Oct 29, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Wisconsin GOP says hackers stole $2.3 million from account meant to help Trump

Illustration of a computer wearing a bandit's mask.

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

$2.3 million was recently stolen from a Wisconsin GOP account meant to aid President Trump's re-election campaign, Republican Party chairman Andrew Hitt told the AP on Thursday.

The big picture: Former Vice President Joe Biden is polling ahead in Wisconsin, which is a vital battle ground state in November's election. Although Trump won Wisconsin in 2016, Biden is currently favored to win the state in FiveThirtyEight's latest forecast.

What they're saying: "There's no doubt RPW is now at a disadvantage with that money being gone," Hitt told the AP, adding that the GOP needs funds to make quick decisions late in the race.

Catch up quick: The state's Republican Party first noticed suspicious activity last Thursday and has contacted the FBI, per AP. The hackers used a "sophisticated phishing attack," the Wisconsin GOP said in a statement.

  • Hackers manipulated invoices from four vendors who were sending direct mail for Trump’s reelection campaign, alongside merchandise like pro-Trump hats.
  • Hitt said that the invoices were altered so that hackers received the money instead of the vendors after the GOP paid up.
  • There is no evidence that the hackers acquired proprietary information, the party said in a statement.
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