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July 8, 2023

Trump doubled first quarter fundraising in second quarter at $35M

Former President Donald Trump is rocking and rolling in the fundraising game.

In just the second quarter of 2023, Trump raised $35 million for his 2024 presidential campaign.

Trump’s joint fundraising committee, which includes his official campaign and a political action committee, the “Save America PAC,” jointly collected the money, according to a report from Politico.

$35 MILLION in 3 months

Trump raised a mere $18.8 million the first quarter, making the second quarter number astonishing, potentially pointing to the idea that his two indictments have brought him reward and will increase his motivation to continue on the campaign trail.

"Trump was indicted by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg on March 30 for allegedly falsifying business records, and by federal Special Counsel Jack Smith on June 8 on Espionage Act charges relating to his possession of classified information at Mar-a-Lago after his presidential term expired," reported Tampa Free Press. "Since then, his campaign has cited the indictment in fundraising appeals that present Trump as a victim of 'witch hunts' by Democratic officials."

Trump was the first ever former president to be criminally charged after leaving office, and the news swept across the world and received primetime broadcast coverage.

"In general, any time a candidate’s name is all over the media and dominating attention, it’s good for fundraising," said Eric Wilson, a conservative media consultant to Politico.

Wilson added that Trump's "wall-to-wall coverage just put him top of mind for donors."

"Trump raised $4 million in the 24 hours after his first indictment and $6.6 million in the days between his second indictment and court arraignment," according to Politico. "Following his arraignment, Trump held his first in-person fundraiser of the campaign at his estate in Bedminster, New Jersey, which itself raised $2.1 million and attracted top GOP politicians, with Republican Sen. Tommy Tuberville of Alabama missing a key Senate vote to attend it."

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