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DNC Funding Lawfare Campaign against Trump, FEC Filings Reveal

June 27, 2024

The controversial lawfare campaign against former President Donald Trump is being funded by the Democratic Party, a new report is charging. According to The Daily Caller News Foundation, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) has given millions of dollars to law firms responsible for prosecuting Trump in numerous cases.

Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings show that the DNC has paid almost $2 million to Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP for “legal services.” The firm’s founding partner, Roberta A. Kaplan, represented E. Jean Carroll in her lawsuits against Trump, accusing the then-president of sexual assault and defamation. The DNC reportedly did not make any payments to the firm from its founding in 2017 until Trump left office in 2021. Another of the firm’s partners, Joshua Matz, served as counsel to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee during both impeachment trials against Trump.

The Daily Caller reports that the DNC has also paid millions to Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP since 2021, again for “legal services.” The firm has been active in filing amicus briefs in Donald Trump v. United States, a case currently before the Supreme Court. That case is centered around allegations that Trump was personally involved in the events of January 6, 2021. Furthermore, The Daily Caller notes that several former Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr lawyers have obtained positions in the current Biden administration — most notably Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

At the end of May, a Manhattan jury convicted Trump of falsifying business records — typically a misdemeanor, which the Democratic district attorney elevated to a felony. The decision has received widespread criticism and resulted in a monumental donations haul for the Trump campaign.

Polling shows that a majority of Americans believe that President Joe Biden is attempting to win November’s election by jailing his political opponent. A McLaughlin and Associates survey published in March found that nearly 70% of Americans believe that the multiple indictments leveled against Trump are politically motivated, nearly 60% believe that Biden has played a role in the indictments, 52% believe that the lawfare campaign is meant to keep Trump from running for office, and nearly 60% believe that “Joe Biden wants to stop President Trump from winning the election by putting him in jail…”

Another series of surveys found that the lawfare campaign was not negatively impacting Trump’s support among voters but was impacting Biden’s, with Harvard CAPS/Harris reporting that 56% of voters at the time believed the indictments and accusations leveled against Trump to be politically motivated. That same poll still finds that a majority of voters (including over a quarter of Democrats) believe the indictments and accusations against Trump to be unfair, biased, and politically motivated.

A poll published by The Washington Post last week also found that the Democrats’ lawfare campaign hasn’t helped Biden. When asked which candidate would do a better job defending democracy, close to half (44%) of American voters responded Trump. A mere 33% named Biden, who has been consistently and repeatedly labeling his rival a “threat to democracy.”

S.A. McCarthy serves as a news writer at The Washington Stand.