Judge’s Daughter Linked to Democrats Raising $93 Million Amid Trump Trial, Recusal Calls Intensify

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The daughter of the judge presiding over Donald Trump’s New York hush-money trial has two significant Democratic clients who have raised over $93 million in campaign donations by fundraising off the criminal case. These clients, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and the Senate Majority PAC, are clients of Authentic Campaigns, a Chicago-based progressive political consulting firm where Loren Merchan, the daughter of Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan, is president. 

In August, Merchan rejected Trump’s first recusal motion, but Trump spokesman Steven Chung says the evidence of bias is even clearer now, telling the New York Post, “Authentic Campaigns, and thus the judge’s daughter, is actively making money from this sham attack against President Trump, rendering Judge Merchan conflicted out.”

Adam Schiff’s Senate campaign has garnered a staggering $20 million in donations since it started seeking contributions based on Trump’s 34-count indictment last April, per Federal Election Commission records.

A Schiff’s fundraising email read: 

The Senate Majority PAC, a super PAC linked to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), has received $73.6 million in donations since it began sending out fundraising emails following Trump’s indictment.

The PAC sent an email that said:

The super PAC has engaged in transactions exceeding $15 million with Authentic since 2019, which includes services such as email fundraising and branding assistance. Additionally, Schiff’s Senate campaign has paid Authentic over $10 million for digital advertising and various consulting services in the past year.

Loren Merchan, who previously worked as the “director of digital persuasion” for Vice President Kamala Harris’s 2020 presidential campaign, has expressed her father’s disapproval of politicians using Twitter, citing Trump as an example.

During a 2019 podcast appearance, she said:

Trump took aim at Judge Merchan and his conflicts of interest in several social media posts made this week. 

On Tuesday, after Merchan imposed a partial gag order on Trump, he wrote on Truth Social:

On Wednesday, Trump posted:

Judge Merchan contributed $15 to President Biden’s 2020 campaign and has backed various other Democratic initiatives

The recent fundraising revelations have renewed calls for Judge Merchan to recuse himself from presiding over Trump’s upcoming April 15 trial, prompting Trump’s lawyers to consider filing another motion demanding Merchan’s recusal.


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