North Carolina fund manager sues pro-Trump group for $ 2.5 million after group fails to show or provide evidence of voter fraud in 2020 presidential election updates on their efforts.
Fred Eshelman donated the money to True the Vote Inc., a Houston-based organization, which had pledged to “investigate, advocate and expose suspicions of illegal voting and fraud in the 2020 general election.” , according to Bloomberg.
Eshelman, who is the founder of Eshelman Ventures LLC, now wants his money back because True the Vote has not provided him with information on their progress and he believes they cannot achieve what they claimed.
True the Vote filed four lawsuits after the November 3 election, but subsequently dropped them all.
“While we stand by the testimony of voters that was presented, the obstacles to advancing our arguments, coupled with time constraints, have forced us to follow a different path,” the group announced on its website on November 17.
Their attempt to challenge the election results was called Validate the Vote and involved lawsuits in seven swing states. They also planned to collect evidence, lobby Republican legislatures and use “sophisticated data models and statistical analysis to identify possible illegal or fraudulent ballots.”
Eshelman wired to the group $ 2 million on November 5, then sent them an additional $ 500,000 the following week, but True the Vote did not provide him with updates on their activities. He said he regularly asked for information, but had “encountered vague answers, platitudes and empty promises”.
As the deadlines for the certification of votes approached, Eshelman reportedly realized that the group could not achieve what they claimed and therefore requested his donation.
True the Vote offered him $ 1 million if he agreed not to prosecute, his complaint alleges. His lawsuit against them has now been filed in District Court for the Southern District of Texas.
It’s not clear at this early stage whether Eshelman’s case will succeed, but the veteran businessman appears to have the funds to pursue his complaint. In 2014, he donated $ 100 million to the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Pharmacy, where he was a student.
Several conservative groups have launched fundraising arguments based on unsubstantiated allegations of electoral fraud in the presidential election, including President Donald Trump’s campaign.
There is no evidence of widespread electoral fraud or irregularities in the 2020 election, despite the ongoing and largely unsuccessful litigation efforts of the Trump campaign.