The revenues and expenditures of Defending the Republic are not publicly accessible, but two attorneys in Powell’s post-election litigation were listed as being employed by Defending the Republic. In late December, Powell told listeners of “The Rush Limbaugh Show” that Defending the Republic was helping to defend her against legal blowback related to her claims. Powell’s attorney did not respond to a question about whether money from Defending the Republic is being used in her legal defense against the Dominion lawsuit.

Dominion has filed a related lawsuit against Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, similarly alleging that he “cashed in” on voter fraud conspiracy theories using his podcast, “where he exploited election falsehoods to market gold coins, supplements, cigars and protection from ‘cyberthieves.’”

With over 70 percent of Republicans still believing that the election was stolen, groups and individuals dubiously promoting “election integrity” and raking in large donations are likely to remain a presence for some time. While Powell and Giuliani could face “some real legal jeopardy” for allegedly defaming Dominion, Hasen said, it might not dissuade election fearmongering more generally: “I think there are probably ways to make baseless fraud allegations in the future without running the risk of defamation.”

Hasen added, “There’s some legal blowback, but much of this is not going to be the subject of litigation, and there are not going to be any consequences.”

This story was produced in partnership with Type Investigations with support from the Puffin Foundation.