A Republican group is behind billboards with the message: “Trump has lost”
Motorists seeing billboards with the words “Trump lost” might think this is the job of a Democratic organization, but it is not.
A group called Republicans for Voting Rights funds the billboards, which appear in places across the country, including the Harrisburg area. A notice board is positioned at the Route 581 and Interstate 83 interchange.
The group says it is spending $ 250,000 on billboards in Pennsylvania and several other states where election revisions are being considered: Georgia, Texas, Arizona, Virginia, Wisconsin, Michigan and Florida.
In Pennsylvania, Republican lawmakers, who control the General Assembly, are moving forward with a review of the 2020 election. A Senate panel has filed subpoenas requesting voter information from those who voted in 2020 , including voters’ names, dates of birth, driver’s license numbers, and partial Social Security numbers.
Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and Attorney General Josh Shapiro have launched court challenges to block the subpoena and say they aim to protect voters’ private information. Some civil rights organizations have also protested against the subpoenas and the decision to acquire private information.
The Republicans for the Vote is part of a larger advocacy organization known as Defending Democracy Together. Executives include Bill Kristol, founder of The Weekly Standard, and former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman.
Amanda Carpenter, political commentator, is the director of Republicans for Voting Rights.
“The 2020 election was safe and fair,” Carpenter said in a statement. “These mock audits are a waste of time and money.”
Pennsylvania Republican lawmakers say the 2020 election review is necessary to restore public confidence and say they are acting on behalf of their constituents.
Wolf and other Democrats have derided the election inquiry as a sham to perpetuate baseless claims that the election was rigged against former President Donald Trump. The governor argued that Republican lawmakers were undermining public confidence in the electoral system.
Federal, state and local officials said there was no widespread fraud in the 2020 election and court challenges in Pennsylvania courts were unsuccessful. President Joe Biden won Pennsylvania by about 80,000 votes on his way to the White House.
Citizen activist Gene Stilp brought his inflatable pink pig to the State Capitol in Harrisburg on Monday to protest the GOP’s election investigation. He said it wasted taxpayer time and money, including legal action by the Wolf administration, Shapiro and the Democrats.
“So right now we have all kinds of thousands of dollars, tens of thousands of dollars, hundreds of thousands of dollars that involves taxpayer dollars that are involved in all of this and don’t need to. be it, ”he said. “It is the Republicans in the Senate who are part of Trump’s big lie to destabilize the Pennsylvania election.”
PennLive staff writer Jan Murphy contributed to this report.
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