Most Republicans are refusing to congratulate Biden or declining to push Trump to accept the outcome, even though there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud. 

Over the weekend, Republican South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, another Trump ally, launched a fundraising campaign to ‘help us bring it home for the president’ but it appears the donations are set to flow into her own re-election account. 

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