Fact Check: Did Dominion Voting Systems Make Campaign Donations to 'Anti-Trump' Republican PAC?

President Donald Trump on Tuesday shared a tweet showing a campaign donation from Dominion Voting Systems to an "anti-Trump Republican PAC" prior to the 2020 presidential elections.

Dominion Voting Systems was used by election officials in 28 states during the 2020 election cycle, including several key battleground states, such as Nevada. The voting software company has continued to face backlash from Trump's legal team, which has claimed that the company used software to steal the election.

Despite the claims from Trump and his legal team, "Dominion Voting Systems categorically denies false assertions about vote switching and software issues with our voting systems," the company wrote on their website.

The Claim

The tweet Trump shared came from Twitter user Mindy Robinson, a former Republican House candidate for Nevada's 3rd Congressional District, who criticized the donation made by Dominion Voting Systems to the Republican State Leadership Committee.

The tweet read, "Dominion Voting System donated thousands of dollars to an anti-Trump Republican PAC linked to our Sec of State in Nevada."

"Explain to me exactly "what" an election company is doing donating to ANY political side of an election they are contracted to run?" The tweet read, which featured a screenshot of the donation Dominion made to the Republican State Leadership Committee, from the Nevada Secretary of State's website.

The tweet, which received more than 20,000 retweets, included a link to an article from 360 News Las Vegas, which states that Nevada's Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske and main supporters "including Mark Hutchinson and folks behind the Republican State Leadership Committee PAC accepted donations directly and indirectly from Dominion Voting Systems Company in July 2020."

The article also notes that "The STRONGER NEVADA PAC, which lists Hutchison as the President, received $200k from the Republican State Leadership Committee PAC. Hutchison is an allie [sic] of Mitt Romney and was part of the group that sandbagged President Trump on the eve of the 2016 election."

The Facts

While the original tweet Trump shared stated that the Republican State Leadership Committee was an "anti-Trump Republican PAC," there is no evidence that this committee has opposed Trump.

On the committee's website, they state that, "The RSLC and state Republicans are on offense this year – and President Donald Trump is powering the way. Across our 12 target redistricting states, at least 115 districts are currently held by a Democrat, but were won by President Trump in 2016. We are going to flip them to Republican when he wins them again this fall."

Additionally, Twitter user Jennifer Cohn responded to the tweet writing, "Since 2013, voting machine vendor ES&S has donated $30k to the Republican State Leadership Committee whose goal is to elect Rs to state office. RSLC includes the Republican Secretaries of State Association. These are the top election officials in a state."

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A Clark County election worker checks a voting machine among others that are boxed up at the Clark County Election Department on November 6, 2020, in North Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty

Despite stating that it was an "anti-Trump Republican PAC," Robinson responded to this tweet and acknowledged "that the GOP is in on it, or it wouldn't work."

Newsweek reached out to Robinson for comment.

Claims of widespread voter fraud caused by Dominion Voting Systems during the 2020 election cycle have been widely discredited, but Newsweek was able to verify the donation the company made, which can be found on the Nevada Secretary of State's website.

According to the website, Dominion Voting Systems donated $5,000 to the Republican State Leadership Committee on July 24, and is listed as a "monetary contribution."

The Ruling

Partially True.

While the donation made by Dominion Voting Systems to the Republican State Leadership Committee is true, there is no evidence that the Republican State Leadership Committee is an "anti-Trump" Republican PAC.

Newsweek reached out to Dominion Voting Systems and the Republican State Leadership Committee for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.