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Biden transition making fundraising push as Trump administration blocks funding

November 20, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

President-elect Joe Biden's team is making a fundraising push for its transition operations as the General Services Administration has yet to ascertain Biden as the election winner -- a move that would open up millions of dollars in federal money for the President-elect's transition work.

(CNN)President-elect Joe Biden's team is making a fundraising push for its transition operations as the General Services Administration has yet to ascertain Biden as the election winner -- a move that would open up millions of dollars in federal money for the President-elect's transition work.

The Biden transition team sent a grassroots fundraising plea to its supporter list on Friday, with the email stating, "Without ascertainment, we need to fund the transition ourselves, and that's why we're reaching out to you today. "

Congressionally appropriated transition funding is one of several key resources the Biden transition team is unable to tap into without ascertainment.

The money allows for the incoming administration to fund its transition efforts, including paying for its staff and agency review teams.

Biden and his advisers have mounted a public pressure campaign for GSA Administrator Emily Murphy to formally recognize the election results and allow full transition planning to get underway, including access to classified intelligence briefings and coordination on distribution of an upcoming vaccine.

The transition team started its private fundraising efforts in June and has raised more than $10 million for the process so far, a source familiar with the fundraising efforts said.

The President-elect has said his team has not ruled out legal options but argued waging a legal fight may not considerably speed up the formal transition process.

While we wait for the GSA Administrator to uphold the will of the people and be a proper steward of taxpayer resources, we will execute on contingency plans, including continuing to solicit private funds to support transition planning," a transition official said.

At a news conference in November of that year, Dick Cheney, who led Bush's transition before becoming vice president, said they would raise private money to fund their operations.

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