(PatriotHeadline.com)- In the final days of the presidential election, reports suggest that hackers stole $2.3 million from the Wisconsin Republican Party. The funds were intended to be used for the Trump re-election campaign.
Andrew Hitt, the chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party, reportedly informed the FBI last week about the breach. Hitt said that the money was intended for services already rendered.
“We have been in contact with the state party and are assisting them through this process,” Michael Ahrens, a Republican National Committee spokesman said this week. “The RNC never left Wisconsin after 2016, and we are confident that our grand game and the millions we are spending on TV and digital will deliver us another win there in 2020.”
The state Republican Party reportedly discovered the hack through media reports and were angry that they had not been briefed on how it might impact their operations, according to an anonymous source cited by the Associated Press.
The loss of funds is an obvious problem for the local Republican Party and demonstrates just how much of a danger online hacking has become. It also causes chaos for Republican campaign operations in the final days of the campaign in a state that the president won by a very slim margin in 2016.
President Donald Trump won Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes by just under 23,000 votes last time. The president is fighting hard to keep hold of the state and has visited the state three times in the last week alone.
Earlier in October, President Trump held a competing rally with the Democrats, and it went exactly how you might expect. The president drew thousands to a rally at the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport in Janesville. The outdoor rally showed just how much enthusiasm the president has among local people.
A competing event hosted by Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren was markedly different. Her drive-in “Get Out the Vote” rally in Madison saw people stay in the cars and listen to her speech over the radio.
You can guess what attendance was like.
The Associated Press reports that the hack was discovered two weeks before election day, and FBI spokesperson Brett Banner told the outlet that they are “not permitted to confirm or deny any investigation.”