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Hackers Stole $2.3 Million Intended for Trump’s Re-election Effort, Wisconsin Republican Party Says

Hackers have stolen $2.3 million from the Wisconsin Republican Party that was intended for President Donald Trump’s re-election, state party officials told news outlets.

Hackers have stolen $2.3 million from the Wisconsin Republican Party that was intended for President Donald Trump’s re-election, state party officials told news outlets.

According to Wisconsin Republican Party Chairman Andrew Hitt, the hackers manipulated the invoices and routing numbers to steal the money intended for vendors who were being paid for Trump’s re-election efforts and pro-Trump merchandise.

“Cybercriminals, using a sophisticated phishing attack, stole funds intended for the re-election of President Trump, altered invoices, and committed wire fraud,” Hitt said in a statement.

The state party said they discovered the suspicious activity last Oct. 22 when someone found an invoice that should not have been generated. They notified the Federal Bureau of Investigation the following day.

State party officials said that the stolen money came from the party’s federal account.

Wisconsin Republican Party Spokesperson Alec Zimmerman said that the separate account for statewide campaigns was untouched.

According to Hitt, the stolen money was for services already rendered and products already distributed but not paid for.

“While a large sum of money was stolen, our operation is running at full capacity with all the resources deployed to ensure President Donald J. Trump carries Wisconsin on November 3rd,” Hitt said.

The alleged hack comes just days before the presidential elections.

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