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Trump campaign fundraises off of Giuliani news conference and uses photo of Trump in hospital

Posted November 20, 2020 3:53 p.m. EST

— The Trump campaign sent out another fundraising email to supporters on Friday, signed by President Donald Trump, praising his attorney Rudy Giuliani's widely panned news conference this week and featuring a photo of Trump taken when he was a coronavirus patient in the hospital.

"Did you watch my legal team's press conference yesterday? They were SPECTACULAR," the email read, discussing Giuliani and other members of the Trump campaign's legal team peddling conspiracy theories and lies for over 90 minutes Thursday in front of reporters.

The campaign has sent out more than 250 fundraising emails asking supporters for cash as it continues baseless legal challenges across several states fighting the 2020 election results. President-elect Joe Biden won 306 electoral votes to Trump's 232.

In the fine print of the Friday's solicitation, Team Trump has upped the share of the money that goes to Trump's leadership PAC, Save America. Now, 75% of each contribution goes to Save America. It had been a 60% cut last week.

As CNN has previously reported, the recount and legal accounts are not the first beneficiaries of Trump's avalanche of fundraising requests. The first cut of the money that Trump is raising will help fund his post-White House political life. Leadership PACs can fund staff and travel, in addition to donations to other candidates. Politicians also have enormous leeway in how they spend money in their leadership PACs and are not legally prohibited from using the money in these accounts for personal expenses.

Also inside Friday's email was a black and white photo featuring Trump sitting at a desk in the hospital, as he convalesced at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center from a coronavirus infection in October, overlaid with text asking supporters for money.

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