Lincoln Project reports raising $16.8 million for anti-Trump efforts

Lincoln Project reports raising $16.8 million for anti-Trump efforts
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GOP group the Lincoln Project says it raised $16.8 million in the second quarter of 2020 as it ramps up its anti-Trump efforts ahead of the general election.

In a filing with the Federal Election Commission posted Wednesday, the group said it spent $7.2 million and has $10.8 million cash on hand. It also owes more than $263,500 in debt.

Among the organization's most prominent donors are billionaire hedge fund manager Stephen Mandel, who gave $1 million, business magnate David Geffen, who gave $100,000, and Bain Capital chairman Joshua Bekenstein, who also gave $100,000.

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The Lincoln Project was founded late last year by Republicans disaffected with President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump suggests some states may 'pay nothing' as part of unemployment plan Trump denies White House asked about adding him to Mount Rushmore Trump, US face pivotal UN vote on Iran MORE, including George ConwayGeorge Thomas ConwayLincoln Project ad dubs Jared Kushner the 'Secretary of Failure' Hillicon Valley: Trump raises idea of delaying election, faces swift bipartisan pushback | Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google release earnings reports | Senators ask Justice Department to investigate TikTok, Zoom Meme group joins with Lincoln Project in new campaign against Trump MORE, husband of White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayLincoln Project ad dubs Jared Kushner the 'Secretary of Failure' Watchdog group accuses Stephen Miller of violating Hatch Act with Biden comments Hillicon Valley: Trump raises idea of delaying election, faces swift bipartisan pushback | Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google release earnings reports | Senators ask Justice Department to investigate TikTok, Zoom MORE, and GOP strategists Rick Wilson and Steve Schmidt, among me. 

The group has focused much of its efforts on rapid response advertisements bashing the Trump White House on a slate of issues, including the administration’s response to the coronavirus, which has killed more people in the U.S. than any other country and is seeing a resurgence in many states. 

Last month, the Lincoln Project released a blistering Russian-language ad offering a mock "endorsement" from Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinBlumenthal calls for declassification of materials detailing Russian threat to US elections Not a pretty picture: Money laundering and America's art market Trump brushes off view that Russia denigrating Biden: 'Nobody's been tougher on Russia than I have' MORE, saying that "Comrade Trump" has "once again" gotten Putin's blessing in the run-up to November's general election.

"The most important endorsement Donald Trump received in 2016 was not from your Senate Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump signs executive orders after coronavirus relief talks falter Coronavirus deal key to Republicans protecting Senate majority Coronavirus talks collapse as negotiators fail to reach deal MORE [R-Ky.]," the ad's English translation reads. "Donald Trump received the most important endorsement in 2016 from our great leader, Vladimir Putin."

The group’s ads are released to time with news of the day, with the Russia ad coming out just days after reports emerged on Russia offering bounties to encourage Taliban militants to kill coalition troops, including American soldiers.