Wisconsin GOP says hackers stole $2.3M from Trump reelection fund

Source: Politico | October 29, 2020 | Associated Press

The party noticed the suspicious activity on Oct. 22.

Hackers stole $2.3 million from the Wisconsin Republican Party’s account that was being used to help reelect President Donald Trump in the key battleground state, the party’s chairman told The Associated Press on Thursday.

The party noticed the suspicious activity on Oct. 22 and contacted the FBI on Friday, said Republican Party Chairman Andrew Hitt.

Hitt said the FBI is investigating. FBI spokesman Leonard Peace did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

“There’s no doubt RPW is now at a disadvantage with that money being gone,” Hitt said. The party and campaign needs money late in the race to make quick decisions, he said.

Hitt said the hackers were able to manipulate invoices from four vendors who were being paid to send out direct mail for Trump’s reelection efforts and to provide pro-Trump material such as hats that could be handed out to supporters. Invoices were altered so when the party paid them, the money went to the hackers instead of the vendors, Hitt said.

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  •  ConservativeGranny #44049

    Suspicious. I think Trump campaign will claim the dems and Biden sabotaged their campaign. Watch for this to become part of the myriad of legal objections to election results. What a coincidence that it was only one state and a swing state. If the hackers were able to pull something like this off why only stop with one state and 2.3 million? Why not hit other states all at once?

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