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Brooks calls Trump fundraising a “scam”

Brooks cited a Yahoo finance report that shows Trump’s fundraising efforts cost 91 percent of the revenue they brought in.

Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., speaks with a reporter as he leaves the Capitol after the final vote of the week on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via AP Images)

Mo Brooks took to Twitter Monday to criticize the fundraising tactics of former President Donald Trump, citing a Yahoo finance article that shows Trump spent 91 cents to raise each dollar.

“Donald Trump symbolic of common fundraising scam,” Brooks tweeted. “Emails inundate citizens – begging for $ to help candidates win. Yet, too often, only 9 cents of their sacrifice benefits cause. 91 percent skimmed by fundraisers. My advice: NEVER give $ to campaign emails.”

The article illustrates how Trump capitalized on his ongoing issues, including the FBI raid of Mar-a-Lago and his $250 million civil lawsuit filed by New York Attorney General Letitia James, to prompt supporters for small donations.

Through his fundraising efforts, Trump raised $24 million, but had to spend $22 million to do so, meaning only 9 cents on the dollar was actual profit.

Brooks’ tweet is the latest demonstration of the fallout between the former Congressman and Trump. For months, Trump had endorsed “MAGA Mo” as his pick to represent Alabama in the U.S. Senate, but following poor polling from Brooks, Trump pulled his support and ultimately backed Katie Britt.

Brooks himself refunded more than $300,000 in campaign money to supporters in the last quarter, although all of the refunds went to donors who gave $500 or more to his campaign. The rest of Brooks’ money, nearly $4.4 million, went to operating expenses.

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Jacob Holmes is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can reach him at [email protected]

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