How Much Did Election Lawsuits Cost Pennsylvania’s Taxpayers?

Most people probably don’t realize that public officials can’t simply build a lawsuit without inheriting the cost — and we’re talking every single cent of it. That’s because when a federal legislator decides to sue, it’s on the defendant to…well, defend. And in this case, Pennsylvania was the defendant. All combined, the 2020 election litigation cost our state a whopping $3.4 million in attorneys fees. 

That’s the result of 24 cases from 2019 until just last month. By the end of November, Trump’s team had sued anybody and everybody in hopes of illegally invalidating the state’s votes. Every single lawsuit was thrown out. 

On November 21, Trump supporter and United States Senator Pat Toomey wrote, “President Trump has exhausted all plausible legal options to challenge the result of the presidential race in Pennsylvania.”

But that didn’t stop others from following in Trump’s footsteps.

Only days later, Republican Representative Mike Kelly — from our own Butler County — decided to launch a lawsuit of his own in order to challenge Act 77, which facilitated no-excuse mail voting in Pennsylvania. Many people didn’t acknowledge the dog and pony show at the time, but we weren’t fooled — only a year earlier, nearly all Republican lawmakers voted to pass Act 77. Because it made sense. It still does.

The absurdity of these lawsuits shouldn’t be lost on anyone — especially since we’re the ones paying for it. Former Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar said, “It was shocking, to be honest. [He was] trying to disenfranchise millions of Pennsylvania voters.”

On March 16, Trump told Fox News: “Our Supreme Court and our courts didn’t have the courage to overturn elections.”

Well, that’s because free and fair elections are not supposed to be overturned. But he would have had it so, for no other reason than to boost his own ego. Don’t forget: this was the most secure election in our country’s history.